“I would not be friends with someone who didn’t feel comfortable sending me offensive things,” wrote a Democratic political staffer, 23, who asked not to be named. In the next email he begged to strike that from the record because it sounded “abrasive,” even though he was being quoted anonymously: “I would be simply embarrassed Read More
By Glenna Goldis 11/12 3:25pm
“What are we going to do about Oklahoma?” an audience member asked Howard Dean last night at the 92nd Street Y on the Upper East Side.
Actually, Dean explained, Oklahoma is a lot like New York. “But New Yorkers are quicker on their feet about cognitive dissonance.”
Everyone picks a candidate according to his Read More
By Glenna Goldis 11/11/08 4:43pm
Why are New York women wearing ankle boots?
“Because we follow trends,” said Maya Beaumier, 18, a college freshman who was hanging out on University Place last Friday night, clad in flat black ankle boots with black leggings and scrubby denim shorts.
“Yeah, we’re followers!” said her friend Maureen Flanagan, also an Read More
By Glenna Goldis 11/07/08 9:04pm
During a panel discussion at N.Y.U. last night, retired Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor spoke against judicial elections–and refused to speak about that other election.
O'Connor favors "merit selection" of judges, meaning she believes governors and presidents should appoint them. Some states use that system, but others let voters decide who sits on Read More
By Glenna Goldis 11/06/08 5:37pm
A Great Idea at the Time: The Rise, Fall, and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books
By Alex Beam
PublicAffairs, 320 pages, $24.95
In the midst of the Roaring Twenties, hundreds of New York City’s poorest pulled up seats at free seminars every week to discuss Descartes and Shakespeare. At these gatherings, one of their Read More
By Glenna Goldis 11/05/08 2:42am
Outside Bernard Schwartz's election-night party at the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center, investment banker Bob Towbin said tonight is "a great American event."
The Democratic bundler was in a good mood, surrounded by most of the city's major Clintonites.
Asked about the future of the Republican ticket, he joked, "Sarah Palin will an Read More
By Glenna Goldis 11/04/08 6:38pm
Within a four-block span on Myrtle Avenue, there will be three election parties. They’re all fun places. It’s a stretch just west of Pratt. Their ads (attached) feature varying levels of coyness about loving Obama.
Rope (pictured above)– 415 Myrtle (between Vanderbilt and Clinton). I called, and they said the hot dogs will be cooked Read More
By Glenna Goldis 11/04/08 4:30pm
Two different types of paranoia were on display this morning at a Fort Greene polling place, but both seemed (as of 9:30) unfounded. The line moved fast and the friendly poll workers didn’t turn anyone away.
“Once you’re inside the building, they can’t turn you away,” said office manager Swoan Parker, 41, in line a Read More
By Glenna Goldis 10/28/08 2:03pm
Before the New York City Council decided last week to vote in favor of Michael Bloomberg’s plan to extend term limits, attorneys were already challenging the new law in court.
Reports after the Council voted made note of two lawsuits, one filed by members of the Council who opposed the majority and the other, Read More