Our cover story this week is about the thousands of people arrested in New York City in recent years for possession of common folding knives.
In retrospect, Richard Neal knows he should have just gone home. It was already nearly 4 a.m. on a sticky June night in 2008, and the LaGuardia Houses on the Lower East Side were crawling with cops. It was the kind of situation Neal normally prefers to avoid. Where police are, he'd rather not be.
[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]Last week President Obama, who had been threatening to issue a new executive order on immigration, suddenly backed off, saying he'd revisit the subject after the elections. This seems transparently political to us and everyone e ... More >>
Last week the Congressional Budget Office issued another report on the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Its most widely-reported revelation was that 2.3 million Americans may leave their jobs because Obamacare would make it inadvisable to them to keep them. We should say "widely-and-variously-re ... More >>
Katy Perry was in severe danger of getting upstaged by Bruce Willis, who absolutely knocked it out of the park while hosting Saturday Night Live, and that's a feat considering how dead-eyed the Die Hard star/Mr. Clean look-alike is on a normal basis. Willis whipped out a harmonica during his openin ... More >>
On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court decided that corporations were people, too. The Citizens United ruling unleashed a new wave of influence in American elections; one that still has modern democracy reeling, as the last presidential election witnessed billions of dollars coming in from all over ... More >>
At a Sunday evening press conference, Mayor Bloomberg announced that a would-be terrorist bomber was thwarted from a plot to detonate devices in New York City. Jose Pimentel allegedly bought bomb-making materials at Home Depot and had begun building the explosives with the intention of targeting gov ... More >>
"Well, there are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn't advise you to try to invade." This fine free advice, first offered by Humphrey Bogart to Nazi swill in Casablanca, is here offered to Glenn Beck who -- after offending almost all of America's rabbi's, as reported by our Jo ... More >>
It's not that we're bitter, it's just that, do engaged people have to appropriate everything for their marital purposes? It seems they're always out trying to get a better deal, trying to save a little cash while also having the truly original, special (and cheap!) weddings they've dreamed of ... More >>
Just how awkward will the awkwardly staged moment between Kanye West and Taylor Swift be? Will Eminem deign to smile? Which uncomfortable pop star will B.o.B choose to bring up on stage with him? And how will your hosts, Pitchfork's Ryan Dombal and eMusic's Sean Fennessey, make it to midnight withou ... More >>
After 20 years on NBC, Law & Order has been cancelled (though it may get picked up by TNT). The show had an extraordinary run -- one season shy of a TV drama-series record. So it would seem reasonable to blame its demise on old age and a superfluity of L&O spin-offs, right? Not in rightblogger wor ... More >>
Suemedha SoodBrooklyn Homebrew plies its wares. New York City's only homebrew supply store, Brooklyn Homebrew, opened Tuesday in its new Gowanus location on 8th Street at Third Avenue. Up until now, the store has been operating out of a one-bedroom Sunset Park apartment--the home of owners Da ... More >>
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. How to Be a Business Superhero Author: Venture capitalist Sean Wise Date: 2008 Discove ... More >>
This article was reported and written by Wayne Barrett and Georgia Bobley. In the glut of City Council races this season, one candidate stands above the crowd of unknowns, ex-firefighter Peter Gleason, who's challenging downtown incumbent Alan Gerson. Gleason has magically emerged from the shadows ... More >>
Over the past decade, Andrew Kuo has become the sort of energetic, omnipresent New Yorker who appears, like magic, wherever you may be. I last encountered him in the backstage guts of Terminal 5, a ghastly cement nightclub in the hinterland of the West 50s. It took a few days before I even thought t ... More >>
Where did everything go? They're messin' with my frockin' town.
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The best international theater New York still needs to see
Is a guy from Minnesota the new king of New York street art?
Joanna Newsom is nobody's pixie, sprite, bear, fairy, or folk freak
Human beings are, of course, a part of nature, as much so as grizzly bears or bees of whales or sorghum cane. The cities of human beings are as natural, being a product of one form of nature, as the colonies of prairie dogs or the beds of oysters. - Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American ... More >>
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