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    July 17, 2014

    New York Post Reporter to Occupy Activist Cecily McMillan: "You Look Fabulous! But You Should Eat More."

    Occupy Wall Street activist and New School graduate student Cecily McMillan was back in Manhattan criminal court Thursday morning, just weeks after her release from Rikers Island, where she served two months after being convicted of assaulting a police officer. The 25-year-old McMillan still faces a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    New York City Will Pay $18 Million Settlement for Unlawfully Arresting Protesters at 2004 Republican National Convention

    This is big: the New York Civil Liberties Union announced today that the city has agreed to pay an $18 million settlement in a lawsuit brought by the NYCLU after hundreds of protesters and journalists were arrested here during a single protest during the 2004 Republican National Convention. In addit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Three Women Say They Were Fired From Loehmann's For Being Too Old For Its "New, Youthful Corporate Image"

    When I think of Loehmann's, the famed department store, I think of my older female relatives, who have used it as a hunting ground for thousands of years, like a low-impact, Jewish version of a safari. But after 92 years in business, the chain has recently been beset with issues; they've filed for b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    The Met Has a Groupon for Its Technically Free Admissions

    If you've ever tried to enter the Metropolitan Museum of Art, only to receive judgmental stares from staff for foregoing the (technically optional) entrance fee, this one goes out to you: The Met is tied up in two lawsuits over its allegedly "deceptive" pricing tactics, which plaintiffs in the suits ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Teacher Busted With Heroin Inside a Courthouse Is an Islamic Studies Scholar

    It appears that carrying 20 bags of heroin into a city courthouse is not a firable offense in New York City. In a ruling released yesterday, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez found that Damian Esteban, found with 20 bags of heroin when he reported for jury duty last October, must be allo ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    Three Mobsters Plead Guilty in Federal Court to Extorting Their Way into the Waste-Hauling Industry

    Yes, the mafia's odd love of the garbage industry lives on. Yesterday three men pleaded guilty to various financial crimes linked to attempts to corner the waste-hauling business in Greater New York City and New Jersey.

  • News

    July 31, 2013

    The Suicide of LeAnn Leutner

    She left behind a baby boy, an estranged lover, and a custody case that would challenge progressive New York

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Mayoral Race Campaign Finance Rules Will Not Change, For Now

    The day after two former campaign aides of mayoral candidate John Liu got busted for attempting to defraud the city through an illegal campaign finance scheme, a Manhattan supreme court shut down GOP mayoral candidate George McDonald's hope of changing the city's campaign finance rules. Currently, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    City Council Members Say Bloomberg and Kelly Aren't Listening, Take Legal Action Against Stop-and-Frisk

    Perhaps it is Mayor Michael Bloomberg who needs a crash-course on the dangers of ear-bud volume, because the City Council's Black, Latino and Chinese Caucus says the mayor must not be hearing the massive outcry against stop, question and frisk. The 27-member caucus filed an amicus brief Monday in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    Censorship Ruling Expected at Khalid Shaikh Mohammed Military Tribunal Hearing

    The military tribunal -- where alleged 9-11 master-mind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other alleged 9-11 conspirators will be tried -- is expected to rule at a pre-trail hearing today on the government's request to censor testimony. The government filed the motion back in April, requesting that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Espada & Son Will Plead Guilty To Embezzlement Charges Today

    Sometimes, you have to just give in (to charges of embezzlement).When State Senator Pedro Espada was charged by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in May 2010 with stealing $400,000 from a Bronx clinic that he helped set up, the Democratic powerhouse, like any politician, fought passionately for his repu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Vitaly Borker, A Fraudster in His Own Category, Gets Four Years for Threatening Customers

    Online glasses dealer and worst salesman ever Vitaly Borker, who memorably and appallingly threatened his customers when they had the gall to complain about his conduct, got four years in prison for his misdeeds, federal prosecutors said yesterday. Borker, who liked the complaints because it bumped ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2012

    NYC Living Wage Bill Heads to Court

    'Living' sounds much better than 'minimum.'When Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced the introduction of a 'living' wage bill, Mayor Bloomberg compared the gesture to Soviet statism in April, arguing that "the last time we really had a big managed economy was the USSR, and that didn't work ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    After Mounting Pressure, Mayor's Office Gives Out Hard Copies of 'Final' 9-1-1 Report

    Today, the mayor's office gave out hard copies of the city's controversial 9-1-1 report to reporters that asked for it. The Voice stopped by City Hall late this afternoon to grab a copy of the 133-page consultant's report that examined the city's emergency response system. It has been a topic of m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Mayor Bloomberg Defends Not Releasing 9-1-1 Report With (Another) Newspaper Analogy

    Recently, we've noticed that Mayor Mike Bloomberg likes to respond to reporters' questions in a way that he thinks, perhaps, might grab their attention best: newspaper analogies. While on the defense about a controversial issue, Bloomberg seems to enjoy taking a combative stance with reporters at p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    NYU Professor Says He Was Fired For Giving James Franco a D

    ​One of James Franco's MFA professors at NYU had to give the actor a D after he missed 12 "Directing the Actor II" classes in one semester. The professor, José Angel Santana, now says that the school fired him over the D and he's suing NYU in Manhattan Supreme Court. He's also taken his story ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Two More Bicyclists Killed in NYC Traffic This Week

    Salim VirjiTwo more NYC cyclists were killed in traffic this week.​Two more bicyclists were killed in New York City traffic this week. Last night a 60-year-old man was killed near Rockaway Beach as he attempted to change lanes. The cyclist, whose identity hasn't yet been released, was taken to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Marilyn Dershowitz and Ray Deter Killed in Separate Bicycling Accidents

    Salim VirjiTwo bicyclists were killed in Manhattan traffic in the last week.​It's been a bad week for bicyclists in New York. First came the news that Ray Deter, the owner of the popular d.b.a bars, was hospitalized Wednesday after a silver Jaguar hit his bicycle on Canal Street. Friday, Deter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Bronx Synagogue Bomb Plotters Get 25 Years

    Prison time for the convicted bomb-plotters.​Three of the Newburgh men convicted last October of plotting to bomb synagogues in Riverdale were sentenced to 25 years in prison in Manhattan Federal Court today. James Cromitie, David Williams, and Onta Williams -- along with a fourth man, Laguer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Undisclosed New Location Very Quickly Disclosed; Is Fancy

    ​That didn't take long! Dominique Strauss-Kahn's new lodgings have been identified as "a posh pad in Tribeca" with all the amenities, secured by his wife, Anne Sinclair, reports the New York Post. The three-story, 6,800-square-foot townhouse on 153 Franklin Street rents for $50,000 a month, wh ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Michael Bloomberg Sued by Reporter Over Cathie Black Freedom of Information Requests

    ​Today, I am suing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Last year, Bloomberg baffled New Yorkers when he appointed publishing executive Cathie Black to be the city's next schools chancellor. Black was an unpopular choice, and for months, responses to her appointment ran the gamut of ridicul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    NYPD Rape Trial Hears Closing Defense Argument: Accuser Just Wants $57 Million

    ​The defense attorney for New York City cops Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata, accused of raping a drunk East Village women, delivered his closing statement in Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday, calling the alleged victim a golddigger. "Fifty-seven million -- that's a lot of money," said Edwar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Paty's Taco Truck Fights Back

    Amy Zimmer/DNAinfo​When the going gets tough, the tough bring about a lawsuit. Patricia Monroy, owner of Paty's Taco Truck, has been battling the Upper East Side over the past year. Now, she is hoping to reclaim her income and the right to sell tacos in the neighborhood, where crotchety resid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Allegedly Fake Diamond Heist Sounds Complicated, Fails

    jurvetson​Two jewelers are accused of hiring men to fake-rob their Midtown offices in order to collect insurance money, the New York Post reports. Mahiveer Kankariya and Atul Shah went on trial today, and the specifics of their alleged scheme sound pretty fun, if not short-sighted and poorly e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    The Empire Diner Is Trapped in a Naming Kerfuffle

    ​The saga of the old Empire Diner's slow metamorphosis into the new, Coffee Shop-owned Empire Diner continues: according to the Daily News, its longtime owners are stuck in a legal battle with its landlord over who owns the restaurant's name.

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Ingrates Sue Waldorf Over Bedbugs, Despite Complimentary Spa Treatments

    ​If you're still wondering whether bed bugs are "scaring tourists away," this might help: Crain's says a Michigan family will file a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court today, suing the posh Waldorf-Astoria Hotel after finding bedbugs in their room that followed them home in their luggage "and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Almost Half of Judge Candidates Unqualified to Run, Says NY Bar

    ​Nearly half the candidates running for city judgeships in this year's general election on November 2 are unqualified to run, the New York City Bar Association said yesterday. Of the 34 candidates running in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, 15 are unqualified by the Bar's reckoning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Cabbie-Slashing SVA Student Gets Booze-Free Bail

    ​Michael Enright, the 21-year-old School of Visual Arts senior charged with drunkenly slashing a Muslim cab driver in August, can leave jail on a $500,000 bail package, a Manhattan judge ruled today.

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    October 18, 2010

    Suspect in Latest West Village Gay Attacks Was on Parole

    ​Following the latest in a string of gay "bias attacks," police have arrested a 45-year-old Queens man for attacking two men in the West Village Friday night, including a bartender at what authorities called the city's oldest gay bar, Julius. The suspect was already on parole for a separate, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Update: City Serves Temporary Restraining Order to Bus Man Running Charters along MTA-Cut Lines

    ​A week and a half ago, we spoke to Joel Azumah, the 27-year-old who began running charter buses along the X25, X29, X90, QM22 lines recently cut by the MTA. The city Department of Transportation sent him a cease and desist letter at the end of June, when he started his service, but he kept hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2009

    Broadway Triangle Rezoning Blocked

    On Monday the city council approved a rezoning plan for the Broadway Triangle in North Brooklyn that would move out several small manufacturing businesses to make way for affordable housing units. Yesterday a judge blocked the plan over the objections of the district's councilman, David Yassky, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Court Deals Blow to Columbia's $6.3 Billion Harlem Land Grab (Updated)

    A State Court of Appeals decided this afternoon that New York State was wrong to grant Columbia University eminent domain rights that enabled it to seize land from property owners whose businesses were located in the footprint of the university's expansion. This ruling marks the culmination of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Astor Trail Ending in Purple Prose

    We've tried to stay away from the Astor trial but, as with O.J.'s, we've been sucked into the thrilling climax. Today we hear that superannuated boychild Anthony Marshall is "depraved" (but not, as with Officer Krupke's charges, on account of he's deprived), and that he and lawyer Francis X. Morriss ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Even Closed, the John Dory Swims Against a Tide of Back Rent

    You'd also look annoyed if you owed $75,000 in rent.​For the John Dory, the end may be the beginning of even more trouble: The Daily News is reporting that Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, who were both guarantors of the shuttered seafood restaurant, owe almost $75,000 in back rent to the buil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    Gambino Crime Big Had an American Blast!

    Say what you will about him, John Gotti considered himself a bona fide red-white-and-blue patriot. Back in the day, the dearly departed Dapper Don mounted a 4th of July fireworks show for his Ozone Park nabe that was the biggest and best thing east of Macy's barges. And maybe that was the inspiratio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Cocaine Cunnilingus Cop Firing Upheld

    In 2006 NYPD pilot Dan Goldin, was suspended without pay after a positive cocaine test. He argued that he had "passively ingested" the coke while eating out girlfriend Coreen McCarthy (pictured, we think? We like to think, anyway), of whose drug habit he was unaware. The NYPD didn't go for it, and f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Troubled Tropic Zone Sued for Racist Non-Hiring of Bikini Girl

    As if the Hawaiian Tropic Zone, whose management has recently been hit with rape and sexual harrassment accusations, isn't having enough trouble, now the Daily News reports that "former Hooters girl" Melody Morales is suing them for rejecting her because, the managers are alleged to have told her, " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Ponzi schemer Norman Hsu claims stories about Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff are 'prejudicial'

    Hot Air's Ventilators sing "Runaround Hsu." If you hunger for a good snicker and you're somewhat of a news junkie, what's better than a concise roundup of the best Bernie Madoff news stories — the good parts, the adjectives, the apoplexy? Look no further than a December 22 court document in ... More >>

  • News

    June 17, 2008

    Mob Curse at a Midtown Hotel

    Everything goes wrong for the wiseguys at the Park Central. Well, almost everything.

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2007

    A tanned McLaughlin back in court

    Sporting a fresh Florida tan, scandal-scarred labor big Brian McLaughlin was in federal court this morning to ask for more time to sift through evidence gathered during the government's years-long investigation of him. McLaughlin, the former Queens assemblyman who doubled as powerful president ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2006

    Shooting Rally: Public Enemy No. 1?

    "The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government," or least so says the stone facade of New York County Supreme Court building as it looks down over Foley Square. Whose justice? The signs provided by ANSWER for tonight's anti-police brutality rally in the square declared "NYPD: Gui ... More >>

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    August 24, 2006
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    August 7, 2006
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    July 28, 2006

    Judge Calls Off St. Brigid's Demolition!

    Holy Moly! Looks like all that prayer vigiling by angry St. Brigid's parishioners worked (slideshow here). At 2 p.m. today a judge halted the demolition of the 158-year-old Roman Catholic church on Avenue B and East 8th Street. Attorneys for parishioners argued in court that the demolition permi ... More >>

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    June 23, 2006

    NEST-y Fight Ends

    Late Friday afternoon, the Voice got word that the battle over the Lower East Side public school known as "the NEST" - short for New Explorations in Science, Technology, and Math - had come to an abrupt end. For months now, parents at the gifted and talented school have been locked in a debate wit ... More >>

  • News

    November 1, 2005

    Grand Theft Jobs

    Millions are missing at a powerful union-backed worker-training group

  • Specials

    October 18, 2005
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    September 21, 2004

    City Goes Judge Shopping

    Held in contempt for convention detentions, the city gets a Pataki court to step in

  • News

    July 22, 2003

    Spitzer's Spiel

    A.G. Backpedals on Schools, Dodges MTA Case

  • NYC Life

    December 3, 2002
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