Two weeks ago, we reported that the New York State Senate had taken a major step towards banning shark fin soup--an elite delicacy in Chinatown and total horror show on the ocean floor. On Monday, the state Assembly unanimously agreed, cementing the decision to halt the sale, trade, and possession ... More >>
New Yorkers, if they've been paying any attention at all, have known for a long time that the way the NYPD treats journalists and protesters doesn't exactly live up to what you'd expect in a democratic society with a free press.
Now, it looks like the NYPD's actions in relation to Occupy Wall Stree ... More >>
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes announced yesterday that they're packing some major heat.
And, by heat, we mean the recovery of 154 illegal firearms seized in undercover police operations dating back to 2011.
The NYPD launched three different undercover ... More >>
The National Organization for Marriage spent a quarter million dollars lobbying in New Hampshire. Republicans held majorities in both of the Granite State's legislative bodies. And the latest tool in stopping delaying same-sex marriage equality is to "let the voters decide" on whether queers should ... More >>
Fast food workers and retail employees everywhere -- rejoice! Democrats in Albany, led by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, will today propose a raise in the New York state minimum wage, from $7.25 an hour to $8.50. The proposal will also include a provision mandating automatic increases in the futur ... More >>
Aaron Von RockAaron Von Rock works as wine director of Lincoln Ristorante (142 West 56th Street), where he has also unveiled popular Negroni and Prosecco bars. Von Rock took the time to chat about the challenges of running single-beverage establishments -- and how a childhood of labor prepped ... More >>
Following a win in New York's Senate last week on same-sex marriage, the Rhode Island Senate took up Civil Unions last night and passed the measure 21 to 16, which Reuters reports the governor is expected to sign. It was the second win on legal partnership in less than a week for equality act ... More >>
It was a crazy, hectic, chaotic mess, but a day made easier by the infallibility of good humor. From the man who ran around the rally yelling, "Marijuana is good medicine" to the various babies forced to hold signs, rally goers were never short of a memorable view, or at least something to Tweet abo ... More >>
There are two kinds of "WTF" stories we encounter regularly: The first is "WTF?" which implies a situation that we pointedly don't understand much if anything about, and are trying to make sense of. The other is "WTF." which implies a situation that is beyond absurd, terrifying, or otherwise ... More >>
Watchdog reporter Rex Wockner knows, and he's put it all down in one handy list for future husbears and bear-ents:
"Same-sex marriage is legal in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Mexico City, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts ... More >>
New York's Commissioner of Health, it will be announced today, is about to become head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Thomas Frieden will replace the acting head of the Centers, Dr. Richard E. Besser. We mainly know Frieden for his health education campaigns, such as those concerning H ... More >>