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Zuccotti Park on Nov. 15, after the Occupy protesters were evicted. Reinhold Martin believes the removal of the protesters exposed a hidden reality in New York City -- that public spaces are public because they're contested. Flickr/shankbone.
Reinhold Martin  |  December 13, 2011 2:55 PM | Comments
Occupy Wall Street has revealed that the concept of "privately owned public spaces" is at odds with itself.
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John Farley  |  December 13, 2011 4:00 AM | Comments
The new autobiography of Lower East Side radical and founder of the Fugs, Ed Sanders, sheds light on a stranger time.
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John Farley  |  December 13, 2011 4:00 AM | Updated: December 13, 2011 12:02 PM | Comments
Cuomo's ethics commission was supposed to be fighting corruption and bringing transparency to the capital by now, but we just found out who's on it. And the appointments are raising some eyebrows.VIDEO
Four winning regions were announced Wednesday, in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new competition for capitol funding. Cuomo created 10 regional councils in New York State last summer. MetroFocus/Kevon Greene.
John Farley  |  December 8, 2011 2:53 PM | Comments
All of the competitors in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's experimental regional funding contest were at least given a consolation prize, but only four took home the truly big bucks.
Natasha Glasgow and her son, Alfredo, in their foreclosed building in Far Rockaway, Queens. On Dec. 6, Occupy Our Homes illegally entered and cleaned a vacant foreclosure in East New York, where Natasha plans to move her family later this week. Photo courtesy of Sam Lewis.
John Farley  |  December 7, 2011 4:00 AM | Comments
The Occupy movement has brought its protest against income inequality and financial corruption full circle to where the financial crisis began -- the housing market.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not taken a position at the state version of the DREAM Act. He has said he supports the federal version. AP/Evan Agostini.
John Farley  |  December 6, 2011 4:00 AM | Updated: December 8, 2011 10:46 AM | 2 Comments
While Cuomo's expedient push to raise taxes on the wealthy pleased many people of disparate political beliefs, it has also raised concerns about the governors' disregard for transparency.VIDEO
Traditional canning jars hold varieties of marijuana in a cabinet at the La Brea Collective medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. Despite a federal crackdown on California's medical marijuana industry, the restrictive nature of New Jersey's pot program means its probably safe from federal threat. AP/Reed Saxon.
John Farley  |  December 5, 2011 4:00 AM | Updated: January 30, 2012 1:15 PM | 19 Comments
Since federal prosecutors went after medical marijuana dispensaries in California, what makes New Jersey think it will escape the same fate?
The M101 bus on East 42 Street, with questionable reliability. The M101 won this year's Straphangers Schleppie award for most unreliable bus line.
John Farley  |  December 1, 2011 11:22 AM | Comments
On Dec. 1, the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign released their annual "Pokey and Schleppie Awards" for the worst bus routes in town. The snail award went to the slowest bus, while the elephant award went to the most unreliable.
Anti-fracking protestors gathered outside of the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Nov. 28 before a public hearing on whether to allow drilling in New York. Members of the opposition group included politicians, lawyers, scientists and residents. MetroFocus/John Farley.
John Farley  |  November 30, 2011 6:03 PM | 6 Comments
A boisterous group of more than 1,000 people showed up at a public hearing in TriBeCa on Nov. 30 to voice their opinion on hydraulic fracking. Unlike in more fracking-friendly upstate New York, the crowd was -- by an extremely rough estimate -- about 99 percent against, and 1 percent (familiar numbers?) for fracking.
Four winning regions were announced Wednesday, in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new competition for capitol funding. Cuomo created 10 regional councils in New York State last summer. MetroFocus/Kevon Greene.
John Farley  |  November 29, 2011 4:00 AM | Updated: Nov. 30, 2011 | Comments
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's experimental model for allocating economic development funds resembles a combination of lottery and beauty pageant for New York's 10 regions.VIDEO
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