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Are People Who Donate to Wikipedia Just Better People in General?

Over the past week or so, if you've gone to Wikipedia (and you probably have), you've been confronted with the website's annual fund-raising push, which this year took the form of a glaring, yellow banner begging you to donate just a few measly dollars to a worthy nonprofit website you ... More »

Bushwick Gentrifiers Going Wild in Massive Victorian Mansion

What happens when a bunch of kids in Brooklyn move far enough east that they can inhabit a mansion that seems far beyond their means? According to our concerned property-snob pals at Brownstoner, they name it the Trip House and throw huge parties, where the guests get to tagging. "A ... More »

What Happened to the Secretary of Business?

If you can remember as far back as the 2012 presidential race, you may remember that, shortly before the election, President Obama floated the idea of creating a new Cabinet-level position called the "secretary of Business." This person, Obama said, would oversee an agency that combined the functions of a ... More »

Tony Danza Is Passionate About Cleaning His Apartment

Ecoconsciousness was on the brain last night at the Upper West Side’s Loi restaurant following the New York premiere of Promised Land, Gus Van Sant’s latest drama about the impact of natural-gas fracking on a small Pennsylvania town, written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski. But when we ran into ... More »

Potential New York Serial Killer Caught Hiding Dead Body in Bed

When police visited the Mount Vernon home of Lucius Crawford to ask him about the 1993 stabbing of a woman in the Bronx, he wasn't home, but they did discover a dead body, stabbed nineteen times, under his covers. The 60-year-old has since been arrested and also confessed to the ... More »

Obama: No More Debt Ceiling Extortion

In the wake of its failed negotiations with the new Republican Congress that swept into power in the 2010 elections, the Obama administration learned some painful lessons. The main point of my long print story about this from October was that Obama had learned from his failures and was developing ... More »

Frank Rich on the National Circus: The Fiscal Cliff Is the Y2K of 2012

Every week, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich talks with assistant editor Eric Benson about the biggest stories in politics and culture. This week: the phony fiscal cliff countdown, Mike Bloomberg's chutzpah, and the Fox News doghouse.The fiscal cliff talks are (surprise, surprise) at an impasse. President Obama has now rejected the ... More »

Subway Lady Ellen Grossman on Meeting Jay-Z: ‘I Loved It!’

The breakout star of Jay-Z's mini-documentary "Where I'm From," a look at his opening eight concerts at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, is a 67-year-old white woman. Ellen Grossman, a New York City visual artist, was sitting quietly on the subway when the rap legend sat conspicuously beside her, camera crew and ... More »

Marco Rubio Believes in Science Now

Abraham Lincoln may have figured out how to get the Thirteenth Amendment passed, but that's nothing compared to Marco Rubio, who only needed about three weeks to solve "one of the great mysteries" of the universe. After being widely chastised for telling GQ last month that he couldn't say whether ... More »

Obama’s Refusal to Deal Paving Way for a Deal

Most of the news coverage of the “fiscal cliff” has come from the perspective of soothing bipartisan centrism, a point of view dramatized most explicitly by CNBC’s hysterical countdown to January, festooned with slogans urging the two parties to “Rise Above.” The premise is that there are two ways to ... More »

Citigroup Cuts 11,000 Jobs in Pre-Holiday Bloodletting

Citigroup, the bank that just weeks ago unceremoniously dumped its CEO at the behest of its board chairman, today announced that it is taking "a series of repositioning actions that will further reduce expenses and improve efficiency," and that "will result in increased business efficiency, streamlined operations and an optimized ... More »

Freak Humans Are Dying All Over the Place

If you're the world's smallest woman or the world's hairiest teenager (do not click that), you're a little nervous today, because both the world's oldest person and the world's tallest woman have died. (Technically the world's tallest woman died on November 13, but we're only hearing about it today, so ... More »

Rupert Murdoch’s Mother Dead at 103

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, the celebrated Australian philanthropist and mom to a media mogul, has passed away, leaving behind 77 living descendants and a lifetime of charity work. According to an obituary in the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal, "Mrs. Murdoch wasn't ostentatious. She once banned a secondhand Rolls-Royce her husband brought ... More »

Despite Terrible Track Record, Sheldon Adelson Will Still Dispense Campaign Cash

Only one of the nine candidates backed by Sheldon Adelson won in the November election, but this hasn't dissuaded the casino magnate from acting as an ATM for the GOP. "I happen to be in a unique business where winning and losing is the basis of the entire business," Adelson ... More »

Report: Subway Push Suspect Confesses, Shows No Remorse

The man suspected of fatally pushing 58-year-old Ki Suk Han onto the subway tracks on Monday has "made statements implicating himself in the incident," according to NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. Several news outlets have identified him as 30-year-old Naeem Davis, a homeless man who's paid to run errands for street ... More »

Tale of the Barefoot Homeless Man Gets More Depressing

Our local papers are officially hellbent on ruining the inspirational story of the officer who bought boots for a barefoot homeless man. It's emerged that Jeffrey Hillman is still barefoot and has a home, and now the Post reports that he also has quite the rap sheet. His arrest history ... More »

The Rockaways Have Seen a 1,020 Percent Increase in Burglaries Since Sandy

We knew post-Sandy theft in Queens' 100th precinct (Rockaways, Breezy Point) was bad, what with the piggy bank burglaries. But a number-crunching story from the New York Daily News includes this startling statistic that shows just how frequent an occurrence it's become: "There were 56 thefts reported in a 28-day ... More »

Bloomberg May Be Looking for a New Successor, But Not Lhota

Reports that Mayor Bloomberg urged Hillary Clinton to run for mayor in 2013 suggest he might not be thrilled with the current field, but at least Christine Quinn doesn't have to worry about Bloomberg backing Joe Lhota. The New York Times reports that the M.T.A. chief is now "seriously considering" entering ... More »

Furious Over a Book Deal, Armey Stormed Out of FreedomWorks for $8 Million

Dick Armey was so furious over a FreedomWorks colleague's book deal he wanted to resign last summer, but he agreed to stay through November's election in exchange for an $8 million consulting fee, it emerged Tuesday. The Associated Press was first to report the news that Armey had signed a ... More »

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