GOP Campaign Manager, Hedge Fund Employee Responsible for Rumor-Mongering Pranks During NYC Storm

By: Tuesday October 30, 2012 1:09 pm

So here’s an early contender for jerk of the year – a guy blatantly pushing out false Twitter notices of various catastrophes during last night’s Hurricane Sandy storm in New York City. During the storm last night, user @comfortablysmug was the source of a load of frightening but false information about conditions in New York [...]

NYC Subway Shutdown Will Mostly Affect Low-Income Workers

By: Tuesday October 30, 2012 7:50 am

As we wake up to the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, it appears clear that the most lasting damage is to the New York City transit system. The MTA describes it as the biggest disaster in the 108-year history of the system. Seven subway tunnels are flooded, and system power has been either turned off or [...]

Congressional Constraints Could Harm Sandy Response

By: Tuesday October 30, 2012 6:18 am

By now you’ve probably heard about or seen the consequences of Frankenstorm Sandy, especially along the Jersey Shore and in the five boroughs of the New York City metropolitan area. The evacuation of NYU Hospital. The flooding of the New York City subway system. The shutdown of the New York Stock Exchange on consecutive days [...]

Empire State Building Shooting Shows Danger of Using Guns to Stop Gun Violence

By: Friday August 24, 2012 1:45 pm

Today, gun violence claimed the life of another American outside the Empire State Building. But the muddled and confusing aftermath offers a lesson as to why the preferred conservative response to mass shootings, i.e. arm more citizens, would be disastrous: A clothing designer who had been fired from a Midtown Manhattan company shot and killed [...]

The Selling of the World, Cont’d

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 12:55 pm

This sounds like a right terrible idea: New York City, embracing an experimental mechanism for financing social services that has excited and worried government reformers around the world, will allow Goldman Sachs to invest nearly $10 million in a jail program, with the pledge that the financial services giant would profit if the program succeeded [...]

Silent March Opposes Stop and Frisk in NYC

By: Monday June 18, 2012 1:38 pm

I should double back to what I’ve been told was an amazing silent march yesterday against the New York City Police Department’s stop and frisk policy. Several thousand took part. And perhaps fittingly, it ended with some police overreach. Two and a half hours after it began, the peaceful, disciplined march ended in mild disarray. [...]

LGBT Groups Join Civil Rights Coalition Against Stop and Frisk in NYC

By: Thursday June 14, 2012 1:50 pm

This Op-Doc from the New York Times (which they don’t let you embed) pretty powerfully shows the effect of stop-and-frisk policies in New York City on young black men in the inner city, like Tyquan Brehon. Tyquan says he was stopped 60-70 times before his 18th birthday, and he’s not alone. Over 685,000 people were [...]

Occupy Movement Finding Focus in Wake of Eviction of Zuccotti

By: Wednesday November 16, 2011 9:43 am

Occupy Wall Street protesters returned in force last night to Zuccotti Park, but they encountered new restrictions. In particular, they had to enter the park single file, and they couldn’t bring in tents, tarps or sleeping bags, or even lie down on the park grounds. Obviously law enforcement was applying the term “tents” broadly, because [...]

The Disturbing Silencing of the Press in Last Night’s OWS Raid

By: Tuesday November 15, 2011 2:10 pm

I’ve heard legal theories that the city of New York has the right to impose restrictions on the time, place and manner of the exercise of free speech. This will obviously play out in a court of law. I don’t know how anyone can reasonably look at the laws and say that the wholesale shutdown [...]

Occupy Wall Street Leaders: “Bloomberg May Have Done Us A Great Favor”

By: Tuesday November 15, 2011 12:15 pm

Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement said today on a conference call that the police action to evict protesters from Zuccotti Park will only amplify future efforts, starting on Thursday with a planned day of action that will occur at sites across the country. “We’re going to get in the streets by the tens [...]

NYC Law Enforcement Moving Aggressive Park Dwellers Into Occupy Wall Street Site

By: Monday October 31, 2011 12:14 pm

If this is true (h/t), it represents one of the more cynical actions I’ve seen from law enforcement, whose job it it to serve and protect, in a long, long time. According to Harry Siegel, cops in New York City are re-routing aggressive, drunken individuals picked up in parks across the city down to the [...]

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