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A little before 11 a.m., more than 50 students took over Cooper Union President Jamshed Bharucha's office on the seventh floor of the school. Students say they're holding a vote of no confidence in Bharucha's l ... More >>
On Sunday afternoon, seven mayoral hopefuls gathered for a forum co-hosted by the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY) and the Islamic Center at New York University. Community organizers hailed it as an historic moment. Nearly three weeks after the Boston bombings--and in the heat of the de ... More >>
This week, CUNY announced that it would be bringing on an exciting new staff member: Former CIA director David Petraeus, who has been named "Visiting Professor of Public Policy" and will start in August.
But what exactly will Petraeus be teaching? Public policy is a pretty broad topic. With respect ... More >>
It has become a safe assumption that otherwise liberal and open-minded New York politicians will make an exception for Israel. Case in point: 10 members of the New York City Council have declared that they support academic freedom, just not the freedom of public universities to host events that do n ... More >>
Yesterday marked the hundredth day of Quebec student's strike, the fourth day since the Quebec government passed an oppressive law intended to break the strike, and, as hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets in defiance of the law, possibly the single largest act of civil disobedience in ... More >>
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who is likely to run for mayor, released a report yesterday that called for the installation of solar panels on the roofs of city public schools.
Releasing reports -- it's the thing to do if you want to be mayor, apparently!
This one here is one of tho ... 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 >>
Inspired by Occupy Wall Street, students from around New York will walk out of their classes and march down to City Hall this afternoon. Once at City Hall, the students will join the larger Community/Labor March to Wall Street, which already has almost 3,000 people attending on Facebook.
A few mont ... More >>
Occupy Wall Street is now in its 12th day. This morning brought another march on Wall Street. In other cities, similar efforts are springing up. And, there are now efforts to protest the treatment the protesters have gotten from the NYPD -- most dramatically and media-attention-getting, the pepper-s ... More >>
A plague of souvlaki and tube socks.The folks at Terroir aren't the only ones who have noticed that summer street fairs tend to suck. The Center for an Urban Future has just released "New Visions for New York Street Fairs," a report designed to "kick off a discussion about how these staples o ... More >>
CUNY's Fiterman Hall, damaged by the 9/11 attacks, was finally torn down this week, and a groundbreaking for a new Hall held today. Unfortunately it wasn't the solemn event people were expecting. Our favorite councilmember, Charles Barron, expressed resentment at his seating arrangements and ... More >>
Governor Paterson today ordered an 11 percent cut in the state's budget, which he says would amount to half a billion dollars in savings for the cash-strapped state.
"When combined with last year's actions," the Governor claims, this
"would result in annual, recurring savings of $1.5 billion." (Th ... More >>
Beekeepers swarmed Water Taxi Beach Monday night for the Beekeepers Ball, which kicked off Pollinator Week, a week dedicated to promoting beekeeping. Beekeeping is illegal in New York City, but a bill to lift the ban has been introduced and is currently awaiting a hearing.
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At her upcoming State of the City speech, which she is expected to bellow at any moment, Council Speaker Christine Quinn is expected to propose an income tax hike on richer New Yorkers, says Liz Benjamin. Citizens making between $297,000 and $532,000 would see their rate rise from 3.683 percent to ... More >>