Eventually, as art fairs continue to proliferate and expand, something is going to have to give. But that day has not yet arrived. Frieze New York lands in New York for the first time next week, running May 4–7. It is going to be a busy time in New York. Tom Eccles, the director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard, has curated a sculpture park on the island. Frieze’s annual commissions will be executed this year by an impressive selection of artists, including Virginia Overton, Latifah Echakhch, Frances Stark, John Ahearn and novelist Rick Moody. There will be several talks, including a discussion on May 4 with Glenn Lowry, Adam Weinberg, and Sheena Wagstaff on the future of museums’ impact on culture. Read More
By Colin Campbell 4/24/12 1:35pm
Earlier today, former Councilman Simcha Felder got a big boost to his recently announced State Senate campaign with the formal endorsement of the two most prominent elected officials in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community: Councilman David Greenfield and Assemblyman Dov Hikind. Their endorsements were expected, as Mr. Hikind and Mr. Greenfield had already been extraordinarily effusive in their praise, more of which was generously heaped onto Mr. Felder today as well.
“He is a dear friend. You might say I love the guy,” Mr. Hikind said about the candidate, for example, as a small army of Orthodox community leaders surrounding the elected officials applauded the endorsements. Read More
By David Freedlander 4/24/12 1:28pm
Earlier today, Assembly Speaker Sheldon introduced a bill that would lead to the public financing of political campaigns in New York State; Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been supportive of a public model for campaign financing but has been pushing a more modest bill that would lower contribution limits and increase enforcement.
Asked about Speaker Silver’s bill at a press avail in Battery Park City yesterday, Mr. Cuomo demurred.
“I haven’t seen his bill. I support campaign finance,” Mr. Cuomo said. “I have been pushing it very hard all throughout the session and we have a few weeks left and I am hopeful that we will get something done, but I haven’t gone through the Speaker’s bill.” Read More
By Hunter Walker 4/24/12 12:20pm
Gabriela Rosa, a senior policy advisor and special assistant to Assemblyman Herman “Denny” Farrell, is preparing to announce an attempt to join her current boss in the State Assembly. According to El Diario’s Roberto Perez, Ms. Rosa will announce her intention to run for the Assembly seat in Upper Manhattan’s 72nd District at a press conference on thursday. Ms. Rosa has also created a Facebook page for her campaign.
“Join me in this exciting journey to bring true change to Washington Heights, Inwood, and Marble Hill. I am a member of this district and I know the problems we face because I live them,” Ms. Rosa wrote on Facebook. Read More
By David Freedlander 4/24/12 11:08am
Manhattan attorney Wendy Long wrote to her two rivals for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate today challenging them to a series of debates in advance of the June 26 primary.
“This is one of the shortest primary schedules in modern New York electoral history,” Ms. Long writes. “It’s important to hold a series of debates across the Empire State, so that Republican primary voters can make an educated decision as to which one of us they prefer to face the U.S. Senate’s number one liberal, Senator Gillibrand, on the GOP line in the November election.” Read More
By Drew Grant 4/24/12 11:03am
Last night at the New York Public Library, the last scions of the Great White Way congregated to celebrate the release of Mr Broadway, a memoir penned by the late Shubert Organization’s chairman, Gerald Schoenfeld. Mr. Schoenfeld had passed away a month before the book was finished in 2008, but everyone in the Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Trustees Room seemed to know the story of the hot-tempered man who was widely credited for saving Broadway from collapse in the 70s. Read More
GOP Councilman Eric Ulrich announced his candidacy for a State Senate against incumbent Joe Addabbo this morning, putting a new seat in play that previously lacked a strong challenger.
“Today, I am excited to announce that I will be a candidate for State Senate in District 15,” he said in a video posted on YouTube. “This was not an easy decision for me to make and I had every intention of running for reelection next fall. But the stakes are simply too high. While I’ve been able to accomplish many great things at the local level, I believe I can accomplish even more.” Read More
By Hunter Walker 4/24/12 9:14am
Delaware may be Newt Gingrich’s Waterloo. In an interview with NBC News, Mr. Gingrich revealed he will “reassess” his doomed presidential campaign depending on how he does in tonight’s Delaware primary.
“I think we need to take a deep look at what we are doing,” Mr. Gingrich said. “We will be in North Carolina tomorrow night and we will look and see what the results are.” Read More
By David Freedlander 4/24/12 8:05am
A Daily News poll shows that Ray Kelly has the highest favorability of any potential 2013 mayoral candidate.
And an NY1 Marist Poll gives Christine Quinn a big lead over her Democratic rivals.
John McCain lobbied Mike Bloomberg yesterday to back Mitt Romney for president.
By Colin Campbell 4/24/12 7:31am
For Republican voters in New York, it’s Election Day today and you have the choice of voting for Mitt Romney for president, or for one of the three other names on the ballot, two of whom are still technically vying for the nomination.
And it’s sentences like the above that has fueled former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino’s latest beef.
“You guys in the press have been beating down any opposition to Romney for months. You started four or five months ago telling us, ‘Romney’s going to win. Romney’s going to win,’ and trying to make it a self-fulfilling prophecy,” he declared on Inside City Hall last night. “That’s wrong!” Read More