Reading Gridskipper is like reading the quirky local newspaper's leisure section... of every city ever. It lets you know what's happening in Berlin, London, Los Angeles, New York, and Paris, as well as a host of smaller cities. Founder Nick Denton explains that Gridskipper is "all about giving you the essentials, as opposed to other travel guides that are all inclusive and tough to filter through." (Wait a minute... there is more than one travel guide?!)
The site will tell you where to find Bookshop Cafés in London, tango halls in Berlin, and custom-made perfume in Paris. If you're looking to tour New York's nerdiest hang-outs or ugliest buildings, Gridskipper has you covered. Wonder no more: "Donald Trump [the Building] is so ugly that if ugly was bricks she'd have projects."
Besides cities, Gridskipper also covers tangential travel-related things. Want to know why your travel blog has no traffic? Gridskipper will come right out and tell you 10 Reasons Why Your Travel Blog Sucks.* Likely you're a filthy backpacker, an aspiring elitist, not funny, or you swipe stories and don't link back ("dick move"). Take your pick.
Gawker is currently the parent company for the following high-traffic blogs:
(From my friend JenK, Cool Hunting, Autumn Leaf, and Threadless.)