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Waiters Sue Mario Batali Over Tip-Pooling

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tip-pooling is illegal -- who knew?

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St. Vincent's Closure Strains Other Hospitals

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

When St. Vincent's Hospital closed its emergency room earlier this year, everyone anticipated it would cause problems for patients and hospitals alike, but just how much of a problem? City Limits magazine comes up with some numbers:

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Irish President's Pullout from St. Pat's Parade Praised by LGBT Groups

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

This made the Irish papers a couple weeks ago but I only heard about it yesterday, when Councilman Danny Dromm made an issue of it: Mary McAleese, the president of Ireland, says she won't be able to attend the next St. Patrick's Day Parade, in New York, where she would have served as Grand Marshal. This would be a historic day -- the 250th anniversary of the event -- but according to the Irish Voice, McAleese made a conscious decision to bow out:

The turn down is said to be connected to the issue of gays being refused the right to march in the parade under their own banners, and McAleese's strong relationship with gay and lesbian organizations in Ireland.

As she will also be in the last year of her term in 2011, officials in the president's office were reluctant to become embroiled in a major controversy about her taking part in the parade, which has excluded gay organizations for over 20 years.

The Voice reports that organizers attempted to broker a compromise with McAleese, whereby she would have attended the huge, main parade as well as the much smaller, inclusive St. Pat's for All parade, held a few days earlier in Queens. But that would've been hard for her to fit into her schedule.

Dromm is openly gay and represents Jackson Heights. He is also of Irish descent, and sent a letter to the press yesterday, calling attention to McAleese's decision:

Regardless of her motive, President McAleese, a devout Catholic, has, in her decision not to attend, honored the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic’s promise of “cherishing all children of the nation equally.” Her commitment to this principle has been the hallmark of her career. Fighting for the decriminalization of homosexuality and the legal recognition of LGBT families, President McAleese has been at the forefront of expanding the rights of all Irish. With the recent passage of  civil unions, Ireland has far surpassed New York in its commitment to equality. Notably, Irish legislators overwhelmingly passed the measure, another refection of how far Ireland has come.

Brendan Fay runs the St. Pat's for All parade, and said this to Irish Central:

I was not at all surprised by McAleese’s decision to decline.  President McAleese is known as an inclusive bridge builder, a leader who is sincerely committed to bringing people together. A hallmark of her presidency has been outreach to all groups and communities in Irish society, including Irish LGBT groups.

McAleese's decision also drew praise from the Irish Queers group, which is pressuring the NYPD to stop marching in the parade.

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Evidence Against Times Square Bomber Released

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Prosecutors in the Times Square bombing case have introduced further evidence, prior to sentencing, indicating that Faisal Shahzad saw himself as part of a global campaign against America. This video includes clips from what appears to be a sit-down speech he made in a studio of sorts, prior to the May 1 bombing attempt.

"I have been trying to join my brothers in jihad ever since the 9/11 happened," he says in the video.

You can also see what investigators say the damage would've been, had Shahzad succeeded in exploding his vehicle.

Shahzad pled guilty to all 10 charges against him. He will be sentenced next week.

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Park51 Renderings Unveiled

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The developers behind Park51, the Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, have been conspicuously low-key about the project. But they've finally given us a slightly better sense of what they're planning, with the release of 3 renderings: one exterior shot and two interiors. All in all, the images suggest a highly contemporary visual aesthetic, dominated by an outer shell that could best be termed web-like or exoskeletal. The architectural firm is Soma.

 

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Artists We're Not: Yoko Ono's Wish Tree

Monday, September 27, 2010

There's something particularly relevant and zeitgeisty about participatory art. Like crowdsourcing, art that requires the involvement of the citizenry -- that is actually for the worse without it -- offers a nice, robust update on the democratic project.

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Across the Western World, Anti-Muslim Sentiment Rises

Monday, September 20, 2010

There was a time when the immigration policies of various European countries might have seemed well outside the purview of a humble blog such as this, but Park 51 has changed all that. After all, the star of the September 11 rally opposing Park 51 was Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician whose Freedom Party has rapidly gained power on the basis of his anti-Islamic proposals, including taxing headscarves and banning the Koran. The prime organizer against Park 51, Pam Geller, also helps run Stop Islamization of America, part of a network of groups that includes Stop Islamization of Europe, Stop Islamization of Denmark (and England, and France, etc.).

So Americans are now participating in a much broader debate on the integration of Muslims into Western society.

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Go See It: "Last Train Home"

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Think your train's crowded? Try standing in line for five days just to board a train -- that's how bad the crowds are in the days leading up to the Lunar New Year for the 120 million-odd migrant workers who want to travel home for the holidays each year.

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Nice Work if You Can Get It

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New York is filled with people who have, 'how'd you get that job?' careers. And street fashion bloggers may have one of the most unique gigs in the city.

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Anti-Defamation League's New Interfaith Coalition on Mosques

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Anti-Defamation League caused a firestorm when it came out in opposition to the Islamic Center near Ground Zero. It claimed, with a rationale that has become common among critics, that while the developers had the right to build there, it was not right to build there. Many people in the interfaith community felt ADL had betrayed its core values.

Last week, the ADL surprised a few more people by announcing creation of an Interfaith Coalition on Mosques. From the release:

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Shake Shack $$$: Bad for City Parks?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I've only recently started eating at Shake Shack, and have fallen hard for their frozen custard (the blueberry, so very creamy). And after generally avoiding beef for years, I've made return trips for their cheeseburgers, which I've concluded are superior to those of Five Guys — certainly less unwieldy.

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Scenes from Saturday Outside the Tents at Fashion Week

Sunday, September 12, 2010

On a clear, warm September Saturday, the mall at Lincoln Center was buzzing with fashion industry insiders scurrying to get to or from the latest shows and the curious onlookers who showed up to watch them. In simple terms, Lincoln Center was bumpin’.

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Seeking Fall for Dance Tix? Good Luck

Sunday, September 12, 2010

At about 11:05 this lazy Sunday morning, I had a sudden, seizing revelation: Fall for Dance tickets had gone on sale, just 5 minutes earlier. I tossed my almond croissant down on the table and ran to my computer. A few seconds later, I was on New York City Center's Web site, only to discover that I was Number 2,578 on the waiting list.

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On 9/11 Anniversary, Competing Protests Near Ground Zero

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Who had the bigger turnout?

That's the issue I'm grappling with right now -- whether there were more people at the rally and march supporting Park 51, or the rally just a couple blocks away opposing it. A few weeks ago, there was no question that opponents outnumbered supporters, perhaps two (or even three) to one, and had a far more sophisticated setup: a proper stage and soundsystem from which rock music blared, and a crowd armed with eye-catching signs. The supporters, on the other hand, had just a handheld megaphone and a stool that speakers stood on, to address the crowd.

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Fashion Night Out: TriBeCa Style

Saturday, September 11, 2010

With preparations going on in lower Manhattan for the 9/11 memorial services and protests of the proposed mosque and cultural center just blocks away, Fashion's Night Out still lured shoppers to their favorite stores in TriBeCa.

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T'was the Night Before Fashion Week

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Fashion week is upon us and Mercedes Benz is taking all of the glitz, glamour and general fabulousness Uptown to Lincoln Center.

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Imam Feisal: Onward

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Just in case you missed it, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf emerged from his two-month silence on Park 51 with this op-ed in the NYT:

We are proceeding with the community center, Cordoba House. More important, we are doing so with the support of the downtown community, government at all levels and leaders from across the religious spectrum, who will be our partners. I am convinced that it is the right thing to do for many reasons.

 

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Whether You're For or Against Park51, Ditch the Signs, Wave a Flag

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Regardless of one's politics, among the most arresting images from the whole Park51 furor was the sign that proclaimed "SHARIA." Waved about by many opponents of Park51, its dripping, blood red letters made clear that for some, this controversy has little to do with real estate or proximity to Ground Zero. The larger fear is that radical Islam is plotting a stealth invasion of this country.

But this time, signs are a no-no.

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Park51: Muslim Leaders Make Their Stand

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Just yesterday I cited an article in The American Muslim magazine asking where Muslim leadership has been over the Park51 issue. Well, today those leaders finally appeared: on the steps of City Hall. The group, known as the Majlis Ash-Shura of Metropolitan New York, aka the Islamic Leadership Council, braved the furious heat (remember, observant Muslims aren't even drinking water these days) and the questions of a sizable press contingent as they tried to reframe the story.

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Who Speaks for America's Muslims?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I'm not sure whether the author of this piece  -- on the lack of American Muslim leadership over Park 51 -- was going for irony, but I must admit, it amused. From The American Muslim magazine:

Who speaks for American Muslims? So far, the bravest and strongest and most regularly heard voices on behalf of Muslims in this crisis have been Mayor Bloomberg and Jon Stewart who are both Jewish.

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