"In a city where the technocratic mayor prides himself on making decisions based on the evidence, the proposed ban [on electronic cigarettes] produced one of the most scientifically vague and emotionally charged health committee hearings in recent memory. Anyone who used the word 'smoke' or 'smoking to refer to electronic cigarettes, which typically contain nicotine, was instantly corrected by audience members hissing 'Vapor!' and 'Vaping!'"
— Pat Kiernan (@patkiernan) November 27, 2013
You're not crazy, the weather is absolutely baffling. I mean, you are crazy, but it has nothing to do with the weather, it is just the constant beat of anxiety running through your brain: they're going to figure out I'm worthless, everything I do will go wrong, I was never any good, all I am to other people is a disappointment, etc.—all that stuff, apart from being true, is what's making you crazy, because of the way it continually loops [...]
"The Hat may not have been a great restaurant—apart from its excellent name—but for a long time it was a necessary one. It was a place where a poor twentysomething with $40 in his pocket could eat and drink like a king on a Friday night, and, for one hour, not think too badly of the way New York was treating him."
What is the cost of a pack of cigarettes in America? It is too much anywhere, but it is crazy stupid expensive in the City of New York. And now on top of that if you are a kid you are going to have to pay some 21-year-old to buy them for you because they are changing the law and also [...]
Those of you who believe that the best view of Brooklyn is from anywhere else will appreciate this video and its preview of 'All Day,' a digital art thing that "lets viewers virtually fly over Brooklyn thanks to photographs that were shot from rooftops around the borough. The work will play on the giant outdoor oculus at the Barclays Center," which I guess is where those of you who are okay with the view of Brooklyn from within that borough can go to see it, starting today.
"In some important ways, New York City's cockroaches are eerily similar to its human inhabitants. New research shows the insects tend to stay in the neighborhoods they grew up in and segregate themselves, much like the city's ethnic groups and income classes. And as in many a New York immigrant tale, cockroaches' ancestors likely came to America as stowaways…. A cockroach found on the Upper East Side is genetically different than the Upper West Side and Roosevelt Island cockroaches, Dr. Stoeckle and his team have found." —Also the tiny cockroach who was Cockroach Mayor for the last 12 years vastly increased inequality for cockroaches across New [...]
"Only one other police commissioner has ever accepted taxpayer-funded police protection after leaving office." —GUESS!
"Howard Hughes Corporation’s plan to build a 50-story apartment and hotel tower on the South Street Seaport waterfront was met with boos, hisses — and one resounding shout of 'It’s gross!' — as the company presented its Seaport redevelopment proposal to a packed Community Board 1 meeting Tuesday evening."
"A clever barista turned the Astor Row Cafe’s 'B' rating into a more desirable offering, mixing it with some ingredients from the alphabet to serve up 'brunch.'" —This is great, except for the part where I'm going to hear it as "bee-runch" in my head from now on, and also I guess the part about the "evidence of mice or live mice." I mean, I'm not saying I live in conditions that are any better. It's New York, there's always something creeping around there in the dark. [Photo via]
If you're free on November 3rd and the idea of running until you puke or crap your pants sounds good, there are still a few thousand spots available for the New York City Marathon. Sign up now and they'll throw in bleeding nipples for no extra charge.
"After a year-long search, Garment District landlords and business leaders have picked a name to highlight the neighborhood's ongoing transformation from clothing factories to hip office buildings and boutiques: the Garment District."
BALK: Choire, will you do something telling us whether the McCray/de Blasios are secret geniuses or, uh, other?
CHOIRE: Haha fuck if I know. Omg we might be so fuckkkkked. But it'll be fun! We're going to have an amateur government! What's freaking you out?
BALK: It started with the suicide Dad thing. Like, "I had never even told Dante." It did not occur to you that once you won the nomination this kind of thing was going to come out? I do not enjoy being put in the position, BEFORE THE GUY HAS EVEN BEEN ELECTED, of having to hope he was lying to us because [...]
"Mr. de Blasio’s answering machine greetings in those days seemed to reflect a search for meaning. Every few weeks, he recorded a new message, incorporating a quote to reflect his mood — a passage from classic literature, lyrics from a song or stanzas of a poem." —I'm sorry, was this supposed to [...]
"Rather than acknowledging that he sometimes leaves town, the mayor insists that his private time is his private time and the public doesn't have the right to know where he is when he's off the clock. But the challenge of being mayor of New York City is that you're never really off the clock; it's the most public job north of the White House. And it's simply jarring and a little weird not to see the mayor on TV when disaster strikes and then there's no explanation forthcoming about his absence. The mayor insists that he's not a first responder, that his job isn't to fix the railroad or [...]
"Managers, hosts, waiters, sommeliers, chefs and cooks care about their place when they have no immediate plans to bolt…. But today, eatery employees seem not to respect even their bosses. Many start a new gig with an exit strategy already in mind. One unmentionable reason: The legal crackdown on 'management' employees (which can mean just about anything) misappropriating tips from lowlier staffers makes it harder to make the bucks that some once took as their due. In the new climate, all it takes is the hint of a better deal elsewhere to lure them out the door." —Service at city bistros is worse now that higher-ups don't have as many [...]
Remember when the Police Commissioner of the City of New York showed up in L.A. for the Academy Awards and everyone was all, "Wha?" Or when he sent a couple of the cops to the house of woman who was in a car accident with his wife? Or that time a few years back when he hit a pregnant lady with his SUV and drove away? Man, it all seems so long ago. Anyway, former Police Commissioner Howard Safir wants you to worry that we might return [...]
"The average neighborhood precinct issued 252 speeding summonses in 2012. During the same year, the average NYPD precinct issued 1,069 summonses for 'excessive window tint,' for a citywide total of 95,866 summonses for overly tinted windows."
"New York City's renters already wrote the nation's biggest checks to their landlords, and in the third quarter they got bigger. The average monthly rental rate climbed 0.9% from the prior quarter—and 2% from a year earlier—to $3,049, real-estate research firm Reis Inc. said in a report to be released Tuesday. The national average is $1,073. The city is the only one of the 79 markets tracked by the company to have average rents topping $3,000."