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Weigel: This is the end, beautiful friend

Weigel: This is the end, beautiful friend

“These used to be the servants’ quarters. The Irony is not lost on us.”

That, or something to that effect, was what former City Paper editor Lee Gardner told me as he showed me around the top floor of a grand old house at 812 Park Ave., the paper’s headquarters, after my job interview.

It was once a mansion with a huge main stairway, fireplaces, and incredible plasterwork. Save for a few places, most of those design details were now gone, the building fitted out to include desks, computers, office supplies, and so on. The intact features were painted in wild colors and there were funky posters and ephemera on the walls, at least.

At some point the servants’ quarters on...