Thankfully, companies are much nicer with Bloomberg when it comes to cutting greenhouse gas emissions than they are with banning soda. In 2007, the Mayor announced the "Carbon Challenge;" an initiative from PlaNYC - the city's sustainability program - that dares any organization in New York to lowe ... More >>
Has Michael White made amends yet?
The 99 percenters' continual assault against banks starts today with what is being dubbed another "Week of Action" (They might as well start calling it the year of action) that started yesterday with a rally at Union Square that will culminate on Tuesday with what, they say, will be a massive conver ... More >>
As you may have heard, Sotheby''s had a good day yesterday, auctioning off Edward Munch's "The Scream" for a record $119.9 million dollars. Not having such a good day? The still locked-out art handlers at Sotheby's, who appeared as number 84 on the Voice's list of the "100 Most Powerless New Yorke ... More >>
Gage SkidmoreBanks benefited even more from the public bailout than previously known.It's been three years since the the cataclysmic financial crisis that nearly destroyed the global economy, and three years since the government offered up $700 billion in public money to prop up the banks tha ... More >>
Jane Rosenberg Just being there was humbling. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the founder of Bloomberg LP and the city's wealthiest citizen, sat in criminal court answering a hot series of questions about just the sort of shady political maneuvers and corrupting influence of money that have frequen ... More >>
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Everything is for sale, people. Everything is for sale. Including the brand of legendary punk rock club CBGB OMFUG, which, FYI, was converted to a John Varvatos store anyway years ago, so who the hell cares about memories and history and shit. No, but really, wouldn't it be super cool to own ... More >>
Another CIA leak, but prettierNew York Times reporter James Risen could be forced to testify in court about his CIA sources if the government has their way, thereby disregarding everything he's supposed to be protected from as a journalist. Attorney General Eric Holder approved a subpoena ser ... More >>
The 2010 Village Voice series, "The NYPD Tapes," has won the New York Press Club's Gold Keyboard award for outstanding enterprise or investigative reporting. The Gold Keyboard is the top honor the press club gives each year. The series kicked off in May last year and was written by staff w ... More >>
This morning, a bullshit story started circulating not solely because it was nonsense, but because the URL on the Independent website called it out as such, reading "utter PR fiction but people love this shit so fuck it lets just print it," or in full: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/ ... More >>
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who we hung out with yesterday, has been revealed as something of a prick, at least on two particular days two years ago when he testified in a lawsuit brought against his Bloomberg L.P. media corporation. Reports about the testimony, which was released this month, tw ... More >>
Mayor Mike Bloomberg is set to announce that he plans to eliminate 6,100 teaching positions from the city's schools -- that's one out of every 12 -- according to Mike Bloomberg's media company. Bloomberg's Administration will layoff 4,666 teachers and lose another 1,500 to attrition. UFT Pre ... More >>
Ed Koch and I were inaugurated on the same day in 1978. He became mayor and I became his weekly tormentor. I had written a few pieces for the Voice before I took over the Runnin' Scared column that January, going back as far as 1973. But I was now inheriting a column that Mary Nichols, th ... More >>
Big day yesterday in Bloomberg Land: First there's the $80 million computer ripoff right under the mayor's nose. If you thought that might have been embarrassing, you thought wrong. The mayor's soon-to-be-world's-largest-media-company also chose yesterday to announce that it will start publi ... More >>
Former City Council President and one-time mayoral candidate Andrew Stein pled guilty yesterday to a $1 million tax fraud. This didn't rate big headlines since Stein long ago faded into the city's rearview mirror, which is where he always belonged. If he was spotted at all in recent years, it ... More >>
The motto for those good Google guys out in Mountain View, CA. is "Don't be evil," but Bloomberg News today details how that pledge stops somewhere short of their tax returns. Bloomberg's Jesse Drucker explains how the world's most successful Internet search engine manages to cut its tax rate ... More >>
Paul Krugman, watch your ass. The above video comes to us via Bess Levin at Dealbreaker, who simply writes " This Is A Bloomberg TV Interview With Mr. T, Discussing His Investment In Gold" and tags the post "Activist Investors, David Einhorn, Gold, John Paulson, Mr. T, planting crops, reaping rewa ... More >>
Gotta love that Freedom of Information Act! The New York Times filed one to get the names of Mayor Bloomberg's interns, and when they got them, they wrote about who they are! And who are they?
Bloomberg News is taking over the world! First they get this magazine with which they will inform you of the world's fanciest cans, then they get their people in the drivers' seat(s) at the White House Press Correspondents Dinner, which means something, writes Peter Osnos for The Atlantic. ... More >>
Amid fiscal woes, jobs for pals (qualified or not)
The Obama administration is suggesting a voluntary ban on lobbyists serving on 915 Federal Advisory Committees which consult with federal agencies on government policy. The lobbyists, one of whom helped write the legislation which created the Committees when he was a Republican Senate staffer, are n ... More >>
So Michael Bloomberg bought himself a third mayoral term by spending the gross national product of New Guinea. I know this because I read about it on Bloomberg.com last night. And how do we feel about this unsurprising development? Well, the guy may be obscenely rich and extremely willing t ... More >>
Labor Day has passed and summer's unofficially over, and tourism advocates NYC & Co. tell Bloomberg News things haven't gone as badly as they'd feared: they were predicting a ten-percent drop in visitor dollars -- and pleaded for New Yorkers to make up the shortfall by staycationing -- but th ... More >>
Mike Bloomberg has a deal with the city that keeps his mayoralty separate from the business he founded. But Bloomberg the company has a way of benefiting on local deals even without the help of Bloomberg the Mayor. You may have noticed, for instance, that the Yankees' cable network used to be ... More >>
A lawyer for plaintiffs in the discrimination case, on which Mayor Bloomberg was deposed again on Monday, describes the Mayor's attitude under questioning as "dismissive" and "disinterested." "I think that he believes that he has many more important things to do than sit here at this deposition," s ... More >>
by Johanna Barr and Tom Feeney Jr. In this week's Voice cover story, Wayne Barrett reports on the Bloomberg administration's "failure of leadership, accountability, and transparency" in its handling of the Deutsche Bank fire in 2007. Those involved reached out to the Voice in reaction to th ... More >>
The Times recently pointed out that while President Obama makes a lot of noise about shutting down overseas tax havens, there's an "onshore Cayman Islands" right here on the eastern seaboard: the little state of Delaware.Two thirds of the Fortune 500 use Delaware to cut down on their state taxes, th ... More >>
When Andrew Cuomo started digging up crooked deals in the pension fund, state comptroller Thomas DeNapoli was quick to endorse an end to the use of corrupting "placement agents" in handling fund investments. But there's only so far DiNapoli is willing to go. Bloomberg News says DiNapoli wants to re ... More >>
The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released released job numbers for January, and the new is not good. Non-farm employment by 598,000 jobs last month, the biggest one-month drop since 1974, increasing the official unemployment rate from 7.2 to 7.6 percent. (That rate excludes longtime discouraged w ... More >>
Sometimes the New York Times leads consensus, sometimes it follows it. Rarely does it break with consensus, which is what's interesting about today's "What Red Ink? Wall Street Paid Hefty Bonuses" story. The paper reports the $18.4 billion workers in the securities industry collected as bonuses "w ... More >>
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