Finally, it's over.When we started reporting on the Rangel/Espaillat primary race last week, the challenger to the Harlem Congressman's throne was ready to take the vote count to court. The race was close but it wasn't that close; the State Senator Adriano Espaillat was contesting 2,110 votes, ... More >>
Juneteenth is a national holiday celebrated in 41 of the 50 states. Across the country African-Americans celebrate the day with parades, festivals and street fairs. In Harlem, residents discussed voter registration and political involvement and almost on cue Rep.Charlie Rangel arrived to much fanfar ... More >>
As delays and uncertainty persist in the redistricting process in Albany, support is growing for a new majority Latino congressional district in New York City. Pols and advocates have been rallying this month in an effort to pressure the state to draw a majority Latino district that would include p ... More >>
Just days after a U.S. District court judge ruled to intervene in New York state's redistricting process, local political leaders in Upper Manhattan are calling for the legislature to redraw district lines to favor the local Dominican community's voting power. The 15th Congressional District, which ... More >>
Following House Speaker-designate John Boehner's Sir-Weeps-a-Lot moment on 60 Minutes recently, along with the salty, flowing waves of 2010 man-tears (including Charlie Rangel's please don't censure me sobs and Chris Brown's spontaneous waterworks at a Michael Jackson tribute), the Today Show ... More >>
• Rep. Charles Rangel will finally get his punishment: The House is expected to vote on his censure for 11 ethics violations today. Although the octogenarian Congressman has been lobbying for a reprimand instead of the harsher censure, it seems unlikely that that will happen. [NBC NY]
Those in New York City responsible for seeing that the Great American Democratic Process goes smoothly -- the Board of Elections -- has had a complete shitshow of an election season. Or has been the complete shitshow of New York's election season -- which, given Charlie Rangel, Carl Paladino, ... More >>
It is now Friday afternoon, and thus time to look back on the week that was: Our Man Sietsema ranked Our 10 Best Chinese Restaurants, 2010 Edition. Brooklyn Winery's Conor McCormack discussed urban winemaking, the science in the glass, and why winemakers are so beer-happy. Battle of the banana cr ... More >>
Ah, New York City! It's the day to vote in the election you know about and think you're going to vote in but might not, one in which the most suspenseful race of the day involves whether or not you actually care enough to get out there and pull the lever. We're going to be liveblogging and up ... More >>
PerkinsBill Perkins has been a fixture in Harlem politics since 1997, elected to two terms in the city council first and then to David Paterson's state senate seat in 2006. But the 60-year-old marathoner is in a fight for his political life now, facing a well-financed challenger, Basil Smikle ... More >>
There's an outside shot that Adam Clayton Powell IV could win his race against aging Harlem warhorse Charlie Rangel this month. If so, just check out today's Daily News for more evidence why reporters everywhere are rooting for him to pull out a victory: He's endlessly good copy. Confronted b ... More >>
An English professor from Manhattan was forcibly ejected from an Upper West Side Starbucks after refusing to order her bagel "without butter or cheese," which she claimed was linguistically stupid. [NY Post] Fruits and vegetables are ripening early this year due to warm weather, likely leadi ... More >>
Growing evidence yesterday that the mid-summer heat is frying everyone's brains. In the Mets clubhouse at Citifield, K-Rod head-butts his father in law. He is arrested. David Dinkins, the most dignified politician to ever walk up the City Hall steps, flips the bird to a protestor outside the ... More >>
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, had to cancel her free Coney Island concerts next week because of "fractured ribs and a pain in the abdomen." Our hearts are with her, but it's obvious that the woman hasn't become that unglued by this cancellation, seeing as she's still thinking about the ... More >>
New York Rep. Charles Rangel -- at 80, the fourth oldest person in the House and the former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee -- will stand trial on 13 violations of congressional ethics and federal law statutes, despite efforts by Rangel's lawyers to negotiate a last-minute deal ... More >>
In a city of slumlords and broke-ass apartment buildings, these stand out.
David Paterson took a lot of heat for saying racism was behind his poor press and dismal poll numbers. When he tried to rope President Obama into the act, the White House distanced itself from the governor more strenuously than they did even from Bill Thompson. We wondered some time ago if maybe hi ... More >>
Twitpic by Paris Hilton. "Bentley was so cute last night. Carnival is such a fun place to go. A must see place when you go to New York." What? Oh. The week started with rightbloggers cheering President Obama's for losing the Olympics and ends with them booing him for winning the Nobel Peace ... More >>
Some time ago we looked at some of the member items state senators requested in Albany. Impressive, but petty cash compared to what they spend in D.C. A group called Washington Watch -- yeah, they're libertarians (i.e. wingnuts with weed), but we'll take our thrills where we can get them -- has a ... More >>
Twitpic by iamawizard. The week started with an underwear run and went downhill from there. President Obama's Supreme Court pick, Sonia Sotomayor, rocked the Judiciary Committee. He felt so good about that he released unexpected stimulus money for New York cops, and announced Medal of ... More >>
Is the term limits question the third rail for Mike Bloomberg's reelection campaign? That wily old dog Charlie Rangel seems to think so. WNBC's Gabe Pressman reports that in an interview, the Harlem congressman hammered hard at the mayor for violating "a trust" with the public, accusing him ... More >>
Twitpic by moises. The spectre of death stalked the nation. We were all shocked by the death of a great American musician: Sky Saxon. Also, Michael Jackson. We looked at his fans, press reactions, his good works and his weird headlines. And let's not forget Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon. Presid ... More >>
Yeah, we finally made it to Citi Field Wednesday. What do we think? We think Johan Santana is awesome. Swine Flu fucked up Cinco de Mayo, continued to be funny until we got it. Wait, actually it's still pretty funny, especially since we really didn't get swine flu. But even if! Anyway Raccoon ... More >>
Puerto Rican independence activists rally 'round an FBI crackdown
If counter-recruiters succeed and enlistees flee, a draft could be next.
Cubans daring to speak openly for freedom assemble in Havana: Castro feels a chill
Black-led protest challenges capitalism, imperialism, and New York's very rich mayor
An open letter to the international Olympic committee
Leaders Offer a Surprising Mix of Praise and Put-Down
Why the Secretary of Defense Opposes the Draft
Rumsfeld Steps Onto the Demos' Target Range
How Randy Daniels Helped Put Chain Stores and Market Prices Uptown
Did Memories of the 2001 Mayoral Race Kill the Gubernatorial Primary?
How the Campaign Coverage Missed Coalitions, Stadiums, Affordable Homes, and Ethical Lapses
Mayoral Hopeful Will Receive Official Nod Before Labor Day
Ethnic Politics are Getting More Complicated
The End of the Rainbow-PUSH Leader?
McCall Crowns Ferrer, but Sharpton, Rivera, Rangel Skip the Coronation
Does Adam Clayton Powell IV Deserve a Second Act?
Assault Charges Hit President, Right Revives
Political retribution in Harlem in the wake of the Million Youth March