We get it, world. You want to be us. Read More
First Deputy Mayor Tony Shorris today defended his new administration’s press shop, which has come under growing fire in recent weeks after a series of alleged faux pas.
During a Crain’s New York Business breakfast this morning, Mr. Shorris was asked directly whether the mayor needed to beef up his communications team, which includes a handful of veteran campaign staffers, but few with extensive experience in the notoriously difficult New York City media scene. Read More
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that so-called “double-dippers”—New York residents enjoying both rent-regulated apartments and School Tax Relief (STAR) rebates—will soon be made to pay. More taxes, that is. STAR, which has been around since 1997, and which benefits roughly three million people statewide, grants tax relief—an average of $700 a year—on primary residences that fall within school districts. Homeowners earning less than $500,000 annually and senior homeowners taking in less than $81,900 are eligible for STAR benefits. But a recent analysis of the STAR registration system found that at least 156 recipients also occupy rent-regulated apartments, which makes rather suspect their collecting tax breaks on properties legally required to be primary residences. Read More
Early on in Lindsay, OWN’s four part “docu-series” by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Amy Rice, we see Oprah sit down with the former Mean Girls actress and ask her what she wants to get out of her experience.
“Just to be,” Lindsay Lohan says. “Just to be honest and open and just…me.” It’s a cringe-worthy moment in a show filled with cringe-worthy moments, made all the more cringe-worthy because you know how bad you are for watching it. But what Oprah says next, to the woman who just came out of rehab and who she just paid $2 million to shoot a documentary about, is even worse.
“Okay, because that’s my intention too,” says Queen O. “My intention is to serve as a path for you to be able to do that. And so if I know that’s what you really want to do, I’m going to call you on it when I feel like you’re really not.”
The nation’s largest school district is starting to address the community and that is a big step in the right direction. Read More
These questions regard last night’s episodes of HBO’s GIRLS. Please answer the prompts with specific examples from LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE, though supplementary material will be accepted as a secondary source. Please write legibly. No. 2 pencils only. You have an hour to finish this test. See below for questions and sample responses.
1. For an episode about role playing, this was an episode about the characters we make out of ourselves. As Soojin says, there aren’t enough hours in a day to be a woman and a girlfriend and a gallerist and an electronic musician at once. It’s too much for one person! Marnie doesn’t know if all those things can be in one person…and in another moment of alignment, neither does Adam. But for Hannah, the artistic is holistic, and she can’t understand how someone’s art could create a crisis of identity, since her art is so wrapped up in who she is.How do both Hannah and Soojin represent different problems of the modern millennial and which would make for a more annoying Thought Catalog essay?
Teju Cole’s 2007 novella, ‘Every Day Is for the Thief,’ newly released in the United States, is a journey through Lagos. Read More
Having sold their place at River House in December for a paltry $10 million—about $9 million less than they would have liked—the wildly successful British novelist and minor noble Barbara Taylor Bradford and her movie-making husband Robert were rumored to be shopping for something a touch less opulent. (Uma Thurman was the lucky buyer of their much-discounted apartment.) But their tastes had not, of course, become so modest as to preclude them from focusing their hunt on Manhattan’s ritziest boulevard. And the 1929 co-op building at 975 Park Avenue, where the couple has just purchased a three-bedroom corner unit for $4.9 million, shares some of their former home’s old-world fussiness. Read More
Nicolas Cage, the man whose face launched a thousand memes, publicly addressed his Internet fame at a widely attended SXSW panel in the Austin Convention Center this morning.
Like we really needed another reason to stay on this side of the Hudson. Read More