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  • Better to Know the Judge

    published August 2, 2005

    Another report of insider trading in the Brooklyn courts arrived in late July from the state's Commission on Judicial Conduct. This one produced... More >>

  • Landlord Loot

    published August 2, 2005

    City Council Speaker and mayoral wannabe Gifford Miller wants to hold on to what he's got. While other pols rushed to return donations from those... More >>

  • Union Gap

    published July 26, 2005

    On the same hot summer day last month that the AFL-CIO was splintering apart in Chicago, a pair of men trying to organize a non-union demolition... More >>

  • Electoral Gunslinger Shot Down

    published July 26, 2005

    Mike Bloomberg's re-election team is getting paid megabucks to win their man a second term; hence nothing is being left to chance—especially... More >>

  • Hard Time for Harding

    published July 19, 2005

    The defendant shall now rise, said the judge. Russell Harding stood up. He wore a loose orange smock turned inside out to hide the prison... More >>

  • Harding's Pals

    published July 19, 2005

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  • Tenants Be Gone

    published July 12, 2005

    The blocks west of Tenth Avenue, past the railroad cut in Hell's Kitchen, have always been a no-man's-land, an anything-goes kind of place where... More >>

  • Too Tall in Park Slope

    published July 5, 2005

    On a Saturday morning in April, neighbors on a quiet Brooklyn block on the southern edge of Park Slope looked into their backyards to see workmen... More >>

  • Helping Bloomberg?

    published July 5, 2005

    The top lawyer for the pro-Mayor Bloomberg Independence Party has aimed a $3.3 million lawsuit directly at transit union president Roger... More >>

  • For Sale: City Sidewalks

    published June 21, 2005

    Most people look at Mike Patel's newsstand on the corner of Broadway and Chambers Street and see just that: a little four-by-eight green metal... More >>

  • City Mall Pall

    published June 21, 2005

    Whoever wins the city's highly prized, new street furniture franchise, New York can expect an even wider proliferation of the everywhere-you-look... More >>

  • Bloomberg's Therapist

    published June 14, 2005

    There was a post-stadium dip in the polls for Michael Bloomberg last week. But the Republican mayor still has a potential job-saving ace in the... More >>

  • Fulani's Lecture

    published June 14, 2005

    Independence Party leader and psycho-therapist Lenora Fulani doesn't pull any punches—even with a group of tired teenagers. That was the vibe... More >>

  • The Hucksters

    published June 7, 2005

    Whose big idea was this anyway? Who believed you could have a National Football League stadium on Manhattan's West Side without a... More >>

  • Fulani's City Hall Push

    published May 31, 2005

    Ever since Michael Bloomberg won a squeaker of an election, thanks in large part to having his name on an extra ballot line that didn't read... More >>

  • Shrink Rapped

    published May 31, 2005

    These days, the mob needs shrinks as much as it does loan sharks, at least according to entertainments like The Sopranos and Analyze... More >>

  • P.I.'s Bad-Boy Pals

    published May 24, 2005

    For those who need an introduction to him, Richard "Bo" Dietl is New York's private eye to the stars. The tough-talking ex-NYPD detective is a... More >>

  • Parking Perk

    published May 24, 2005

    Officials of the city's police pension fund were so grateful to their landlord at the historic Woolworth Building on lower Broadway that they... More >>

  • The Dragon Lady Runs for D.A.

    published May 17, 2005

    On May 10, after a year spent in dress rehearsals, former Supreme Court justice Leslie Crocker Snyder presented herself to the voters at a gala... More >>

  • Rudy's Kerik Problem

    published May 3, 2005

    Sometime soon, if they haven't gotten there already, the Republican and Democratic pols looking to derail Rudy Giuliani's likely presidential bid... More >>

  • Debt Collection

    published May 3, 2005

    Ex-police commissioner Bernie Kerik's two top aides were so delinquent in paying for hundreds of dollars in personal calls, made on their... More >>

  • The Big Money

    published April 26, 2005

    Now that Michael Bloomberg is 13 points up in the polls—and now that Democratic front-runner Freddy Ferrer is slipping—isn't it at long... More >>

  • Give to Get

    published April 26, 2005

    Because Michael Bloomberg doesn't need anyone else's money to run for public office, he's been able to cast a critical eye on how others are... More >>

  • Weiner Sets the Pace

    published April 19, 2005

    One of the harder ways to launch a campaign for mayor is to say something that, right off the bat, lands a picket line and a giant inflatable rat... More >>

  • A Bronx Cheer

    published April 19, 2005

    The notion of a West Side stadium gets a universal thumbs-down from all four Democratic mayoral candidates, but Representative Anthony Weiner has... More >>

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