The New York City Opera was supposed to spend the next several months preparing for productions of Endimione, Bluebeard's Castle, and The Marriage of Figaro. Instead, the opera company is preparing to sell off assets, including its thrift shop, and move its records to Columbia University for preserv ... More >>
A popular movie gets a live musical accompaniment
Parents, activists and educators who are against the so-called education-reform movement are forming a national coalition to combat what they perceive to be a corporate assault on education. They thought it'd be wise to organize their fight on a more national level -- especially since their oppone ... More >>
Another great reason not to have a car
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that he's nominating disastrous former Governor David Paterson to serve on the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority -- and we have the "cute" Beatle to blame for Patterson's return to public life.Paterson will replace former Board member Nancy Shev ... More >>
Yesterday, Runnin' Scared brought you news of a pink gun -- marketed as a fundraising partnership with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation -- on sale for 429 bucks at a Seattle Firearms dealer. Late in the afternoon, a Komen spokeswoman told reporters that the breast cancer advocacy group h ... More >>
The New York Times reports that Hostess Brands -- the company that manufactures Ding Dongs, Twinkies, and Hostess Cupcakes -- has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
First of all, Target sells seafood? Second of all, this is good news considering the deplorable state of our oceans right now. Overfishing has depleted populations of fish like cod and tuna to dangerous lows, making the fact that a chain with 1,762 locations is committing itself to sustainabl ... More >>
Go camping without leaving the city
News Corp head honcho Rupert Murdoch received a $12.5 million cash bonus for the last financial year; about the same time period during which the phone hacking scandal exploded into a full-blown crisis, shuttering News of the World and forcing the Murdochs to testify in front of British MP's. ... More >>
News Corp's quarterly earnings call with Wall Street will take place today, and the media conglomerate is putting 80-year-old Rupert Murdoch on the call despite the fact that he's "famous for his off-script comments." This will be Murdoch's first time on an earnings conference call since befo ... More >>
WikipediaIn yet another sign of the impending apocalypse, H & H Bagels will close tomorrow. Forever.
Lauren ShockeyThe sign says it all. The stretch of Sixth Avenue between 8th Street and 11th Street has been witnessing a lot of shutterings recently. First the Qdoba went out of business, followed by the long-standing Bagel Buffet, and now Jefferson Market grocery store has turned off its li ... More >>
Ralph Esmerian, a Manhattan jeweler who once loaned gems to Hollywood's rich and famous -- including Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Lopez, and Melania Trump -- was arrested on fraud charges today at his girlfriend's Tudor City apartment.
News Corp chairman and unwitting prankster Rupert Murdoch doesn't get this whole "Summer Friday" thing. Back in his day, the workweek started on Monday, and didn't end until you'd enslaved a few nation-states (Saturday around 3PMish). Apparently, it's such a problem under him that he sent a m ... More >>
According to Bloomberg News, Citigroup Inc., which got $45 billion dollars in bailout money from the federal government, will be raising the base salaries of their investment bankers and traders as much as 50%. Citigroup's market value dropped 84% in the past year.
Good-bye to all of that? What a week it's been for restaurant shit shows, what with Eighty One's sad demise, Ryan Skeen's alleged fist tango with his GM, and Ollie's bankruptcy. Now it looks like Allen & Delancey has been added to the poop pile: Eater has heard from one of the long-embattled ... More >>
Lucy Browne's, the soul food joint that opened in the space formerly occupied by Steak Frites, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after less than a year in business. [Crains]The Village loses some soul food. Karaoke Boho, the West Village outpost of Sing Sing, has been shuttered ... More >>
A lot can happen in 10 years. Here, the highlights.
An affadavit released by the Larimer County Sheriff's Department Friday says that balloon mom Mayumi Heene confessed that she and her husband staged the escape of the mylar balloon that supposedly contained their son as a publicity stunt. She's retained a criminal lawyer. Her husband's lawyer, howev ... More >>
Last night, Starbucks workers held a protest at the company's Manhattan regional headquarters to protest an increase in the amount employees must pay towards their health insurance coverage. As reported on the Times' City Room blog, this is hardly the first time Starbucks has clashed with uni ... More >>
President-Elect Obama put forward his former rival for the Democratic nomination, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, for Secretary of Commerce. The sometimes ill-spoken Richardson, who during the campaign told a union audience that he would "continue taking your financial support," said it was "a ... More >>
Photo by hotdogger13 via flickr Five developers submitted proposals on Thursday for the right to build on the 26-acre Hudson Yards, an MTA-owned property on the West Side that once slated to be the home of New York Jets stadium. The site is one of the biggest swaths of land in Manhattan that has n ... More >>
About two dozen protesters from ACORN/The Working Families party busted in on a private equity analyst conference at the Waldorf-Astoria this afternoon where Carlyle Group cofounder David Rubenstein was scheduled to speak. The demonstration was part of their campaign to raise awareness about the li ... More >>
According to a press release from Mayor Bloomberg's office, the 17-member congestion pricing panel —3 appointees each from Bloomberg, Governor Spitzer, the City Council, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and one each from the Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith a ... More >>
Getting bucks from different heads of the music-biz hydra
EMI cleans house, Elektra merges, Arista folds, what's left?
Midtown Residents Watch a Building Fall and Fear Theirs May Be the Next
How Pataki's Disastrous Energy Plan Fattened His Friends and Campaign Coffers
Her Boss at United Got $3.2 Million. She Got Shoved Out the Door.