Class Warfare? I Meant Classy Wardrobe There
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been singing a very different tune since Bill de Blasio was elected his successor earlier this fall.
Before November 5th, the mayor–and his staff–appeared barely able to contain their resentment for the city’s public advocate, dismissing his policy ideas and leveling personal insults.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is getting ready to hold his tongue.
The outgoing chief said this morning that he will stay mum on the incoming Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s performance–especially during his first year, recalling his own administration’s criticism-free experience transitioning after former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio’s campaign has been bolstered by the very prominent role of his biracial family including, most notably, his 15-year-old son, Dante. But some feel that Mr. de Blasio’s campaign is going too far in capitalizing on the appeal of his son’s prominent afro.
Yesterday, the campaign released a new image intended to make the rounds on social media, with the hashtag, “GoWithTheFro.” While the media’s fascination with Dante’s hair had already raised eyebrows among some critics, the latest effort struck a nerve among many supporters.
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Anthony Weiner was roasted tonight in Brooklyn.
The embattled mayoral candidate faced down his angriest heckler to date in the shadow of the Barclays Center, fending off repeated f-bombs from a woman who claimed to be a former Weiner voter.
“You are disgusting! You are an embarrassment of a third-generation native,” said Jane Borock, 35, as she waded into a meet-and-greet with voters in a plaza bordering Atlantic Avenue. “Your little overnight sleepover in public housing. Fuck you! Go back to your little Hamptons house.”
Lana Del Rey is probably a name you are no doubt sick of hearing regardless of whether you understand who or what a Lana Del Rey is. Rest assured, that will soon be over. The singer formerly known at least one lip-injection ago as Lizzy Grant received her proper, full-length Pitchfork Media review today.
Can you guess how she scored?
Perhaps the only thing more eagerly awaited in the city’s architectural firmament than Michael Kimmelman’s first column as The Times’s new architecture critic was his second. We knew he would come out keyboard blazing, but could he keep up the act as heir to Ada Louise Huxtables throne? The answer is an assured yes, which may finally put to rest all the angst about Mr. Kimmelman’s appointment and his lack of formal architectural training. We get not a dissection of a particular building, or even architecture in general but, as a fellow Timesman once put it, The Way We Live Now.
Our colleague Jonathan Liu has a nice appraisal in this week’s culture pages of what it means to be the architecture critic at The Times and whether Michael Kimmelman is up to the task. Mr. Kimmelman replaces the oft-maligned Nicolai Ourousoff, who stepped down last month, and over here at the real estate desk we have been hearing much the same thing: It is borderline offensive that The Times promoted an arts writer to cover architecture, but let’s hold out hope because he can’t be much worse than his predecessor.