After SNAP Cuts, More New York City Residents Appearing at Emergency Food Programs

By: Saturday January 25, 2014 4:00 pm

There was an increase of people at emergency food programs in New York City due to the Nov. 1 Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program cuts, according to a latest research brief from the Food Bank of New York City.

As the brief mentions, this took place as the number of soup kitchens and food pantries in New York City fell by 25 percent under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg during 2007 to 2012. Meanwhile, Congress decided to let five billion dollars in SNAP benefits expire, which were extended under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, expire on Nov. 1, leaving the 47 million Americans relying on SNAP $121 (for a household of one) to $396 (for a household of four) short.

Mayor De Blasio Tells New York City It’s Time for Equality

By: Thursday January 2, 2014 12:04 pm

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio used his inauguration speech to distance himself from the class policies of the Bloomberg administration and reaffirm his support for promoting equality within America’s largest city.

GAP Responds to Racist Graffiti With Humane Awesomeness

By: Wednesday November 27, 2013 4:20 pm

Having spent nearly 8 years living in New York City, I know a thing or two about spotting unfortunate DIY revisions on the movie posters and advertising campaigns that litter the walls of the city. You’d be hard pressed to find a subway platform free of hand drawn penises and mustaches and other superfluous commentary.

Often times racist, sexist, and otherwise offensive graffiti goes unnoticed which is why Gap’s recently defaced ad, and the company’s respectful response, is filling the internet with all sorts of holiday cheer.

Analyzing NYC’s Mayoral Elections: Joseph Lhota (Part III of V)

By: Sunday November 3, 2013 6:20 pm

We move on to Joseph Lhota, the former Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from January 9th, 2012 to December 31st. He is the Republican candidate in this election and has experience in numerous offices under major names like Rudy Giuliani.

Lhota echoes a sentiment of being a fiscal conservative and a social liberal, which is a theme all three major candidates build upon.

Analyzing NYC’s Mayoral Elections: Adolfo Carrión, Jr. (Part II of V)

By: Friday November 1, 2013 4:30 pm

I must admit, before October 9th, I had never heard of Carrion before. Watching him in the debate with only Joseph Lhota did not impress me at all and I decided to view his policies as I felt I was not aware of what he represented.

New York City Will Require You to Be 21 to Buy Cigarettes

By: Thursday October 31, 2013 10:20 am

New York City has long been a national leader in parentalistic laws in everything from prohibiting smoking in bars to banning trans-fats. Some of these laws first advanced in New York City were eventually adopted more widely.

NYC Tonight: The NSA Video Screening, FREE!

By: Tuesday October 15, 2013 5:31 pm

onight New Yorkers can see, for free, a video that might make the Powers That Be a weensy bit uncomfortable: The NSA Video, narrated by Evangeline Lilly (from The Hobbit and Lost). The NSA Video screens for free at Washington Square Park against the side of building from 9pm to 9:45pm tonight. Bring cocoa and and a blanket, folding chairs, popcorn. The video is five minutes long, but you may watch it over and over.

Analyzing NYC’s Mayoral Elections: Introduction (Part I of V)

By: Sunday October 13, 2013 12:00 pm

In another usual night at the dinner table with my parents, my father had the television on with the October 9th mayoral debate in New York City featuring Republican candidate Joseph Lhota and Independent candidate Adolfo Carrion, Jr. What was interesting, as was noted, is Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio not showing up to the debate and was criticized not only by the candidates, but others in the media as well.

Don’t Read Too Much Into Just a Single Primary

By: Thursday September 12, 2013 2:25 pm

There is a habit among political writers to see every single election not as an isolated incident, but always proof of some great national trend. The latest example is how some, like Peter Beinart, are talking about Bill de Blasio’s primary win in in New York City.

Yet Another Reason Ray Kelly Shouldn’t Lead DHS

By: Wednesday August 28, 2013 8:25 am

Apparently under Ray Kelly’s leadership the New York City Police not only engaged in unacceptable racially biased behavior, but also in unacceptable religiously biased actions. The NYPD had several mosques secretly labelled as terrorist organizations. From the AP (whole thing is worth a read):

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