PARK CITY, UTAH—At 449 Main Street, about a half-mile from the Egyptian Theater, Entertainment Weekly has set up something of a publicity oasis—all patent leather couches atop faux arctic pelts, with young attractive types in matching flannel and black berets bringing you your double-espresso and bison chili free of charge. On the floor above, they’ve been photographing actors Read More
By Joe Pompeo 1/19/10 6:42pm
Charter schools are beacons of hope in dozens of inner-city neighborhoods. They are tremendously popular, so much so that public pressure has convinced Albany to lift an arbitrary cap on the number of charter schools throughout the state. State legislative leaders, often considered allies of the teachers’ union, put together a bill that would double Read More
By Joe Pompeo 1/19/10 6:41pm
Barack Obama inherited a bloody mess when he took the oath of office a year ago. Many of us believed that Mr. Obama’s historic presidency would bring new ideas and fresh energy to a tired, intellectually bankrupt capital.
But, one year after that historic day in Washington, we’re beginning to wonder if Mr. Obama has Read More
By Richard Siklos, Staff 1/19/10 6:38pm
Want to be the toast of the town? Quit! Want to be a pariah? Hang in there. If Conan O’Brien departs NBC as expected, he’ll be part of a push that has made quitting au courant. In fact, an argument can be made that Tinseltown is actually in a golden age of packing it in, Read More
By Ed Koch, Robert Weiner and Jordan Osserman 1/13/10 5:09am
President Obama has said he and his administration are seeking input as he works on a national AIDS strategy, and the White House is holding a series of meeting to finalize the new plan.
This is, as much as anything else, a New York City problem. According to the city’s Department of Health, New Read More
By D.M. Levine 1/13/10 12:44am
You can spend hours at 172 Duane Street, in Tribeca, and still have no clue what’s going on here. People come and go at all hours. A thick cloud of pot smoke makes you think you’ve wandered into a building on fire with a stereo cranked at full blast. Sometimes the four-story warehouse is a Read More
By Joe Pompeo 1/12/10 9:01pm
Once again politicians are trying to transform bankers into cartoonlike villains, responsible for every disaster that has befallen the U.S. economy for the last quarter-century.
President Obama is considering a tax on banks and financial service firms, and New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has asked several banks to turn over information about bonuses based Read More
By Joe Pompeo 1/12/10 9:00pm
Even her most rabid supporters—there must be a few out there—would have to concede that Senator Krirsten Gillibrand is hardly a household name. A year after her appointment to succeed Hillary Clinton, who left the Senate to become secretary of state, Ms. Gillibrand remains something of a mystery—not a good thing as she prepares to Read More
By Joe Pompeo 12/30/09 12:24pm
New York, meet the punks who will make this city hum again…
No need to recount the misery of the past decade. We know it was bad; we lived it, too.
It’s time to shake off all that dark history. Meet The Observer’s Insurgents—the young New Yorkers who are storming the barricades Read More
By Joe Pompeo 12/22/09 1:54am