Gracie Mansion

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Harlem's Spanish Christian Church, Absolute Piano Store Hit By Explosion [UPDATED]

    Smoke billowed from two buildings -- one that housed Spanish Christian Church and six apartments, the second housed the store Absolute Piano -- after an explosion ripped through a stretch of Park Avenue in Harlem on Wednesday morning.

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    Free Tickets to Bill de Blasio's Inauguration Being Scalped For $100 on Craigslist

    If you were planning on nursing a hangover on New Years Day instead of sitting in the freezing cold for two hours squinting at a cluster of figures in the middle distance, there's still time to change your mind. Free tickets to Bill de Blasio's inauguration, released at noon on December 26, ran o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    The History of the Televised Yule Log, Which Was Invented in New York City

    Gather 'round, children, and I will tell you a holiday story, the story of the WPIX Yule Log. The yule log, the ceremonial incineration of a whole tree, has been a Christmas tradition for centuries. But television's Yule Log, a loop of blazing fireplace flickering to a soundtrack of the Boston Pops, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    De Blasio Family Leaving Park Slope for Gracie Mansion

    On the same day the Daily News announced that Manhattan rental market was "losing steam" as Brooklyn's continued to explode, at least one high profile Park Slope family chose to buck the trend. Citing logistical and security concerns, the de Blasio family announced Wednesday they would be decamping ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Started From the Bottom Now We Here: That Time We Called Bill de Blasio One of the City's Least Powerful People

    Apropos of nothing much, we thought we'd show you an excerpt from our 100 Most Powerless New Yorkers issue, published January 11, 2012. No. 8 on that list? Bill de Blasio. The list -- which was ranked in no particular order, because who cares -- placed our now mayor-elect alongside such august co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Chirlane McCray Describes Bloomberg Snub

    When Mayor Bloomberg took office 12 years ago, he inherited an existing ban on cell phones and pagers in New York public schools. During his tenure Bloomberg strengthened and defended the ban. He called phones unnecessary distractions and warned they might be used for "pornography." (No one tell him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Battleground Food Trucks: The Candidates on Mobile Eateries

    At 2 a.m. on a Saturday, on the corner of East Second Street and Avenue A, there are at least 30 people standing around a Mexican food truck waiting for their $3 quesadillas and $7 burritos. The food truck business, you might think from this scene, is booming. But like every other story in this city ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    Al Sharpton's Sleepover Gimmick Brings Mayoral Candidates' Public Housing Promises to Forefront

    Have you heard? Five of our courageous and compassionate mayoral candidates ventured into heart of darkness over the weekend-- into a land of "moldy walls ... urine-soaked elevators ... darkened hallways," as the Daily News noted, where they "braved rooms without air-conditioning, and endured shower ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 5, 2013
  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    It's Official: Christine Quinn Wants To Be Your Next Mayor

    Yesterday, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn released this video to the Internet. And her campaign tweeted the below out, too. Both were an affirmative nod to New Yorkers that, yes, she is officially running for Mayor and, yes, she is fighting for the middle class. If elected, Ms. Quinn will be t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Mayor Anthony Weiner? Really? Really?

    Remember that guy who got himself elected to Congress, landed a powerful/gorgeous wife, then sent pictures of his dick to several women, lied about it -- repeatedly -- and then had to resign from his House seat in disgrace? Well, now he apparently wants to be your mayor, New York.That's right -- sha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2012

    Mayor Bloomberg Has Eleven Homes, We Can Still Barely Pay Rent

    A few months back, Runnin' Scared covered what seems to be the biggest conundrum of the Big Apple: the fact that rents are higher than ever (averaging a solid $3,418 a month) yet no one is leaving the island. Actually, recent years have shown a huge increase in Manhattan newcomers, raising the ... More >>

  • Art

    November 23, 2011
  • Columns

    August 10, 2011

    The Next Mayor? You Don't Care, Do You?

    Aside from voter apathy and a weak field, the mayoral race is really shaping up.

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Mike Bloomberg Marries Advisers Jonathan Mintz and John Feinblatt at Gracie Mansion

    ​This blogger has been to a lot of weddings. This blogger, however, was keenly excited to see 1. Mayor Bloomberg marry someone, someone not his daughter or a former mayor (the two types of people he had once vowed he would only marry), and 2. To partake, even in a small way, in the first same- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Westboro Baptist Church Coming to New York Sunday to Protest Same-Sex Marriage

    ​Yesterday, we wrote about how NOM will be protesting same-sex marriage through the state on Sunday, but at locations which appear to be keeping their distance from actual weddings. However, according to a schedule posted on, the Westboro Baptist Church will also be picketing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Our 10 Best Legal and Sort of Legal Picnic Spots

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    New York Parties Are So Over

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. March 22, 1973, Vol. XVIII, No. 12 Wake up! The party's not over by Blair Sobol Perhaps Norman Mailer started it all. The latest craze is giving extravagantly dull parties. The bigger and more boring the better. Nowadays the success of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Bill Clinton Remembers 'Everything' About Hookers and Steak in Times Square

    ​At a meeting about climate control (or something), former president Bill Clinton talked about hookers and steak. Clinton, along with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, were at Gracie Mansion on Wednesday morning to announce that their environmental groups, Clinton Initiative and C40, would merge, but f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    O Cuomo, All Ye Faithful

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 28, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 52 O Cuomo, all ye faithful by Joanna Mermey "This guy's the hottest piece of flesh in town," political pundit Doug Ireland informed a crowd at the Lion's Head after Mario Cuomo had mesmerized the Vil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Bloomberg's Three Chefs Cost $245,000

    ​New York Daily News writer Juan Gonzalez is incensed that while steps to address New York City's troubled budget include "threats of layoffs to thousands of teachers and other city workers, and the deep cuts in basic services," Mayor Michael Bloomberg is using $245,000 in taxpayer money to pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Jon Stewart Named to 9/11 Museum Board

    ​The Daily Show host, who used his program as a forum to push for health care for September 11th first responders, has been rewarded with a place on the board of the forthcoming 9/11 museum and memorial, the New York Times reports in Friday's paper. "We see him as helping raise awareness, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Tavern on the Green Will Remain in the Dark

    Tavern: Lights still out.​Looks like the second coming of Tavern on the Green won't be coming anytime soon: according to the Post's Steve Cuozzo, a meeting last week between Dean Poll, Tavern's new operator, and Peter Ward, chief of Local 6 union, was not a fruitful one. Poll and Ward have bee ... More >>

  • News

    January 5, 2010

    Bloomberg and Thompson: The (Really) Odd Couple

    Now it can be told: The surprising ties between the billionaire mayor and the poor slob who ran against him

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Cheek, In Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ "I thought these only existed in cartoons." Twitpic by nataliemorales. Well, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are done and the War on Christmas is getting closer! How's that going? On the one hand, the Satanists managed to keep the sidewalk Santas out of New York; on the other, Christers mus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    10 Arrested at Gracie Mansion for AIDS Protest

    Happy World AIDS Day. Mayor Bloomberg was hosting an Annual World AIDS Day Breakfast at Gracie Mansion when 10 activists from Housing Works conducted a sit-in outside, and chanted "People with AIDS under attack, what do we do? Act up, fight back!" and "Bloomberg, billionaire, people with AIDS, he ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 27, 2009

    The Mayor's Press Pass

    The unexamined world of Mike Bloomberg

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Upper East Side Gay-Bashing Epidemic?

    Assemblyman Micah Kellner, one of the officials to whom state senator Tom Duane reached out when Joe Holladay got gay-bashed on the Upper East Side last week, has told WCBS that there have been other incidents in the neighborhood recently that are disturbingly similar -- "Three of which are curren ... More >>

  • Film

    June 10, 2009

    Blood on Tracks in Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

    In this subway series, the original Pelham wins

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    Cheek, In Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    President Obama graciously escorted GM into bankruptcy.Enemies decried his kind words and big speech to the Muslim world, but it still went over big. Can't touch this! We're beginning to think that Obama's letting total lunatics attack him on a government website just for the laughs. Patriots ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Mike Bloomberg launches preemptive trip to Israel; invasion of NYC unlikely

    Waltz With Bashir, a movie that sprang from a previous Israeli invasion of Lebanon, won Best Picture from the National Society of Film Critics. A free Madoff Watch T-shirt to the reader who suggests the best title for the first movie spurred by Israel's current invasion of Gaza. On an overseas t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    The Yule Log Returns

    Years ago in the Voice James Wolcott observed that the WPIX Yule Log -- a film loop of a roaring fireplace at Gracie Mansion -- proved that television had progressed from surrealism to science fiction. Now the local station announces to a breathless public that it will in fact bring back the Yule Lo ... More >>

  • News

    January 29, 2008

    Bloomberg Wants to Get in Your Genes

    Compared to the present mayor’s contempt for civil liberties, Giuliani was a piker

  • News

    August 7, 2007

    Public Displays of Disaffection

    Now Rudy begs for privacy for his kids? Recalling his very public humiliation of his family.

  • Music

    June 26, 2007

    Enough Is Enough

    At two prominent jazz festivals, bright moments and cloudy forecasts

  • News

    May 1, 2007

    The Yankees' Clean-Up Man

    Rudy went to bat for the Yanks, and look what he scored.

  • Art

    December 12, 2006
  • News

    September 20, 2005

    Mayor Mike Makes His Case

    A feisty Bloomberg sells his record on schools, health, crime, budget & jobs

  • Art

    December 28, 2004

    Lost Horizon

    The ego, libido, ambition, and adolescent energy of New York's most volatile art scene

  • NYC Life

    December 30, 2003

    Dog Runs

    Unleash the Hounds

  • NYC Life

    November 26, 2002
  • News

    July 16, 2002

    The Reflective Rudy

    The Ex-Mayor Writes His Own Farewell to Donna

  • Art

    December 18, 2001
  • News

    November 13, 2001

    The Skirt Chaser Wins

    But in an Alternate Universe, Mayor Michelle Bloomingdale Rules

  • News

    October 30, 2001

    Take It or Leave It, Mark Green

    Brooklyn Assemblyman Roger Green’s Challenge to a Turncoat Liberal

  • News

    September 4, 2001

    What Black Vote?

    The City’s African American Electorate is No Longer Predictable

  • News

    July 10, 2001
  • NYC Life

    May 15, 2001

    Marriage License

    The Mayor’s Been Taking His Girlfriend to Gracie Mansion, and Donna Hanover’s Gone to Court to Bar Her. Who’s Right?

  • News

    September 5, 2000

    Photographic Memory

    The Season Envisions a 101 Lesson in the Medium

  • News

    September 29, 1998

    The Hate Report

    Antigay Crime Is the Last Growth Sector

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