This week a huge billboard which had been erected along the BQE toppled over and landed upon one side of the highway. Fortunately, no one was injured. It was one among hundreds of such constructions which exist solely for the purposes of displaying advertising along the roadway where hundreds of thousands of motorists and their passengers view them every day.
While national attention focuses on the Presidential race, now in the early stage in both parties, New Yorkers should remain concerned about how the cosmic plans of aspiring leaders of the Free World will affect our burgeoning metropolis.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, and James T. Hayes, Jr., the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (“ICE”) Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), announced charges today against seven members of an identity theft ring that hijacked over 180 people’s store credit accounts at Home Depot, Sears, Kmart, Kohl’s, and other retail stores to obtain over $1 million in merchandise, gift cards and store credits. They then resold the merchandise and gift cards for a profit.
Most movie-goers do not know the story behind the acclaimed new film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, opening nationally this weekend. Adapted from the 1974 John Le Carré book, and the 1982 sequel Smiley's People, both were dramatized on BBC TV and PBS and can be found on Netflix and other sites.
Le Carré, the pen name for David Cornwell -- who served in MI6, Britain's secret intelligence service -- penned the two books (and the Honorable School Boy, the third installment in this trilogy), drawing on the real-life drama that tore apart the British spy demi-monde in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s: the discovery that the Soviet KGB had recruited upper-class British subjects to penetrate U.K. intelligence agencies.
Echinacea, also known as purple coneflower, has gained popularity in recent years as a nutritional supplement that proponents believe is helpful in staving off the common cold and shortening its duration. But given the variation between dosages and formulations—such herbs are not regulated as medical drugs by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and so makers have little incentive to standardize—it’s hard to get definitive answers as to Echinacea’s effectiveness.
Fifty years ago today, I was appointed and sworn in as Secretary of the Borough of Manhattan. That elegant title did more than justice to my actual duties, which were those of a staff assistant to the Borough President of Manhattan, at the time Edward R. Dudley.
Kiss Your Grass Goodbye: NYU's Hostile Takeover of our Community!
WED JAN 4 COMMUNITY UNITED TOWN HALL organized by the Community Action Alliance. This is a coalition of 30 + community groups, including the D.I.D.MOBILIZING & ORGANIZING THE COMMUNITY
6:30 pm 536 LaGuardia Place (north of Bleecker)
The recent flurry of criminal trials and convictions of public officials for a variety of offenses causes one to think of why it is that people who are elected to represent their communities in city, state and federal government appear so often before the bar of justice.
On December 19th, Community Board #2 held a public speakout
about the recent blitz of summonses issued to artists, performers and
musicians in Washington Square Park under the new Park rules for