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  • Bloomberg Guys Give Up Yankee Suite They Bribed So Hard For

    published Jan 06, 2009

    Even our shameless elected leaders occasionally feel the need to pull back on their graft and avarice, at least when it has become common knowledge. Members of the Bloomberg Administration, you may re... More >>

  • Manhattan Rents Dropping to as Little as $4,000/mo.

    published Jan 06, 2009

    The Real Deal's Michael Stoler tells us that "Manhattan renters are gaining the upper hand as market-rate rents drop." To prove it he shares some of the great deals he's found online: a 3BR at the B... More >>

  • City Payroll Search Tool Offers Hours of Depressing Fun

    published Jan 06, 2009

    Ever ahead of the curve, Runnin' Scared told you about the public information site SeeThroughNY.net in August. Now the site's public-employee-salary search apparatus has been updated to include New Yo... More >>

  • Macworld News Includes Scary Face Recognition

    published Jan 06, 2009

    CNET live-blogged this morning's Macworld session in San Francisco. Global marketing VP Phil Schiller announced Apple's agreement with Sony BMG, Universal, and Warner Music to distribute copy-protecti... More >>

  • Ron Asheton, 1948-2009

    published Jan 06, 2009

    Original Stooge Ron Asheton has been found dead in his apartment. Along with his work with the Stooges, Asheton played with various late-20th Century superstars including Mark Arm and Thurston Moore a... More >>

  • Don't Forget... (Updated)

    published Jan 06, 2009

    ...today Saturday is No Pants Day. Foley Square, 3 p.m. Be there with legs bare. Update: Put your pants back on! Original date wrong. ... More >>

  • Central Park Picking a Mascot; These Are Our Nominees

    published Jan 06, 2009

    We thank Gothamist for alerting us to the Parks Department's invitation to pick a mascot for Central Park. But the Department's nominees -- Nutty the Squirrel, Hudson the Hawk, and Parker the Leaf -... More >>

  • Burris Turned Away, Franken Stays Away

    published Jan 06, 2009

    Blagojevich Senate appointee Roland Burris went to the Capitol this morning for the opening of the 111th Congress and was sent away, as promised, by Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erickson. Burris left... More >>

  • Waltz with Bashir Wins National Critics' Award

    published Jan 06, 2009

    The National Society of Film Critics named Waltz With Bashir, an animated fable of the 1982 Lenanon war, its Best Film of 2008. Critics including our own J. Hoberman ("a documentary that seems only po... More >>

  • Term Limits Court Case Begins, Paperwork Missing

    published Jan 06, 2009

    One of the court cases over the Bloomberg third term bid that was approved by the city council in October got underway yesterday in Brooklyn, where attorney and former Giuliani chief of staff Randy Ma... More >>

  • Prosecutors: Madoff Sent Out $1 Million in Jewels After Arrest

    published Jan 06, 2009

    The Federal judge considering Bernie Madoff's case told him, understandably, not to send anyone any money. But, prosecutors contended in court yesterday, the Ponzi scheme operator has mailed "at lea... More >>

  • Bloomberg Defends Israel Stance

    published Jan 06, 2009

    Having this weekend visited Israel and strongly backed that country's incursion into Gaza, Mayor Bloomberg has reaffirmed his support, saying "This is one of those clear-cut cases. There's one terrori... More >>

  • Hapless Subject Illustrates Increased STD Risk from Heavy Drinking

    published Jan 06, 2009

    We can only imagine how Michelangelo Franqui feels this morning. The Queens man admitted to amNY that one time "My friends had to drag me up the stairs because I was passed out" from strong drink," an... More >>

  • Breakfast Smell Recurs in Manhattan

    published Jan 06, 2009

    The Times notes several 311 calls from Manhattan complaining of a maple syrup smell in the air. A similar phenomenon had been reported in October of 2005, as was its disappearance, its December 2005 r... More >>

  • Sorta Senator Burris Takes D.C.

    published Jan 05, 2009

    Roland Burris made the stirring declaration that his appointment to the Senate by beleaguered Governor Rod Blagojevich "is legal. What has been done here is legal," and flew into Baltimore-Washington ... More >>

  • Al Franken Certified; Fraud at Polls!

    published Jan 05, 2009

    After a long series of recounts, challenges, etc., the Minnesota Board of Canvassers has certified the election of comedian Al Franken to the U.S. Senate from Minnesota. Stuart Smalley is in! Anticipa... More >>

  • Madonna Wants to Sell You a Bag

    published Jan 05, 2009

    Via Fashionindie we are alerted to the new Louis Vuitton print campaign featuring Madonna. We understand that a point-of-purchase display based on this shot will appear in stores soon. ... More >>

  • Giuliani: NY Senator Should Excel at "Obscure Distribution Formula"

    published Jan 05, 2009

    Former mayor Giuliani is on CNN today, telling us what it takes to be a U.S. Senator from New York. The number one requirement: "deep knowledge of an obscure distribution formula." That's how Pat Moyn... More >>

  • Thor Equities Not Done Ruining Coney Island

    published Jan 05, 2009

    Having turned the swaths of Coney Island under his control into wreckage, Thor Equities developer Joe Sitt is gunning for more: now he's offering $91 million for the three acres upon which the Thunder... More >>

  • The Katie Holmes Stimulus Package

    published Jan 05, 2009

    We're in such bad shape financially that the state tax department has stopped sending out forms to save money. But there is a ray of hope: this weekend's Page Six magazine reports that since arriving ... More >>

  • Jobs Says He's Only Sorta Sick, Apple Stock Rises

    published Jan 05, 2009

    Concerns about the health of alarmingly thin pancreatic cancer survivor Steve Jobs have been so widespread and volatile that when some guy on the internet floated a rumor in October that the Apple CE... More >>

  • City Cabs May Get Spy Cameras

    published Jan 05, 2009

    EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation claims the surveillance cameras it has affixed to the outside of its vehicles have saved the company half a million dollars by showing its drivers' lack ... More >>

  • Bloomberg Goes to Israel, Supports Strikes on Gaza

    published Jan 05, 2009

    As is customary for New York City mayors, Michael Bloomberg went to Israel this weekend to show support for the country in its recent struggles with Hamas. He was accompanied by Police Commissioner Ra... More >>

  • Crane Rigger to Be Charged in 2007 East Side Collapse

    published Jan 05, 2009

    The Times reports a rigger who worked on the crane that collapsed at East 51st Street in 2007, killing seven, will be charged with criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and second-deg... More >>

  • Holiday Cocktail Lounge Finished?

    published Jan 05, 2009

    Jeremiah's Vanishing New York notes a disturbing development for serious East Village drinkers: the Holiday Cocktail Lounge on St. Mark's Place appears to be shuttered, and a neighbor informs Jeremiah... More >>

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