Posts Tagged: Mike Bloomberg

Mayor Dislikes Styrofoam

"Bloomberg is expected to use part of his address to push initiatives that would increase the number of parking spaces for electric cars and begin recycling more plastics and food waste. The mayor who has taken on smoking, sugary drinks and salt is also expected to talk about working with the City Council to ban Styrofoam food packaging from stores and restaurants." —Just 12 years into his life term as mayor, Michael Bloomberg is now coming for your takeout containers.


New York City Cordially Invites Uber to Innovate, Disrupt Our Taxis

"It is one of the great ripoffs of the public any place I've ever seen" Mayor Bloomberg on the structure of the NYC taxi industry.

— Dana Rubinstein (@danarubinstein) December 14, 2012

Good! New York City will begin a year-long pilot of working with taxi-hailing apps starting early next year. The program will be pretty restrictive, but lots of the hard tech work is to ensure that the app systems work with the taxi meters. So that, you know, we don't get ripped off. That wasn't so hard, petulant, pouty, Ayn Randian startup boys, now was it!

Also apparently Mike Bloomberg went crazy about taxis this [...]


The Sugar Wars: Science's Fierce, Geeky Debate Over Soda

The debating season may be presidential, but if the spectacle of supersized pandering served with an unlimited salad bar of platitudes, slogans, and empty promises strikes you as strangely unfulfilling, there is always academia, where, sometimes, the politics are as equally vicious because the stakes are equally as high. Such was the case in San Antonio recently, at the Obesity Society's 30th annual meeting, the premier scientific conference in the US on what is, arguably, the nation's most pressing health problem. As the prologue to a four-day Finnegan's Wake of technical discussion (did you know that NMDA receptor NR2B subunits in the parabrachial nucleus mediate compensatory feeding?), the society's presidential [...]


The Politics Of McCarren Park Pool

On June 28th, public officials, neighborhood civic leaders, parents and their eager toddlers, poured under the iconic vaulted archway of the McCarren Park Pool.

For the actual poolgoers, it was their first visit inside the building since at least 2008, when the Parks Department permitted a series of ticketed and free live shows in the pool's empty basin. For some, it was step all the way back into their childhood, when summer meant splashing around Greenpoint with thousands of their friends.

On Thursday, everyone saw what the outdoor pool had become, for $50 million, here were one million gallons of cerulean blue water with tufts of surf, a mirror to [...]


Mike "Just One Donut" Bloomberg Will Outlive Us All

"I love a Dunkin' Donut." –Mayor @MikeBloomberg

— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) June 15, 2012

Mm, it's Friday mornings on the radio with our wacky Mayor Mike.

But he says to only have one!

— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) June 15, 2012

Don't you ever wonder how and when Mike Bloomberg's going to die? I mean not in a hateful way! Just like: he's an extremely good-looking 70-year-old! He looks as fit and plastic as one of those tiny horses! I wonder if he will outlive us all. Of course, Ed Koch is 87 and has treated his body like a garbage can and [...]


Mayor Mike: My Stop and Frisk Police State Is Working!

Mayor says one utility of stop & frisk is that it discourages gun possession, since NYers think they could be stopped by police.

— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) May 11, 2012

"The number of guns that we've been finding has continued to go down, which says the program at this scale is doing a great job," says mayor

— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) May 11, 2012

Mike Bloomberg's weekly Friday radio chit-chat time went short this week, but—like every Friday—he still managed to let a real doozy rip. (Previously: "usually when we roll up they frisk themselves.") Something something "attachment mayoring."


The Five Nuttiest Things Mike Bloomberg Said Today So Far

"I live in one place" says @MikeBloomberg, who owns homes in London, Bermuda, Vail, Westchester, Hamptons, and Upper East Side.

— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) March 30, 2012

Big day for Mayor Mike, shooting his mouth and/or foot off. Charming or wacky? Scary or fun? It's so hard to decide with him.


This Week's Winners and Losers of New York City's 2013 Mayoral Election

Let's look at the winners and losers of this week in the reality show that is New York City Mayoral Election 2013!

Christine Quinn: Man. Christine Quinn started out the week with a bang. The New York magazine cover story was great, it really cast her in a terrific light, and it made Mike Bloomberg look kinda like a pig. She went saucy on Giuliani, which was fun, though she trashed Jodi Foster at the same time, which was weird. AND THEN. She threw it all away by being a complete terrible despicable idiot, by signing on to the campaign to suppress academic freedom. She and a [...]


Bloomberg Magazine: "It's Global Warming, Stupid"

Bloomberg BusinessWeek has a very rude message for those fun people who use "climate change" as a punchline on the campaign trail: Global warming is real, superstorms are but one devastating result, and people who continue to say otherwise are "stupid."

Just to make this science-based rude behavior clear, BusinessWeek editor Josh Tyrangiel had this to say to the world of Twitter:

Our cover story this week may generate controversy, but only among the via @bw

— Josh (@Tyrangiel) November 1, 2012



What Is Mike Bloomberg Wearing at Mogul Fest?

So, again, where is our mayor? He's had no public schedule for three days in a row & he's calling into his radio show.

— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) July 13, 2012

So it turns out @MikeBloomberg is at MogulFest in Sun Valley, Idaho. Here he is looking thrilled about it:

— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) July 13, 2012

Pretty sure he's clad in head-to-toe Loro Piana. MAYBE Cucinelli. But you know, he's from Boston, so it just might be high-end JC Penney.


219,999 White Men Over 50 and Mike Bloomberg Love "Girls"

We're big fans of @girlsHBO and hope it will inspire future Hannahs everywhere to move to NYC

— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) June 25, 2012

"About 22 percent of viewers who DVR the show are white men over age 50." Only one of them is the mayor of New York City. One other is Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson.


Mayor Mike Just Called You Fat

And here's the most popular comment—from Astoria!—on the Times story about Mayor Mike banning monster-sized sodas in New York City: "This is just a stupid reaction by some rich guy who saw some fat guy drinking a Big Gulp and wants to use his power and privilege to 'stop' 'those people' from doing what offends them." Yikes! No one likes a bossy mayor, even when he's technically right. Also: boy oh boy, the next Mayor has a lot to live up to.

Apart from all that tsuris, the City isn't doing a good science sales job in the slightest: "In New York City, where more than half of [...]


Rarefied: "Esoterically distant from the lives and concerns of ordinary people"

Mike Bloomberg's "passion for flying and owning helicopters puts him in a rarefied circle, occupied by the likes of Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford and Gisele Bündchen." ——I personally don't find that particular circle terribly rarefied!


Bargain-Loving Lady Will Run New York City Soon

Enjoy the optics of your next mayor, Christine Quinn. (The New Yorker, subscription-only.)


Christine Quinn's Separation Anxiety

"City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said she won't be at a rally on the City Hall steps this afternoon to criticize Mayor Bloomberg for comparing the United Federation of Teachers to the National Rifle Association, because she'll be inside with the mayor."


Which 500 People Pay 15% of All New York City Taxes???

.@mikebloomberg says 500 tax filers pay an incredible 15 percent of the city's income tax.

— Jill Colvin (@colvinj) October 12, 2012

On radio, .@mikebloomberg says .1 percent (3700 people) of New Yorkers pay 27 percent of the city's taxes.

— Dana Rubinstein (@danarubinstein) October 12, 2012


1. Can this be true. 2. I suppose it totally can be? 3. Can you show me the list though? 4. I presume these are all corporation-people, not people-people, yes? I mean, same difference. 5. I bet Eliot Spitzer is on there. Or at least Bernard Spitzer. 6. What about Jay-Z? 7. Also Mariah. [...]


"Micro Apartments" and the Nefarious Rezoning of New York

Looking forward to community board meeting about Midtown East rezoning. City envisioning vast upzoning that will change skyline. Good idea?

— Michael Kimmelman (@kimmelman) July 11, 2012

Glad the Bloomberg Admin is pursuing zoning change to allow smaller apartments + address growing demand in NYC for affordable studios.

— Michael Kimmelman (@kimmelman) July 10, 2012

I love me some Michael Kimmelman, even when he is profoundly wrong, in his new role as Times architecture critic, about how New York City does and should work. (Though when he's right, he's right! People should be rioting over the $4-BILLION World Trade Center PATH station!) He [...]


No More Cab Rides for Sex Workers?

.@MikeBloomberg says he will sign bill penalizing taxi drivers who engage in sex-trafficking after all.

— Dana Rubinstein (@danarubinstein) June 22, 2012

"There is no iota of evidence linking yellow medallion taxi cabs to sex trafficking," as the head of the taxi drivers alliance put it, but now cab drivers face a $10,000 fine for knowingly transporting trafficked victims. That's good! But pretty sure that's already a couple of crimes, if you're transporting an unwilling person? Called "accessory" and/or "aiding and abetting"? And "false imprisonment"? And "kidnapping"? So in this case, cab drivers also face the risk of a $10,000 fine and license revocation for [...]


Mike Bloomberg Doesn't Care How Banks Treat Poor People

"We're not going to back away from tactics that work," says @MikeBloomberg on stop&frisk.

— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) May 18, 2012

It's your Friday morning fun time with Mayor Mike on the radio, and he's serving it up hot as usual today. And he's not doing any favors for the presumable next mayor, Chris Quinn, who wants to know about how banks treat poor neighborhoods before the City keeps its money there.

Harsh words from @MikeBloomberg on Quinn's banking bill: "city going into regulatory business of banking sets probably a new low for idiocy"

— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) May 18, 2012


Bloomberg Takes Strong Stand Against Extreme Socialism

.@MikeBloomberg on @ChrisCQuinn's living wage bill: "Last time you had a big managed economy was the USSR and that didn't work out so well."

— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) April 13, 2012

It's Friday, so it's the day that New York City Mike Bloomberg says tons of wild stuff! The living wage bill, if you haven't been tracking, provides a guaranteed minimum wage for people who work on some projects that have New York City subsidies. It will affect literally hundreds of people. Heh. Perhaps 500, and those workers would be guaranteed at least "$10 an hour with benefits, or $11.50 an hour without benefits." [...]