Prodigy was sitting in a first-class airplane cabin somewhere over the Pacific Ocean when he first put a face to the name of the New York real estate dynasty that shaped his childhood.
The rapper, one half of hip-hop group Mobb Deep, was en route to a show in Brisbane when he met a fellow Read More
Anthony Weiner opened fire at every one of his prominent rivals at a mayoral forum in Queens last night, heralding the feistiest phase of his campaign as the primary draws near.
Still undeterred by a sexting scandal that has threatened to sink his mayoral bid, Mr. Weiner swaggered through the York College event, managing to take shots at Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu and former Comptroller Bill Thompson, all Democrats battling him to reach a probable runoff.
Anthony Weiner seemed quite comfortable in rather claustrophobic surroundings this morning, trying to focus on wonky policy issues as if he were a more typical mayoral candidate–rather than one trying to revive a battered bid in the wake of more embarrassing revelations.
Mr. Weiner, trying to shift the conversation, sat at the center of a roundtable in the Tandoor Restaurant in Rego Park, Queens, surrounded by various South and East Asian business owners and community leaders. As usual, the media presence matched the attendees, forming its own circle along walls adorned with mirrors.
Mr. Weiner was unfazed.
Comptroller John Liu, known for his rapport with minority groups across the city, drew rare scorn from a predominately black crowd in Queens last night because he dared to make a joke about Anthony Weiner during a heated forum, in which the moderator at one point threatened to turn off a rival’s microphone.
“So I’ll be working day in and day out,” said Mr. Liu, describing how he planned to spend his time if elected mayor, during a forum inside a Laurelton, Queens church. “And you can rest assured at night, I’ll be resting up for the next day’s work … I certainly will not be taking pictures of myself.”
Besieged yet again by dozens of reporters and television cameras, a defiant Anthony Weiner insisted today that high-profile critics in New York and Washington were not going to drive him out of the mayor’s race.
“I don’t take my cues on policy from the Sunday talk shows listening to pundits, I never have,” said Mr. Weiner, speaking to reporters outside a Flushing, Queens senior center nearly a week into the new sexting scandal that has engulfed his fledgling campaign.
Going From America
Police in Queens are searching for two men who stole an ATM from a local diner.
A security camera inside the Jackson Hole Diner on Astoria Boulevard filmed one of the men breaking into the property and removing the ATM. The man, who presumably left his credit card at home, cleverly made no attempt to Read More
Much like Eddie Murphy’s run as a relevant comedian, all things must come to an end.
A famed landmark from Mr. Murphy’s 1988 classic Coming to America is being torn down to be replaced by a $105 million luxury apartment complex.
McDowell’s, the faux McDonalds where Mr. Murphy’s character Prince Akeem works as a Read More
Apples to Apples
Like a real-life version of Weeds, Scarsdale divorcee Andrea Sanderlin has been arrested for running a “sophisticated,” multimillion-dollar marijuana business from a Queens warehouse.
Ms. Sanderlin pleaded not guilty to the charges, and it looks like she’ll attempt to milk her coiffed suburban mom image for all it’s worth to evade the potential 10-year sentence. Read More
Brooklyn Vs. Queens
Their days of Apple picking are over.
Police yesterday stumbled upon hundreds of stolen iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches at the Queens residence of three students.
Adam Jaffer, 20, William Chen, 20, and Justin Pinder, 20 were collared after officers found 443 iPhones, 20 iPads, 11 iPod touches and $9,000. Oh, and a bag of Read More
A few weeks ago, word got out that Brownstoner, the real estate blog that has not only chronicled, but embodied so many of the things that have transformed Brooklyn in the last decade (founder Jonathan Butler also started Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg), would be launching a new site: Brownstoner Queens.
“Certainly from the real estate market’s perspective, momentum has been building,” Mr. Butler told the Daily News when Brownstoner announced the new site. “As Brooklyn becomes more out of reach, more and more people will be looking at Queens.”
But how, exactly, would the site’s super Brooklyn-y ethos translate to Queens? (A colleague quipped that it should be called vinylsider.) When we learned that Roland Li, who has written for this paper’s pink pages and The Wall Street Journal, would be editing the site, we called him up to chat about his plans for Brownstoner Queens and the borough of Queens versus the borough of Kings.