Patrick Lynch, the president of the New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, says the solution to the stop and frisk controversy is not more oversight, but a commitment from the NYPD to eliminate quota pressure on police officers. "The answer lies not in enforcing a judge's ruling or liste ... More >>
The Bloomberg administration is preparing to hand another $328 million in tax breaks to its favored developer, The Related Companies, for ... get this ... a fancy shopping mall and a high-end office skyscraper in the Hudson Yards project on the west side of Manhattan. [A early mockup of the finished ... More >>
Surprise! The vast majority of residential buildings that get the city's lavish 421a property tax breaks are located in the wealthiest districts. So says a map provided by the Independent Budget Office. Per the IBO, in all, the tax breaks cost the city $1 billion a year in uncollected revenue. Mor ... More >>
The numbers for the Education budget are in and, once again, they're groundbreaking: In fiscal year 2014, City Hall will spend $25 billion--the most in New York City history--on a line item that takes up about a third of the overall city budget. But, with an election coming up, determining Bloomberg ... More >>
October 31st, 2009. For the teachers of New York City, this date marks the last day 94,000 of them had a contract with the Bloomberg administration. Since then, the wages for our city's educators have remained at a standstill, suspended by political tensions over layoffs, attrition and mayoral contr ... More >>
It's been a long time coming. After three years, New York City Council has finally passed veto-proof legislation guaranteeing paid sick days in businesses with more than 20 employees. Now (hopefully), restaurant workers afraid of losing their jobs won't come to work hacking up pathogens into soup. B ... More >>
New York City threw away a mountain of cash over a new computer system. Now, finally, someone is going to pay.
Most street vendors have a difficult enough time making enough money to support themselves, but now the Independent Budget Office has pointed out that they're not making enough money for the city, either.
The outcome of New York's embattled eminent domain development projects is called into question by the economic development project which made them possible. The Pfizer research facility at the center of the Kelo v. New London Supreme Court decision is closing, taking over 1,400 jobs with it. The 5 ... More >>
Here's another of those inconvenient milestones of the Bloomberg Years: The Independent Budget Office says that the city has hit an all-time high in the number of New Yorkers receiving food stamps - a record 1.6 million. The news comes a week after the Coalition for the Homeless announced tha ... More >>
Dancers from InSpirit beckon passers-by to enter a new store on Broadway near 13th Street. Labor Day, with its West Indian American Day Parade, was the high point of the week. The low point was, let's see... the rest of it. 9/11 was a popular topic. It was oddly related to a Twitter Festiv ... More >>
This just hasn't been a good week for Bruce Ratner, the Nets owner who'd rather be the Nets' landlord. First, he unveils a new vision of his much-derided Atlantic Yards arena plan — now with more metal mesh! — and gets slammed by Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff for cr ... More >>
The last Chico mural for New York. Thanks, EV Grieve. What a week. Everyone was pissed at us. Williamsburgers didn't appreciate being called dorks for trying to silence ice cream trucks. Horace Mann students got mad when we suggested they were faking swine flu to get out of school. Allison Benedi ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg's getting really creative in his attempts in stim the city's failing economy: today he, Anna Wintour, Vera Wang and others announce that they'll hold "Fashion's Night Out" on Thursday, September 10, and call on rag traders "to keep their doors open late." They claim over 100 stores ... More >>
This morning in Yankeefunland: Assemblymember Richard Brodsky's surprise last-second hearing on the latest round of taxpayer-financed Yanks and Mets stadium bonds, with promised testimony (under duress) from Yankees president Randy Levine and city Economic Development Corporation chief Seth Pinsky ... More >>
photo by Shelley Panzarella (cc) Amid today's hoopla over the Bloomberg administration's decision to give back its free luxury boxes at the Mets' and Yanks' new stadiums - about which it's probably best said that the city decided that partying it up in a suite while the great unwashed paid through ... More >>
Will a toll booth at the corner of 60th and Fifth solve midtown's traffic nightmare?
Flushing homeowners lead the growing Queens quest for landmark status
Yanks and Mets plans leave little room for public debate
Yanks and Mets stadiums could cost taxpayers $800 million
Union endorsements are dirty, if the mayor loses them
The city's $7 billion-a-year property tax gapno wonder we're broke
A costly, developing problem for New York City that's three decades old
Will Bloomberg and Pataki spend billions without legislative approval?
New York City heads for a stadium overdose. Guess who will be paying.
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Giuliani's suppressed report on homeless youth
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