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  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    The Rise and Fall of Crime in New York City: A Timeline

    This week's feature story, The Tragedy of Louis Scarcella, explores the context of the now-infamous Brooklyn detective's career. It explained how the culture of policing changed over the years in response to the city's rising crime rate. Crime, in many ways, shaped the modern history of New York Cit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    Have a Criminal Record? It Soon Might Not Hold You Back From Getting a Job in NYC

    A job can keep a man out of prison. The catch is that the people statistically most likely to go to prison--those who have spent time in prison before--are also the people statistically least likely to get a job. The studies vary a bit: the unemployment rate is somewhere between 50 and 75 percent fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2014

    CBO Finds Obamacare Lets Americans Quit Jobs They Don't Want, Which Rightbloggers, Naturally, Oppose

    Last week the Congressional Budget Office issued another report on the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Its most widely-reported revelation was that 2.3 million Americans may leave their jobs because Obamacare would make it inadvisable to them to keep them. We should say "widely-and-variously-re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Bloomberg Vs. City Council Over Unemployment Hire Bill

    As if the unemployed needed another political showdown in their honor after the fiscal cliff debacle. Yesterday, City Council approved a bill that would bar an employer from hiring you simply because you're unemployed (ironic, given that the unemployed are at the interview for a reason: because the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Sandy Recovery Continues: 86,000 Jobs Lost In Storm; Obama Asks For $50 Billion In Aid

    Amidst talks of the now-notorious New York Post cover and the fiscal cliff dilemma, the November jobs report slowly crept out into the news stream - a sheer side-effect of the unfortunate fact that the election is now over and unemployment stats have less of a dramatic effect on our national convers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    I Couldn't Watch Last Night's Debate

    The presidential one that preceded it was one of the most painful experiences I've ever had. I cringed watching slick Mitt, with all his lies and flip flops, wipe the floor with Obama, who came off like a nice uncle who'd wandered in for some tea and some chit chat. I felt like I was watching my f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2012

    Mayor Bloomberg to NYC: Cut $2 Billion in 18 Months

    Year Four of the Great Recession has taken its toll on budgets across the country: it's hard to not come across some sort of public service being slashed in the news almost every day. The reactionary politics of cut-and-save economics has hit New York hard since Downtown self-imploded in 2008 as Blo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Barack Obama To Congress: Extend Tax Cuts for The Middle Class

    Taking aim at trickle down fiscal policies and warning legislators not to hold the American economy "hostage," President Barack Obama demanded today that Congress extend Bush-era middle class tax cuts for a year. Addressing the nation from the White House's East Room, Obama implored Congress to "do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Obama's Ratings Have Slipped! Here's How We Can Help

    Ever since the jobs report came in with staggeringly unfunny statistics, President Obama's approval rating has gone down like a hooker, making him a little too close to Republican competitor Mitt Romney in the polls for the comfort of any sane American. So here's what we have to do, folks:

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Rudy Giuliani, Frenemy Extraordinaire, Backs Mitt Romney

    Remember all that nasty shit Rudy Giuliani, "America's Mayor," said about Mitt Romney? If you don't, Business Insider has a rundown of some stinging gems. For example: "This is a man without a core, this is a man without substance, this is a man that will say anything to become president of the Un ... More >>

  • News

    April 18, 2012

    Mitt Romney, American Parasite

    His years at Bain represent everything you hate about capitalism

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Is New York's Minimum Wage Too Damn Low?

    If you've been following recent developments in the capital, you've probably heard that Dems in Albany have been pushing for a $1.25 minimum wage increase -- from $7.25 to $8.50. And most New Yorkers would be OK with this boost. This change would impact more than 600,000 New Yorkers who are someho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Who Has Two Thumbs and Hates More Primaries? Mitt Romney!

    First, there was Iowa and New Hampshire. Then, there was Super Tuesday. At some point, there were other Republican primaries. And tonight, the resilient candidates find themselves in Illinois -- a contest that is "make-or-break" for Mitt Romney. With 54 delegates up for grabs in the state that is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Scott Stringer: Let's Put Solar Panels on School Roofs

    Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who is likely to run for mayor, released a report yesterday that called for the installation of solar panels on the roofs of city public schools. Releasing reports -- it's the thing to do if you want to be mayor, apparently! This one here is one of tho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2011

    September Jobs Numbers Disappoint; Solyndra Loan Controversy; Cuomo to Pledge State Contracts

    American employers added jobs in September, but not nearly enough to spur optimism. The New York Times reports there was a net growth of 103,000 jobs last month. Interestingly, "about a third of the jobs added by the private sector last month were actually 45,000 Verizon workers who had been on str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Today in El Diario: Easter Was No Holiday for Hard-Working NYC Latinos

    ​New York's Latinos didn't get a rest on Easter While hundreds of the region's Latinos traveled to Fifth Avenue to celebrate Easter on Sunday, others attended another annual event, the Spanish-language daily reports.  That event: "Paying the rent," Estefany Cua, a 19 year-old Guatemalan, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Michael Bloomberg to Cut 10,000 Jobs by 2012

    If you were excited about yesterday's news that New York City's unemployment rate had dipped, think again. Private businesses may have added 40,000 jobs last month, but if you're a city employee, watch out: The New York Times reports that Mayor Bloomberg's quarterly budget modification, announced ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Morning Links: Chinese Dissident Awarded Nobel Peace Prize; More Jobs Lost in September; Stinkbugs in Staten Island

    ​• The 2010 Nobel Peace prize has been awarded to Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese dissident, political essayist, literary critic, and democracy advocate who is currently serving 11 years in jail on subversion charges. Unsurprisingly, the Chinese Foreign Ministry did not appreciate this news one bit, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    The Kal Penn Effect Hits Twitter

    ​What subjects, you may wonder, are most Tweeted about? If you said technology, you would pretty much be right. Apple, iPads, iPhones, iPhone thefts or alleged thefts, cops breaking into journalists' homes to retaliate for alleged iPhone thefts ... all of these topics would be, and were, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Row Harder, Slaves! Productivity, Unemployment Claims Up, Costs Down

    ​Good news for whip-crackers: In the fourth quarter of 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals, U.S. productivity rose at a 6.2 percent annualized rate -- output up 7.2 percent, hours worked up one percent. It's the biggest such jump since 2002. Unit labor costs -- the ratio of hourl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Paterson's State of the State: Upbeat, Lots of Programs. (Plus: Tax Incentives!)

    Governor Paterson gave his annual State of the State speech, and although there were some of the grim zingers to which we've grown accustomed to hearing from him -- "The days of running New York like a payday loan operation must come to an end" is our favorite -- he mostly boosted the state ("New Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    Few Surprises in Times Unemployment Map (Though Coney Beats Carroll Gardens)

    ​We are grateful for the Times unemployment map, which shows what New York neighborhoods are doing best and worst in these parlous economic times, though most of its findings come as no shock. The big loser is unsurprisingly East New York (also murder rate increase leader) with 3rd-quarter un ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 22, 2009
  • Voice Choices

    December 22, 2009

    SUCK IT!

    Not trying to be a downer, but 2009 kind of sucked ass

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2009

    Senate extends COBRA subsidy and federal unemployment filing deadlines

    ​The Senate voted Saturday to extend the filing deadline for both federally-funded extended unemployment benefits and an additional six months of a 65% COBRA subsidy until the end of February. The current filing deadline is December 31 for both programs. One million of the nine million jobless ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Cuomo Sues Company Whose Employees Say They're State Employees and Promise the Out-of-Work $60K Jobs

    Andy goes after another scammer.​State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced this morning that he is suing a company he alleges scammed thousands of unemployed people with the promise of well-paid government jobs. The official-sounding "State National Training Service", a New Jersey compan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2009

    Quick hits and follow ups

    Now that he's been re-elected, Bloomberg's backing off the free cross-town bus idea -- The AP has a brutal fact check of Sarah Palin's book which goes beyond checking facts to calling out hypocrisies. A sample:

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Bloomberg, Quinn Seek Billions in Breaks for Businesses

    You might think that the middle of a recession spawned by massive corporate malfeasance wouldn't be the best time to propose a giant tax break for corporations. But then, if you're Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn, you might not. Crain's reports today that the dynamic duo of ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 8, 2009


    Ethan Coen explores cubicle hell

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    663,000 Jobs Lost in March; Unemployment at 8.5%

    The recent, mild exuberance of the market, like the late hyper-exurberance of the market, may cause some of us, particularly if we have jobs, to forget that the interests of stock-jobbers are not necessarily those of ordinary Americans, and that the economy as experienced by them is still horrible. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Some New York Tea Party Protesters Want Government Investment, Re-Regulation

    As we said, the dozen-plus protesters in Bowling Green today -- while less numerous than the previous New York tea-party's speakers, who called Obama a socialist and compared him to Hitler -- were a little more down-to-earth. There was a guy in a grey suit and shades who talked about commodity mon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Dow Suffering from Negative Energy

    "In these times of recession and possible job losses," reads the press release, "a Baylor University researcher and positive psychology expert says above all else, never lose hope and view change as an opportunity." Psychology and neuroscience professor Dr. Michael Frisch lays it all out in his new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Unemployment Hits 8.1%, Wal-Mart Still Hiring

    The national unemployment rate went to 8.1 percent last month as 651,000 jobs were lost. The losses are attributable not only to collapsing Wall Street giants, but also to corner-cutting by "healthy" companies like IBM, who in January announced a strong 4th quarter and said that "most importantly, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Mayor, on Budget, Wants Labor Givebacks, Albany Ed Money

    The Mayor gave a press conference on his budget, and talked about how he hopes to fill a $4 billion gap with concessions from labor on pensions, wages and health care, and a reversal of the Governor's proposed cuts to the city's education budget. Governor Paterson has asked that the state withhold ... More >>

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    October 27, 2008
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    January 10, 2006

    Job Scene in 2006

    A Special Advertising Section

  • News

    July 6, 2004

    Mushmouth Reconsidered

    You can't say that on TV—but Bill Cosby can

  • Specials

    January 8, 2002
  • News

    October 6, 1998

    Pataki's Pap

    The make-believe governor spins his boomtime fantasy