Earlier today, multiple bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing at least two and injuring dozens more.
New York City has already stepped up its own security efforts in case there is a plot to attack additional cities, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced.
“[T]he NYPD has stepped up security at strategic locations and critical infrastructure, including our subways,” the mayor said in a statement.
“Some of the security steps we are taking may be noticeable, including deployment of Critical Response Vehicles and additional police personnel, and others will not be. We have 1,000 members of the NYPD assigned to counter-terrorism duties, and they – along with the entire NYPD and the investments we have made in counter-terrorism infrastructure – are being fully mobilized to protect our city.”
Anthony Weiner is signaling that his exile is over, his penance performed. He seems on the verge of entering the Democratic Party’s crowded field of mayoral candidates, a development that would shake up an already unsettled race. If he does, he will bring with him not only the memories of his famous humiliation, but a campaign treasury of more than $4 million. That would make him well-endowed, indeed, but we already knew that.
At a press conference earlier today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced public schools will continue be closed on Thursday and Friday, but will “hopefully” be open again on Monday of next week.
“Schools will remain closed for students tomorrow and Friday,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “However, on Friday we ask all teachers, administrators and school staff to report to work. Friday, Chancellor Walcott and the Department of Education will have lots of things to do to get ready for next week.”
Last night The Observer cornered Manhattan Media CEO and mayoral candidate Tom Allon at an apartment on Spring Street, where the savvy New Yorker was managing to combine his special day with some work stuff.
We had arrived in the middle of one woman’s speech about why Mr. Allon’s views on teachers was inspiring. (Mr. Allon had taught English at Stuyvesant High School after graduating from Columbia, after all.)
After the woman had tearfully finished, we approached Mr. Allon. “As someone who has to balance a media and political career, who is your inspiration?”
“Boris Johnson,” he said, laughing. And to clarify: “Wait, I’m just kidding!”
Foursquare gives the honorific of mayor to users who have checked into a venue the most. Often these loyal users are rewarded by the venue with discount or prize.
But today Foursquare downsized mayors by removing their ability to edit the venue. Until now, mayors were sort of like Wikipedia power users; they Read More
UPDATE – Foursquare’s response is now at the bottom
Becoming “mayor” of a location is the most coveted status in Foursquare. To win this honor you have to check in to a location more than anyone else, and to do that you actually have to go there, since Foursquare won’t let you check in remotely. Read More
Michael Bloomberg doesn’t support giving New York City more control over its housing rules by repealing the Urstadt Law, which gives Albany lawmakers control over many of the city's housing regulations.
At a press conference where Bloomberg named his new housing commissioner, I asked the mayor about his position on repealing the Urstadt Read More