New York-based photographer Spencer Tunick takes beautiful pictures of naked people. You've probably seen some of those photos; he's become internationally famous over the past two decades for staging photos of "nude figures in public settings," as he puts it, everything from a lone woman curled aro ... More >>
In 2011 and 2012, Holly Van Voast and her bare breasts saw a lot of the city together. Van Voast, an artist and photographer, took on the persona of "Harvey Van Toast," a "topless paparazzo" who wore a pencil-thin mustache, sometimes a newsy sort of fedora, and not much in the way of shirt. She appe ... More >>
Uncapturing the Friedmans
In a move that, to some extent, acknowledges that NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna did wrong by pepper-spraying a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters, all women, who were being contained by orange net, he has been given a command discipline and may lose 10 vacation days. According to the Ne ... More >>
C.S. MuncyOne of the more recent instances of alleged police brutality against Occupy Wall Street protesters involves Felix Rivera-Pitre, who was allegedly punched by a police officer identified as Deputy Inspector Johnny Cardona last week after the movement won the right to stay in Zuccotti ... More >>
Yesterday we reported that Chelsea Elliott, who along with Kaylee Dedrick was pepper-sprayed while protesting with Occupy Wall Street at Union Square on Saturday, September 24, had obtained legal counsel and would be pressing charges against Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, the NYPD officer identi ... More >>
A plastic sailfish swims on the wall of the new Cowgirl Sea-Horse, second in a succession of Cowgirls that began in the West Village, treating our neighborhoods like trailer parks--culinarily, that is. Photo taken with the patented (though not by us) Fork-in-the Road low-light steadicam. Co ... More >>
Looks like the newly renovated Washington Square Park is getting a private security force. The Coalition for a Better Washington Square Park is gathering funds to hire off-duty cops and maintenance workers to patrol the Park by next summer. Conflict is promoted in the press between activist Ron Kub ... More >>
The sole surviving Somali pirate, Abduhl Wali-i-Musi, came into New York last night in preparation for his federal trail on hostage-taking and piracy charges. Photos show the teenage pirate to be near-skeletal, but smiling nonetheless, perhaps because even American prison represents a significant im ... More >>
Police found George Weber bound and stabbed to death in his Henry Street apartment Sunday morning. The former newsman for WABC radio, gone freelance since being laid off in February of 2008, was undressed and in his bed; his tub was running, the apartment was ransacked, and there were no signs of fo ... More >>
More weirdness in Tuesday's home invasion at rapper Gia Bella's Staten Island residence, which left her father, Joey Adamo, with a fractured skull (the artist was not home): the Staten Island Advance reports that the invader who was caught, Carmine Carini, has a prior connection with the music busin ... More >>
If you aren't sick of my yammering about competitive eating, you can hear me run my mouth off about it on "Doing Time," the Ron Kuby show on Air America, this evening at 5:45.
The city finally says yes to a 20th-anniversary celebration of the famous battle in the park
The Operation Lucky Bag subway stings were a bust, but now they're back
In a shocker, aging rogue cop and Knapp rat Bill Phillips finally wins parole in murder case he says was a frame-up
Do we have to pick just one? Kenny Heller won't admit it, but he could make a case for the title if he hadn't been disbarredfor obnoxious behavior.
(New York's Finest vs. Hells Angels) Now, assault is serious business, and by all accounts the 52-year-old woman who was found beaten unconscious on the sidewalk outside the Hells Angels headquarters on East Third Street in Manhattan Sunday night was left in a terrible way. Still, one has to won ... More >>
You've got to fight for your right to partyor at least to possess spray paint or a permanent markerand so designer Mark Ecko is suing Mayor Bloomberg, the city, and his old nemesis Queens Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr., in federal court. The claim is that Vallone's 2005 anti-graffiti bill ... More >>
The Bandleader Didn't Commit the Murder, Affidavit Claims
In the September 13th Democratic primary, Christopher X. Brodeur won 16,561 votes. Today he was in Criminal Courtwith Ron Kuby at his sideafter 12 days in Rikers on charges of resisting arrest and harassment, the latter referring to his alleged threat to physically harm New York Observer ... More >>
Bhagavan Das, Chakra yoga, no meat, soy milk, and Jesse Friedman
Planning to protest the RNC? Fine dining awaits you at the city's swankiest prisons
How the NYPD Explains the Senseless Killing of an Unarmed Black Man
Feds Throw the book at Mumia Protesters
An Unlimited Right to Surveil
Steven Powers Is the Latest Celebrity Quality-of-Life Offender
'Sure, We Get People Angry'
Was a Wrongful Arrest Committed?
There Were No Threats in the 'Criminal' Faxes
Seeing a crime was bad enough. Helping the police was a nightmare.
Dailies knock out cop-boxer's real record
The medical examiner ruled Reginald Bannerman's death a suicide, but his family insists that a rogue black cop pushed him in front of a subway train
The NYPD is snared in its own surveillance net