Michael Nelson

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    The History of Rap's Oldest Cliche

    We've all seen it. Whether in real life or observing a work of fiction, a character is positioned to unexplainably begin rapping. A beat will kick in and/or a mic will be thrust in their hand and, for some reason, eight of their first nine words are "My name is...and I'm here to say."

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Barrons: Discretionary Funding Is A Tale of Two City Councils

    This week's feature story profiles Charles Barron, the polarizing politician from East New York. He was the 42nd District city councilman for 12 years, before getting termed-out at the end of 2013. His wife, Inez Barron, vacated her state Assembly seat after winning the election for Charles's seat, ... More >>

  • Film

    August 21, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Who's Bros With Who? City Council Candidates Rep Their Friends Lists

    As City Council contenders gear up for the race to City Hall, they want to make sure we know that they have lots and lots of friends. Because only popular kids are allowed to eat at the City Council table, right? Ari Kagan, currently the district leader of Brooklyn, recited names from his Facebook ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Council To New York City Housing Authority: Where Is Our Money?

    The City Council wants answers: What has the New York City Housing Authority done with $65.4 million? This afternoon City Council held an oversight hearing, which typically do not take place during the summer, to receive an update from the New York City Housing Authority on how it has allocated fund ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Brooklyn Pols Ask Andrew Cuomo For SUNY Downstate Loan

    As SUNY Downstate Medical Center reels from recent management changes and layoffs, area pols are demanding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo help the hospital. Today, a group of Brooklyn electeds sent a letter to Cuomo asking for immediate assistance so that critical services and medical training could conti ... More >>

  • News

    June 29, 2004

    See Dick Run

    Nearing high noon, Cheney takes his tough-guy shtick to the hustings

  • NYC Life

    September 30, 2003
  • Books

    September 2, 2003

    Write What You Know

    Making Meta-Books in the Age of Multimedia Conglomerates and Copyright Oligarchs

  • NYC Life

    November 19, 2002