David Berkowitz

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    The 10 Best Punk Rock Movies

    Punk rock has been a part of cinema ever since the music blasted out of New York, Los Angeles, and London in the mid to late '70s. In film and on TV, portrayals of punk are often misguided or straight laughable (Hello Quincy! Hi C.H.I.P.S!) But sometimes they get it kinda sorta right. Here now, ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    The Rise and Fall of Crime in New York City: A Timeline

    This week's feature story, The Tragedy of Louis Scarcella, explores the context of the now-infamous Brooklyn detective's career. It explained how the culture of policing changed over the years in response to the city's rising crime rate. Crime, in many ways, shaped the modern history of New York Cit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Central Park Five Settlement: From a Tough on Crime Era to an Era of Reconciliation

    On Thursday, the men wrongfully convicted of the 1989 rape and assault of a jogger in Central Park agreed to a $40 million settlement with the city. The amount corresponds to the roughly 40 total years the men, known Collectively as the "Central Park Five," spent in prison after their conviction. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    What Charles Manson and Bon Iver Have in Common

    Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver is a mild-mannered hipster heartthrob who crafts his rustic, emotionally fragile-seeming folk-rock in a secluded Wisconsin cabin. Charles Manson is a babbling former cult leader rotting away in a California state prison for an infamous murder spree. According to Pandora In ... More >>

  • News

    September 18, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    The High Line Will Get Itself Some New Elevated Eats

    David Berkowitz/FlickrExtra nice with a dribbling lobster roll​ The food vendors lucky enough to win a spot on the High Line this summer are still being decided upon. But if the organization that runs the elevated park gets what they asked for in proposals due yesterday, April 14, New Yorkers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Dorky Tech Snowball Fight Today at Madison Square Park

    via ceonyc on Four Square​In news of extreme things that nerdy people like, New York's tech elite will be gathering at Madison Square Park today at 2:30 p.m. for an old fashioned snowball fight (#techsnowball) to be followed by a group meal at Shake Shack. We can't wait to see how many iPhones ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    From Foxy Knoxy to Son of Sam: Are Facebook Fan Pages the New Trend in Jail Mail?

    ​Amanda Knox, the college student convicted in December of murdering her roommate while studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, receives hundreds of letters in jail every month, and says they are "great support." But jail mail no longer means just letters. Slews of other supporters and haters share ... More >>

  • Music

    July 13, 2010

    The Endtables Emerge At Last

    As do Tin Huey, Pistol Whip, and myriad other unjustly forgotten early-indie innovators

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Are You In A Band? Want To Waste More Money? Hire This Serial Killer To Post Your Flyers!

    We understand in great detail what a street team is (which we learned from listening to VoiceStreet over cubicle walls), and the importance of wide-scale sticker/flyer promotion, but is there really anyone out there, small business or new-to-town band, who would spot this serial-killer note taped ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Gawker Writer Engages Intellectual Terrorist and Misanthrope Commentator Andrew Breitbart, Re: Lady Gaga

    ​This is amazing. You have to give professional shoutcreature and Matt-Drudge-lackee-turned-Dark-Sith-of-Conservative-Thought, Andrew Breitbart, credit where it's due: he has a sense of humor. Also, he will dignify the issues he sees as important. Matt Cherette -- who spends his days at Gawker ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Percy Sutton: Class Act

    ​Legendary Harlem pol and business entrepreneur Percy Sutton slipped away this weekend at 89, and he rightly deserves the many tributes he's now receiving. He was one of 15 children born to a former slave from south Texas. He became a Tuskegee airman and won twin combat stars for doing battle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    More Pastel Frosting to Befall the City

    David Berkowitz/flickrKnow the dot. Fear the dot.​Predictions of the coming cupcake crash be damned: New York is set to suck down another sugar suppository, courtesy of Sprinkles. The Los Angeles cupcake juggernaut, which modestly describes itself as "the world's first cupcake bakery," will op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Mario Cuomo's Mark Green Snub Recalls 2006 Green-Andrew Cuomo Throwdown

    ​Former Governor Mario Cuomo, father of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, made a rare endorsement today: He likes Bill de Blasio for Public Advocate. The Times sees it as a snub to Mark Green, and no kidding: as Wayne Barrett observed in 2006, Green was not gentle with Cuomo fils in a debate dur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    High Line Mysteries Explained

     The Times explains the brilliant display of begonias on the awning of an old building at Washington at 13th Street, which has been much noticed by perambulators of the High Line. It turns out recently-deceased party planner Robert Isabell liked to do stuff like that -- he once covered the cent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    Noobs Flood the City; We Propose a Screening Process

    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 citize ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 15, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 12, 2008

    Former Son of Sam Lawyer Caught Playing Deputy, Suspended

    Ira Jultak, best known for serving as attorney for "Son of Sam" slayer David Berkowitz in 1977, was suspended from his job as assistant state attorney in Broward County, Florida on Tuesday. That's because cops found him impersonating a sheriff's deputy, the New Times of Broward-Palm Beach reports. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2008

    Post Back to Cell Watch

    Back in the 1970s, the New York Post famously smuggled a photo of a snoozing David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz out of jail, and printed it with the headline SAM SLEEPS. Security in City correctional facilities must be tighter now, because only a court pic accompanies the Post's IMETTE HULK SULKS story ab ... More >>

  • Film

    July 23, 2008

    Man on Wire Documents When the Sky Was the Limit

    Before the fall, one man's walk in the clouds gave New York a reason to chin up

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2008

    What Color is Your Times Square Bombing Bicycle?

    There's always that scene in any sort of serial killer film or TV show in which the police and the press are fighting over what bits of info to release, and inevitably some "communication" occurs between the perp and the media. You see the lead investigator at a press conference talking about how mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2008
  • Film

    July 31, 2007

    Love Goes To Buildings On Fire

    1977 New York gets the VH1 treatment and, oh my, wasn't it fun back then!

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2007

    The Life of Breslin Coming to Off-Broadway

    Jimmy Breslin is pleased with Michael Rispoli's portrayal of him in "The Bronx is Burning," so much so that he green-lighted the actor to do an off-Broadway play about his life and the newspaper business. But just don't think the legendary columnist is happy. "He’s uncanny," said Breslin in a ph ... More >>

  • Music

    August 15, 2006

    Spaghetti Eastern

    The Lordz, Brooklyn rap-rock's preeminent wiseguys, crank the bass and wax Soprano

  • Music

    January 31, 2006
  • News

    January 10, 2006

    Unjust Desserts

    Pink slips on the menu for school food supplier

  • Specials

    October 18, 2005
  • Books

    June 28, 2005
  • Books

    April 12, 2005

    Escape From New York

    When Gotham bottomed out: A serial killer, widespread arson, and the seeds of reinvention

  • News

    March 29, 2005

    Recipe for Trouble

    City schools' new food plan fails to deliver

  • Specials

    January 6, 2004
  • Books

    December 3, 2002

    Fan Fare

    Collecting This Season's Coffee-Table Books

  • News

    March 19, 2002

    The Importance of Jimmy Breslin

    New York's Columnist Tells the Story of a Death on the Job

  • News

    September 25, 2001

    The Kid From Aberdeen

    The Most Important Thing in Life Is Just Showing Up

  • News

    August 28, 2001

    New York’s Bean Counter

    Will the Votes Add Up for Alan Hevesi?

  • News

    December 12, 2000

    Roaming Rikers

    Stun Shields, Stray Cats, Buck-Fifties, Boofing: The Top Brass’s Tour of America’s Largest Penal Colony

  • Music

    April 18, 2000
  • News

    February 15, 2000

    I, Mitnick

    After a Year in Solitary Confinement, the World’s Greatest Hacker Has a Lot to Say

  • Columns

    October 26, 1999
  • Film

    June 29, 1999
  • News

    October 13, 1998

    Rumbling in the Bronx

    Spike Lee spins a raucous '70s morality tale