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  • Rightbloggers on Shirtless Obama: He's No Reagan!

    published Dec 23, 2008

    Some pictures have surfaced of Obama on vacation with his shirt off. Normal people have some fun with it. From rightbloggers, of course, the only possible response is incoherent rage. Jules Crittenden... More >>

  • Hanukkah Fun Continues

    published Dec 23, 2008

    Continuing our Hanukkah coverage: Last night Mayor Bloomberg lit the biggest freakin' menorah in the entire world -- 4,000 pounds and 32 feet high with "specially designed glass chimneys" to protect t... More >>

  • Atlantic Yards Foes Say Nets Not Much of a Draw

    published Dec 23, 2008

    These aren't great days for the Atlantic Yards project. Earlier this month Forest City Ratner stopped work at the Vanderbilt Railyards, though it's way behind schedule, and Atlantic Yards architect Fr... More >>

  • Monserrate's Girl Relents; Malcolm Smith's Aide Tries to Fix Things

    published Dec 23, 2008

    Karla Giraldo told hospital workers that her boyfriend, incoming state senator Hiram Monserrate, attacked her, and that's how she got that gnarly cut on her face that they were putting 20 stitches in.... More >>

  • Subway Fare Going Up To As Much As $3

    published Dec 23, 2008

    We've been hearing about it for weeks, but seeing it in black and white and bureaucratic language brings it painfully closer to reality: the MTA says that the upcoming fare hikes will "increase subway... More >>

  • Hillary Forgives Own Loan, Still Owes $6.4 Million

    published Dec 22, 2008

    Hillary Clinton for President was about $20 million in debt, and her and Bill's and Chelsea's and America's emails to former supporters weren't getting it paid. So Hillary swallowed hard and forgave h... More >>

  • Warner Pulls Music Vids from YouTube; More to Come?

    published Dec 22, 2008

    Negotiations have broken down, and Warner Music is pulling videos featuring its music from YouTube -- including both its own content and, it would seem, original videos by members using their music.... More >>

  • America New York is Back!

    published Dec 22, 2008

    This is from a release we received this morning from the New York State Department of Labor: "As the current economic crisis continues to negatively affect both workers and businesses, the State Labo... More >>

  • Giuliani Speechwriter: Unions, Not Wall Street, Wrecked Economy

    published Dec 22, 2008

    Giuliani speechwriter John Avlon asks at the Daily Beast, "What If New York Goes Bust?" But instead of answering the question with entertaining descriptions of urban decay and violence, he just tells ... More >>

  • Ole Fred Thompson To Replace O'Reilly On the Wireless

    published Dec 22, 2008

    Ole Fred Thomson shore livened up that ole Republican Presidential campaign with his debate appearances, in which he sometimes cleared his throat and commenced to speechify, but mostly just set and ... More >>

  • John Galt, 3 Men Charged in Deutsche Bank Fire; City Gets Off

    published Dec 22, 2008

    It was suggested this summer that DA Robert Morgenthau would charge the city for negligence in last year's Deutsche Bank fire that killed two firemen. But according to the Times, the DA instead made a... More >>

  • Tony Avella Wants to Save the Brooklyn Parrots

    published Dec 22, 2008

    Councilmember Tony Avella is a friend to animals: pushing a bill to outlaw horse-drawn carriages, attending National Pigeon Day ceremonies, fighting foie gras, etc. Now he's drafting a bill to prote... More >>

  • Jersey Beats New York in Median Property Tax List

    published Dec 22, 2008

    The Tax Foundation of Washington, DC, which invented the "Tax Freedom" calculation of the day you earned enough to pay your taxes each year, has released a list of the counties with the highest median... More >>

  • Monserrate Claims Gal Pal Bash an Accident; GOP May Block Him

    published Dec 22, 2008

    If he's convicted on felony charges for assaulting his girlfriend last Friday, incoming state senator Hiram Monserrate will be forced out of his new seat. Unwilling to wait for the slow wheels of just... More >>

  • Paterson, 2 Reps Visit Troops, Discuss Pizza, Politics

    published Dec 22, 2008

    We take it as a bit of editorial mischief that the Daily News headlines its story about Governor Paterson's and local Reps Steve Israel's and Anthony Weiner's visit to Iraq, "Governor Paterson makes f... More >>

  • Michael Jackson Seriously Ill?

    published Dec 22, 2008

    After all the insanity that's been associated with Michael Jackson, we sincerely don't know what to make of the widely reported claim that he's suffering from alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, a rare an... More >>

  • amNY Finds Holiday Sex More Plentiful, Depressing

    published Dec 22, 2008

    Why should glossies have all the pointless holiday lifestyle features? amNY does a modish cover story proposing yuletide as "The Season of Sex" -- though, as befits a subway-steps hand-out, it's not s... More >>

  • Happy Hanukkah, Too!

    published Dec 22, 2008

    Sundown took us into Hanukkah and, keeping with our ecumenical theme, we note that Matisyahu, the Crown Heights Chabad-Lubavitcher reggae star, will play a Festival of Lights concert series next week ... More >>

  • Happy Winter Solstice!

    published Dec 22, 2008

    The Times' Cara Buckley gets extra credit for going to Grand Army Plaza in the pre-dawn dark of Sunday to observe a Winter Solstice ritual conducted by "self-styled urban shaman" Mama Donna for 17 l... More >>

  • A Blue Fitzmas for Rightbloggers -- But Wait'll Next Year!

    published Dec 22, 2008

    Christmas is coming and, like Scrooge conducted to the Crachits' by the Ghost of Christmas Present, we peer in at the rightbloggers' meager festivities, though we confess the effect is less improvi... More >>

  • Developer Selling South Street Seaport

    published Dec 19, 2008

    In recent development news, South Street Seaport -- or, as we like to call it, "Mystic on the Bay" -- is being sold. General Growth Properties, mired in debt from a disastrous acquisition in 2004, is ... More >>

  • Caroline Kennedy FTW? Complaints Grow, But CK Stays On Track

    published Dec 19, 2008

    Caroline Kennedy is getting further non-royal treatment in the press. Today it was revealed that, as a proud Democrat and New Yorker, she failed to vote in several primary elections and at least one... More >>

  • The Five Most Miserable Christmas Songs

    published Dec 19, 2008

    Among other things, Christmas is a great time for being maudlin and suicidal. If your Christmas depression isn't sufficiently aggravated by rampant commercialism and insincere offers of Good Will To... More >>

  • Bristol Palin's Future Mom-In-Law Busted for Drugs

    published Dec 19, 2008

    It's only six weeks since the campaign ended, but we miss Sarah Palin already. So it's nice to see her future in-laws stepping up with some news. Sherry Johnston, mother of Bristol Palin's impregnat... More >>

  • Bush Bails Out GM, Chrysler

    published Dec 19, 2008

    Despite earlier rejection of a similar deal in the Senate, President Bush announced $13.4 billion in "emergency loans" to Chrysler and GM, with another $4 billion on tap for February. "If we were to a... More >>

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