Steven Thrasher

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    August 13, 2012

    The Voice Talks To KNPR About the 37 Reasons Why We Hate Las Vegas [AUDIO]

    We must admit: when KNPR, the NPR affiliate of Las Vegas, contacted us and asked, "Do you want to come on the air to talk about '37 Reasons Why An Unapologetically Judgmental New Yorkers Hates Las Vegas'?" we were a tad nervous. In fact, the polite, kind and good-natured people at KNPR's State of Ne ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    Democratic Party Approves Same-Sex Marriage Equality Plank for DNC

    Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade is reporting that the Democratic Party has approved a same-sex marriage equality platform plank for the upcoming Democratic National Convention. Quoting outgoing, openly gay congressman Barney Frank, the Blade reports that a 15 member panel unanimously backed i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Campaign Seeks To Keep Maria Montealegre Family Off The Streets

    Shortly after Araceli Cruz and Steven Thrasher told the story of Maria Montealegre, a mother of four who faces eviction for standing up to her landlord, an online campaign has been organized to save the family from homelessness. Remember that Montealegre's landlord Moshe Samova -- ranked 12th on ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    This Week in the Voice: I Fought The Landlord

    This week in the Voice, out today, Araceli Cruz and Steven Thrasher tell the tale of landlord Moshe Samovha's bad Upper Manhattan building and the lone resident who fought for better living conditions: "This is a landlord who has acted with impunity for decades, content to let the city repair his bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2012

    Happy Pride! Here Are Some Gay Things for You to Read

    In case the gigantic rainbow flags and scantily-clad men did not already tip you off, it's Pride weekend in New York City. Happy Pride! I'm stuck inside blogging so I can't go to the parade, but there are some great Pride-related things on the internet that you should definitely read and/or watch on ... More >>

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    June 22, 2012

    'Madea Goes to the White House'

    From Cult Comedy Picture Show, presented without comment, except to say Neil Murno and Madea together would have made quite the White House duo.

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    June 21, 2012

    Will GLAAD Condemn Dan Savage for His "House Faggots" Tweet?

    In this week's feature in the Voice Pride Issue "Does 'Gay Inc.' Believe in Free Speech?" we take a long look at GLAAD, the self-described "PR firm for the LGBT community." Since the story was published Tuesday afternoon, a few events have happened as if on cue (one nationally, the others on a muc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    For Gay Pride, The Voice Takes Over SiriusXM's OutQ Channel 108 Today

    The Voice's annual Pride Issue comes out later today, and to mark the occasion, we're taking over SiriusXM Satellite Radio's OutQ Channel 108 to celebrate. Your truly will be guest hosting The Michelangelo Signorile Show from 2-6 PM Eastern. I'll be joined in the 2 PM hour by the Voice's Graham Ray ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    Neil Munro of The Daily Caller: Here's the Immigrant (Journalist? Heckler? Asshole?) Who Interrupted Obama's Immigration Speech

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama's Rose Garden announcement of a kind of DREAM Act-like executive branch workaround was hijacked by a "journalist" named Neil Munro of the conservative website the Daily Caller. (You know, Tucker Carlson's totally legit publication, which recently took traffic trolling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    White House Hosts First LGBT Pride Month Reception With Out Military, Married Same-Sex New Yorkers; Obama Gives GMHC Shout Out

    After a contentious press announcement on immigration earlier in the day in the Rose Garden, President Obama hosted his third LGBT Month Pride Reception in the East Room of the White House. Even though it is not a very old tradition, there were a couple things historically different about this year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Children's Book Artist Maurice Sendak, Dies at 83

    In very sad news today, the wonderful Maurice Sendak has died due to complications from a recent stroke. Sendak was considered one of the most important children's book artists of the 20th century. There will likely be many tributes and stories about Sendak today; you can read some here: The New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    OWS Free University Rocks Madison Square Park, Draws Bigger Crowd Than Shake Shack

    Somewhat ironically, it's the Occupy Wall Street May Day event that is the least controversial that is most reminiscent of the best of Zuccotti Park's heyday. The Free University of New York -- largely sponsored by CUNY students and faculty who chose to take their classes into Madison Square Park to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    It's 420: Know Your Rights on The Holidaze

    Put down the Hot Pocket and FOCUS. Yes, we know that scene in Die Hard is about to come up, but this really can't wait. No, we don't want a hit. It's from Humboldt County? Then maybe later. Fine. And we'll look at that really cool cartoon in a bit, we promise! But for right now, please try to listen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    New York Public Library Renovations: Good or Bad?

    The New York Public Library has been working double time to boost positive P.R. about $300-million in planned renovations to its lion-fronted flagship on Fifth Avenue. Indeed, NYPL President Anthony Marx, in addition to penning many pro-change op-eds, has also agreed to field the public's question ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    This Week in the Voice: The Nonprofit 1 Percent

    This week in the Voice, out today: Steven Thrasher discovers that some nonprofit managers in New York -- including at the Jewish Guild for the Blind -- aren't just rich, but among society's wealthiest: "Although he runs a nonprofit, Alan Morse is comfortably in the 1 percent that Occupy Wall Street ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2012

    SSM Update: NJ Gov Follows Through On Promise To Veto Bill, Maryland On The Road To Equality

    On Thursday, we told you about the passage of a bill in New Jersey's Assembly that would make same sex marriage legal in the state. N.J. Governor Chris Christie promised that he would veto the bill when it landed on his desk, and he held true to his word. The New York Daily News says that Christie w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    This Week in the Voice: Philip Glass, an East Village Voice

    This week in the Voice, out today: Steven Thrasher profiles Philip Glass, tracing the 75-year-old composer's career and love for New York, "Regardless of success, neither Glass's life nor his music have ever abandoned their East Village sensibilities. He worked as a cab driver and furniture mover un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    This Week In The Voice: Philip Glass Turns 75; Lana Del Rey At Long Last Debuts; Björk Takes New York To School

    The cover of this week's Village Voice is occupied by the famed composer Philip Glass, who turned 75 this week and whose birthday will be celebrated with a series of events taking place throughout February; Steven Thrasher went in-depth with the man and his legacy. Elsewhere in the music section, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2011

    White People On Reddit Wonder Why They Have Never Been Stopped And Frisked

    ​This morning a white "normal" New Yorker woke up, walked over to his computer, and asked his fellow members of the online community Reddit, "Any white "normal" looking nyers that have ever been stopped and frisked by cops?" Although terribly phrased and pretty racist, the question is kind of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Cops Are Arresting Fewer Folks for Tiny Amounts of Weed

    This would count as "illegal."​Back in September Police Commissioner Ray Kelly issued an internal order telling cops to stop arresting people for minuscule amounts of pot found in their pockets or in bags (i.e., not in public view). This was in part due to claims of wrongful arrests and the st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    "Twin Towers" on Sixth Avenue About a Mile Apart

    Steven Thrasher​Yesterday, we wrote about how from the middle of Sixth Avenue in the West Village, you can get a view that is eerily reminiscent of what the Twin Towers looked like from the same spot a decade ago. The optical illusion is created by the pairing of the Trump SoHo Tower and the ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    One World Trade and Trump SoHo Recreate Twin Towers View on Sixth Avenue

    Steven Thrasher​Crossing Sixth Avenue at 11th Street this afternoon, it was impossible not to notice. At its current stage of construction, One World Trade appears to be the same height and size as the Trump SoHo Tower. Together, the two create a view that looks eerily like the pre-9/11 World ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    MTA Responds to 4 Train "Smoke Condition," Says Cause is "Still Under Investigation"

    Steven Thrasher​The MTA has responded to the incident involving the 4 train being stuck, in smoke, under the East River last night, with which we were intimately familiar. The (very) good news is that no one, including none of the five firefighters we left down there when our evacuation train ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2011

    BREAKING: Politician Admits to Behaving Like Politician

    ​In 2009, New York State Senator James Alesi voted against the same-sex marriage bill. Two years later, Alesi, along with three other Republicans, voted "yes" on the Marriage Equality Act, sparking many to wonder what made him change his mind. A day after that vote, Alesi told our own Steven T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Occupy...The Village Voice?

    Steven ThrasherThe Voice box, the Strand bag, and this lady making the best of things​When we first saw this woman using one of our boxes as a bed/couch on Bowery this afternoon, we assumed it was an absurd, but one-time, incident. But it turns out, our paper really does comfort the afflicted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Lawyers and Activists Arrested in Brooklyn Courtroom While Stopping Foreclosures with Song (VIDEO)

    Updated below: the singers have been released. Organizing for Occupation co-sponsored the first Occupy Wall Street action in Brooklyn today, and it didn't disappoint in terms of adding some Brooklyn flair to the once Manhattan bound scene. About a hundred people rallied outside Brooklyn Supreme Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Ray Kelly Finally Does the Right Thing with Weed Arrests

    ​After a decade of aggressively using stop and frisks to produce hundreds of thousands of bogus marijuana arrests, Commissioner Ray Kelly seems to have belatedly reversed course, judging from an internal memo.

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    August 10, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: The Choice to Marry

    ​This week in the Voice: Steven Thrasher tells the beautiful love stories of two same-sex couples. But while Kawane and Jeanette Harris got married on July 24, the first day they could in New York, Kevin Beauchamp and Howard Orlick -- both legally blind -- are staunch gay marriage advocates wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2011

    Mickey Miller, Stonewall Vet, Marries Partner of 35 Years, Judith Ricciardo (VIDEO)

    Steven ThrasherMickey (far left) and Judith (far right) have been together 35​Leaning on a cane for hours this morning in the sweltering heat, Mickey Miller, a lesbian who's old enough to have been at many bars back when they were routinely raided (including the Stonewall Inn) was determined t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2011

    Gay Wedding Cakes at Michael Kors -- UPDATED

    ​The happy brides, the happy grooms A week ago, when we inaugurated our pop-up Big Gay Food Blog with a piece on the hopeful wedding cakes in the window of openly gay fashion designer Michael Kors, the prospective votes for same-sex marriage were being counted and recounted, Democratic senato ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: The Queer Issue

    ​It's the Queer Issue! This week in the Voice, Steven Thrasher takes a look at the complicated relationship between members of Bronx Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz Sr.'s family when it comes to gay rights. Senior is staunchly anti-gay marriage; his son, Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr., ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Osama Bin Laden Is Dead: Reports From Ground Zero This Morning [UPDATED]

    Photos by Steven Thrasher​It was quiet and foggy at Ground Zero this morning -- the first New York had woken up to knowing Osama Bin Laden was dead -- but not entirely silent. By 5:30 a.m., the impromptu all night party was still going on in pockets, most noticeably in front of the 9/11 Memori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    The 20 Most-Read Village Voice Stories of 2010

    ​This really felt like a breakout year at the Voice, with our big NYPD investigative series, the Runnin' Scared, Sound of the City, and Fork in the Road blogs blowing up, and, um, you know, we're still in print and stuff. Can you guess which Voice story made the biggest splash this year? Befo ... More >>

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    December 19, 2010

    Daniel Choi, Driven Crazy By "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Hopes to Rejoin the Military

    ​Lt. Daniel Choi, who became the face of the movement to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on gays on the military, says he plans to rejoin the Army now that he can serve openly. Choi was discharged after two tours of duty in Iraq because he outed himself on national television. (You can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    The Non-Crazy Responses to "White America Has Lost Its Mind"

    ​After twice publishing examples of the nutcases and bigots who responded to last week's cover story, "White America Has Lost Its Mind," we thought we'd share some of the other kind, the people who read, understood, and were moved. In fact, the majority of about 1,000 e-mails sent to writer S ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    This Week in the Voice: White America Has Lost Its Mind

    ​From Glenn Beck to Breitbart, Sarah Palin to Rush Limbaugh, from sea to shining sea, from their mere followers to their Kool-Aid drinkers, the rage, motives, and manners all lend themselves to a certain composite picture developing quite neatly in this country, that's really, more than anythi ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    The Great Maybe-Tornado of 2010: Tornado Spares Voice

    All photos by Steven Thrasher​We're still waiting for confirmation on whether the tornado that ransacked Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens last night was actually a tornado -- investigators are out trying to determine whether patterns were "swirling" or otherwise, and the National Weather Se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    The Very Worst Way to Express Condolences Over Ted Stevens, Period, by Lisa Murkowski

    Click to Enlarge.​Former Alaska senator Ted Stevens died in a plane crash yesterday. Voice staff writer Steven Thrasher tips us off to a screengrab he got shortly after of Alaska's NBC affiliate reporting the to a campaign ad of sitting Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski. Notably, Murko ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    NYC's Proposition 8 Rally in Foley Square: Video

    ​The Village Voice's Steven Thrasher was in attendance at a rally in New York's Foley Square last night where some 200 folks gathered to celebrate yesterday's ruling that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. There, civil rights attorneys Yetta Kurland and Todd Fernandez read key sec ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010

    This Week in the Voice: A Cooper Union Student's Eye for an Education

    ​The typical college student's time abroad is used primarily for escaping into lands of legal-age drinking and assorted other debauchery. Cooper Union student Emily Henochowicz ended up doing something slightly different with her time: protesting in the West Bank this past May. That was when s ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    This Week in the Voice: Siren Fest and The Fake Retirement of Ted Leo

    ​Every summer, Coney Island gets taken over for a Saturday by a mass of incredible music, and the mass of fans who hop on the F or the Q to get to one of the furthest edges of Brooklyn to hear them. The best part? It's free, and it's ours: The Siren Fest is here again. This year's headliner? Mod-r ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    Large Fire Reported on the Lower East Side, 240 East Houston

    Update, again: Confirmation on scene that the building is 240 E. Houston. 188 firefighters from 33 units arrived to put out the flames. We have reports that two people were taken out in stretchers, and the blaze is said to have started on the roof. No injuries are currently reported. Update: NBC 4 ... More >>

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    May 22, 2010

    March Through Lower Manhattan Commemorates Harvey Milk's 80th Birthday

    ​Eighty years ago today, on May 22, 1930, Harvey Milk was born in Woodmere, New York, on Long Island. As the first openly gay elected official in California, Milk became an icon of San Francisco's 1970s Castro District and more generally, gay activism as a rising phenomenon. As Sean Penn showe ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    This Week in The Voice: NYU's Snuff Film

    ​An undergraduate was killed during the making of a student film for NYU's highly-esteemed and well-regarded film program. What could've been done to prevent it? Why isn't anyone talking about it? And just how dodgy has NYU been over this? Village Voice staff writer Steven Thrasher investigate ... More >>

  • News

    March 24, 2010

    Segregation 2010: Bloomberg's Schools

    The mayor and his schools chancellor make their stand at the schoolhouse door

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    February 13, 2010

    4-Alarm Fire in Jackson Heights

    ​Update: Thirteen businesses were destroyed and over 100 people were evacuated from their homes. Over 200 firefighters were eventually called in. Four suffered minor injuries. Investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze. Update: ABC News is reporting that the fire was extinguished b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Crime Beat: Anti-Gay Drag King Hiram Monserrate Gets Probation for Assaulting Girlfriend

    It was like pulling hair to try to get state senator Hiram Monserrate to support gay marriage, and he seemed to be on the verge, but in the end the Democrat backed out, helping to kill the measure. The dude's oblivious to hair-pulling but he doesn't mind when he's doing the pulling. This pillar ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    ​When their pets die, most New Yorkers can't bury them in the backyard. They can put the earthly remains in the trash (properly marked). If that's too weird, there are people who will handle the deceased animals. They are, as you might imagine, an interesting bunch. Steven Thrasher walks among ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    Primary Afternoon with Katz & Diaz

    By Steven Thrasher. Melinda Katz, Democratic nominee for comptroller, was joined by Ruben Diaz Jr. at the Parkchester 6 train exit in the Bronx. She looked somewhat tired and run down,but joked today's "been easy! I woke up at noon, watched some soap operas" between greeting commuters. The Br ... More >>

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