In 2003, Poz magazine assigned me to interview Tony Kushner about the HBO adaptation of his prize-winning epic of AIDS, fear, and self-loathing, Angels In America. Having seen the TV movie, I mentioned to Kushner that it was quite faithful to the play, though the line that outed Ed Koch--which brou ... More >>
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.
Hundreds of thousands of photos that offer snapshots of more than a century of New York City history are now publicly available online for the first time ever. Together, they offer a close-up, gritty picture of the city's history and development, from detective photos of gruesome crime scenes to ... More >>
The FBI has released a cache of documents about the Village Voice dating from 1969 to 1997 that are now available under FOIA. Bomb threats! Contras! Secret lists! Ed Koch vs. J. Edgar Hoover! First up: were Village Voice subscribers in the '70s added to a creepy secret government list? A le ... More >>
Video by Azi Paybarah at Capital New York from this morning shows our mayor saying that it's Congress that caused the financial crisis, not the big banks. He also describes Occupy Wall Street as "cathartic" and "entertaining" -- though not in a good way.
By Ryan Gellis Standing in a thinning crowd of Staten Island ferry commuters Tuesday, you might have made the mistake of thinking Big Rudy, America's favorite mayor, was coming back to run for office. The few in the crowd who were willing to chance missing the boat would stop to shake Giuli ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 5, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 6 New Stockholder Straus Broadcasting, Inc., has sold its stock interest in The Village Voice. All other Voice shareholders -- Edwin Fancher, Evelyn L. Lutz, Herbert B. Lutz, Norman Mailer, and Daniel Wol ... More >>
The Greater Murdoch Empire is in full-scale jihad mode right now on the subject of the downtown mosque, and the mullahs of Iran would do well to take a lesson on how such scorched-earth campaigns are really conducted. For starters, there's today's chief talking point which is offered on the P ... More >>
From L.A. to Bali, city workers film mayor touting himself at your expense
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 >>
You know you're a NYer when . . . you recognize locations in these movies. Ba da bum.
It turns out there's a constituency for selling Staten Island after all. If you spot him the votes for C Montgomery Burns, Charles Montgomery Bunrs and CM Burns, fictional billionaire Charles Montgomery Burns ran away with the write-in vote in last month's mayoral election with 27 votes (pdf) ... More >>
The unexamined world of Mike Bloomberg
We are against hagiography as a rule, but let's take a moment to list just a few members of the cast of Shan Nicolson's late '70s New York doc Downtown Calling, narrated by Debbie Harry and opening at the Austin Film Festival, next weekend: DJ AM, Wild Style's Charlie Ahearn, TV on the Radio' ... More >>
WABC commissioned a poll on some local races, and found things as expected, with a few surprises. Bill Thompson mops the floor with Tony Avella for the Democratic Mayoral nomination, 52-11 percent, and Mark Green, the only public advocate candidate most people have heard of, takes 47 percent ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesNovember 5, 1964, Vol. X, No. 3City Takes Tough Line Vs. CafesA crackdown on coffee houses in the crowded MacDougal Street area was ordered Monday night by City Corporation Counsel Leo Larkin. City action will take the form of permanent injunc ... More >>
"132 Mulberry New York, NY 10013 #nyc #little_italy." twitpic by joannabethpdot. The Beastie Boys' Adam Rauch has cancer of the salivary gland, will seek treatment, is expected to recover. Get well soon, MCA. With Paterson in decline and Cuomo regnant, this guy is our best hope for an exciting 2 ... 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 >>
The Times says today that Manhattan D.A. candidate Richard Aborn "Aims to Raise His Profile" in that race, and that he does so mainly via endorsements. We'll say -- his office alerts us to each one (other candidates are also encouraged to do so), and he's had plenty, most recently those of four Demo ... More >>
Photo via the Amsterdam News. Wilbert "Bill" Tatum, the feisty former publisher of the Amsterdam News who took on everyone from Ed Koch to the New York Post, died today in -- of all places -- a hospital in Croatia. Tatum, 76, was a world-traveler despite the diabetes that kept him confined to a whe ... More >>
The Times' fascinating liveblog of today's city council term limits hearings includes some fine legal arguments by the Mayor's supporters, such as corporation counsel Michael Cardozo, as well as the more cavalier anti-term-limits remarks of former Governor Cuomo, and the fire-and-brimstone refutatio ... More >>
Days of whine and poses
Let's recap: Mayor Bloomberg is coyly against term limits, and coyly seconded by most City Councilmembers; Mark Green and Bill Thompson are for limits, and Anthony Weiner open to a referendum that could end them; and Charlie Rangel just wants the issue to go away. Now the New York Times says three ... More >>
Tabloid Bloomy Goes Thuggy, Trades Big Schtick for Big Stick
The 'Voice' bags the bad guys
No matter what happens at tomorrow's vote of the city's Working Families Party, Michael Bloomberg shouldn't count on its endorsement. Despite a report in today's Times that the mayor hoped to win its nomination, party insiders say the choice actually comes down to Democrat Fernando Ferrer, or "no e ... More >>
No, the mayor didn't donate his tie to the relief effort: This press conference with (l to r) OEM head Joe Bruno, police commish Ray Kelly, and FDNY boss Scoppetta took place Sunday, with Hizzoner in weekend garb. New Yorkers expect their mayors to be more than mechanics, but Mike Bloomberg is once ... More >>
A Freddy win in September could pose a demographic dilemma for big-bucks Mike
He's got money, unions, endorsements, and no viable opponentexcept time As the massive crowd of pols, activists, and union members crammed on to the steps of City Hall on Wednesday morning, Councilman Robert Jackson revved up the crowd with shouts of "Who's not endorsing Bill Thompson?" The a ... More >>
Atonal rhythm acrobats fidget and flip through patterns
Inside New York's Quiet Success Stories
Why Won't the Mayor Let Us Get Close to Him?
Bloomy Champions Services, Rejects No-Tax-Hike Orthodoxy
9-11 God Demands Special Treatment on Records and Residence
Pundits Square Off Over Secret Tribunals
And Voting for Him Anyway
Public Advocate Is the Best Choice
The Mayor Wants to Ban Alcohol at City Festivals. Drunk With Power?
The Mugging of Councilmember Una Clarke by Brooklyns Black Political Elite
63 Hot Newsbreaks in the New Giuliani Biography
A Cop: People Are Tired of Being Harassed
After a long-awaited showdown with Hillary Clinton, an ally of Al Sharpton triggers a vicious debate about guilt by association
Mayor Taunts City and a Coalition Forms
An Administration 'Of, For, and By White People' Has No Time or Room for Blacks
Finally, the Fonz Falls. And Our Watch Stops.