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    April 15, 2014

    A Complete List of 2014 Tax Day Deals in NYC

    Those of you eagerly awaiting your refund probably have just one thing in common with others who are weeping over a hefty check to Uncle Sam: You're happy tax season is over. And per usual, this town's restaurant industry is ready to help you celebrate, with plenty o' deals for those of us who feel ... More >>

  • News

    January 8, 2014

    Education Supplement: Launch Sequence

    Gov. Cuomo's plan to give tax breaks to startups on college campuses faces high costs, uncertain outcomes

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    The New York City Smoking Age Is Officially 21 Now

    Dear smug 19-year-olds: Mayor Bloomberg has finally got your number. He has just signed a law raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21. The City Council passed the legislation in October by a margin of 35 to 10. Outgoing Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Health Commiss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2013

    Looking for Votes, Rightbloggers Explore "Conservative Reform," Find Pretty Much Conservatism

    Last week rightbloggers remained occupied with the recent D.C. scandals, which some of them expect to result in the President's impeachment; they even have a March on Washington and a shady poll to give them hope. We expect they will result in some sort of impeachment, if only of certain people's ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Glafira Rosales, Master Art Scammer, Busted for Duping IRS and Selling Phony Masters

    Here's a little bit of Upper East Side intrigue: a fancy dealer took it upon herself to double down and sharply increase her profit margin by selling phony paintings and duping the Internal Revenue Service out of millions, federal prosecutors tell us. The wily Glafira Rosales allegedly hid $12.5 mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Turmoils Follows Starbucks' U.K. Twitter Campaign

    A Starbucks twitter campaign in the U.K. has seriously backfired. The company recently encouraged its followers to get into the holiday spirit and use the hashtag #spreadthecheer. Instead of support, however, the effort resulted in an outpouring of tweets bashing the coffee chain's "low tax rates an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Will The Next Mayoral Race Turn Into a Fight For Taxes On The Wealthy?

    With the news that Wall Street profits are projected to hit $15 billion this year, it makes sense that the next Mayoral race in New York City will focus on the issue New York's mega-wealthy (and, if our 'Mitt Loves N.Y.' series was any indication, there are a ton of members in this exclusive income ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    Why Won't Mitt Romney Release His Pre-2010 Tax Returns?

    Hey, Mitt: We have to talk. I know you have a lot going on, and I know you don't have much time for me anymore: after all, I'm just your lowly, pre-2010 tax returns, so why bother with me? Maybe I should be used to this by now. You're always so swamped, Mitt, CEOing or saving the Olympics or ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Cake Shop Takes Its Fundraising Campaign To The People

    On a recent evening, Queens resident Linda Ann Jordan sat around a candlelit table with three of her friends at the Lower East Side coffee bar/venue/record store Cake Shop. The first show by her band, Good Sports, would take place downstairs later that evening. Gesturing to a friend across the table ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2012

    Mayor Bloomberg Has Eleven Homes, We Can Still Barely Pay Rent

    A few months back, Runnin' Scared covered what seems to be the biggest conundrum of the Big Apple: the fact that rents are higher than ever (averaging a solid $3,418 a month) yet no one is leaving the island. Actually, recent years have shown a huge increase in Manhattan newcomers, raising the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    New Yorkers Don't Like Occupy Wall Street or The Tea Party: Poll

    It's a pollapalooza! Shortly after a Quinnipiac University Polling Institute came out identifying New Yorkers' hatred of indoor smoking and love of bike shares, yet more info has come out detailing voters' tastes.

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Man Enjoys Pleasuring Himself to Lady Liberty

    ​There is a man in Arizona who has a certain liking for the famous statue that welcomes the world's tired and weary into New York City. At least, in its human form. Arizona man Kevin Robert Theriault (why do public masturbators always have three names?) "repeatedly exposed himself and masturba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Grimaldi's Faces Eviction, Looks to Manhattan

    Could the last pie be nigh?​With a line outside the door that stretches down the street, you wouldn't expect the famed pizza place to have trouble paying its rent, but apparently that's exactly the case at Grimaldi's. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the pizzeria has received an evict ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Tea Partiers Have Rappers Too

    Rule number one for your rally: have a rapper. Have two even. Doesn't even matter what your rally is for. Anti-death penalty? Sure. Indigenous workers' rights? Definitely. Pirate radio? Have 'em spit on air. Old white person tax protest? You know it, bro! Why rappers are the universal currency at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2010

    Free Tax Preparation and Online Filing

    ​If you make less than $58,000/yr, the city has set up a site where you can file online for free here. If you make under $42,000/yr, call the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program at 1 (800) 829-1040 to find an assistance site where they'll help you prepare your return. If you're over 60 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Thomas DiNapoli, State Comptroller: Tax Take Down, Wall Street Bonuses Up, Pension Fund Healthier

    ​State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli reports that New York sales tax revenue went down last year by 5.9 percent versus 2008. And city sales tax collection declined even in the spender's paradise of New York City, by the same percentage. (It was worse elsewhere: in the Lower Hudson Valley collect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Vox Pop Has Opened Its Doors Again, Thanks to an Unlikely Savior

    Vox Pop, now re-open for business.​ In mid-December, Vox Pop was shuttered by the tax man for non-payment of back taxes. Debi Ryan, the proprietor of the Ditmas Park coffee house and community center, told Fork in the Road that she wouldn't be able to re-open until she came up with $10,000 to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Ex-Councilman Miguel Martinez Gets Five Years

    ​Former Washington Heights City Councilman Miguel Martinez was sentenced to five years in prison this afternoon for stealing more than $100,000 in funds that were intended for non-profit groups in his district. He pleaded guilty to criminal corruption charges after resigning abruptly from t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2009

    Kelo outcome shows Atlantic Yards risk

    The outcome of New York's embattled eminent domain development projects is called into question by the economic development project which made them possible. The Pfizer research facility at the center of the Kelo v. New London Supreme Court decision is closing, taking over 1,400 jobs with it. The 5 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    In Mayor's Race, Bloomberg, Press Continue to Beat Up Thompson

    Both Mayor Bloomberg and his opponent, Bill Thompson, are expected to march in today's Columbus Day Parade. This weekend Bloomberg also marched in the Bronx Columbus Dsy Parade and the Hispanic Day Parade; the New York Post found a couple people to criticize Thompson for not attending ("he figures h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    Staten Island Pol Gets Real Estate Taxes Frozen; Staten Islanders Attack Pol, Russians, Etc.

    One thing we love about our Staten Island paisans: they aren't easily appeased, especially by politicians. Today the Staten Island Advance gave credit to local assemblymember Janele Hyer-Spencer -- last noted here for winning funds for a new community center, and thus stirring up Staten Island's st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    Bloomberg, Quinn Agree on Budget; Sales Tax Up, Luxury Taxes Out

    Mayor Bloomberg and city council speaker Christine Quinn announce that they have come to terms, and declare the $59.4 billion 2010 city budget balanced, despite an anticipated decline of nearly $5 billion in tax revenue (which tracks closely with what the IBO predicted in its report last month). Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    More Lousy Poll Numbers for Paterson; NYers Split on Gays, Fuzzy on Gillibrand

    We're not sure why they even bother to poll Governor Paterson's popularity lately. Why not wait a few months at least, so we can hope to be surprised? Anyway today's findings from Siena find Paterson with a 12 percent job performance rating. Only 27 percent view him favorably, and "someone else" is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Flash! Albany Working on MTA Plan

    Albany lawmakers are behind closed doors, working on an MTA plan. A taxi surcharge and payroll taxes are among the remedies they're considering. Paterson's calling for "action." His new wrinkle is to offer constituents reimbursement of the payroll tax to their school districts -- a typical Albany Ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    Appeals Court Will Hear Stuy Town Dispute (Updated)

    This week, the Second Circuit New York State Court of Appeals agreed to take a look at a case that could have implications for at least 350,000 tenants in New York.The court will examine a recent decision in the ongoing legal battle that pits the tenants of Stuyvesant Town/Cooper Village case agains ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Weiner Steps Up War Against Smoking, For Profit

    Between the recent jump in taxes on city-sold cigarettes and Congress' bill to put the FDA in charge of tobacco products, smokers have been getting it in the neck lately, and some may consider buying their smokes tax-free online to save a few bucks. Anthony Weiner wants to put a stop to that. He is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Assemblyman Proposes Taxes on Booze, Adding $1.08 to Cost of Our Lunch

    Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, having proposed a tax on strip clubs, now wants to tax alcoholic beverages. As the "pole tax" was meant to fund the state's anti-human-trafficking efforts, so this tax is supposed to fund "alcoholism and substance abuse prevention and treatment." Politicker describes Ortiz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Bloomberg Asks Gov for Money; Other Mayors Content with Taxes, Fines

    After the "withdrawal" of Bloomberg ally Caroline Kennedy, and slightly in advance of leaks that Kirsten Gillibrand would go to the Senate instead, Governor Paterson caught some flak from Mayor Bloomberg. Bloomberg complained about the $646 million that the Paterson cut from state funds to the city, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Last Dance: Little Africa Closes Its Doors

    Last night, Djoniba Mouflet gave his last dance and drum class at the studio he founded 16 years ago. Djoniba Dance $ Drum Centre, named after the Senegalese dance master, was the city's first cultural center dedicated to Pan-African dance and music. But like many other arts spaces, it can no longer ... More >>

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    October 8, 2008
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    September 17, 2008

    Obama Tax Plan Hurts New York, Says Sun, Institute

    The New York Sun today flogs a paper by the right-wing Manhattan Institute that asserts, as does the Sun's headline, "New York Would Suffer Under Obama Tax Plan." The Institute's report was unavailable at this writing, but as described by the Sun, the premise seems to be that Obama would tax the ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2007

    Protesters Demand Tax Relief for Billionaires

    Members of the Southampton Alliance for Monied Estates (SHAME) and Billionaires for Bush protest in front of the house of buyout king Henry Kravis on Wednesday. The canvassers demanded that billionaires like Kravis get even more tax breaks. An interesting piece of street theater came to the East ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2006

    Bloomberg on Stadium Bonds: It Depends What You Mean By 'Taxes'

    In the last week, Queens councilmembers have thrown a wrench into the city's well-oiled plans for a new Mets stadium, insisting they won't sign off on the deal unless their borough is awarded the same "community benefits" boodle as George Steinbrenner has promised the Bronx. But whether or not the ... More >>

  • News

    January 10, 2006

    Bloomberg Boots Yankee Stats

    City's own figures show that the new Bronx stadium would be a money pit

  • News

    October 11, 2005

    GOP Games

    Endorsement for Sale

  • News

    September 20, 2005

    A Storm of GOP Proposals

    Rita in Washington? Pass the tax cuts, please

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2005

    Weiner Needs Roasting

    The most puzzling riddle of the 2005 mayoral primary is the rise of Anthony Weiner and the simultaneous demise of Gifford Miller. As council speaker, Miller has a formidable record of progressive accomplishment. Weiner is a Democrat in a Republican House, able to lay claim to only a couple of piece ... More >>

  • News

    September 28, 2004

    Bush Was Born a Ramblin' Man

    President gets perkier, but still careens toward incoherent

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2004
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    December 2, 2003

    Blacks on Bloomberg

    Leaders Offer a Surprising Mix of Praise and Put-Down

  • News

    May 6, 2003

    Way to Go, Joe

    Bruno Dumps Pataki, Sticks With Union Allies

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    April 29, 2003
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    January 7, 2003
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    December 10, 2002

    Merit Mike Makes Hard Choices

    Bloomy Champions Services, Rejects No-Tax-Hike Orthodoxy

  • News

    March 13, 2001
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    August 15, 2000

    Platform to Nowhere

    Democrats Offer Few Specifics on Major Issues

  • News

    August 1, 2000

    Church Man

    Shrub Clears the Way for Christian America

  • Long Island Voice

    October 5, 1999
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    September 21, 1999
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    October 6, 1998

    Pataki's Pap

    The make-believe governor spins his boomtime fantasy

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