01/07/14 10:08am
new york times printing plant

Rumor has it you can hear the papers scream as they make their way through the plant.

Are you amassing tons of Instagram followers without even posting pictures of your incredible butt, and still you missed out on being NYC’s Instagram Ambassador? If you’re still smarting from that slight, we’ve got an offer that might make you calm down a bit. The New York Times is opening up their printing plant to a select few for a rare tour, and they’re picking people based on the strength of their Instagram portfolios. (more…)

12/23/13 1:37pm
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This guy knows what we’re talking about

You spend so much time on Facebook and Twitter, isn’t it about time you actually got to count them as a job skill? Well now you can, because the New York Times needs someone to step in and work at their social media department for the next six months. You’ll be responsible for helping churn out stories that “engage readers,” and you know what that means: get to trolling. (more…)

12/09/13 9:45am
no office holiday party

If the photo booth is this fun, just imagine how great the rest of the party is. Photo by Sarah Gainer

We knew the No Office Holiday Party (happening Thursday, have you RSVP’ed yet?) was a big deal for the likes of us humble bloggers and freelancers. But it turns out it’s also an awesome sociological event for the New York Times to talk about, so they invited us to talk about it in their “Room for Debate” about office Christmas parties. Here’s a couple paragraphs from our editorial, be sure to read the whole thing!

After all, don’t people who toil in co-working spaces and coffee shops and apartments also deserve to bask in the pleasures of karaoke, vodka luges and electric sexual tension with people who have similar lives? Shouldn’t freelancers be able to celebrate their ability to chase down work like wolves without the peace of mind of an auto-deposit every two weeks? 

At the “No Office Holiday Party,” we’re celebrating not just the holidays but the young laptop nomads, coffee shop dwellers and gig workers who chisel away at their passion project in the cracks between babysitting or stocking chickpeas. Working alone doesn’t mean you actually are alone. And besides, not having to go into an office the next day means not having to combine a hangover with fluorescent lights.

12/05/13 4:08pm
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You gotta be good though. if your pun Blows, there’s no way they pick you

We’re not going to paper over the fact that America’s daily news sources are in a bit of trouble, that’d just be foolish. But they’re still essential sources of information, at least when they’re done well, and the New York Times and Wall Street Journal certainly deliver in that regard. So it’s good to see them getting a bit more in touch with the inked-up youth of today living in their City Rooms, with a contest the Times‘ social media editor, Daniel Victor, is running: go to this Facebook thread and deliver your best newspaper pun (or rhyme, but ew come on). The winner gets a 12-week digital subscription to the Times, the runner up gets a six-month subscription to the Wall Street Journal website. If there was ever a contest where you didn’t want to copy someone, this is it. (more…)

10/24/13 10:59am
This could be you!

This could be you!

We give the New York Times some guff here sometimes, but we guff because we love. All of the hipster baiting and strange Citi Bike editorials in the world can’t take away from their actual great reporting. If you’ve been missing out on it because you don’t want to pay, good news: you can get a month of free access to the Times‘ website if you pick up next Sunday’s paper. (more…)

09/16/13 7:58am
It's affecting our childen

It’s affecting our children

You guys…we just… Someone take the Sunday Review away from the Times until they promise never to publish something like Steven Kurutz’s “Caught in the Hipster Trap“ ever again:

Every time I lace up a pair of Adidas or Vans, I might as well be saying I’m one of those hipsters with a closetful of retro ’80s street wear. Top-Siders paired with an Lacoste shirt are the realm of Vampire Weekend-type preppy hipsters. Any kind of heavy boots smack of up-with-the-working-man proletariat hipsters.

Is there more? Duh. (more…)

02/13/13 12:59pm
Are the president's naps more important than yours?

Are the president’s naps more important than yours?

Watching the State of the Union last night while playing your Poland Spring drinking game, you noticed the prez up the ante on minimum wage, proposing to hike it to $9 an hour, which is even more than New York’s Gov. Cuomo was seeking, which is kinda nice when you consider how many laid off professionals end up doing crap jobs for vomit pay these days. And there was talk about overall economic stability, and increasing American output by stealing Apple jobs from struggling Taiwanese workers. But where was the real talk of progressive reform that our nation’s overburdened and overloaded workers are demanding? We’re talking the third rail of office politics: Naps. Naps, not apps! What do we want? “A place to lie down for a few minutes!” When do we want it? ”Sometime around 2:30 would be great!”

We need them, now more than ever, as described in this New York Times story from last week about how relaxation increases productivity. And part of that relaxation is, of course, the simple nap, which does so very much for us, says Science: (more…)

01/29/13 2:27pm
You can work here without having to scale the entire building. via All Things D

You can work here without having to scale the entire building. via All Things D

It was just last week we were bitching about the fact that there doesn’t seem to be any space for start ups in the city. Lo and behold, here comes the extremely intriguing idea of building your start up in the New York Times building, with timeSpace, their new start up incubator. No more P.O. boxes for your corporate mailing address! (more…)

09/10/12 9:02am

Occupy stadiums. Photo via Vibe.

Brooklyn’s own Jay-Z didn’t quite get down with the Occupy movement, which isn’t entirely surprising for a guy who’s worth about $475 million and boasts about having $200 million worth of extra identities.

“What’s the thing on the wall, what are you fighting for?” Jay-Z told Zadie Smith in an interview for The New York Times. “Yeah, the 1 percent that’s robbing people, and deceiving people, these fixed mortgages and all these things, and then taking their home away from them, that’s criminal, that’s bad. Not being an entrepreneur. This is free enterprise. This is what America is built on.”

Too long, didn’t read version: Jay: “We DID build that.” Hm, catchy! Of course, he wasn’t above profiting from Occupy. Because you can never have too many Maybachs.

08/07/12 7:00am

But which one runs on fossil fuels and causes hit-and-run deaths?

Here is the new world order, as told by the most authoritatively ethical person in the country: If you are riding a bike, you don’t have to follow the same rules as cars. BOOM! That means you can do things like treat stop lights as yield signs and even occasionally ride on the sidewalk, all without fear that you are violating some damnable code of morality. This is according to this Sunday’s op-ed piece by Randy Cohen, the Times’ original Ethicist columnist (and, let’s face it, Chuck Klosterman, far and away the best, because what are you even doing with this job, Chuck??). Cohen is an avid cyclist, and says of his flaunting of traffic laws, “although it is illegal, I believe it is ethical. … I think all cyclists could — and should — ride like me.” (more…)