New York turns shopping recommendations into a new online revenue stream

“Service journalism” got renewed attention this week with the news that The New York Times shelled out $30 million for The Wirecutter and The Sweethome

But shopping recommendations obviously aren’t limited to dedicated review sites. At its launch in 1968, New York magazine included a column called “The Passionate Shopper.” (From the May 6, 1968 issue: “If you like fresh sausage, and want to meet some of the men who make sausages, First Avenue below 14th Street is the place to go.”)

Laura Hazard Owen has done an awesome job on this piece, and I suggest you go and read her article in detail.

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