Democratic primary winner Bill de Blasio met last Wednesday with Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, in what was probably a pretty interesting conversation. The meeting was scheduled for three hours, and said to be a primer on law enforcement issues that the next mayor may confront. (Republican prima ... More >>
This week's cover story tells the story of Jesse Friedman, who in 1987, as a teenager, was caught up in a public hysteria built on suspicions that he and his father had sexually abused the nine- and 10-year-old students who attended the computer classes they taught in their home. Friedman was railro ... More >>
Uncapturing the Friedmans
Amid the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we learned that Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $20,000 dollars to a campaign aimed at helping the mayor of Bridgeport, Conn. gain control over the city's school board. Sound familiar? Well, that's the same level of power Bloomberg exerts over our ... More >>
Barbarians in the Ivory Tower
Alexander Cockburn, trenchant political writer and former Voice columnist, has died of cancer in Germany at the age of 71, announces his friend and collaborator, Jeffrey St. Clair. "He didn't want to blog his own death as Christopher Hitchens had done," writes St. Clair at their mutual endeavor, Cou ... More >>
Getting some face time, as he gears up for his new fall show
A 32-year-old Astoria man will have the next 25 years to think about the last night he spent with his "best friend" -- which happened to be the same night he beat her to death with a baseball bat as she slept in the apartment the couple shared.Jordan Hawes, a now-former chef in Manhattan, pleaded ... More >>
Today in El Diario, that newspaper at your bodega you always wondered about... A man killed and ate the eyeball and part of the brain of a Hipsanic man from Connecticut, the Spanish-language daily reports. Police arrested Tyree Lincoln Smith, 35, on Tuesday night El Diario reports. They say that S ... More >>
Part of a 2009 billboard to stop underage drinking in Connecticut. Remember how angry you were at that mom yesterday who let her baby roll out of her subway car in its stroller as she engaged in a wig-pulling throw-down with a fellow subway rider? Well, that mom is like the world's best mom c ... More >>
Get it?Fact: 911 does not care if you're out of beer. Even if you do. A Connecticut man has learned this lesson the hard way after calling 911 three times on Sunday under the guise of "an emergency." When medics arrived at the home of Raymond Roberge, who is 65 and should certainly know bett ... More >>
Summer concert season means jamming to the familiar hiss of 'hippie crack'
There are a slew of new details today on klutzy failed car-bomber Faisal Shahzad's many missteps. Each one is deserving of a separate prayer of thanks that our latest attacker may have held an MBA, but apparently fell well short of the threshold for a Boy Scout preparedness badge. First the ... More >>
APDetails continue to emerge about Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Times Square bomber intercepted by agents aboard an Emirates flight at JFK as he was attempting to flee to Dubai on Monday night.
Between the alert Vietnam vet T-shirt vendor, the big good-looking cop on horseback, the detective who squeezed underneath the Nissan Pathfinder to read the VIN number that klutzy car-bomber Faisal Shahzad forgot about, the FBI agents who lost his trail, and the mayor who decided he'd deal wi ... More >>
If the FBI really does have the right Times Square bombing culprit in Faisal Shahzad, the naturalized American citizen from Pakistan who was picked up last night at JFK, then his motives don't appear to have anything to do with bad housing. Here's a web shot of a home in the leafy Connecticu ... More >>
Photo (c) Robert Schaffer. Dick Zigun is the artistic director of Coney Island USA. His Sideshows by the Seashore not only features the last "10 in One" sideshow, but showcases burlesque, houses a museum, and plays hosts to many events, including the Coney Island Film Festival, and is the headqua ... More >>
Cardinal sins: Years after his woeful behavior in the priest sex-abuse scandal, Edward Egan moved to New York and became a cardinal. Here he is with President George W. Bush. (Egan is the one who's not praying.) Documents long sealed and finally released against the Catholic Church's wishes reveal ... More >>
Gathering of the Vibes Festival, the 14-year-old lark of a four-day concert in Bridgeport, Connecticut, concluded its 2009 edition on Sunday in a deluge of rain, Grace Potter, CSN, and Buddy Guy, tallying tens of thousand people in attendance and one mysterious dead body. The AP reports: Pol ... More >>
Our old hometown of Bridgeport is back in the news. Let's see what it is this time. The New York Post says an estranged husband fell asleep with his estranged wife -- no red flags so far -- and woke up to find himself handcuffed to her. Apparently role-play was not involved, as least so far as we un ... More >>
We tend to forget that, despite our godless liberal reputation, the Catholic Church plays a huge role in the life of New York. It holds spiritual sway over millions of our citizens and owns some prime real estate, which always buys a seat at the power table. Historically its archbishop has been a pr ... More >>
Morgan Spurlock makes us look bad, plus (separate!) films on baseball and steroids shine.
Kelly's new deputy chief of training brings lots of experience, much of it bad
The man who helped bring Abramoff down goes to prison for his own nefarious deeds.
The East Village's Howl festival collapses amid mudslinging, debt, and broken promises
We were shelling out $400 every couple of months to pay for the lawyer
Cardinal Edward Egan faces a defining moment in the 2004 race for the White House
Boondocks and motherland sing that song to da rhythm of da boogie da bang bang da bong
Minor-League Ball Flourishes in the Shadow of the Mets and Yanks
Egans Bridgeport Record Offers Little Hope to Catholic Progressives
Dog Racing The Sport of Plebes
UFOS, JFK, and Richard Belzer