For those who like to collect stories of Mayor Mike being a dick, here's a pretty good one from Chirlane McCray: She remembers going to a reception [at Gracie Mansion] in 2006 for council members and spouses. Chiara de Blasio—now 18 and a sophomore at a college in Northern California—had just begun middle school, and Bloomberg’s Department of Education had instituted a ban on student cell phones. McCray approached the mayor. “I said, ‘Mayor Bloomberg, you are my hero! Because you instituted the smoking ban, which is so important and has done so much for people who have respiratory problems in this city and for our children. I want [...]
Elizabeth Wurtzel is writing a new book. You may have accidentally read some of it already. Her piece published on Thought Catalog earlier this month is an excerpt from it. The book is titled Yes because that is Elizabeth Wurtzel's favorite one-word sentence. She told us so last night, during her reading at "Addiction Literature," hosted by the No. 8 Literary Society at the bar No. 8, which is the descendant of Bungalow 8. The working subtitle of Wurtzel's book is "A History Of Love At First Sight In New York."
The excerpt—as it first appeared on Thought Catalog—is titled "Just That Way." It is about how she has [...]
— Kofi Appiah Biney (@kofiabiney) October 16, 2013
The Bronx is back! Under the roar of the 678 going across the Whitestone bridge, and at a cost to the city of $97 million, Trump Golf Links is nearly here. Yes, after the city's hundred-million investment, they handed it over in a 20-year deal to Trump, who'll dump some borrowed money into it to build a clubhouse. The city will allegedly make $10 million on the investment over the next two decades. Now I [...]
People are always saying things on the Internet all the time. But they are such teases. We like details. So we have to ask.
Only in NY: Broke down & asked to bum my yearly cig from some suits outside a hotel, turns out they're e-cig marketers at a convention.
— Rachel Syme (@rachsyme) October 3, 2013
Rachel! So what happened here? First of all, I blame this balmy Indian summer that we have been having in New York—I mean, 75 degrees after dark in October? END TIMES—but it was just such a glorious, clear night out and I was having one of those solo walks through [...]
New Yorkers, you might have surprised yourselves. This fall you've voted in one of the most liberal governments to City Hall of… maybe ever. Along with Bill de Blasio, primary voters also put forward a city council far more liberal than it already is. Every sitting member of City Hall’s Progressive Caucus (formed just three years ago) got re-elected, including Letitia James, who won the nomination for Public Advocate. Six out of the seven new candidates endorsed by the caucus won their primaries: Costa Constantinides in Astoria, Ben Kallos in the Upper East Side, Mark Levine in Upper Manhattan, Daneek Miller in Southeast Queens, former ACORN organizer Antonio Reynoso in [...]
Is your wacky neighbor hilarious and fun—or terrible? Here's an easy test:
1. Do they host book parties for E!'s "#1 Single" reality show contestant Allen Salkin? 2. Do they "blow out" your elevator? 3. Do they then immediately seek counsel when you complain?
Then it is possible that they are terrible instead of fun, but it's hard to tell. Bonne chance!
No really, how much did you want to spend on Pearl Jam tickets? Was it… zero dollars? Or was it perhaps… $5995 dollars for general admission in the pit at Barclays on October 18th? Perhaps it was. Let's do this thing, StubHub! Congratulations to all of us, for we made two things happen. First, we made bots that handled scalping for us. Second, we disrupted the concert ticket sale market, putting the ability to buy and sell (and scalp!) in the hands of everyone. But don't worry, if you feel like $5995 is too little to pay for Pearl Jam, there's some nice cheaper seats for you. Also Kurt [...]
"'Distracted walkers' rely on the assumption that the rest of us will navigate around them. Let's see what happens when we don't."
Ian Frazier's fascinating piece about the out-of-control homeless epidemic in New York City—spoiler: things got particularly bad when Bloomberg replaced Section 8 housing subsidies with a new program called Advantage in 2007, which was then defunded in 2011—has a terrific explanation of Bloomberg, our Mayor Smaug, in action: Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs, the Bloomberg administration official most significantly involved in its policies for the homeless, is a trim, gray-haired woman in her mid-fifties whose father was the mayor of Menands, a village north of Albany…. Her blue eyes often have an expression that can only be described as a twinkle. I’ve seen this look in other Bloomberg staffers’ [...]
Did you read the bonkers New Yorker story on the death of Dewey & LeBoeuf this week? I know it's Friday, yes, but I was busy. What yahoos! What greedy monsters! What a strange story!
This interview with Alfonso Cuarón is so great: "There’s more a sense of a fun intellectual community in New York. Here [in London] it is not. This is a city supported and made by the banks. And also, British upper classes are very philistine, while in the U.S. you can have an upper class that is cultivated, not necessarily good or bad, so that they support the arts. And because of that, with all the flaws of the U.S., something it keeps that is great is the sense of possibility. Look, I can be critical about a lot of stuff around U.S. politics and stuff, and something I [...]
Back in the simpler days of Q3 of 2013, I attended Beautiful Minds, a competitive recruiting event at Bartle Bogle Hegarty, an English advertising agency with offices in Manhattan. "Mad Men" is generally indulgent fun, and I was eager to see how the ad business had changed, or if I was really lucky, not changed at all, over the years.
The competition, oddly, was a memorial tribute to Griffin Farley, a planner and strategist at the agency who died in February 2013. Happily, the dates coincided nearly perfectly with my vacation time, so Europe could wait, and I booked from Los Angeles to New York City instead. It [...]
I moved to New York City, and I needed to make money. I wasn’t having luck getting a job. It's a common tale.
My solution was to grab my typewriter that I bought at a yard sale for 10 dollars and bring it to a park. I’d write stories for people, on the spot—I wouldn’t set a price. People could pay me whatever they wanted. I knew that I had the gift of writing creatively, very quickly, and my anachronistic typewriter (and explanatory sign) would be enough to catch the eye of passersby. Someone might want something specific; they might just want a story straight from my imagination. I [...]
At work, when I don’t want to be at my desk, but also don’t want to be trawling the daytime shit-show streets of Midtown West, I hang out in the office bathroom. Our offices used to be on the Upper West Side, and our setup was a subterranean joke, but each of our bathroom cubicles was a tiny room equipped with a sink, a mirror, and ample floor space. If I had time to kill, I’d snap some selfies, adjust my entire outfit from the undies up, or try on whatever I’d ordered off ASOS. And when, by accident, I cluelessly got the tiny nonprofit I work for charged a [...]
"Last week, there were no murders at all. The drop comes even as officers are doing only about half as many stop-and-frisks as they did at the beginning of last year."
Bill de Blasio's New York is going to be:
A) A rainbow paradise
B) A gangster's paradise
"R u editorializing, Juan Manuel?": @deBlasioNYC when I ask abt his 'skinny' post-primary schedule. Mentions 2 unlisted Sunday church visits
— Juan Manuel Benítez (@JuanMaBenitez) October 14, 2013
It's debate night! It's a bit of down-home tomfoolery, when Bill de Tall-io has to come out and dance on the grave of Mayor Smaug and disregard the terrible gruesome presence of much-hated Republican contender Joe Lhota. All while being peppered with questions from random journalists! Including, we hope, the hot guy from NY1 Noticias.
Hey, you know who hates Joe Lhota? The staff of the MTA. Which he used to run. Funny story.
After our pal C. D. Hermelin confessed his love of typing outside in these pages, we were concerned that, as with any crime, copycatting would ensue. Spotted on Second Avenue Bowery last night: this bundled fellow in full pursuit of his art. We were most impressed by the sheer volume of his typewriter. Now what have we done.
Tonight, Blondie and X are playing at Roseland, the last stop on their big Aging Fabulous Legends Of Punk tour. (It's not really called that.) Tickets are $70 on Ticketmaster and about the same on Stub Hub. They're like old pals now, according to USA Today: "'I think there's a lot of respect' between the group's members, says X bassist John Doe."
Superfreaks will remember the live version of "Nausea," recorded in 1982 in San Diego, released on "Beyond and Back: The X Anthology." Exene gives an introduction: "Well. Well, well, well, well. I bet you guys wish Deborah Harry and Blondie was playing tonight, right? I bet [...]
— Jack Hidary (@jackhidary) September 25, 2013
We've been trying to ignore the fact that there is apparently another candidate for mayor, after de Blasio and that guy from the MTA, which is hilarious, since everyone at the MTA won't even be voting for him because they hate him so much. It's serial entrepreneur Jack Hidary! But he will not quite be ignored. I keep trying. This story, from a month ago, had him exclaiming "When I'm mayor, everyone gets a pair of Google Glasses!" Which… [...]