Gay Catholics throughout NYC were trying to divine the meaning behind the seemingly conciliatory comments of Pope Francis Monday, wondering if the pontiff’s words could someday lead to true equality.
In an 80-minute news conference Monday on a plane en route to Rome from Brazil, Pope Francis said in response to a question about gay priests, “If someone is gay and he searches for... » more
More than half of all New Yorkers were moderately or severely burdened by their rent payments in 2011, with nearly one-third of residents paying more than half of their income on rent, according to a new NYU report on real estate in the city.
The study looked at the impact of the Great Recession and its recovery on the city's real estate market, finding that New Yorkers' median rent burden... » more
The city's landfills won't get much bigger if Mayor Michael Bloom-berg gets his way.
Bloomberg announced Monday the expansion of the city's organic waste recycling pilot program to more neighborhoods in the outer boroughs. The initiative, which already reduced the weight of trash by 35% in Morningside Gardens, where it started, will do a lot more than clean up the streets, according to the... » more
Anthony Weiner vowed to stay in the New York City mayor's race on Monday, despite a poll that showed his support plummeting to fourth place among Democratic voters a week after new revelations surfaced about his sexually charged Internet activity.
A Quinnipiac University poll showed the former congressman, who once held first place in the race, with just 16 percent of likely Democratic primary... » more
More than a decade after Albany gave control of city schools to the mayor, nearly everyone has a strong bill of complaint against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Department of Education. Some of these broadsides make sense.
"Our system is being run by technocrats and business people, not educators, not parents," says West Side City Council candidate Noah Gotbaum.
It's time to create... » more
Hundreds of fast food workers walked off the job hit the streets a Monday demanding higher wages. .
About 500 workers from McDonald's, Burger King and other popular restaurants joined in at protests throughout the Big Apple as part of the national "Fast Food Forward" movement that included similar rallies in other cities.
The protesters said it is impossible to live in the... » more
The long-awaited first phase of the Second Avenue subway is on schedule to be completed by the MTA’s December 2016 target, according to a progress report released Monday by Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s office.
The report card gives the overall project a B+, an improvement from 2011’s B, which reflects the completion of the two-mile subway tunnel, the awarding of all the contracts for the first phase... » more
Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) second-quarter earnings report wasn’t a disaster. It may have seemed that way to investors, coming at the end of a three-month 25% rally, but what it revealed was a company doing some things right, and some things wrong.
For Microsoft, that’s business as usual.
The glaring problem was the Windows division.
Sales fell 6% year-over-year, reflecting... » more
A VCR tape of "The Pajama Game." Civil War weapons and hoop skirt scaffolding. Cut-rate cookies and Nicorette gum. Milk bottles and buttons. Farm machinery.
This is just a taste of what is to be had at the "World's Largest Garage Sale" (warrensburggarage sale.com), held in Warrensburg, N.Y., about a four-hour drive from NYC. Held every year since 1972 on the weekend before... » more
Portland, Ore. is more than just an indie music scene and the setting for the hilariously tougue-in-cheek TV show "Portlandia."
While Elliott Smith, The Shins and the Decemberists all hail from there, Portland is also a hearty Pacific Northwest outdoorsman's town; a bicyclist's town and a foodie's town. And it's more interesting and diverse than what you see on the show. (Though... » more