If you want to have a bridge, tunnel, park, or any other piece of city owned property named after you, there's something you'll need to do in advance: drop dead.That's if City Councilman Peter Valone has his way, anyway.
Things seem to have gone off the rails in former mayor David Dinkins's urban public policy class at Columbia tonight, where Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was the visiting guest along with federal judge George Daniels and Manhattan D.A. Cy Vance Jr. According to Bwog, Kelly was speaking when student ... More >>
Andrew Cuomo will show us in the next few days if he has the balls to be a change agent as governor.
His feud with Eliot Spitzer caught fire when Spitzer got stuck in neutral during Cuomo's 2006 primary race for attorney general against Mark Green, refusing to endorse Cuomo when it mattered. ... More >>
NPR asks an intriguing question today. With so many -- of such varied backgrounds, ages, and degrees of fame -- using their middle fingers to express discontent, are we simply growing numb to the shock value of the bird? Does it need a replacement, stat? In the last few months, the gesture ha ... More >>
Debrahlee Lorenzana was a banker at a Citibank branch in Midtown Manhattan. As you'll see from our cover, she's an attractive woman. But too attractive to keep her job? Elizabeth Dwoskin asks as much in this week's Village Voice cover story, Is This Woman Too Hot to Be a Banker?
Maybe it's just David Paterson fatigue.
The media is so tired of kicking the governor around that we're letting him posture as a bulwark against fiscal madness when he's one of its causes. It took a federal judge a minute or two to figure out that Paterson's furlough plan was an illegal vio ... More >>
SuttonJesse Jackson was standing by the front door at Riverside Church as Percy Sutton's coffin made its way out of the church Wednesday afternoon. Jackson had opened the three-and-a-half-hour service with a poignant salute to "the tallest tree in our forest," recalling the many "points of li ... More >>
If you're a New York political junkie, the best entertainment of the holiday season was the sitdown Michael Scotto had last week on NY1 with the remaining members of Harlem's Gang of Four, David Dinkins, Basil Paterson and Congressman Charlie Rangel. They went on the show to laud gang leader and b ... More >>
A campaign operative for Mayor Bloomberg' "exhorts volunteers to shift into overdrive" in the final week before the vote. Why? The Times and its experts express caution over turnout: "Elections have been lost -- most notably David N. Dinkins's 1993 re-election race -- because people who insis ... More >>
The Times today has a short and instructive corrective to the David Dinkins-era narrative invoked by Team Bloomberg's most rabid fan, Rudy Giuliani, who offered a now-notorious race-linked screed last week to an orthodox Brooklyn crowd that the city risked going back to the bad old Dinkins da ... More >>
As we've mentioned, the Manhattan D.A.'s race has gone into full swing, and the Democratic candidates have been busy gathering endorsements. Leslie Crocker Snyder recently netted former Mayor Ed Koch, among others; Cy Vance, Jr. got former Mayor Dinkins, and recently drew out political retiree Caro ... More >>
In endorsements for the Manhattan D.A.'s race, as we noted before, it's been all about Richard Aborn. But the other candidates are starting to grab some big names, too. Cyrus Vance Jr. has just added former state comptroller and gubernatorial candidate Carl McCall to his roster, which includes David ... More >>
Funerals can be about politics, especially when the deceased is as influential as Bill Tatum was. The longtime owner of the Amsterdam News drew a crowd of hundreds at Riverside Church last Friday, and most of the speakers were politicians, including the minister who presided, Rev. Al Sharpton.None o ... More >>