Finding an unpublished George Gurley piece is like opening a perfectly written time capsule. In May 2001, New York City was preparing to say farewell to a term-limited Rudy Giuliani and welcome anyone from Mark Green to Freddy Ferrer to Michael Bloomberg as its first new leader in eight years. An intrepid young Observer reporter named George Gurley hit the party scene to ask prominent New Yorkers what they thought would happen to the city. He wrote it up and then … it disappeared.
The Observer never published Mr. Gurley’s observations, captured first at the annual benefit for the African Rainforest Conservancy, held at the Park on 17th Street and Tenth Avenue and the second was for the tenth anniversary of the Paramount Hotel.
Twelve years later, as we approach another change of guard at City Hall, Mr. Gurley got to thinking about that piece. When he realized it hadn’t seen the light of day, Mr. Gurley, still an intrepid young Observer reporter, brought it to our attention.
“Mirella Freni and Pavarotti shared the same wet nurse,” former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said last week at the Eighth Annual Opera News Awards at The Plaza, sharing a bit of opera trivia before giving the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s distinguished achievement award to the supreme Modenese soprano. “Just imagine the Freudian connotations,” hizzoner continued. “Mirella’s Read More
After Bin Laden
New York may well be the world’s safest big city, but that does not, of course, mean the streets are crime free. A recent spate of shootings should remind us that the war on crime remains ongoing, even after the historic successes of the past two decades.
Shootings are up by more than 25 percent over the past four weeks compared with the same period last year. New Yorkers clearly have scandalously easy access to firearms despite the city’s strict gun laws, and far too many of those firearms are in the hands of murderous thugs who think nothing of opening fire in the presence of innocents, including children. A Brooklyn mother of 12, Zurana Horton, was cut down in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn the other day. She died while protecting one of her children from gun violence that remains the curse of so many of the city’s less fortunate neighborhoods.
The New York Police Department, which has been so successful in bringing the city’s murder rate to historic lows, currently faces more than a few challenges, not least of which is maintaining order in downtown Manhattan while demonstrators exercise their constitutional right to protest without end and with no apparent goal in mind.
After Bin Laden
President Obama will be at the World Trade Center site tomorrow and–while former President George W. Bush won’t be joining him–a number of New York’s congressional representatives will be making the trip back from Washington.
Senators Schumer and Gillibrand will both be in attendance. Congressman Nadler, who represents ground zero, will also be Read More
Minutes after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden, the blocks surrounding the World Trade Center site were flooded with people. “It’s awesome,” said 22-year-old Laura Cunningham, holding a Budweiser can while perched on the shoulders of her 6-foot-tall friend, Greg. “It’s weird to celebrate someone’s death,” she added. “It’s not exactly Read More
“This would be like defeating, taking out a Hitler,” Rudy Giuliani told reporters at Ground Zero this afternoon.
Giuliani heard the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed while watching Fox News last night and told Politico that he didn’t feel much like celebrating. Giuliani also spoke to Matt Lauer this morning, Read More
Rudy Giuliani will return to Manchester, New Hampshire next month for a house party at the home of local macher Ovide Lamontagne.
The news was reported this morning by the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Last month, Giuliani spoke to the local G.O.P.’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, but aides were careful to characterize that visit as Read More
From the Paper
In an op-ed in the New Hampshire Union Leader this morning, former state Republican chairman Fergus Cullen threw a lot of cold water on the possibility of a Rudy Giuliani resurrection in the nation’s first primary state.
“Sometimes a candidate doesn’t deserve a second chance,” he wrote.
Cullen expressed many of the same Read More
On Friday evening, after a cup of broccoli soup, a plate of chicken and a few sips of red wine, Rudy Giuliani took to the stage in the ballroom of the Executive Court banquet hall and prepared to let loose.
With Mitt Romney leading the primary polls by a mile in New Hampshire, and Barack Read More
MANCHESTER, N.H. – ”I find it really hard to say this, because I feel bad about this,” Rudy Giuliani told a banquet hall of 100 Republicans in New Hampshire on Friday night. ”This president has been a failure in just about every single thing he’s done. He has ruined our economy. He is ruining our health care.” Read More