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The public has a right to know about the Confidenti@l team

Fervent Confidenti@l reader Ted O’Hara, 50, who was stuck on jury duty on Wednesday in New York, wrote us questioning why, among other things, we weigh in on Kate Upton’s tan lines.

Twitter's Chelsea HQ sells for $335M

New York REIT Inc., a publicly traded landlord led by Nicholas Schorsch, agreed to pay $335 million for a two-building property in Chelsea that's home to Twitter Inc.'s East Coast headquarters. The... To view the full story, click the title link.

Sad Book Returned to NYPL After 54 Years

From Melville House: Every so often, a book is returned to the library so late, it makes headlines. The due date of the sad book in this particular headline was August 17, 1959. The New York Public Library recently received a copy of Ideal Marriage by Th.H. Show More Summary

Paul Krugman Tried Pot Once, Had ‘Coughing Fit,’ Now Supports Legalization

15 hours agoNews : Mediaite

Add one more to the list of New York Times opinion writers who have admittedly publicly that they’ve smoked marijuana.

The Reformation Begins: New York Utility Proposes Community Solar, Microgrids-as-a-Service

As the New York Public Service Commission debates a proposal to reform the state's distribution utilities, Central Hudson Gas & Electric is getting out in front of the coming changes. The utility filed a $46 million rate case with the PSC last week, packaged under the title "Value for our Valley." read more

‘Sesame Street,’ 200 New Yorkers, & More Will Appear in ‘The Winter’s Tale’ Play

18 hours agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

The Public Theater, an institution in New York City, will put on an original musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play, The Winter’s Tale, from September 5th to 7th. Several cameo performances are planned for this production from...Show More Summary

Wanted: Public housing saviors

Louis: The proud progressives running both sides of City Hall have a once-in-a-career opportunity to end one of New York’s long-running scandals: the fact that our government, in the form of its Housing Authority, is the city’s largest and worst landlord.

NY Times Adds Correction to Story That ‘Improperly Used’ Wikipedia Lines

yesterdayNews : Mediaite

The New York Times posted a correction today to an article that, it turns out, plagiarized lines from Wikipedia. Times public editor Margaret Sullivan today went over why reporters should not be doing this, though while she uses the word "plagiarism," today's correction does not.

Former Top Spokesman for N.Y.S.E. to Join Public Relations Firm

Robert Rendine, who was the top spokesman for the parent of the New York Stock Exchange until late last year, will be joining Sard Verbinnen & Company as a managing director on Sept. 15.

Policymakers Must Include Incarcerated People in Jail Reform Process

The New York City Council is investigating mental health services and violence on Rikers Island and in other city jails as recent media reports have renewed the public's interest on this topic. At a recent oversight hearing conducted...Show More Summary

Policymakers Must Include Incarcerated People in Jail Reform Process

The New York City Council is investigating mental health services and violence on Rikers Island and in other city jails as recent media reports have renewed the public's interest on this topic. At a recent oversight hearing conducted...Show More Summary

Public Access TV – “Rebounder” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Public Access TV is a New York pop-rock trio fronted by John Eatherly, a former member of the great Nashville teenage punk troublemakers Be Your Own Pet who later served as a sideman for the likes of Eleanor Friedberger, Smith Westerns, The Virgins, and Chairlift. Friedberger recently shouted him out in NME: John from Public [...]

Sex Manual Returned to New York Public Library 54 Years Past Due Date

yesterdayOdd : The Hairpin

by Jia Tolentino The book is called Ideal Marriage: Its Physiology and Technique, and a librarian named (delightfully) Billy Parrott wrote about its late return at the NYPL's blog; the copy of Ideal Marriage was due August 1959, and was mailed from Arizona last year with an note: We found this book amongst my late brother-in-law's things. Show More Summary

The debate around the research that’s led to another lawsuit to end teacher tenure

A new lawsuit challenging protections for public school teachers was filed Monday, this time in New York. It is modeled on last month's case in which a judge threw out California's laws on tenure on the grounds that they effectively deprived students of an equal right to an education. The plaintiffs in Wright v. New York, a group […]

Signs Urging People to 'Dress Modestly' in Jewish Neighborhood Stir Emotions in Brooklyn, New York

Signs posted in a Hasidic Jewish section of the Crown Heights, Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City urging visitors to "dress modestly" out of respect for the community have ruffled some members of the public who believe the sign was out of line in passing judgment on the way they dress.

Police: Man Killed in Bronx Elevator Shaft May Have Been "Surfing"

A man fatally crushed by an elevator inside a Bronx public housing complex may have been riding the elevator like a "roller coaster," NYPD sources told the New York Post. Read more...

R.I.P. Margot Adler, Singular Voice Of Public Radio

National Public Radio on Tuesday morning confirmed the death Margot Adler, a signature voice on NPR for more than three decades. She died July 28 at her home in New York City. She was 68 and had been battling cancer, according to the...Show More Summary

The ethics of sketching on the subway

Daumier, Riders on an Omnibus, 1864 Chuck Klosterman, ethicist for the New York Times, ponders whether it's OK to sketch strangers on the subway. His basic point is that:"If you’re in public, people are allowed to look at you. This can be creepy and annoying, but it’s not unethical. Show More Summary

Raunchy Self-Help Book Returned to the Library--After 54 Years

The New York Public Library recently received an extremely tardy return—54 years after it was originally due. Even better, it was a how-to on sexual satisfaction in marriage. Heavens to Betsy! Read more...

Ten Thousand Gather Peacefully in Manhattan to Support Israel Against Hamas Terrorism

An estimated ten thousand (busy) people came out in New York today, unable to stay away, needing to be there with each other: with Israel, in public, on record. Our finest and most cherished young men are heroically fighting and dying so that our people might continue to live. Show More Summary

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