Here's another nice parting gift for the Bloomberg administration in its waning days: a massive ruling issued late yesterday by a federal judge in New York's Southern District found that the city's emergency management plan discriminates against people with disabilities. The judge, Jesse M. Furman, ... More >>
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It's only Monday, but shit has already hit the fan at Afropunk HQ. A second wave of performers was supposed to be announced on the festival's website on Wednesday, but this morning one miscommunication led to another, and now they've accidentally been posted two days early. Twin Shadow is one of the ... More >>
Erin Marsz once met Guns N' Roses in an elevator. During a family stay in a hotel when she was a kid, a fire alarm pulled by perturbed Guns N' Roses fans after a cancelled show led to a brief evacuation. "We come back into the building, and we get into the elevator. As the door is closing, these guy ... More >>
The schools closed early, flights are being cancelled, and Mayor Bloomberg has suggested that everyone "cook a meal, stay home, read a good book, watch a movie, take it easy." But for all those involved with Fashion Week, there remains a healthy spirit of optimism (or perhaps denial) that the shows ... More >>
Ben Brown always carries a tiger's-eye stone on him. The golden red-brown mineral symbolizes peace and balance -- something he needs a lot of these days. Hoping to bring some sort of universal positive energy his way, he takes the stone out occasionally and rubs its smooth surface. "I've been reall ... More >>
Just recently, New Jersey governor Chris Christie went vocally ballistic on fellow Republican John Boehner for delaying a vote on the multi-billion-dollar package to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Christie and New York Governor Cuomo released a statement saying, "When American citizens are in nee ... More >>
Long Island Power Authority CEO Michael Hervey will resign from his post as head of the utilities giant at the end of the year, which is music to the ears to just about everyone.Hervey's been with LIPA for about 12 years. Under heavy criticism from Long Island residents and politicians for his awful ... More >>
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo continued to chastise New York Utilities companies yesterday for their lack of preparedness and sloppy communication in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. "I'm not wed to any of the utilities," Cuomo said yesterday during a Sandy update news conference. "Let's get a gr ... More >>
It's no secret that Governor Andrew Cuomo is pretty pissed off with the lack of preparedness New York utilities companies had for Hurricane Sandy. It's also no secret that New York utilities companies have absolutely sucked at responding to power outages caused by the storm -- and Cuomo wants to kno ... More >>
The current situation in New York: The subways are closed; upon the Hozziner's request, Zone A has been forced to evacuate; Broadway shows have been cancelled; Bloomberg, Christie, and Cuomo are hosting storm watch conferences; my door keeps slamming by itself, even while locked; and the quieter-tha ... More >>
As the storm intensifies tonight, reports of calamity are flowing in, particularly in the Rockaways, sections of Queens and Brooklyn. A city ambulance on Beach Channel Drive in southeastern Queens was reported surrounded with water, and the crew was sitting on the roof asking for a rescue. A fire i ... More >>
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) just sent us its plan for what it will do if the storm that's predicted to basically be the storm to end all storms hits New York City.For now, the MTA is suspending construction on almost all subway construction projects it had planned for the weekend ... More >>
Do you happen to be a PR stooge who represents a climatologist, weather expert, hurricane survivor, or pretty much anyone who's ever encountered rain? If so, you probably sent out an email today to every media outlet in New York City trying to exploit what could potentially be a devastating natural ... More >>
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Last year, we mentioned that more than 30 restaurants were teaming up to raise money for New York farms affected by Hurricane Irene. Well, it turns out that more than 100 restaurants and food establishments participated in the fundraiser, Dine Out Irene, and the organization garnered $47,375 dollars ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg is expected to take a break from scrapping with the teacher's union today to unveil his preliminary plan for next year's city budget. The city currently faces a $2 billion budget shortfall, thanks to unexpected costs incurred from October's freak blizzard and Hurricane Irene, ... More >>
As we ring in the new year, Hurricane Irene may seem like a distant memory from warmer, rainier days. But recovery from the damage is not done! And New York has officially secured millions of federal dollars to rebuild. $90 million, to be exact. Well, to be EXACT: $89,751,296. The U.S. De ... More >>
Watch live streaming video from newyorkstateofficeofthegovernor at livestream.com Here is live streaming video of Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address from Albany. 1:45 -- Lt. Governor Bob Duffy (who, the last time we saw him in person, was introducing Governor Cuomo prior to the sign ... More >>
We were wondering: Could there be truth to the idea that, say, after a natural disaster, or on a long holiday weekend, there might be a stronger inclination to turn to the sex of your choosing and merge, or try to find someone with whom to merge, or at least get some dinner or something? And how did ... More >>
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Our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the hottest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Schnitzelfest Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten November 5-10 Get all the schnitzel you can handle at this five-day fest. Chef Torsten Ziebold has come up with a menu of 11 different ... More >>
WikipediaHurricane Irene hit over two months ago, but New York's farmers and Greenmarkets are still feeling the aftereffects of devastation, DNA Info reports. The severe storm not only flooded fields of crops, but August and September were the second wettest on record, further damaging farme ... More >>
No one was prepared for this weekend's weird freak snowstorm, least of all Central Park's trees. According to reports, the park may have lost 1,000 trees over the weekend. By way of contrast, Hurricane Irene only felled 125 trees. How could this be? Aren't New York trees tougher than that?
The above video was taken in Midtown Manhattan this morning, and it shows the unseasonal weather that is going to ruin your Saturday. Consider it karmic retribution after you laughed off Hurricane Irene. Nice going, smart ass.
A total of 74 people were arrested yesterday as Occupy Wall Street protesters marched from Zuccotti Park to Times Square. 24 people were arrested and charged with criminal trespass at a LaGuardia Pl. Citibank. Witnesses and protesters say some of those arrested were trying to close their acco ... More >>
This is the first big citywide weekend of the drive to collect items needed by New York farmers who were quite literally blown away by Hurricane Irene, and flooded out, too. Following is an updated list of times and drop-off points beginning this weekend, from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m., please:
After the government turned down Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to test a ban on food-stamp use for soda, experts are now urging that the government conduct its own study of such a ban. [NY Times] There is now such thing as a foodie magician. His biggest trick? Guessing what your favorite restaurant is ... More >>
You may have seen photos and read stories about the effects Tropical Storm Irene had on farms upstate. But few people have been able to capture the devastation and personal loss like Liza de Guia in her latest Food Curated mini doc.
The MTA is out $110 million, reports the New York Post, thanks to Hurricane (later, Tropical Storm) Irene. That breaks down into $50 million to fix Metro-North's damaged Port Jervis line, $10 million spent on shuttle buses that ran as the line was down, and $50 million in operating costs, inc ... More >>
Last month Hurricane Irene washed away the Afro-Punk Festival, the weekend-long celebration in Commodore Barry Park that was supposed to have headliners like Cee Lo Green and Janelle Monáe and an undercard rounded out by YIMBY alums like Das Racist and Cerebral Ballzy. While there were hopes ... More >>
On the Bronx Zoo website, this video is called "A Bear Halloween." The zoo says, "To the Bronx Zoo's brown bears, pumpkins are for eating and batting around, not decorating or carving." As you can see.
Angela Ashman Could there be anything more thrilling to the Fashion Week crowd than waiting for a Marc Jacobs show to start? The excitement had been mounting all week with talk that Jacobs was in negotiations to take over at Dior after the departure of John Galliano. Adding to the anticipatio ... More >>
DNAinfo/Leslie Albrecht Today in adorable animals in trouble, now not in trouble anymore: The best New York City hurricane story, via DNA Info, has to be the tale of 14-year-old cockatiel Josie, who is a he, and who escaped from a pet carrier along with another bird, Cliffy, while the two wer ... More >>
Mike Bloomberg's extra-cautious handling of Hurricane Irene appears to have reversed the damage Snowpocalypse did to his reputation, according to a new poll released by Quinnipiac University. The poll shows that 54 percent of New Yorkers now approve of Bloomberg's performance overall, while 8 ... More >>
Social media in full effect at SaksBedlam broke out in the streets of Manhattan Thursday night for the 3rd annual Fashion's Night Out. Even though we sort of knew what to expect, the evening turned out to be a clusterfuck--in a good way. We're still grappling with the events that took place ... More >>
Health advocates are worried about fast-food chains trying to get in on the food stamp program. Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut are all lobbying to get involved. [USA Today] More on the effects of Tropical Storm Irene on farms in upstate New York, New Jersey, and Vermont: Greenmarkets are abou ... More >>
Many local farms, it has been reported, suffered extensive and sometimes catastrophic damages when Hurricane Irene swept up the East Coast the weekend before last. In the wake of the storm, some organizations began raising funds to aid the affected farmers. And now, there's another way to hel ... More >>
Rajiv Pandey, a 33-year-old Long Island man, is accused of making a bomb threat Friday to the Long Island Power Authority because he was upset at losing his power during Hurricane Irene. The Daily News reports Pandey "called the newsroom at News 12 Long Island, warning he would place a bomb i ... More >>
According to the New York Post, wealthy summer residents of Sagaponack, in the Hamptons, are very upset that they were without power (REAL power, not stupid old generator power) for so long following Hurricane Irene. They are so upset that they have made calls to "representatives, senators -- ... More >>
Lots of people have asked me how they can help farmers whose acreage has been damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irene. In the coming months there will doubtlessly be a host of benefits for farms at restaurants, concert halls, and other venues, but there is something you can do more immediatel ... More >>
Rebecca Marx Here we are, at the end of summer and at the start of Labor Day weekend. And so before we hightail it to an undisclosed location, let's cast a glance back at those last few days of summer. Our 11 Best Places to Eat in Sunset Park. Peels' Shuna Lydon talks pastry, the SF v. NY d ... More >>
Not newborn Irene Hope, but close enough.This week, a lost cat was adopted and a baby lamb was born, and we can all thank Hurricane Irene. Yeah, that Hurricane Irene, the one that is one of the top ten costliest storms in U.S. history, shut down the biggest transit system in the country for a ... More >>
Amy Colyer FogertyAs we reported earlier this week, Hurricane Irene wreaked devastation upon numerous upstate farms, causing massive destruction to cropland and in many cases irreversible damage.