DADDY DRUG CARE
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced his latest appointment this morning, naming long-time children’s advocate Gladys Carrión to head the city’s Administration for Children’s Services.
Ms. Carrión, who has served as the commissioner of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services for the past seven years, will be tasked with overseeing the protection of the city’s most vulnerable children, from protective services to foster care placements.
Dowd But Not Out
Pacifier? Check. Diapers? Check. A Kilo of Coke? Check.
Kids just need more and more stuff these days.
Following a raid on a Bronx day care center, cops discovered at least a kilo of cocaine, 1,000 Oxycodone pills and $20,000 in cash.
Investigators raided Fun World Childcare at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday after Read More
War of Words
This afternoon, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn offered a heartfelt rebuttal to comments made by Chirlane McCray — the wife of Ms. Quinn’s opponent, Bill de Blasio — despite an admission by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd that Ms. McCray had been misquoted.
“I agree with Maureen that the sentiment is the same and that sentiment, to me, is really saddening and troubling,” said Ms. Quinn at the end of an unrelated press conference at City Hall. “I don’t understand why Ms. McCray or why the public advocate sitting next to her would allow statements to be made that clearly indicate that somehow I am not able to listen to women, listen to families, serve women and families who do not have children.”
Poor Little Rich Boy
With only three weeks left until primary day, the mayor’s race has just hit a new fevered pitch.
Today, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd quoted Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, criticizing her husband’s rival, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, calling her “not the kind of person I feel I can go up to and talk to about issues like taking care of children at a young age and paid sick leave.” (Update: the de Blasio campaign said she was misquoted, see below for details.)
The remark, which comes as the contest becomes increasingly nasty, prompted a furious statement from the Quinn campaign criticizing Mr. de Blasio for discriminating against childless families.
First the privileged children of New York couldn’t safely traverse cobblestones. Now, they don’t know how to share their crayons, either.
Posh New Yorkers with bloated wallets and no shortage of ways to empty them have begun paying $400-an-hour “recreation experts” to teach their little ones to socialize during monitored play-dates, Read More
The New York Times
Toddler fashion has a new face, and her name is Quinoa.
Quinoa is basically just your typical preteen–a hip firecracker with flawless style, razor-sharp wit and private school credentials.
Her playmates are named Elias, Hawkeye, Jasper and Chevron. Her look has been emulated by the likes of Heidi Klum and Rachel Zoe, and she reads Read More
City Room had an adorable idea for a feature: Kids Draw the News, in which children submit artwork about current events. This could have been an overly precious concept. But from the beginning, it was clear that someone at The New York Times didn’t get enough hugs as a child.
We here at The New York Observer have no problem with the portrayal of little girls as kick-ass athletes. Break the glass ceiling! But this Target advertisement, found on the subway station at Carroll St. in Brooklyn made us a little uncomfortable.
The growth of tent settlements in California and elsewhere is one of the saddest developments in this season of sadness. As President Barack Obama recently observed, “It is not acceptable for children and families to be without a roof over their heads in a country as wealthy as ours.” Here in New York City successive Read More