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NYC: Where Bonuses Rise, and The Working Poor Still End Up Homeless

Bonuses on Wall Street jumped 15 percent in 2013, while record numbers of New Yorkers poured into homeless shelters.

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE


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U.S. Prosecutors Obtain Millions in Bitcoin

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have to figure out what to do with $27 million worth of Bitcoin confiscated after the closure of an anonymous black market site authorities say was used to exchange drugs and computer hacking services. And the value of the haul could grow.

Posted on Jan 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Reverend Billy

The leader of the Church of Stop Shopping faces a year in prison for a 15-minute musical protest he and his choir staged in a Chase Bank in Manhattan in September.

Posted on Nov 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Low Wage Workers in New York City Speak Out

A 25-year-old fast food worker from the Brownsville section of Brooklyn went on record in the newspaper of record to say that life earning just above minimum wage is not desirable for herself or her children.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



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New York City’s Summers May Heat Up

Cities are liable to heat up much more than open countryside as the climate warms, and in the case of New York City, this could mean a big increase in heat-related deaths.

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE


Keeping the Storm at Bay

Here’s a proposed initiative for the next administration: Get the nation started on the surge barriers, flood walls and other big infrastructure projects that can protect our coastal cities from being ravaged by the next Hurricane Sandy.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Sept. 17: Occupy Wall Street’s Birthday Celebration

The first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street promises to be a day of celebration, general protest and direct action one year after the cry for representation for the 99 percent first rang out in the streets of New York City’s financial district.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



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NYPD Spying on Muslims Led to No Terror Cases

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg points to the NYPD’s covert counterterrorism program as a model for the rest of the country. But according to a deposition given by the department’s intelligence commander earlier this summer and unsealed on Monday, police eavesdropping on conversations between Muslims has led to no terror investigations.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Graham Nash Still Really Gives a S#!*

The first time Graham Nash made me want to talk back to grown-ups was in the summer of 1977. 

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 READ MORE    



Mr. Fish

Soup Having Sex With Soup

“If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes,” Picasso said, naming the distinct advantage that artists have always had over pundits and polemicists when it came to perceiving the world as it is; pundits and polemicists being much more likely to insist that the world is whatever a person wants it to be.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 READ MORE    



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Truthdiggers of the Week: The May Day Occupiers

There were doubts about whether Occupy Wall Street could pull off the massive day of protest its organizers spent many months planning. But demonstrators in New York City and elsewhere joined forces with labor unions and immigrant-rights activists to remind the public that there is a working class and May 1 is its holiday.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Manhattan Rents Reach for the Sky

In spite of a still-bleak economy, the average cost of rent in Manhattan sits at an all-time high of $3,148 a month. And with a 1 percent vacancy rate and just over 2,200 rentals slated for construction this year, landlords will continue to dominate the market.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Junior Murdoch Splits for the Big Apple

Londoners will get the chance to say bon voyage to James Murdoch as he flees his embattled role as chairman of the crisis-ridden News International to oversee News Corp.’s television operations from a Manhattan office.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE


Occupy Wall Street Makes a Film

In keeping with the democratic spirit of Occupy Wall Street, film-savvy Occupiers are pulling from massive amounts of footage shot by journalists and activists to produce a sleek-looking film that chronicles the movement’s early days. Here’s a preliminary trailer and a request for the donations needed to make it happen.

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Movement Against Wall Street Grows With Oct. 15 Protest

Thousands of people of all ages, races and creeds gathered beneath the jumbo-size screens and billboards in Times Square on Saturday night to demand a participatory role in American democracy, while similar protests occurred in cities throughout the world. (more)

Posted on Oct 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Frequently Asked Questions About the Wall Street Protests

Who’s in charge? What are the protesters’ demands? How big is the movement? How can I get involved? Answers to these and other basic questions about the ongoing occupation of Wall Street are offered by The Nation magazine’s Nathan Schneider. (more)

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Journalistic Objectivity Sours Wall Street Reporting

In an attempt “not to judge either side” involved in the anti-corporate demonstrations that have gone on near Wall Street since Sept. 17, New York Times reporter Brian Stelter used the word “battle” in a tweet to describe Saturday’s altercation between police and protesters, in which officers pepper-sprayed apparently peaceful demonstrators. (more)

Posted on Sep 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Facing Hurricane Irene, NYC Officials Order Evacuations

With Hurricane Irene bearing down on the East Coast, New York City and state officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation of 250,000 people in flood-susceptible communities and announced plans to shut down much of the coastal region’s transit system, including subways, by noon Saturday.  (more)

Posted on Aug 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Dinner at Manouchehr’s

While a dinner party may not be the most agreeable setting for talks on nuclear diplomacy, Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki treated representatives of all 15 member nations of the U.N. Security Council to a meal in Manhattan on Friday night in an effort to re-engage the international community regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

Posted on May 8, 2010 READ MORE


Sonia Sotomayor
whitehouse.gov

Man Arrested in Threat to Blow Up Sotomayor

New Yorkers have a reputation for hyperbole, but this is just going too far. A Manhattan man was arrested after allegedly letting the good people at 911 know about his desire to blow up both the president and his Supreme Court nominee.

Posted on Jun 5, 2009 READ MORE


De Niro Sr.
AP photo / Michel Spingler

Art Dealer Nabbed in $88 Million Swindle

It appears to be game over for Manhattan art dealer and gallery owner Lawrence Salander, who was arrested Thursday morning and accused of stealing $88 million from various art world players, institutions and investors, including tennis champ John McEnroe. Actor Robert De Niro, pictured above next to an image of his artist-father, is accusing Salander of stealing 12 of the senior De Niro’s paintings.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009 READ MORE


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nytimes.com

Questioning Sushi Safety

The FDA and EPA already warn against pregnant women and children eating canned tuna because of high mercury levels, but The New York Times has discovered even more mercury in a random selection of fresh sushi tuna. And it’s not just those swanky city folk who are at risk. According to one marine scientist: “Mercury levels in bluefin [tuna] are likely to be very high regardless of location [of purchase].”

Posted on Jan 23, 2008 READ MORE


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zdnet.com

The New British Invasion

With the dollar getting weaker all the time, the ailing housing market is getting a little relief from an unexpected source: foreigners. Brits in particular have been tempted by bargain homes in glamorous locales such as Manhattan, where one-third of all new condominiums are selling to foreign buyers.

Posted on Nov 18, 2007 READ MORE


Manhattan submerged
siliconbeat.com

Cash In on Global Warming

Why worry about preventing the climate crisis when you can profit from it? An online gambling site received more than 3,000 bets in three days on whether or when major U.S. landmarks will be flooded. Most are banking on Manhattan being underwater by 2011.

Posted on Apr 13, 2007 READ MORE


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original: virtualtourist.com / alteration: Peter Scheer

New York Blames New Jersey for Stench

After a mysterious odor blanketed Manhattan this week, New Yorkers immediately turned to the usual suspect, blaming New Jersey for the sulfurous smell. The Garden State was not amused, particularly since there’s no hard evidence, as of yet, that the origin was in New Jersey.

Posted on Jan 10, 2007 READ MORE


Debt_clock
From bdeshini.com

Debt Clock Running Out of Space

When the U.S. national debt crests the $10-trillion mark within the next two years, the famous Manhattan signboard will no longer be able to display the entire amount.
But don’t worry: Congress, which recently raised our debt limit, won’t suffer from any such limitations.

Posted on Mar 28, 2006 READ MORE


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