Capital New York Hires Three Columnists As Relaunch Nears

New York tech firms flocking to Financial District are turning lower Manhattan into ‘Silicon District’

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Now that Capital is close to filling up its reporter ranks on the politics and media desks, editors are lining up several weekly city columnists for the site’s early November relaunch. Capital’s first three columnists will be Jim Windolf, a Vanity Fair contributing editor who has written for several publications and started the New York Observer’s “New York World” column; Joanna Molloy, a veteran Daily News gossip writer and co-author of a new book on the subject; and Glynnis MacNicol, a writer and co-founder of and former media editor at Business Insider and Mediaite. The model will be more Jimmy Breslin than Joe Scarborough. While Politico columnists, like Scarborough or National Review editor Rich Lowry, comment on political and policy debates, Capital’s writers will produce reported columns that also express a point of view. They’ll draw from the city columnist tradition that extends from tabloid muckraking, a la Breslin, to the New York Times’ Clyde Haberman. Capital co-editor Tom McGeveran told HuffPost the new columns will focus on “New York issues, New York personalities and New York places.” “This is a tradition in which the best columns always entertain,” McGeveran said. “Sometimes they even change the minds of the city’s big decision makers; better yet is when a columnist changes their plans.” The new columnists are not joining full-time, but will write weekly for the site. However, Capital has been filling up the newsroom with full-time reporters and editors since Politico purchased the three-year-old site in September. On the politics front, Capital’s hired Daily News veteran Joanne Wasserman , the Albany Times Union’s Jimmy Vielkind , the New York Post’s Sally Goldenberg . Capital media reporter Joe Pompeo will now be joined on the desk by several additional reporters, including TV Newser’s Alex Weprin, Women’s Wear Daily’s Matthew Lynch, former Newsday and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Nicole Levy, and World Policy Journal’s Johana Bhuiyan. In addition, Peter Sterne will cover media part-time for the site while finishing at Columbia University. Follow Michael Calderone on Twitter: FOLLOW MEDIA

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Over the past two years, the area south of Chambers St. has been booming with bits as more than 100 new tech firms have opened shop in the past year alone, according to a new report provided to the Daily News by LaunchLM, an initiative of the Downtown Alliance working to expand tech firms downtown. That’s 24% more than in 2012, for a total of 600. “I don’t think any neighborhood’s seen the growth we have,” said Daria Siegel, director of LaunchLM. As Lower Manhattan has struggled to maintain its role as a prime business district in recent years, tech firms are providing the geeky shot in the arm the area needs. Tech office leasing has more than doubled, according to the report, to 351,000 square feet of new tech offices in just the first eight months of this year. That’s nearly double the tech leases for all of 2011 and 28% above last year’s total. David Liu and Carley Roney, co-founders of XO Group. Photo by Philip Greenberg There are roughly 4.1 million square feet of tech office space office in Lower Manhattan, according to brokerage CBRE. The fashion site Refinery29, e-greetings service Paperless Post and Nimbo, a cloud-computing company, join established outfits like Control Group, a tech support firm, and StackExchange, which runs 108 Q&A sites on general topics. “It’s been amazing to watch the transformation,” said Scott Anderson, chief strategy officer at Control Group.

Dinners, demos, and grand tastings takes place Oct. 17-20. Each year, our editors attend the festival to catch up with chefs, spot new food trends, and declare our new favorite food products. Still scratching your head? These six reasons should convince you that the event needs to be on your radar this year. With its more than 50,000 attendees, you can imagine a lot of food and millions of dollars are raised for the cause. See the entire festival breakdown, by the numbers . Discover Top Food Trends We spotted pickles, Jewish deli foods, and Korean as just a few major new food trends during last year’s festival. Read on for more reasons. See New York’s Five-Star Burgers At Rachael Ray ‘s Burger Bash, dozens of destinations in New York City gather to grill their signature burgers for a chance to win big cash prizes. Our favorite burgers from last year included Ai Fiori, Gotham Bar and Grill, and Bobby’s Burger Palace, who knew how to flip and garnish burgers like whoa.