In last Wednesday's Village Voice, I reviewed the Cecil, decrying it shamefully short of it's potential, which, I believe is very, very vast. Here's hoping the restaurant gets it together soon. But the Cecil isn't the only project Richard Parsons and Alexander Smalls teamed up on last fall. In Oct ... More >>
The Cecil isn't all that it could be
The crown jewel of northern Manhattan, Harlem's creative and socioeconomic identity has undergone -- as all neighborhoods are subject to -- a series of transformations since the renaissance of the 1920s. And while it hasn't experienced enough gentrification in recent years to qualify as the "William ... More >>
About a month ago, former Time Warner chairman and CEO unveiled The Cecil in Harlem, paying homage to the African diaspora with a menu created by executive chef Alexander Smalls and chef de cuisine Joseph "JJ" Johnson. But even as Parsons opened the doors there, he was hard at work on a major restor ... More >>
Later this fall, media mogul Richard Parsons (former chairman and CEO of Time Warner) will revive a bit of Harlem's jazz history when he opens Minton's, restoring an old playhouse that once played host to legends like Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie. But first, he's debuted the ... More >>
How Mayor Mike gamed the system
After "a glamorous career in the New York City fashion world," says 32-year-old MacDella Cooper (pictured), she started the MacDella Cooper Foundation "with the mission of empowering Liberian youth, especially orphans and abandoned children." Their collections are modest in this regard, and GuideSta ... More >>
The last Chico mural for New York. Thanks, EV Grieve. What a week. Everyone was pissed at us. Williamsburgers didn't appreciate being called dorks for trying to silence ice cream trucks. Horace Mann students got mad when we suggested they were faking swine flu to get out of school. Allison Benedi ... More >>
Who's Caroline's daddy?
Joel, Mike and CarolineIt would be an oversimplification to say that Mike Bloomberg is the main man behind the Caroline Kennedy tsunami that's hit in the last two days. There are others behind the wave of support, as well. Some, for example, say that Rahm Emanuel has such a need to fill senate seats ... More >>
How the benevolent billionaire with no political debts ended up owning us all
You kind of expect the blogs to talk about Mayor Richie Rich's third term as an oligarchical scam, but it's weird when mainstream types basically agree -- even though they see that as a good thing. "It's actually [Bloomberg's] multi-million dollar peers who seem to be supporting him the most," say ... More >>
The New York Times' City Room Blog draws our attention to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report considering wages in the Greater Metropolitan Area. It says that our average wages are "significantly higher than the national averages in every category." Unsurprisingly, the further down the wage sc ... More >>
When Mayor Bloomberg's Commission on Economic Opportunities—given this administration, the unfortunate C.E.O. acronym is probably intentional—issued its final report on reducing poverty in the five boroughs last week, expectations weren't exactly off the charts. Disgruntled members of the 38 ... More >>
Uncle LD's High Bias
A new shop gives lesser-known vintners their due
News orgs are serving up the Sudan conflict as a race war. Sadly, it's not that simple.
Rudy's Book Bares a Black & Latino Hit List
Rising Standards, Rising Dropouts
Why Is a Planning Commissioner Hawking the Olympics?
Easy, Senators! Theres enough money for everybody.