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The New York Observer is a weekly newspaper first published in New York Citymarker on September 22, 1987, by Arthur L. Carter, a very successful former investment banker with publishing interests. The Observer focuses on the city's culture, real estate, the media, politics and the entertainment and publishing industries. Since July 2006 the paper has owned and published by the American real-estate mogul Jared Kushner.

Published every Wednesday, the newspaper's editorial team is led by veteran reporter and former editor for Conde Nast Portfolio, and The Wall Street Journal, Kyle Pope with other writers and editors including Joe Conason, Alexandra Jacobs, Tom McGeveran, Tom Scocca, Peter M. Stevenson, Doree Shafrir, Hilton Kramer, Andrew Sarris, Richard Brookhiser, Michael Thomas, Michael Tomasky, John Heilpern, Jason Horowitz, Robert Gottlieb, Nicholas von Hoffman, Steve Kornacki and Rex Reed.

The paper is perhaps best known for publishing Candace Bushnell's column on Manhattan's social life on which the hit television series Sex and the City was based.It is visually distinctive because of its salmon-colored pages and sketch illustrations, á la La Gazzetta dello Sport. Henry Rollins once described it as "the curiously pink newspaper."

The fourth and longest serving editor for the newspaper, Peter Kaplan left the newspaper on July 1, 2009. Interim editor Tom McGeveran announced on October 28, 2009 that he plans to leave the newspaper by the end of 2009.

The New York Observer asserts to advertisers that it delivers Manhattan’s most affluent, educated and influential consumers, with the average net worth of its readership exceeding $1.7 million and 96% of readers being college graduates. It has a paid circulation of 51,000. The Observer operates several blogs: The Politicker, the Daily Transom, the Media Mob, and the Real Estate.


The publisher and original owner, Arthur Carter has had other publishing interests in the past including the Litchfield County Times. At one time, he was a part-owner in The East Hampton Star. Carter received an A.B. in French literature from Brown Universitymarker and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Tuck School of Businessmarker at Dartmouth Collegemarker. He spent twenty-five years in investment banking until 1981, when he founded the Litchfield County Times in New Milford, Connecticutmarker. He owned it for twenty years until selling to Journal Register Company, later also selling his 50-percent interest in The East Hampton Star in 2003. He has been an adjunct professor of philosophy and journalism at New York Universitymarker and is currently a trustee. He is also a sculptor. Despite his "registered opportunist" political beliefs, from 1985 to 1995 he owned The Nation.

In July 2006, Jared Kushner, a 25-year-old law student and son of a wealthy New Jersey developer, Charles Kushner, purchased the paper for just under $10 million and is currently pursuing a M.B.A./J.D at New York University. In April 2007 Bob Sommer became president.


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