In face of jeers from Greenwich Village residents, the City Council approved New York University's 2031 expansion plan by a 44-1 vote this afternoon. The nearly 20-year construction project, which will not begin until 2014, will expand the university's campus to include additional academic facilit ... More >>
After publishing our piece yesterday "5 Reasons Why Touré Is Wrong On Blacks, Gay Marriage and Obama," we had the chance to talk about the president's new support fo marriage equality with WNYC's Brian Lehrer. We took calls from black listeners and talked to Lehrer about the many reasons why we b ... More >>
Students frustrated with the city's plan to shut down their high school walked out of class today and marched two-and-a-half miles in support of Occupy Wall Street's May Day. Separate from the chaotic protests in Manhattan -- which, as expected, are getting a lot of attention for their arrests an ... More >>
A City Council hearing today brought together key players in city education policy to discuss how to improve the college-readiness of public students. If only everyone could fit in the room. Runnin' Scared begged as crowds of hopeful attendees were shepherded into an additional viewing room. Eve ... More >>
The movement takes back foreclosed houses after leaving the park
viaAs the Wall Street occupation drags on, it's starting to attract more celebrities. Last night filmmaker Michael Moore spoke at Zuccotti Park, and today Susan Sarandon (who recently gave us an interview) dropped by the protest HQ to dispense words of advice.
In front of a raucous crowd of 2,000 in Brooklyn (see video above), a New York City panel voted early this morning to close 12 more public schools, bringing the week's total carnage to 22. Jeered by the crowd, Mayor Bloomberg's schools chancellor, Cathie Black, held her tongue. On Tuesday, Black h ... More >>
• A sure-to-be-fun (and perhaps the only) debate among New York's seven gubernatorial candidates -- including Andrew Cuomo, Carl Paladino, Charles Barron of the Freedom Party, former "Manhattan Madam" Kristen Davis, Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, Jimmy McMillan of the "Rent Is 2 Damn Hig ... More >>
New Yorkers get their first look at The Magnificent Seven gubernatorial candidates tonight, and if you can't find someone to embrace on this stage then you're a choosy beggar who doesn't even deserve true democracy and you might as well head straight for Tehran. The assortment includes a bos ... More >>
Tim Kaine, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, has no problem with Al Sharpton's refusal to endorse Andrew Cuomo for governor. Derrick Plummer, a DNC spokesman, e-mailed the Voice, calling Sharpton "a trusted voice on issues of importance to millions of Americans." Plummer s ... More >>
Al Sharpton filled ten minutes of NY1 air time last week refusing to endorse Andrew Cuomo, seemingly untroubled by Carl Paladino's bizarre e-mails. Instead, he heaped praise on Councilman Charles Barron, who is running against Cuomo for governor on the Freedom Party ballot line (it's free o ... More >>
Thank God for Rush Limbaugh. So long as he's calling George Steinbrenner a "cracker" who "made a lot of African-Americans millionaires," there's still a white guy with power in America that Al Sharpton is free to attack. So yesterday, "Silent Al" found his voice and called Rush "repugnant." ... More >>
"I thought these only existed in cartoons." Twitpic by nataliemorales. Well, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are done and the War on Christmas is getting closer! How's that going? On the one hand, the Satanists managed to keep the sidewalk Santas out of New York; on the other, Christers mus ... More >>
After the parade. Twitpic by Mzthicknflychic. Theeeee Yankees won! Doooooouuug Hoffman lost! The week was a mixed bag -- half fire, half dog poo. How 'bout them Yanks? They won one in Philly, then another, and were back home at the climax. Local merchants didn't get much out of it -- nor, Tom R ... More >>
You've probably heard that Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and co-pilot Jeff Skiles flew their old route over the Hudson today to cheers and flash bulbs and the approbation of Dr. Ruth ("I'm glad you're not retiring, but rewiring," said the pint-sized sexologist to Sully). As usual, Sul ... More >>
Photo (cc) MapDork. Against all odds, there's actually working (sort of) WiFi in the city council chamber, so I'm going to attempt to liveblog today's final vote on the city's Coney Island rezoning plan. The council's land use committee gave its preliminary blessing last week, so the last ... More >>
Photo (cc) Spuz. The way things are going, the never-ending Coney Island rezoning process is going to have more "final hearings" than Astroland had last days. Originally scheduled to meet last week to weigh in on the shape of Coney's future, the city council's land use committee instead repeatedl ... More >>
On Tuesday several city councilmembers signed a letter of protest against an MTA policy that requires Sikh workers to have the MTA logo sewn into their turbans. In 2005 the council filed but never enacted a bill that would prevent city agencies from making employees "comply with a uniform code tha ... More >>
For years we had this place all to ourselves, it seemed; feebs and hayseeds hated New York and, as the old saying went, wouldn't want to live here. Now the Times finds that between July 2007 and July 2008, our population grew by nearly 54,000 -- a "stunning" reversal, say demographers. 76,000 citiz ... More >>
Photos, legwork by Robert Sietsema. There are only a few students left inside the Kimmel Center, which has been occupied since Thursday in the Take Back NYU protest. Those are the final four in the picture, reported by NYU Local's twitter feed to be Ryan Olander -- an intern at the Washington Peac ... More >>
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