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11.27.13 Andy Cush

Saturday marks the beginning of the end for one of New York City’s grimiest remaining spots, as the Bloomberg administration prepares to level Willets Point, Queens to make room for a shiny new retail complex. The city is offering 12 months rent to business owners willing to vacate by this week, and 6 months to […]

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11.25.13 Andy Cush

The latest in NYC’s recent string of bans and tightened regulations moves forward today, as City Council is set to vote on a proposed law that would outlaw styrofoam food containers. Mayor Bloomberg announced his support for such a law in his State of the City speech in February, and Council Speaker Christine Quinn has […]

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11.22.13 Andy Cush

The Bloomberg administration has been scrambling to reverse a federal decision that ruled stop-and-frisk as practiced by the NYPD unconstitutional ever since it was handed down in August. They scored a temporary victory last month when 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided to suspend the effects of the ruling pending an appeal and remove steadfastly anti-stop-and-frisk […]

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11.19.13 Marina Galperina

As promised by the soon-departing Mayor Bloomberg, as of today, you have to be 21 years old to buy tobacco products in New York. Bloomberg, the City Health Commissioner and the New York City Council have thereby restored that rebellious edge smoking seems to lose once you turn 18 and start making legal bodega runs for cigarettes, just like the rest […]

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10.31.13 Andy Cush

New York is about to adopt a law that will raise the legal age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21, making NYC the strictest major city in the country about smoking. A bill staking out the new rules was passed by City Council yesterday and is expected to be signed […]

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09.17.13 ANIMAL

After 11 years of waiting, the moment is finally approaching: Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s three-term reign comes to a close January 1, 2014. To celebrate, we’ve created HowLongUntilBloombergLeaves.com, a single-serving site that counts down the time–to the second–until El Bloombito says adios. Come through, watch as Bloomberg’s time in office drains out of a 17-oz soda […]

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08.22.13 Andy Cush

Great news: the City Council voted today to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s vetoes on two bills known collectively as the Community Safety Act. The bills will create an independent Inspector General’s office to oversee the NYPD, make it illegal for cops profile citizens, based on a slew of factors including sexual orientation and housing status, […]

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06.03.13 Andy Cush

In case you need any clarifying on where Michael Bloomberg stands on weed, the mayor called medical cannabis a “hoax” on his WOR radio appearance Friday, before outright dismissing any attempts to legalize the plant. “Medical, my… come on. There’s no medical,” he said. “This is one of the great hoaxes of all time.” Bloomberg […]

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04.22.13 Kyle Petreycik

A proposal drafted by NYC health commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley aims to ban cigarette purchases by those under the age of 21. This isn’t much of a surprise, considering Mayor Bloomberg’s recent efforts to ban large sugary sodas. If passed, the proposal would make the minimum age for buying cigarettes the same as for buying liquor; yet […]

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03.29.13 Andy Cush

If you’re fed up with Michael Bloomberg’s insistence on giving the NYPD free rein to do whatever they’d like, his attempts to regulate soda and tobacco to death, or his constantly turning up in in silly photographs, take solace in this: hey may be the only thing protecting our city from total Tea Party takeover. […]

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