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    May 14, 2010

    Q&A: Art Curator Olympia Lambert Explains Why We Should Ditch Manhattan's Art Scene And Head To New Jersey (For Now, Anyway)

    Julie LohnesTug of War, 2009, video still​Art blogger-turned-curator Olympia Lambert is getting the hell out of New York and taking a bunch of artists with her. Escape From New York, her latest art show, which opens May 15, is just that -- a massive pilgrimage through the sticky streets of Che ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Alec Baldwin, The NYU Interview: On Political Run Potential and Mamoun's Falafel

    ​Seminal New York 30 Rock actor Alec Baldwin's apparently speaking at NYU's graduation. Hopefully it'll be like that time he screamed on the cell phone to his daughter, because I mean doesn't it feel like that kind of mildly terrifying Mamet-esque outrage could benefit the outgoing NYU class o ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010

    Scott Brown Embraced as Role Model by Local Politicians

    ​Stuart Applebaum, president of the powerful Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, calls Scott Brown's Massachusetts victory "stunning" and a "wake-up call," suggests it means Paterson is finished, and backs Cuomo. Paterson's campaign manager says, au contraire, "Yesterday's outcome i ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    Governor Paterson's Campaign Fund One-Fifth of Cuomo's; Also Behind Levy's

    The Times headline, "Paterson Has More Than $3 Million in War Chest," sounds promising for the Governor's 2010 campaign, until you find out further down that Paterson used to have $5.4 million, but spent a lot of it on peculiar ads, and has not been able to make the shortfall with donations, though ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    Haiti Is The Only Story

    ​Our normal political pursuits are rendered even more trivial than usual by the footage of the corpse-lined streets of Port- Au-Prince. Ford vs. Gillibrand? Paterson's depleted campaign treasury? Senate expulsion for Monserrate? Thirty days in jail for Dominic Carter? Our everyday concerns sli ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    Quick Hits

    ​ Twitpic via M_Solomon. With last year's Long Island Walmart Black Friday stampede in mind, the National Retail Foundation has established training, security, and traffic flow guidelines to prevent recurrences; Walmart has established its own new guidelines, in compliance with an agreement ... More >>

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    November 24, 2009

    Senate GOP, Dem Leaders Unite to Oppose Paterson's "Soviet" Deficit Plan

    Maybe by scaling back his demand for over $600 million in cuts to school aid by half was the fatal sign of weakness that invited the counterattack, but the state senators who have been remarkably slow about trimming the budget united against Paterson with great speed. Democratic leader John Sampson ... More >>

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    July 27, 2009

    Barrett: Let's Look at Al Sharpton's Shot at Runnin' Scared

    ‚ÄčThe last thing I want to do is get into a fight with sweet Rachel Noerdlinger, the spokeswoman for sour Al Sharpton. It's not her fault that the Rev refused to answer my questions about his bizarre bonding with Designated Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, but had Noerdlinger issue a mocking written res ... More >>

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    July 1, 2009

    Coup In Review: Same Old Same Old

    They had that special session last night in Albany and guess what? Nothing happened, again. That's why New York is pretending to have a Board of Ed today. (On the upside, the stalled senate kept a new city sales tax from going into effect.) Today in Albany there was a "leadership meeting" scheduled ... More >>

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    June 24, 2009

    Hey, Guess What, David Paterson is Still Really Unpopular

    The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute's been busy. Yesterday they released a poll on the legislature and how much we hate our state. Now they have new numbers on the Governor and other local characters. Will it surprise you to learn Paterson is unpopular? He's hanging in with a 61 percent disa ... More >>

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    May 18, 2009

    Teitelbaum, Paterson Target, Quits

    You saw Wayne Barrett's story earlier about Paterson's "knee-jerk reactions and posturing, attempting to look like an ethics crusader for a day" in the State Commission on Public Integrity case? Where he fired most of the panel, but they refused to leave? So the Governor lined up state officials pas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    "Spitzer" Joins "Paterson" on SNL

    Are we awful for enjoying the Saturday Night Live Paterson gags? They're certainly dopey, focusing as they do on Paterson's blindness, drug and sex history, and epochal unpopularity. And New Jersey! But we like dopey sketches, and are pleased that Fred Armisen has found a political character that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Transgender Bill Passes Assembly; Bellwether for Gay Marriage?

    Before they get to Paterson's gay marriage bill, let's see if they can pass this first: the Assembly has cleared the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression in matters or employment, education, etc. It would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Poll: Paterson Hated, Gillibrand Unknown

    Paterson and his Albany enablers finally drove the limping budget over the finish line last week, and the Governor's reward is a 28 percent approval rating in a Quinnipiac poll. While that's two points better than the score he got a month ago, that poll was taken by the Marist Institute; by Quinnip ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    Barrett: If Murdoch and Zuckerman are Whining, is the State Budget Really So Bad?

    News flash! The state budget that's been so trashed in the tabloids does loads of good things you've heard next to nothing about. Whenever the rich are taxed, the only media contest in town is who will howl louder -- Rupert or Mort. Both are such class enemies of their own readers that, in a budget ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Albany Back to Budget Battle; Will Rich Take a Hit?

    It was nice that Paterson and the legislature agreed to reform the Rockefeller laws, but there's still that pesky budget to contend with. When last we looked, the budget gap had suddenly grown by $2.2 billion to more than $16 billion, and the Governor was threatening to fire 8,900 state employees to ... More >>

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    March 25, 2009

    Paterson Threatens 8,900 Layoffs to Close Budget Gap

    Governor Paterson is playing hardball, or at least fast-pitch softball, with the civil service unions. He wants them to skip a pay increase and give back some on benefits, or else, he says, he may have to fire 8,900 of them to close his growing budget gap. That's about four percent of the government ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    Quick Hits

    We noticed; now here's the Craigslist freebie Twitter feed, Free_NewYork. There you can get a free four-person hot tub -- but "please take it only if you need it." Since Paterson's "hiring freeze," Albany's payroll gained more than 8,000 salaries, says the Buffalo News. BuffNews al ... More >>

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    March 10, 2009

    Paterson Aide's New Job Suddenly a Big Deal

    The New York Post semi-famously called for the hapless Paterson Administration to "Bring Back O'Byrne," meaning Charles O'Byrne, his former secretary and right-hand man, who'd resigned after it was revealed he hadn't paid taxes due to a mysterious mental illness. There was speculation that Paterson ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009

    Thousands Throng Union Demo at City Hall

    OK, teabaggers, here's how you do a protest at City Hall: a massive crowd of union members and sympathizers flooded the area around the seat of government this afternoon to voice their displeasure with proposed budget cuts that would affect their memberships. The demo was so crowded that we coul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2009

    Sunday's Headlines: Hate-Crime Suspect Claims Self-Defense

    HARKAVY is now blogging at The Smart AssetYour Sunday New York headlines...Hate-crime suspect Keith Phoenix claims self-defense in murder of Ecuadoran immigrant, his lawyer says victim kicked the door of Phoenix's van, reached for (nonexistent) weapon.Long-reviled Rockefeller drug laws swiftly being ... More >>

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    February 18, 2009

    Poll: Tax Half-Millionaires, Quarter-Millionaires, and Millionaires

    Ah, the wisdom of the people: a Quinnipiac poll shows 79 percent of New York state residents approve of increasing taxes on millionaires. In fact, they approve of tax hikes on people making half a mil, and even a quarter mil, though by slimmer margins. The Albany Times-Union headlines this news "vo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Dumped via Facebook? Probably. Hooked up by stimulus bill? Maybe.

    This'll break you up: Revisiting the January 2007 Facebook parody from USC, directed by Mu Sun While you're waiting for the stimulus bill to hook you back up: • It's not you, it's my social-networking. Further confirmation in this morning's Daily News of something that thousands of you alre ... More >>

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    February 11, 2009

    Who needs a bailout? The New York soldiers heading to Afghan War frontlines.

    The frightening Taliban invasion of the Afghan capital Kabul, courtesy of Al Jazeera's Todd Baer. Compare the CNN and Al Jazeera stories. Bailout? If by accident of birth, you were in Kabul yesterday, you'd be dying to bail out. You would have been running for your life while crazed Taliban storm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Albany Cools toward Kennedy, Catches Gillibrand Fever

    We first noticed Democratic Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand when she pwned challenger Sandy Treadwell and Rudy Giuliani this election season, trumping them with her high NRA rating. Lately she's gotten more attention as a Senate replacement, not to mention a "Select Gillibrand" web site she claims ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Mike Bloomberg launches preemptive trip to Israel; invasion of NYC unlikely

    Waltz With Bashir, a movie that sprang from a previous Israeli invasion of Lebanon, won Best Picture from the National Society of Film Critics. A free Madoff Watch T-shirt to the reader who suggests the best title for the first movie spurred by Israel's current invasion of Gaza. On an overseas t ... More >>

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    December 15, 2008
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    November 13, 2008

    Trump Weighs In on "Bottom-Heavy" WTC, Election, Etc.

    Donald Trump reinserts himself into public affairs in an interview with NY1. He supported McCain for President but would have preferred Romney to Palin on the ticket because Romney "knows how to make money." He said the Obama campaign "roughed up" Hillary Clinton, "perhaps brilliantly." He likes Pat ... More >>

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  • Music

    June 5, 2007

    Another Brave New World

    Glenn Mercer's solo debut could be a Feelies reunion. He's just too nice to make it one.

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    July 15, 2003

    Oceans Apart

    A Cuban Exodus Chronicled