As real estate prices in the city, or at least in Manhattan, approach pre-Lehman levels, and the wider economy teeters back from the brink, the guys who built the apartments are still suffering. According to a quarterly report from the New York Building Congress, employment for construction workers fell to its lowest level Read More
At some level, it’s not exactly a huge surprise to learn that there are people in New York who can make certain kinds of tickets disappear. Doesn’t everyone know somebody who claims to know somebody who can take care of these annoyances?
It shouldn’t be that way, because it’s not fair–most of the time, anyway. Read More
The Chief-Leader captures some good vitriol at a recent UFT protest aimed at reversing Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to lay off thousands of teachers.
Democratic City Councilman James Sanders said “we need to take this surplus” and “make sure we save the teachers.” The surplus, as I and other people have noted, don’t Read More
2012: Corzine, Orin Kramer raising for Obama. [Page Six]
1964: Bill Clinton visited Times Square, saw “a hooker approach a man in a gray flannel suit.” [Politico]
The Lede: “You can’t find a hooker in Times Square anymore, former President Bill Clinton lamented Wednesday.” [Adam Lisberg]
Mayor Bloomberg has put together a list of schools that will be affected if the city has to lay off more than 4,500 teachers because of state cuts to education. Most of the schools are in poorly served neighborhoods, because that’s where most of the city’s youngest teachers work. If City Hall has to abide Read More
Hidden behind Commentary magazine’s pay wall is this description of Michael Bloomberg’s history with labor unions, from Fred Siegel and Sol Stern:
“The aftermath of 9/11 was an extraordinary lost opportunity for the city. It could have been a moment when, in the name of shared responsibility for bringing the city Read More
To hear Bloomberg explain it, teacher layoffs are a necessity… and a prerogative.
One day after putting out a map detailing where more than 4,000 teacher layoffs would fall in the five boroughs, Bloomberg told reporters in Brooklyn what exactly he needs in order to keep those educators employed.
“You’d have to get Read More
What does Chuck Schumer know about Wisconsin?
A lot, apparently. Or so he says. New York’s senior senator, who rarely misses a chance to play the populist card, has seized on the fiscal crisis in Madison to raise his profile and a few campaign dollars as well. Mr. Schumer recently sent a mass email to Read More
Word got out yesterday that Tavern on the Green may be on the fast track for a new era of pond-side dinner opulence. The beloved Central Park restaurant has been closed for over a year since union and bankruptcy issues shut the doors in early 2010, but it seems to have found a savior in Read More
There are dueling articles in the Journal and Times about Walmart’s renwed interest in New York. Not to brag, but both sound a lot like an item we wrote back in September, about how the world’s largest retailer and nation’s largest employer would use the same tactics that recently succeeded Read More