Bryan Cranston woke up on the morning of Wednesday, March 24, and went for a long run over the Williamsburg Bridge and back. Then he ate lunch, did some writing for a new children’s show he’s working on for Nickelodeon and popped into the bar at Soho’s Crosby Street Hotel, where he was staying, for Read More
By Joe Pompeo 3/16/10 5:05pm
The state comptroller of New York has enormous power over the investment of the Empire State’s $129 billion pension fund. That’s why the scandal over Alan Hevesi’s tainted stewardship of the office deserves as much attention as the various scandals that have overtaken the Paterson administration.
Last week, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo obtained a guilty Read More
By Joe Pompeo 3/16/10 5:03pm
The Paterson administration has beaten a not-hasty-enough retreat at Aqueduct racetrack, announcing that the unqualified but politically wired AEG group will not, after all, get a lucrative deal to convert the track to a so-called racino.
The next step should be pretty simple: The State Lottery Commission, which is overseeing the process, should choose a Read More
By Joe Pompeo 3/02/10 11:30pm
On a rainy afternoon in March of 2004, M.T.A. subway worker Michael Martin was in his silver Lincoln Mark VII, stopped at a red light at the intersection of Nostrand Avenue and Quentin Road in Brooklyn, when suddenly: Screeech! He heard a crash, looked in his rear view and saw a car careening toward him. Read More
By Joe Pompeo 2/23/10 9:40pm
Longtime readers of this newspaper know all about the trials and tribulations of singlehood in the city. Our Sex and the City column spoke to the anxieties and hopes of tens of thousands of singles in New York who were always looking for that special someone. Back in the high-flying ’90s, that search took people Read More
By Joe Pompeo 2/23/10 9:39pm
There are many words to describe the retirement benefits of New York City’s public-school teachers. Most of those words are unprintable, at least on this page, so we’ll simply stick with one: That would be “insane.”
The Post reported several days ago that more than 700 former teachers—some of them retired from the City University Read More
By Michael H. Miller 2/17/10 4:59pm
Jane Birkin stands on the cover of Serge Gainsbourg’s 1971 album, Histoire De Melody Nelson, naked to the waist, covering herself strategically with a doll, her hair cropped short just below her ears. This is the same Jane Birkin that, two years earlier, had faked—or possibly had—an orgasm at the end of “Je T’aime … Read More
By Joe Pompeo 2/09 7:49pm
Fans of the great British sitcom Fawlty Towers will recall an episode that featured a dour health inspector who, upon examining the not-quite-spotless kitchen of John Cleese’s hotel, says, “The only gourmets you’ll find here are kamikaze ones.”
Luckily, the same wouldn’t be said of the vast majority of New York’s restaurants. They are subjected Read More
By Joe Pompeo 2/09 7:48pm
Law-enforcement authorities—that means you, Attorney General Cuomo—should be asking pointed questions about the odoriferous goings-on at Aqueduct Racetrack. Like the calling card of Aqueduct’s principal entertainers—thoroughbred racehorses—this deal stinks to high heaven.
Governor Paterson’s decision to give a politically connected company the rights to transform the Queens racetrack into a quasi-casino represents all that is Read More
By Joe Pompeo 2/03/10 12:17am
Gay Talese came to New York in 1956, when he was 24 years old. He spent the next nine years as a reporter at The New York Times, having worked his way up from copy boy. All the while, as he made a home for himself among the literary circles of mid-century Manhattan, Talese and Read More