Tag Archives: New York

New York Police Say They Will Deploy 14 Drones [The New York Times]

“The New York Police Department on Tuesday unveiled plans to deploy 14 [drones] and to train 29 officers to operate them, opening an intense debate about whether an agency previously criticized for illegally surveilling citizens should possess such powerful technology.”

Cops say the drones would be used for monitoring big crowds, investigating hazardous waste spills, handling hostage situations and reaching remote crime scenes, among other jobs. “They will not be used for routine police patrols, unlawful surveillance or to enforce traffic laws, the officials said. Nor will they be equipped with weapons…. ”

But civil rights activists are concerned about “mission creep” — spying on black and Hispanic neighborhoods, and exploitation by the Trump administration to target illegal immigrants.

The Rossleigh Court. Northwest Corner of 85th Street and Central Park West. New York 1908. Suites of four, five, six and eight rooms with one or two baths, and are equipped with every modern convience. The trim is of quartered oak and mahogany. Kitchens are wainscoted with marble five feet high; porcelain tubs and sinks, nickel plated plumbing, and garbage closet. Special service elevators connect with each apartment. Rents from $1,700 to $3,100. Arch. Mulliken & Moeller

Cory Doctorow

This American Life: Becoming a Badger

“This week, stories about people trying their best to turn themselves into something else—like a badger. Or a professional comedian, in a language they didn’t grow up speaking,” on the This American Life podcast.

Scientist Charles Foster wanted to get into the heads of animals, so he did it by spending weeks trying to live life as a badger, sleeping in a burrow and crawling around on the forest floor with his eyes blindfolded, getting by on just his sense of smell. And he ate what badgers eat — worms.

Also: “French comedian Gad Elmaleh is known as the Jerry Seinfeld of France. He sells out arenas. Gets recognized on the street. But he’s deciding to give all of that up to try to make it big in America. In English, which he hasn’t totally mastered. And what’s funny in French, to French people, is not the same as what’s funny in English, to Americans.”

And a New York terrier tries to rediscover his roots as a rat-hunter.

Becoming a Badger – This American Life podcast

Trump won tax breaks while donating tens of thousands to corrupt official

Trump gave at least $45,000 to the campaign of Alan Hevisi, a New York state comptroller who later went to prison for bribery. The donations coincided with a $500 million lawsuit Trump filed against the City of New York to reduce property taxes. Soon afterward, the city settled, saving Trump $97 million. (Christina Wilkie, The Huffington Post)

As senator, Clinton promised 200,000 jobs in Upstate New York. Her efforts fell flat.

Jerry Markon, The Washington Post:

In her presidential bid, Hillary Clinton has made job creation a centerpiece of her platform, casting herself as a pragmatist who would inspire “the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II.’’

Her argument that she would put more Americans to work has focused on her time in the Senate, when she took on the mission of creating jobs in chronically depressed Upstate New York. As her husband, former president Bill Clinton, put it recently, she became the region’s “de facto economic development officer.”

But nearly eight years after Clinton’s Senate exit, there is little evidence that her economic development programs had a substantial impact on upstate employment. Despite Clinton’s efforts, upstate job growth stagnated overall during her tenure, with manufacturing jobs plunging nearly 25 percent, according to jobs data.

The former first lady was unable to pass the big-ticket legislation she introduced to benefit the upstate economy. She turned to smaller-scale projects, but some of those fell flat after initial glowing headlines, a Washington Post review shows. Many promised jobs never materialized and others migrated to other states as she turned to her first presidential run, said former officials who worked with her in New York.

Clinton’s self-styled role as economic promoter also showcases an operating style that has come to define the political and money-making machine known to some critics of the former first couple as Clinton Inc. Some of her pet economic projects involved loyal campaign contributors, who also supported the Clinton Foundation, The Post review shows.

As New York Senator, Clinton sent lucrative business to private companies to deliver jobs to upstate New York. The jobs didn’t materialize, and the companies contributed financially to the Clinton campaign and foundation.

Unlike the mailgate and Benghazi nonsense, this matters. It might make me support the Republicans — but sadly the Republican candidate is a crazy shouty homeless guy.

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Filmmaker Casimir Nozkowski remembers the building where he grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a former synagogue, whiskey distillery, and shower curtain and raincoat factory that his parents rented as a loft for 45 years.

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I watched about a minute of this and got bored. Then I found myself thinking at odd moments of the day about these people’s body language, facial expressions, and hand gestures. So I came back and watched the whole thing.

As The Gothamist says: “This isn’t about mockery—it’s about empathizing with straphangers in our collective daily struggle to get where we’re going.”

Thanks again, Cory!

Clean money

Because of loopholes in disclosure laws for large cash transactions, real estate is a great way to launder money. So if you’ve got a million dollars in illegally obtained cash lying around, a luxury Manhattan apartment is a good place for it.

How To Hide A Million Dollars In Plain Sight – Planet Money

There are apartments in cities around the world where the lights do not go on at night. The apartment is empty. And it’s hard to tell who owns it or where the money to buy the apartment came from.

And that’s because some of that money is from questionable origins. If you have a lot of money to hide, you can park that cash in real estate. You hide the money in plain sight. You turn a fancy apartment into a giant piggy bank or secret vault.

On today’s show, the international quest to try answer a simple question: Who owns Apartment 5B?