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The Subway Is Still Fucked The Subway Is Still Fucked

New York, under the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, is set to give $2 billion to Amazon, one of the richest corporations in the world, for the honor of letting them destroy Queens. The Amazon deal, and the completely undemocratic way Cuomo plans to implement it, is shameful enough. But…

Please Enjoy This Tale of Bill de Blasio Fucking Everything Up Please Enjoy This Tale of Bill de Blasio Fucking Everything Up

Angela Carter wrote in the novel Wise Children that comedy is tragedy that happens to other people, and I’d like to add that it’s especially funny when those people are politicians, particularly mealy-mouthed Democrats who insist on branding themselves as progressive leaders anyway. On that note, Politico today reports

Seven NYPD Officers Arrested in Gambling, Prostitution Ring  Seven NYPD Officers Arrested in Gambling, Prostitution Ring 

It seems the days of New York City cops getting in on the illegal sex work protection business, as depicted in HBO’s The Deuce, aren’t as far behind us as we thought. Today, seven police officers were arrested for running a gambling and prostitution ring in Brooklyn and Queens, according to the New York Times. The…

Andrew Cuomo Isn't Going to Be Caught DEAD Riding the Subway With You Peasants Andrew Cuomo Isn't Going to Be Caught DEAD Riding the Subway With You Peasants

If you’re a politician running for an office that would make New York City residents your constituents, you do a photo op riding the subway. It’s a rule that apparently doesn’t extend to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who’s not going to be caught DEAD riding the subway with you plebeians, according to a Politico New York…

Michael Cohen Accused of Illegally Flipping Rent Stabilized Apartments Michael Cohen Accused of Illegally Flipping Rent Stabilized Apartments

An investigation has accused former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen of pushing out rent stabilized tenants in New York apartments. The Housing Rights Initiative (HRI) reports that Cohen faked documents so it would appear that no one lived in his buildings in order to get construction permits. The construction was used to…

The Democratic Socialists of America’s Cynthia Nixon Dilemma The Democratic Socialists of America’s Cynthia Nixon Dilemma

Taking the mic in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Brooklyn YWCA on Wednesday night, Chris Maisano marveled that even the hosts of ABC’s The View are debating democratic socialism these days.

The New York Subway Has Become a Totalitarian Anti-Dog Police State The New York Subway Has Become a Totalitarian Anti-Dog Police State

As my colleague Hamilton Nolan has astutely noted, the public dog is the greatest dog. It is a dog that you do not have to take to the vet or bathe or feed, but nonetheless a dog whose cuteness you can enjoy.

A Hunger Strike on the Bowery A Hunger Strike on the Bowery

No one remembers who suggested a hunger strike. But when it was proposed, almost everyone raised their hands to volunteer.

White Commuter's Racist Freakout at Two Black Women Caught On Camera

A white commuter on the Long Island Rail Road started hurling racial slurs at two black passengers who he said were talking “too loudly.”

Black Former WH Staffer Swarmed With Cops After Being Accused Of Breaking Into Own Apartment

Darren Martin, a former White House staffer under President Obama who now works for the New York City government, was trying to move into his new Upper West Side apartment late Friday night when he was suddenly surrounded by cops.

The Political Chess Game That Made the Staten Island Ferry Free The Political Chess Game That Made the Staten Island Ferry Free

If you’re visiting New York, you really ought to ride the ferry to Staten Island. You can’t find a better free lesson in American urban politics anywhere.

Andrew Cuomo Suddenly Hates Plastic Bags a Year After Blocking New York City's Bag Fee Andrew Cuomo Suddenly Hates Plastic Bags a Year After Blocking New York City's Bag Fee

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that he is planning to introduce a statewide ban on plastic bags, saying, “The blight of plastic bags takes a devastating toll on our streets, our water, and our natural resources.”

Everyone Loves Cynthia Nixon, Including New York's Largest Immigrant Rights Group Everyone Loves Cynthia Nixon, Including New York's Largest Immigrant Rights Group

Cynthia Nixon has been endorsed for governor by one of the most active immigrant rights groups in New York, on the same day as she firmly moved to incumbent Andrew Cuomo’s left on immigration.

We’ll Never Have Laws That Keep Us From Working to Death But It’s Nice Someone Is Trying We’ll Never Have Laws That Keep Us From Working to Death But It’s Nice Someone Is Trying

This week, Rafael L. Espinal, the New York City Council member who brought the city its very first nightlife czar, introduced another eminently reasonable piece of legislation: one that would allow employees to ignore their bosses after work hours without being retaliated against. As the Associated Press reports:

Cynthia Nixon Is Having a Great Day!!! Cynthia Nixon Is Having a Great Day!!!

Cynthia Nixon is having a great day on the campaign trail and I couldn’t be more pleased.

Pay Your Interns Pay Your Interns

Harper’s Magazine, which published its first issue in 1850 and is the “oldest general-interest monthly in America,” tweeted about a job opportunity on Friday afternoon.

Talking With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Woman Challenging One of New York's Political Kingmakers Talking With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Woman Challenging One of New York's Political Kingmakers

This piece is part of Splinter’s series The New Guard, where we interview progressive candidates who are running in 2018 midterm races across the country to shake up the Democratic Party establishment.

Jared Kushner's Real Estate Company Is Under Investigation for Being Villainous Slumlords Jared Kushner's Real Estate Company Is Under Investigation for Being Villainous Slumlords

Last weekend, the Associated Press reported that Kushner Companies — the real estate empire formerly overseen by White House senior advisor Jared Kushner — filed false paperwork with the New York City Department of Buildings in order to circumvent regulations meant to keep them from harassing their tenants out of…

Andrew Cuomo Underestimates Cynthia Nixon at His Own Peril Andrew Cuomo Underestimates Cynthia Nixon at His Own Peril

When it was first rumored that actress and activist Cynthia Nixon might challenge Andrew Cuomo, the governor laughed it off. On a conference call with reporters earlier this month, Cuomo said that “if it’s just about name recognition, I’m hoping that Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Billy Joel don’t get into the race.”…

Jared Kushner Is a Perfect Embodiment of Our Two-Tiered Criminal Justice System Jared Kushner Is a Perfect Embodiment of Our Two-Tiered Criminal Justice System

The Associated Press reported on Sunday that, during the time Jared Kushner was directly involved in managing his real estate company, the company “routinely filed false paperwork” with the city of New York, claiming dozens of its buildings had no rent-stabilized tenants when it actually had “hundreds.”

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