Nick Pinto

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    NYPD Encourages Everyone To Tweet Their Photos With the Cops, Things Go Predictably Awry

    When government agencies and social media meet in the beautiful golden field of Twitter, nothing can go awry, right? That timeless principle was demonstrated yet again this afternoon, when someone at the New York Police Department got a brilliant idea: encourage the citizenry to tweet their photos w ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    NYU is Handing Out Loans for Professors' Beach Houses. Do Other Colleges Do That Too?

    High-cost, low-interest loans from NYU are the hottest commodities on the market these days. On a city level, they've been used (and eventually forgiven by the school) across Manhattan to pay for profiled professors' lofts or condos. On a national level, they've made their way into the Senate, with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Expansion Questions Arise Over NYU's Dismissal of Chinese Dissident Chen Guangcheng

    Last year, Chen Guangcheng arrived in New York to take a teaching position at New York University. He'd just escaped house arrest in his native country of China after being prosecuted for representing thousands of women in a class-action lawsuit against the Communist government. Now, more than a yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Joe Lhota Has a Murky Past With the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station

    The reopening of the East 91st Street marine transfer station's a controversy a decade in the making. Sparked by Christine Quinn's "environmental racism" comment, the waste disposal spot has infiltrated the mayoral race discussion, leading candidates to pick a side on an issue that involves how we N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    NYU Silver School of Social Work Advances No Confidence Vote on NYU Prez John Sexton

    It's been a rough semester for the NYU chieftain. The tensions between the school's faculty and president John Sexton over the NYU 2031 expansion plans and decision-making procedures has reached a boiling point. The story was depicted in full with our profile by Nick Pinto two months ago on the Wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Voice Reporters Talk Kimani Gray on Current TV

    Last night, Nick Pinto and Ryan Devereaux appeared on Current TV's Viewpoint to discuss the police shooting of Brooklyn teen Kimani Gray and the subsequent (and ongoing) reaction in East Flatbush. Read more in this week's cover story, "Everybody Wants a Piece of Kimani Gray." Video from Current TV a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    No Confidence Vote For NYU Prez John Sexton Ends Today, Results To Be Announced Shortly

    It's been quite the newsworthy week for NYU. Since Monday, President John Sexton has undergone a no confidence vote by the faculty at the University. This comes after the New York Times ran a piece detailing the inner drama of the school's hierarchy, as well as Sexton's complex personality as a cha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Arguments in NDAA Battle (We Barely Could)

    It sounded like a panel of Federal Appeals Court judges drilled lawyers with a barrage of questions yesterday during a hearing of oral arguments in the high-profile lawsuit against the Obama administration over the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Of course, that's a bit tough to confirm c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    UPDATE: There's a Dolphin Stranded in the Gowanus Canal

    View more videos at: Update 4: Well, we've finally found out why no one's sending a team of divers jump into the canal and guide the dolphin to safety before it dies. They're not allowed. "Unfortunately, all we can do is watch and wait for the tide to rise, so the animal can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Joe Lhota & Christine Quinn Lead The Polls For Next Mayor

    Could this be the race we're half-heartedly doomed to cover?According to a recent way-too-soon survey conducted by Quinnipiac University, the frontrunners (so far) are clear for this year's 'Who Will Run City Hall After Bloomberg?' On the Republican side, former MTA chairman Joe Lhota has captured 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Mayor Bloomberg, President Obama and the Politics of Gun Control [UPDATED]

    UPDATED (1/15/13): On the one-month anniversary of Newtown, we heard yet more news about gun control from our Mayor and President. In Baltimore, Mr. Bloomberg attended a summit on the topic at John Hopkins University and, once again, called for more action on a national level. His speech outli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    NYU As Parliament: Professors Debate A No-Confidence Vote Against Pres. John Sexton

    Unlike federalism, Parliamentary systems have this strange dose of symbolic gestures that underlie the relationship between the legislature and the executive. An example of this is the no-confidence vote: if Parliament is fed up with the Prime Minister's actions, its members can hold this vote that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2012

    Occupy Wall Street One-Year Anniversary Begins With 25 Arrests

    Tomorrow, it will be one whole year since a group of anti-corporatist raiders met for the first time in Zuccotti Park and deemed themselves Occupy Wall Street. Since then, the national explosion of 99-versus-1 Percent politics has had its ups and downs - in New York, Bloomberg's army of police offic ... More >>

  • News

    September 5, 2012
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    August 15, 2012

    This Week in The Voice: A Call To Harm

    This week in the Voice, out today, Nick Pinto track's the NYPD's poor judgment with the mentally ill, recently culminating in the death of a schizophrenic woman, writing: "With a growing international consensus on the best practices for police interactions with the mentally ill -- practices the NYPD ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2012

    Students, Your Interest Rates Are Safe... For Now

    Have a massive IOU to pay off? Well, we have somewhat good news for you.Back in April, the Voice reported on the impending student loan crisis that would have to be solved before July 1st - the day when the interest rates on 7 million students' federal loans would double to 6.8%. With the SCOTU ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    This Week in The Voice: Can Occupy Wall Street Trust Its Own Candidate?

    This week in the Voice, out today, Nick Pinto profiles Congressional hopeful George Martinez: "This is all the basic stuff of Brooklyn retail politics, the story of an upstart candidate backed by a ragtag crew of idealistic volunteers pulling 18-hour days in a desperate effort to make up with sweat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Stuart Varney Claims (Based On Literally Nothing) That OWS Is Recruiting Paid Protesters On Craigslist

    Good news for the Occupy Wall Street folks: you can now be an OWS "bum" and get paid for it -- that's according to Fox News' Stuart Varney, anyway, who claims (based on literally nothing) that OWS is recruiting paid protesters via-Craigslist to "hang out" in Zuccotti Park today and tomorrow (spoiler ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    May Day Recap: Highlights from Voice Reports (UPDATE)

    Good (late) morning! A lot of the Voice staff is still recovering from a long day of May 1 coverage, but we wanted to bring you a brief recap of what went down from when we stopped liveblogging until now. Enjoy!

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    May Day! The Voice Staff's Live Coverage of Occupy Wall Street's M1NYC

    Good morning, and welcome to the Village Voice's liveblog of May Day 2012, as the Occupy Wall Street movement calls for a "General Strike" and a day of protests around the city. Our reporters and photographers are fanned out across the boroughs. We'll be liveblogging their dispatches right here and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    The Music of May Day

    Over at Sound of the City, a look at the soundtrack to today's protests. JD Samson of MEN talks to Nick Pinto about the band's concert for the protestors later tonight. Dan Deacon also talks about his afternoon performance and AWKward muses about the Occupy Wall Street movement in general. There's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    This Week in the Voice: Occupy Spring

    This week in the Voice, out today, Nick Pinto tells the story of Occupy Wall Street's warm-weather return: "Dedicated Occupy activists dismissed the possibility that the movement had already run its course and promised an 'American Spring,' kicking off a new season of activism with May Day events co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2012

    OWS Marches Against Police Brutality

    Following last week's Occupy Wall Street action that brought the movement back into the streets and the news, protesters marched against police brutality from Zuccotti Park to Union Square today. As with last week the Voice's Nick Pinto is out in the streets following the activity. You can read his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Was Zuccotti Park Legally Allowed To Be Closed This Weekend?

    As protesters cleared out of Zuccotti Park at the close of Saturday's Occupy Wall Street action Nick Pinto reported that police and private security guards from Brookfield Properties -- the owners of Zuccotti Park -- unlocked metal barricades to close up the plaza. In response, protesters yelled "Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    Occupy Wall Street's Six-Month Anniversary March Is Underway (UPDATE)

    Though the St. Patrick's Day Parade might be the most high-profile march of the day uptown, downtown Occupy Wall Street is marking their six-month anniversary with a march that takes protesters back to the financial district and, specifically, the place where the movement began: Zuccotti Park (a.k.a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    OWS Resurges In Zuccotti Only To Face Eviction and Arrests; Floor Collapses At St. Patty's Day Party; Two Arrested In Chelsea Murder

    Occupy Wall Street roared back to life yesterday, as protesters marched and attempted to re-occupy Zuccotti Park. They were met by police who closed the park and violently arrested occupiers. Head over to the account by the Voice's Nick Pinto, who was on the scene, along with photographer C.S. Muncy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    Arrest Count 73 At OWS Saturday, Police Say, As Occupiers Wait For Arraignments

    DCPI has confirmed to us that 73 people were arrested over the course of the day at the Occupy Wall Street protest staged yesterday, while OWS maintains that then number is over 90. Our reporter Nick Pinto headed over to 100 Centre Street for the arraignments of those that were taken into custody, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    This Week in the Voice: Air Safety on the Cheap; Are Unpaid Internships Legal?

    In the Voice's first issue of 2012, Nick Pinto writes about airport security contractors, like Prince Jackson, who make minimum wage and have no health insurance or sick days -- yet are responsible for keeping the terminals safe. "The scene today at airport-terminal security doesn't look so differen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street Protests at Duarte Square: Live Updates [UPDATE]

    via @_rosiegray​Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are currently gathered in Duarte Square, protesting Trinity Episcopal Church's refusal to let them use the land as a campsite. Our own Rosie Gray, Nick Pinto, and photographer C.S. Muncy are there with the "about 300" protesters (Rosie's estimat ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    The Story Behind Last Night's Verizon Building 99% Projections

    ​For many Occupy Wall Street Day of Action participants, the highlight of the evening was a series of "bat signal" pro-OWS messages projected on a building bearing Verizon's name. Yesterday, the Voice's Steven Thrasher wrote about the series of Occupy Wall Street related messages on a build ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street National Day of Action: Live Updates From Downtown Manhattan

    Nick PintoThe NYSE, which protestors did not stop from opening today​Good afternoon, and welcome to the evening edition of the Village Voice liveblog of Occupy Wall Street's Day of Action. Today, November 17, marks the two month anniversary since Occupy Wall Street began in Zuccotti Park. Pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street Can't Bring Tents, Sleeping Gear, or Zzzzs Back to Zuccotti Park

    Nick PintoOWS legal team after the ruling.​Judge Michael D. Stallman of the Supreme Court of New York just issued a ruling denying Occupy Wall Street's request for a temporary restraining order that would allow them to return, sleeping gear and all, to Zuccotti Park. Two most interesting par ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    Robert Maresca Abandons Attempt to Trademark Occupy Wall Street

    Not one of Robert Maresca's t-shirts.​The Long Island couple who tried to trademark "Occupy Wall Street" have officially abandoned the idea, according to a document released by The Smoking Gun today. Robert Maresca was the object of near-universal derision for his attempt to cash in on the mov ... More >>

  • News

    November 2, 2011

    Lost Boys

    New research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker—and sparks an outbreak of denial among child-sex-trafficking alarmists nationwide

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    October 16, 2011

    Times Square Flooded With Protesters [VIDEO]

    The above video shows the scale of yesterday's Occupy Wall Street protests in Times Square. Original estimations had the demonstrators' numbers in the thousands, with some reporting a presence of 20,000 people. Yesterday's protests resulted in 74 arrests--although 24 of those arrests occurred at a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street "Cleaning": Live Updates from the Standoff

    Via Twitter/@LucyKafanovA camped out protester waking up others as police arrive​After a night of pouring rain with unrelenting thunder and lightening (is Mayor Bloomberg wealthy enough to own one of those Bond-vilain-style weather machines?), the moment of confrontation between the NYPD and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    City: Occupy Wall Street Protesters Must Agree to Cleaning Or Get Out [Updated]

    via DJ Unicorn Thunder HeartsMayor Bloomberg visiting Occupy Wall Street.​Yesterday evening Mayor Bloomberg visited Occupy Wall Street for a while, walking through the park and viewing the inhabitants (we missed him by about five minutes). What he saw combined with complaints from Brookfield O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Nick Pinto is the Voice's Newest Staff Writer

    If you read this piece, then you are already familiar with Nick's work.​Runnin' Scared is happy to introduce Nick Pinto, the Voice's newest staff writer. You may have already seen him in our pages with his recent cover story on the Schapiro Group's questionable data that led to the removal of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: The Fuzzy Math of Sex Trafficking

    ​This week in the Voice, Nick Pinto examines some questionable statistics used to calculate juvenile sex trafficking rates. The numbers cultivated were used to convince Congress to force Craigslist to pull its adult classifieds section, and they are still being touted by major news outlets to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    The Schapiro Group Responds to Our Cover Story About Sex-Trafficking Study

    ​In our current cover story, Village Voice Media writer Nick Pinto called into question research done by a Georgia firm, The Schapiro Group, which was used by Womens Funding Network to make claims about the scope of underage sex trafficking in the U.S. Pinto's story called that research into q ... More >>

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    March 3, 2009

    Jean Shepherd At 6th Voice Car Rallye

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. August 2, 1962, Vol. VII, No. 41 Sports Car Rallye Several contestants in Sunday's Sixth Annual Village Voice Sports Car Rallye, two of them subsequent winners, nearly earned a free trip to First Precinct headquarters for mild dicing (racing ... More >>