This week the Voice took part in a national project with 50 other alternative press journalists that named the country's worst elected officials. The list named 53 politicians from 23 states -- including the District of Columbia -- who fit into one of five categories: hatemongers, sleazeballs, blowh ... More >>
Monday's local headlines announced that the body of 29-year-old Columbia dental student Jiwon Lee was found Saturday in the Hudson River. Most outlets reported that she was last seen at her apartment the evening of April 1, served as president of the university's American Student Dental Association, ... More >>
We've all seen it. Whether in real life or observing a work of fiction, a character is positioned to unexplainably begin rapping. A beat will kick in and/or a mic will be thrust in their hand and, for some reason, eight of their first nine words are "My name is...and I'm here to say."
We've got your Friday news dump, and it's a doozy: thousands of pages of documents subpoenaed by the New Jersey Legislature in connection with their investigation of the scandal we've come to know as "Bridgegate." The treasure trove includes emails, letters, and traffic schematics from various Por ... More >>
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's in big trouble, and he knows it. Yesterday morning, it was definitively revealed that his office helped orchestrate a massive traffic jam in Fort Lee, New Jersey leading onto the George Washington Bridge. Emails obtained by North Jersey paper The Record revealed ... More >>
Chris Christie stepped up to the podium today to express his sincere apologies to the people of New Jersey, and of Fort Lee, NJ in particular, who were affected by four days of lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in September. The traffic problem, it now appears, was manufactured as paybac ... More >>
If you were on Twitter earlier today, you might have noticed every reporter on the planet hyperventilating and repeating a number of words, chief among them "Chris Christie," "emails," and "traffic." Oh, Jesus. Traffic? This sounds like one of those Important Civic Stories You Should Care About, do ... More >>
If you're the sort who enjoys sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on superstructures spanning deepwater rivers, boy, do we have some good news for you. The Port Authority announced a plan to replace the steel beams that support the George Washington Bridge's upper deck. That means three of the four ... More >>
Ah, the Hudson River! It looks so damn majestic as it flows beneath the George Washington Bridge, and it maintains a nice, wide barrier between us and Jersey City. Oh yeah, and it swallow planes whole. It's a simultaneously heart-warming and bone-chilling landmark. In utterly terrifying news, a sma ... More >>
On the way to a Sweet 16 in New Jersey, Daniel Fernandez, a 16-year-old from Sayreville, was one of 65 passengers on Designer Limo's double-decker party buses. The party-goers had just crossed the George Washington Bridge and merging onto the I-95 when something went terribly, terribly wrong. T ... More >>
For the first time since the man who drove their son to suicide was released from jail (after a laughable 20 days behind bars), the parents of Tyler Clementi are speaking out.Jane and Joe Clementi, and his older brother James, sat down with NBC's Lester Holt to talk about their son's tragic death (T ... More >>
Despite having bullied a gay college freshman into committing suicide, Rutgers spy-cam creep Dharun Ravi won't be deported, immigration officials say.That, of course, is bullshit -- especially when you consider some of the other people (who didn't directly cause someone to kill himself) whom the fed ... More >>
Sugar and Plumm will be opening their flagship bistro, bakery, and chocolate shop this summer on the Upper West Side. On the heels of that news is the announcement that pastry guru Pichet Ong is in as executive pastry chef. Ong, a James Beard award-nominee, will oversee daily offerings that will i ... More >>
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In a column about a Rutgers University student who committed suicide because he was publicly humiliated by his freshman roommate for being gay, New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser publicly humiliates the roommate -- who by all accounts is not gay -- by claiming that he's a "possible closet case."S ... More >>
City living is no lark for pigeons. The second-most hated urban animal will soon be booted from the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal. The Daily News notes that pigeons have called the rundown station home for some time, but will be kicked out when the terminal undergoes $183 million in renova ... More >>
via WikipediaOn October 24th, 1931, you were dedicated as the "Hudson River Bridge." Soon after, you were renamed, and now everyone calls you George. As the world's busiest bridge, we know you have a lot on your plate today. We just want to quickly say, "Happy Birthday," and let you know how ... More >>
Robert SietsemaViewed from Inwood Hill Park, New Jersey is beautiful. Despite this week's sodden weather, spring really is upon us, which means that picnic season is too. New York harbors untold numbers of excellent picnic spots, be they in midtown pocket parks, an empty soccer field, or you ... More >>
Brooklyn's blackened mushmakers Tombs make expansive, transcendent, sun-scorched heavy metal that sounds like a jet engine blast of glorious, heart-warming misery. Equal parts the icegaze churn of classic Ulver, the skydiving sludge of Godflesh and the hypnotic cycles of Neurosi, the exact sp ... More >>
CIA Director Leon Panetta says that al Qaida will "almost certainly" attempt to get revenge for the killing of Osama bin Laden, and thus, nowhere are security officials on higher alert than in New York City today. The New York Post reports that the NYPD "will pay special attention to subways, ... More >>
Dharun Ravi, the roommate of Tyler Clementi who allegedly spied on him via web cam having a same-sex encounter in their dorm, has been indicted by a jury in Middlesex County, New Jersey. Clementi committed suicide by jumping off of the George Washington Bridge shortly after discovering that ... More >>
New Yorkers, it's time to rejoice in our misery and impatience! All of those long tedious hours stuck in standstill traffic are finally paying off. New York City was unfortunate to have two honors bestowed upon it: the worst single roadway in the country and the worst bottleneck in the countr ... More >>
Barion BlakeRemember the mutilated, unconscious Columbia University employee cops found in a BMW trunk while investigating a hit-and-run fender-bender on Wednesday? Turns out it was his car, and cops are now looking for his assailant, a 30-year-old man whom the New York Post has named the ... More >>
In just the past few days, the city has seen a gay teenager leap from the George Washington Bridge after being bullied, hosted a vigil in Washington Square Park for the rash of gay teen suicides happening around the country, and learned of gay bashings that happened in Chelsea and even in the bathro ... More >>
We have gone to many, many, many LGBT rallies in the past year. Sometimes, it can be disheartening. Last night's "You Are Loved" vigil in Washington Square Park was certainly the most sad, but also, the most touching.
McDonald's says it might have to drop its health insurance coverage of nearly 30,000 employees in the face of new health care regulations. [Wall Street Journal] Before jumping off the George Washington Bridge, Joseph Cerniglia nearly killed himself this summer by overdosing on cocaine, say ... More >>
Seth Walsh, aged 13.Yes, quadruple horror stories have emerged as a result of homophobic bullying around the country lately, and Lambda Legal Deputy Legal Director Hayley Gorenberg had this anguished reaction to it all: "Our hearts and sympathies are with the families and loved ones of the f ... More >>
Chef Joseph Cerniglia of Campania restaurant in Fair Lawn, NJ, was found floating in the Hudson River. In 2007, he'd appeared in Season 1 Episode 9 of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. Looking at the show, one of the things that strikes you is how little affection Ramsay has for garlicky souther ... More >>
northjersey.comJoseph CernigliaThe body of Joseph Cerniglia, a chef and restaurateur in North Jersey who earlier this year appeared on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, has been found floating in the Hudson River.
A few days after director Elizabeth Lucas interviewed with the New York Times about her upcoming film Clear Blue Tuesday, she says she is disappointed. The Times piece described her film as a "9-11: the rock musical." "Which it's not," she says at the Westin Hotel's lobby on 43rd Street. She ... More >>
This week's urban pest dream teamLately, it's as though an arc of unwanted animals docked on the Hudson and unloaded onto Manhattan. There were coyotes earlier in the year, bedbugs everywhere all summer long, raccoons a few days ago, the unfortunate geese episodes, and now this: skunks.
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. September 18, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 49 Columbia May Explode Even If Reactor Won't by Jonathan Black Peering off the glass bridge into the tank, you can see the graphic control rods plunging into the water. The water is distilled, slightl ... More >>
Last night around nine a guy pulled his red Pontiac Grand Prix out of the Sunoco station in Englewood Cliffs and headed onto the George Washington Bridge. As he had failed to yield to traffic, a police car came after him. They tried to pull him over, but he pulled the old stop-and-start on th ... More >>
Kristen Stewart, New Moon premiere. Twitpic via KriisStewart_. Our Man of the Week is Rudolph Giuliani. He started off with confused but belligerent comments about the KSM trial, making him look like a candidate for something. Then word leaked that he would not run for Governor, then that ... More >>
Forbes has released a list of the nation's 100 worst traffic intersections, and boosters be pleased to learn that New York crossroads occupy six of the top ten spots, including the #1 position. Top honors go to Exit 4B, which connects the Cross Bronx Expressway to the Bronx River Parkway, and where, ... More >>
photo by Whitney Dafoe After the big speech hordes, and we mean hordes, of people shuffled toward and into the Metro station nearest the National Mall. We heard one woman declare, exasperated to non-partisanship, "I don't care who is president!" Another woman said she'd been stuck in the crowd for ... More >>
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She was sitting there kind of sad. She said she had just gotten a divorce.
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