1. Trump: Trump Casinos Tarnish Trump Name →

    He wants a court order demanding the company either fixes the hotels or takes off his name, which, according to the lawsuit, “has become synonymous with the highest levels of quality, luxury, prestige and success.”

    He has a point there, somewhat. They have an agreement to keep the hotels looking the way Trump considers classy and by letting them look shabby, it makes his name look shabby.

  2. SantaCon Founder To Santas: Go Do Something Else →

    Could you please do something wrong so we can arrest you and go home?

    That seems to be a perfect description of what it has turned into. 

  3. How Guilty Should I Feel About Being A Horrible Gentrifier? →

    All New Yorkers are gentrifiers…No New Yorker, no matter how long their tenure, has the right to point fingers and say to anyone else “the problem started when you arrived here.”

  4. Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin’s Post-Scandal Playbook →

    At breakfast, Weiner quickly put all the speculation to rest: he is eyeing the mayor’s race. He told me that his political committee spent more than $100,000 on polling and research by Obama’s longtime pollster, David Binder …. The focus of the poll, Binder says, was the question “Are voters willing to give him a second chance or not, regardless of what race or what contest?”

    I say give him a second chance. What he did was an awful lapse in judgment but not something that should end his life.

  5. Google Fiber in NYC →

  6. (via I’m Still Calling it Atlantic Av – Pacific St)

    (via I’m Still Calling it Atlantic Av – Pacific St)

  7. Crazy Anti-Semitic Elmo Captured In Central Park: Gothamist →

    What could I possibly add to this story? Not from the onion.

  8. (via Large Snakes Found In New York City’s Columbus Circle Fountain (PHOTO))

    (via Large Snakes Found In New York City’s Columbus Circle Fountain (PHOTO))

  9. In New York, Neglected Trees Prove Deadly →

    There are roughly 2.5 million trees in the city’s parks and on its streets. Adrian Benepe, the parks commissioner, noted that his department administered care to more than 70,000 of those trees a year with procedures that he said “prioritize public safety” while preserving and expanding the urban forest. “Unfortunately,” he said, “nature is unpredictable and limbs can fall even from healthy and well-pruned trees.

    The number of trees that look ready to collapse in prospect park is pretty high. For the most part, they are off trail and deeper into the park, but there is on on a hill off Prospect Park Southwest that I know is going to fall outside the park and onto the sidewalk at some point.

  10. Federal transportation and infrastructure policy has traditionally been an area of strong bipartisan agreement,” says Aaron Naparstek, a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and founder of Streetsblog.org. “Now, it seems, Republicans want to turn cities into a part of the culture wars. Now it’s abortion, gay marriage and subways.

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    The Tea Party’s war on mass transit - Salon.com

    Gingrich was the first to suggest that subways were elitist. I expect this to become a growing non-issue in the next few years with more and more time spent on suggesting that subways hurt the poor, cause urban decay, are wasteful, etc.