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Thankfully, companies are much nicer with Bloomberg when it comes to cutting greenhouse gas emissions than they are with banning soda. In 2007, the Mayor announced the "Carbon Challenge;" an initiative from PlaNYC - the city's sustainability program - that dares any organization in New York to lowe ... More >>
It's generally agreed that the area below Chambers Street is a food no-man's-land. However, take a closer look and you'll find a number of options that don't just fill a void, but are top-notch. We've rounded up our 10 favorites, and lumped Battery Park City and the Financial District together, for ... More >>
Ki Purbo Asmoro's Wayang Kulit: Shadow-Puppet Theater of Indonesia Asia Society Friday, March 16 Better than: Goldman Sachs's sucker "muppets." The first surprise to be revealed on Friday night at the Asia Society: Modern classical Javanese shadow puppetry isn't so much about shadows anymore. Du ... More >>
Last night, DealBook posted the story of what happens when a bunch of high powered financial types get together to party. Thursday marked the "annual black tie dinner and induction ceremony" for Kappa Beta Phi (yes, like Phi Beta Kappa, only not), an invite-only, group for master of the universe-ty ... More >>
A video came out of yesterday's OWS Goldman Sachs protest that raised a lot of eyebrows of NYPD officers preventing New York Times photographer Robert Stolarik from getting shots of arrests in progress. Stolarik told us that his press pass was "clearly visible and [the officer] was very aware," and ... More >>
The video above is from Occupy Wall Street's Goldman Sachs protest at the World Financial Center this morning, where 17 people were arrested. Watch starting at around the 2:00 mark. The photographer, who's been identified as New York Times freelancer Robert Stolarik, is blocked repeatedly from get ... More >>
The New York Times has an interesting piece today in their City Room blog that analyzes the wealth distribution of American households from 1913 (when federal income tax was first imposed) to today. In 1913, for example, "the richest 0.1 percent of households reaped 8.6 percent of the nation' ... More >>
With no politician willing to take charge, the 9/11 recovery has dragged on far too long
Documents tying the CIA to the Qaddafi-led Libyan government were found in an abandoned office in Tripoli, the New York Times reports. The findings, which have not been verified for authenticity, allude to the practice of the American intelligence agency handing over terror suspects to the Li ... More >>
For some people, the terrorist attacks have been a gold mine
Deluded as we are, we thought that maybe today the @CondeElevator drama (which, admittedly, we had a hand in) would be over. Yesterday, the owner of that account was outed as Lucky editor John Jannuzzi, but it's actually not John Jannuzzi; a good sport, he denied any involvement on the Lucky ... More >>
William Brinson Yesterday we talked with Blue Smoke executive chef Kenny Callaghan about his favorite barbecue spots, the difference between barbecue in Kansas City, Memphis and Texas, and how not to overcook your ribs. Today, Kenny talks about his chicken wings, the new Blue Smoke location i ... More >>
The cover photo for 'I Got the Fever'.There are some things you should know, privileged white women seeking to date minorities. J.C. Davies, author of the (obviously self-published) new book I Got the Fever: Love, What's Race Gotta Do With It?, will be happy to help you. For example, the smell of ... More >>
The United Nations is predicting that Earth may be "unrecognizable" in 2050 due to the rise of population and the increase in demand for food. The population is expected to jump from seven billion to nine billion by that year. Yahoo quotes Jason Clay of the World Wildlife Fund as saying, "We ... More >>
The city unlike youve seen it before
The Berkley-based rapper Lil B plays the Highline Ballroom on Thursday; for curious New York gawkers, it's a chance to see the world's foremost proponent of a new movement you could kindly term train-wreck rappers -- those artists whose every youthful indiscretion, ill-advised comment, physic ... More >>
The New York Times has addressed Mark Zuckerberg's apparent global domination in an article called "Facebook Wins Relatively Few Friends in Japan," which points out that Facebook has actually failed to win Japan. Although Goldman Sachs just valued the company at $50 billion dollars, the Japanese ... More >>
James FeatherstonhaughMy cover story this week about Albany lobbyists featured "Feathers," otherwise known as James Featherstonhaugh, who is the final toll on the thruway to the state capitol. Everyone, apparently, pays. Over the course of a four-decade career as unofficial state gatekeeper, Feathe ... More >>
Pretend you're Reshma Saujani, 34, dazzling, born to an Indian family expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin, a Harvard and Yale Law School grad who returned to Africa to help build Nelson Mandela's post-apartheid government. It's late 2009 and everything you've done in your professional life since its i ... More >>
Diverting nearly a billion in retiree benefits into subprime risk? Oh, just watch him work the e-mail.
New Yorkers unhappy with Target's recent $150,000 donation to anti-gay-rights Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer gathered yesterday at the flagship Target in Brooklyn to protest. The rally, organized by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, City Councilmember Letitia James, and MoveOn.org ... More >>
You may have heard: Two guys who wish to remain anonymous and who produce puppet videos are promoting a scheme in which they've allegedly buried a wooden chest containing $10,000 in golden dollar coins (an alloy of copper, zinc, manganese and nickel) somewhere in the five boroughs (but not Ce ... More >>
The Broadway season is as over as the chance that there'll be a Goldman Sachs musical, so I went way "off" to see The Screwtape Letters, based on the 1942 C.S. Lewis novel, at the Westside Theatre (407 W. 43rd St). Said the release:
"Viacom is a special company," opens a letter to all of the corporation's directors and employees, received Friday evening and obtained by Runnin' Scared, detailing a new "Business Practices Statement." Special, secretive and very strict, apparently.
Our question last October, posed by James Lieber: "When Do We Go After the Crooks Behind Our Financial Collapse?" Now we know the answer: Never. Why aren't you more pissed off? Why is this story being underplayed?
Yesterday, we wondered if Bros Icing Bros - the urban guerrilla warfare game involving The Worst Malt Liquor Beverage on Planet Earth - was going to end, and if it wasn't, who'd be the first "Bro" iced on Monday morning. We got our answers.
• There were no party crashers at the second Obama state dinner last night. But Eva Longoria Parker and Whoopi Goldberg were there, as well as "bold shades of fuchsia, tangerine and crisp blue." Also, White House Chief of Protocol Capricia Penavic Marshall fell on the steps, and Michelle go ... More >>
Elton John and Lady Gaga band together for a good cause
The fight between the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times has started! And while we wait to find out if anyone actually gives a shit, we couldn't help but already notice just how ugly it's been so far. And now, the potential for dirty competition beyond this thing's current condition! Just ho ... More >>
Here's what's on our minds (and in the news) this morning: • Apple posts its best non-holiday quarter in history. The company said net income in the quarter that ended March 31 rose 90 percent, to $3.07 billion. (Which is not quite what Goldman Sachs made, but getting on up there.) • Ai ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg unveiled the new board for his multibillion-dollar foundation yesterday and it looks a lot like a potential Bloomberg for President advisory board. For Republicans down in Florida, there's a Bush (Jeb) and a Cuban-American (Miami mayor Manny Diaz). For right-wing Dems, he's got th ... More >>
Volcker: He told Obama so.Finally, Barack Obama today unveiled a proposed major curb on Wall Street that would revive the "spirit of Glass-Steagall" — the Depression-era law that would have prevented last year's Wall Street meltdown if it hadn't been abolished during the Clinton administration ... More >>
Uberdeveloper-turned-Nets-owner Bruce Ratner better have some good meds, because this is rapidly shaping up to be a month of rapid mood swings for him and his Atlantic Yards project. While Tuesday's granting of a desperately needed investment-grade rating for the Nets arena bonds must have be ... More >>
"The New York Fed just appointed Denis M. Hughes as its chair. Lee Bollinger has been named as vice-chair," grumbles National Review's Jonah Goldberg. "A union organizer and a very liberal lawyer, just the team we need." Hughes, president of the New York State AFL-CIO, has served on the New Y ... More >>
Barack Obama has been hassling AIG since before he was President, but has been going along with their standing bailout plan. Now that it's revealed AIG is paying out another $165 million in bonuses, Obama is joining Andrew Cuomo*, Barney Frank, Russ Feingold and others in clamoring to get the money ... More >>
Our with-it state government is pushing its soda tax with a YouTube video starring State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard Daines (who told us earlier this month that if this tax works out, they may move on to pizza and cheeseburgers). Daines tells viewers that "some taxes can be good for your health. ... More >>
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