New print title and website feature the best of New York City’s five boroughs

5borosCrain’s 5boros is a new lifestyle magazine and website targeting NYC urban explorers eager to roam a big city bursting with “new neighborhoods, new friends and new experiences.”

The quarterly covers food, fashion, retail, the arts, residential real estate and more and chronicles the resurgence of neighborhoods in every borough of the city. It’s a trail guide to all that’s fun in all corners of the five boroughs of New York City, connecting both established and emerging neighborhoods with insight on the best places to live, eat, shop, play and create. The website features daily updates and a blog network by local writers.

It is published by Crain Communications and contact is Deputy Managing Editor Valerie Block, vblock@crain.com, @ValerieBlock

New print magazine shows you how to live healthy but effortlessly and with great style

danny-seoNaturally, Danny Seo” is the title of a new print magazine from lifestyle guru Danny Seo and Harris Publications.

It “looks at living the healthy, natural and good for you life with a fresh, authoritative voice that covers everything from food, beauty, travel, home, and entertaining all through Danny’s unique point-of-view as America’s leading guru of green living,” according to its press release. It provides tips on how to live an easy sustainable and healthy life almost effortlessly with great style.

Danny Seo, danny@dannyseo.com, @DannySeoMag, is editor-in-chief. It launched in July 2014 with 350,000 copies at a newsstand price of $9.95. Issue two is planned for November 4, 2014 then the plan is to go quarterly in 2015 and to six-times-a-year in 2016.

Can a general interest print magazine survive today in California? This one is going to try

cal-sundayStarting a print magazine at this time may seem like a fool-hardy endeavor, but make the publication about California and you know the founders must be sanatorium-bound; glossies about that state have not all been that successful (remember “New West”?)

But Editor Douglas McGray and Publisher Chas Edwards will launch California Sunday in October in print and on the web, iOS, Android, and Kindle. The print edition will be inserted into select Sunday issues of the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Sacramento Bee newspapers.

The editorial will be “ambitious and rangy” and have dual editorial guideposts: It must be a great story and it must be unique or peculiar to California.

Typical readers will be men and women between 25-49 who work in creative industries, are heavy consumers of premium media, are early adopters of Apple products, and who do more international travel than average.

Douglas McGray, doug@californiasunday.com, @dougmcgray is editor and Jacqueline Bates, jackie@californiasunday.com, @jackiecbates is photography director.

Patch is dead; long live EveryBlock

everyblockAOL’s Patch, the local network of community websites, is technically not dead (yet) and is not really AOL’s, either. It is owned by Hale Global and – much smaller – seems to be waiting for a buyer.

EveryBlock might be in the same shape, although owner Comcast insists they are running the network out of the goodness of their hearts. “This is truly a community engagement, community investment product for us,” Matt Summy, vice president of government affairs for Comcast’s Chicago region, said.

The network was live from 2008 to 2013 with owner NBC News citing “considerable” financial losses as the cause of the shut-down. Current owner Comcast relaunched the Chicago site early this year and has now re-opened the Philadelphia site with plans to add Houston, Denver and three other markets by year’s end.

“EveryBlock is a combination of many different types of local information – from public records like crime reports, to neighbor discussions, to photos people have taken in your neighborhood,” the “About” page states. Curiously, as much emphasis on local and person-level information that EveryBlock emphasizes, the company uses an impersonal website form to submit information.

Again, according to the “About” page, visitors will find four types of content on the EveryBlock homepages:

  • Neighbor messages – what your neighbors are talking about. (“Here’s the scoop on that new bakery coming to Main St.”)
  • Civic information – building permits, crime reports, restaurant inspections and more.
  • Media mentions – any time your neighborhood is mentioned in a media site, we’ll let you know about it.
  • Fun from across the Web – local photos posted to Flickr, user reviews of local businesses on Yelp, lost-and-found postings from Craigslist and more.

Enterprising readers of this blog can probably find many uses for these hyper-local sites.