Tomorrow is Labor Day - that first Monday of September where people eat, drink and travel, all in the name of summer's end and universal workers' rights. It is the mark of a season's passing and one holiday that comes with a set rule overused in jokes and conversational side comments: you cannot wea ... More >>
A slow week was suddenly broken wide open as we were hit with an avalanche of new books, promised books, and barely-begun books with one thing in common: Disapproval of David Miscavige's brand of Scientology. After the jump, we'll tell you about the book that legendary cult-busting attorney Paul Mo ... More >>
On July 16, more than 3,500 New Yorkers converged on Battery Park City, iPods in hand, to take part in the 8th annual MP3 Experiment hosted by Improv Everywhere. Yesterday, we spoke with Improv Everywhere founder, Charlie Todd, about his group of pranksters and this latest experiment, which divided ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 18, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 20 Of honest men & good writers By Jack Newfield After participating in several panel discussions, attending (More)'s counter-convention, reading books and articles by Tom Wolfe and Mike Arlen, and being i ... More >>
Liz FinkAs this paper's late great photographer, Fred McDarrah, used to say when cornered by readers angry over something they disliked in its pages, "The Voice is many voices." This is why Clark Whelton's article blaming leftists for the bloodiest prison siege in American history -- "Attica: ... More >>
NPR asks an intriguing question today. With so many -- of such varied backgrounds, ages, and degrees of fame -- using their middle fingers to express discontent, are we simply growing numb to the shock value of the bird? Does it need a replacement, stat? In the last few months, the gesture ha ... More >>
People upstate consider the Bronx's Gladys Carrión Satan incarnate
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. March 20, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 23 John Lindsay Throws Himself Into the Ring by Mary Perot Nichols John V. Lindsay has been testing the water for the last few weeks. Although it looked rough, Lindsay apparently decided he was a strong sw ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. March 14, 1968, Vol. XIII, No. 22 Lining Up the Big Guns; Crackdown on the Way? by Don McNeill A paranoid might observe the proposed increase in federal penalties for the manufacture and sale of LSD, the proposed consolidation of all f ... More >>
Another sign that David Paterson's refusal to quit his day job and go home to his Lenox Terrace apartment is driving reasonable people insane appears in Mike Lupica's Monday political column in the Daily News. All is well and good as Lupica The Lip declares that Paterson needs to quit. Then, ... More >>
If you're a New York political junkie, the best entertainment of the holiday season was the sitdown Michael Scotto had last week on NY1 with the remaining members of Harlem's Gang of Four, David Dinkins, Basil Paterson and Congressman Charlie Rangel. They went on the show to laud gang leader and b ... More >>
Natalie Merchant celebrates the grand opening of Poets House
Tabloids call it a circus, but the lobbyists' goal is to squelch reforms
A permanent, independent prosecutor to handle police crimes
Recommendations by R.C. Baker
Maysles focuses on turning Harlem kids into auteurs
Gerald R. Ford was born Leslie King Jr. If he hadn't changed his name, we'd have had a President King, which might have been confusing. (White House) There are a lot of reasons to feel sorry for Gerald Ford (besides the fact that he's now dead). He had to deal not only with the ghost of Richard Ni ... More >>
New York's war on drugs held her hostage for 16 years. A story of prison, politics, and one woman's pride.
If the soon-to-be ex-governor's chances are history, here's what they look like White House, NYS Governor's OfficeRoosevelt, Fillmore, and Rockefeller all made itbut only FDR and Fillmore made it to the White House. The fourth man pictured is rumored to think he can, too. George Pataki's ch ... More >>
Speculation about a replacement for Dick Cheney just keeps on ticking
In an Albany primary, a candidate for D.A. attacks the Rockefeller drug lawsand wins
Activists Fear a Compromise on Rockefeller Repeal
Why Won't the Mayor Let Us Get Close to Him?
Coalition Sets Deadline for Repealing Rockefeller Drug Laws
Pataki Spins Houdini Math
Politicians Posture but Rockefeller Reforms Still Elusive
With Rivera in Lead, Unions Ditch Dems for 'Lincolnian' Gov
Thirty Years Later, the Story of Americas Worst Prison Riot Continues
A Stand-Up Comedian Fights the Drug Laws by Working the Media
Prisoners' Relatives Assess Pataki's Drug Law Reform Plan
After 16 Years in Prison Elaine Bartlett Came Home to a City and a Family She Barely Knew. Freedom Wasnt at All What Shed Imagined
New York's War on Drugs Held Her Hostage for 16 Years. A Story of Prison, Politics, and One Woman's Pride.
An Unlikely Group of Prisoners' Relatives Battles the Rockefeller Drug Laws
The Power of the Maine-stream
Just before Christmas Governor Pataki is expected to commute the sentences of a few state prisoners. Will any of these women get lucky?
Ray Harding Throws His Weight Behind the Improbable Betsy
Governor Rockefeller started the war on drugs in 1973. His laws have packed prisons, cost billions, and failed to stop the drug trade. On the 25th anniversary, there's new momentum for change.
How the Worst Law in the State's History Came To Be