Swimming with the fishes
In a move like something out of a bad mafia film, a New Jersey diner manager was arrested this week for hiring a hit man to bump off his uncle, authorities said.
Georgios Spyropoulos, the 45-year-old manager of the Tick Tock Diner in Clifton, N.J., had beef with his uncle, 57-year-old Alexandros Sgroudos, the owner Read More
Earlier today, word came out that Yayoi Kusama will design netting for a condo construction site on West 14th Street, not far from the High Line. It goes up next week. It turns out that Ms. Kusama, who was born in Japan and lived in New York throughout the 1960s, until she moved back to Japan in 1973, has had a lengthy and rich relationship with 14th Street over the years.
Occupy Wall Street
The NYPD is taking the 16 percent increase in subway theft lying down--by flooding the MTA with dozens of decoy offers pretending to be drunk or asleep, reports the New York Post. Although the NYPD won't disclose the exact number of undercover offices being dispatched underground with iPhones and Kindles, the Post's source says "the backup is expected to more than double the number of cops currently conducting the stealthy underground operations."
The officers are finishing up their five-day training program, "in which they have been taught how to behave like preferred targets -- passengers who are knock-down drunk or asleep." Read More
Last weekend’s arrests at Citibank have been thoroughly documented. The demonstrators have their side of the story (as they are told by the white shirt officer who arrives on the scene), and the police/Citibank have theirs. But before now we had not seen the footage of the undercover detective that Marshal Garrett, one of the men arrested that day, had spoke of. This officer infiltrated the protesters’ group, made the largest scene out of the whole occupation, and then barred protesters from leaving.
Well, now we do. (H/t @NewYorkist)
The New York Post nobly declined to publish identifying photos of the NYPD detective whose bike gang recently terrorized a family driving on the West Side Highway—but they still made it really easy to find him, if you were—you know—interested.
Occupy Wall Street
Police commissioner Ray Kelly has a secret 23-page spreadsheet containing the names of 2,300 NYPD officers who are forbidden from transferring to different precincts without his approval, reports Graham Rayman of The Village Voice.
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Well, this is sort of a scary story: Marshall Garrett, one of the protesters who was arrested during Saturday’s Occupy Wall Street march for trying to hold a General Assembly in Citibank, told the Village Voice what went down that day. Apparently a plainclothed cop had been very well informed of the situation ahead of time and hidden himself in the crowd.
Remember when this snap of Hugh Grant, his broken down car and an ex-News of the World reporter who gave him a lift seemed merely photograph evidence of the funniest little anecdote to come out of English countryside?
The event wound up leading to a crucial break in the News of the World phone hacking Read More
The Feb. 22 premiere of Kevin Smith’s newest film, Cop Out, starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan as a pair of goof-off flatfoots trying to recuperate a stolen Anthony Pafko baseball card worth $50,000, felt a bit like a comic police state. The two leads arrived at AMC Loews Lincoln Square separately and were surrounded Read More
Eliot Spitzer and the socks thing: Not true, he says.
Ruben Diaz Jr. tries correcting a paranoid rap DJ about the city’s gun buyback program.
More numbers from Michael Bloomberg’s budget.
Libraries are a big loser in the budget, says City Room.
Kolb isn’t running. Read More