In every political cycle, there are winners and losers—mostly losers.
Still, losers celebrate the holidays too, right? Yet between all the sobbing and whatnot, it’s hard to get a word in edgewise to find out what they really want. So The Observer created a handy shopping guide for the failed political candidate on your list. Read More
Bill de Blasio’s announcement yesterday that he and his family intend to move into Gracie Mansion come January will mean major life changes for the mayor-elect.
The stately East River-side mansion is a world away from the modest Park Slope row house where Mr. de Blasio has been living for the last 13 years. Read More
Alec Baldwin wants more public protests. Dick Parsons wants to fix the schools. Katie Couric hopes potholes get filled. And the Naked Cowboy urges our boys in blue to keep up stop-and-frisk. Unsurprisingly, they aren’t the only New Yorkers anxious to share some friendly advice. Mr. de Blasio, we hope you’re taking notes. Read More
Bill de Blasio had a very happy Halloween.
The mayoral front-runner returned home last night for Park Slope’s annual Halloween parade, the undisputed star of the evening. Children, recognizing him from television, rushed from the sidelines to be near him. Euphoric cheers greeted him at almost every stop along the procession, which snaked down 7th Avenue to 3rd Street. Read More
At least they weren’t throwing food.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former Congressman Anthony Weiner received a round of boos this afternoon when they appeared at a fast food workers rally–one they were there to support–in Union Square.
Ms. Quinn and Mr. Weiner joined the three other leading Democratic mayoral candidates and a slew of other pols showed up en mass to declare their support for fast food workers participating in a nation-wide strike today. Hundreds of workers from chains including McDonald’s and Burger King were present to demand higher wages and union benefits–and listen to the candidates flex their progressive credentials less than two weeks before primary day. But not everyone was warmly welcomed. Read More
The Yankees won’t be calling these pols for a tryout any time soon.
A squad of the city’s top candidates for office, including several mayoral hopefuls, took their awkward cuts at a stickball tournament earlier this afternoon in Brooklyn. Naturally, the friendly competition allowed bitter rivals to exchange the political arena for an athletic one–but they found out politicking and batting are two very different skills.
“I haven’t hit in 50 years!” shouted GOP mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis as he finally tipped a little pink ball thrown on a bounce from talk show host Curtis Sliwa. Read More
Scott Stringer may not have his rival’s personal fortune or notoriety, but he can throw a pretty swinging bash if the occasion calls for it.
Last night, a group of mostly 20 and 30-somethings gathered on an ivy-clad hotel patio, sipping wine to the tunes of Talking Heads and Radiohead, all in order to support Mr. Stringer’s comptroller campaign–and catch a glimpse of a host of celebrities, including Lena Dunham, the star of the hit television show Girls. Read More
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo hit the rapids today for the inaugural Adirondack white-water rafting challenge. While Team Bloomberg put in a valiant effort, Team Cuomo managed to eek out a victory, with a winning time of 18 minutes and 31 seconds–18 seconds faster than the mayor. To the left you can find some of our favorite images from the day. Read More
Sixth Avenue is a haven for corporate art, from Robert Indian’s Love to Curved Cube outside the Time Life Building, to say nothing of the massive galleries spanning the entire block between 51st and 52nd streets inside the UBS Building. The Avenue of the Americas is also home to mostly older office buildings, still very splendid and class A, but many in need of updating. It has become a hub of new elevators and air conditioners and reconfigured lobbies.
At 1133 Sixth Avenue, the Durst Organization is merging these two currents, popular public art and a sparkling new lobby, into a striking whole. The centerpiece of a new Gensler-designed lobby is an installation by light artist Leo Villareal, Volume (Durst). At 90-feet long, 12-feet high and 6-feet deep, the dazzling sculpture is Mr. Villareal’s largest three-dimensional work yet. Floating near the top of the lobby, it not only enlivens the space but the avenue, as well, fully visible through the two-story windows facing out on the plaza between the International Center for Photography on one side and a bank on the other.
“I love the chance encounter,” Mr. Villareal said at an opening reception for the lobby Tuesday night. Read More