This mayor has given so many press conferences about winter weather we ought to start calling him de BlasiSNOW, amirite? On Wednesday, the mayor tried to console New Yorkers increasingly grumpy over the string of storms by telling them, "We are tough by nature... We don't give in to challenges." Ne ... More >>
In Kinky Boots, Lola's straight! No, gay! But sexless!
Aside from voter apathy and a weak field, the mayoral race is really shaping up.
Happy Valentine's Day Poll! According to a new NY1/Marist survey of 657 New York City adults, the "most romantic" borough was declared as Manhattan by 64 percent of city residents. Brooklyn came in second, followed by Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. Brooklyners, as to be expected, were ... More >>
Ed Koch and I were inaugurated on the same day in 1978. He became mayor and I became his weekly tormentor. I had written a few pieces for the Voice before I took over the Runnin' Scared column that January, going back as far as 1973. But I was now inheriting a column that Mary Nichols, th ... More >>
File this one one away under the "Unsolved Mysteries" of this election season: Try to follow: Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver is the key symbol of Albany hypocrisy. Only yesterday, Ed Koch, the newly re-born reform banner waver, was declaiming him at City Hall. "He is the enemy of reform," ... More >>
Proving the old line that the best way to find real news in the Times is to read the stories end-to-beginning, the Paper of Record offers up a classic buried lede in its article today about the upcoming renovations to Madison Square Garden. Round about the sixth paragraph, sportswriter Richar ... More >>
Mike Bloomberg couldn't make yesterday evening's giant swearing-in ceremony at the Great Hall at City College for new Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. Ex-mayor Ed Koch was there, as was David Dinkins, who gave a sweet speech hailing Vance as someone who cared as much about preventing cri ... More >>
So Michael Bloomberg bought himself a third mayoral term by spending the gross national product of New Guinea. I know this because I read about it on Bloomberg.com last night. And how do we feel about this unsurprising development? Well, the guy may be obscenely rich and extremely willing t ... More >>
Dancers from InSpirit beckon passers-by to enter a new store on Broadway near 13th Street. Labor Day, with its West Indian American Day Parade, was the high point of the week. The low point was, let's see... the rest of it. 9/11 was a popular topic. It was oddly related to a Twitter Festiv ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesMarch 5, 1964, Vol. IX, No. 20How Habitable is N.Y.? There Are Some DoubtsBy Mary Perot NicholsIs New York City fit for humans? At least a few people have reservations. Commenting on the city's habitability, Monday night, one city planner acidly ... More >>
The Albany Coup, Week 2: It started with a shock twist as Hiram Monserrate rejoined the Democrats, putting the state senate in a 31-31 deadlock. The Dems optimistically declared new leader John Sampson the president pro tem. (Just to be on the safe side they sued, but were rejected.) The Republica ... More >>
Last night, Nathan Lee, the critic at the center of this week's media scandal of the moment, went on the indieWire website--the outlet which originally ran a story detailing a long and fraught negotiation between Lee and NPR over the latter's decision to excise all the names from Lee's review of the ... More >>
As Mario Cuomo famously said, when New York Post publisher Rupert Murdoch likes a politician, he lets you know it. Back in 1982 when Cuomo was campaigning against Post favorite Ed Koch for the Democratic gubernatorial nod, he griped that when normal papers endorse a candidate "you get one column ... More >>
The trailer for the remake of The Taking of Pelham 123 is out. Trailers are of course a bad way to judge a movie (usually the movie is much duller), but this one has us already missing the 1974 original (which you can see on Hulu) very badly. Here's a checklist: Lt. Garber 1974: Walter Matthau, r ... More >>
Here's Mark Green offering a proud last hurrah on the night of September 15, 2006 when he lost his bid to be state attorney general: "I will not seek office again. I want to make my contribution as an advocate, as a writer, as a lawyer, and as a teacher. But I will not seek elective office ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 18, 1961, Vol. VI, No. 30 Mayor Relents, Opens Square to Folk-Singers By J.R. Goddard "Did you hear that?" the woman sweeping the stoop on MacDougal Street asked in dismay. "They're letting 'em sing in the Square again!" And so they we ... More >>
Were you wondering whether people-power could defeat the Bloomberg juggernaut? Wonder no more -- now that rich upstate meddler Tom Golisano has pledged to fight the Mayor's term-limit overthrow, it's the "Battle of the Billionaires," says WCBS. Also using the term: WNBC, the New York Times, Politics ... More >>
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Mayor Bloomberg's lawsuits against out-of-state gun owners may have inspired East Villager Calvin Gibson, who was shot by a schizophrenic man at Avenue D and East 7th Street in July. Gibson blames Craigslist in part for enabling the sale of a gun to his assailant, and is suing the website for $10 mi ... More >>
News over the weekend that Al Qaeda plotted three years ago to attack the subways with hydrogen cyanide gas seems yet another reminder of how much the world has changed since 9-11. But terrorism trivia fans will be interested to know that the alleged aborted 2003 plot is not the city's first potent ... More >>
In 2001, the cozy B.B. King Club on West 42nd Street was adequate for rookie candidate Michael Bloomberg's election night crowd. Last night, Bloomberg's spare-no-expense campaign booked the city's biggest meeting venue east of the Javits Center-- the vast Metropolitan Ballroom at the Sheraton New Yo ... More >>
For Thursday's mayoral debate, at least, showtime was outside the Apollo, and early. Dozens of Freddy Ferrer backers chanted and waved signs near the entrance, as supporters of the Independence Party retorted with cries of "Bloomberg on C … Bloomberg on C." Despite the mayor's publicly stated rati ... More >>
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With a ravenous market and a pro-development mayor, West Side tenants say they don't stand a chance