Thursday, November 29, 2012
OFFICIALS DEBATE EDUCATION POLICY POST-BLOOMBERG: The next mayor will have to wrestle with mayoral control of schools, which is up for renewal in 2015 and opposed by many New Yorkers, and standardized testing, which is expected to become more difficult in the coming years: http://bit.ly/QNuQe2
Homeowners in storm-damaged coastal areas who had flood insurance will now face premium increases of as much as 25 percent per year beginning in January, thanks to legislation to shore up the National Flood Insurance Program, the Times writes: http://nyti.ms/UdvkXG
A Manhattan City Council candidate, Thomas Lopez-Pierre, sent an incendiary and racially charged email to opponent Mark Levine, alleging that Levine is running to serve the "White power elite" at the expense of blacks and Hispanics, the Daily News reports: http://nydn.us/TuYGST
Monday, November 26, 2012
We hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday with family and friends, Check out what we have going on to end the year!!!!!
Dec 1st - Celay & Wright
Dec 7th - Kate Chaston
Dec 8th - Tori Gee
Dec 15th - Geneva Renee ft/ Kim Maiden
Still to come:
ButtaFlySoul Christmas Show - Dec 13th
Damien Richards - Dec 14th
Don't forget we have the following specials during the week and on weekends!!
Happy Hour everyday from 4 - 7pm. Beer (draft & bottle) -$5. Mojitos- lime; mango; pineapple - $5.
Margaritas - lime; peach; watermelon; mango; apple - $5. Wines - guess how much!! Your got it- $5!!!! Come on through to relax, relate, release and REPEAT!!!!
Late Night- Friday & Saturday
Last Call late night happy hour! $2 shots between 11pm to midnight. AND a special bartender's choice shot of premium liquor - $5!!!!
Saturday - Sangria Brunch - between noon -4pm!! White or red, your choice.
Sunday - Champagne Brunch - between noon - 4pm!! Unlimited mimosas!! (Ask your server for details).
Make your reservations at 212-280-2248, See you soon!!
Billie's Black Restaurant, Bar, Lounge NYC
271 West 119th Street
A,B,D trains to 125th street
B,C trains to 116th street
NEW THIS MORNING
NEW YORK CITY'S POST-SANDY FUTURE: Sandy was the second major storm system to batter New York City in the last two years, and it likely won't be the last. The mayoral candidates take up the question of what the city needs to do to be ready: http://bit.ly/Qb23i0
Cuomo will not raise taxes or fees in the next state budget to make up for losses incurred by Hurricane Sandy, as state legislators await a midyear report on state finances that will include Sandy's impact on the current budget, the New York Post's Fred Dicker writes: http://bit.ly/YhOyR5
With Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer now out of the running, the New York City mayoral race will have no major Jewish challenger in the Democratic field for the first time in more than half a century, The New York Times writes: http://nyti.ms/Tax1nh
Because of a $27 million grant from the federal Labor Department, more than 5,000 New Yorkers will be hired for temporary government jobs to help in the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, with jobs lasting for up to six months the Post reports: http://bit.ly/V1hFlo
The News calls the legislative push for medical marijuana a cover for full-on legalization, citing other states that have passed medical marijuana laws and have found that most patients use the drug for recreational use rather than pain: http://nydn.us/XUHQl3
The News criticizes the Education Department for its "absurd" policy of testing four-year olds for gifted and talented programs in New York City public schools, and calls for a lottery system instead: http://nydn.us/tj0HSO
Friday, November 23, 2012
NEW THIS MORNING
Some homeowners whose houses were damaged during Hurricane Sandy will not be covered by storm insurance because much of the damage was caused by flooding, which requires flood insurance that many people don't have, the News writes: http://nydn.us/Y8SmEe
U.S. Attorneys are concerned that the flooding that contaminated thousands of pieces of NYPD evidence will affect numerous federal gun and drug cases, with no timetable in sight for assessing the damage, the Post writes: http://bit.ly/TSyGwO
The Times ponders why the NYPD is still arresting thousands of people for small amounts of marijuana despite Commissioner Ray Kelly's memorandum last year that bars police from doing so: http://nyti.ms/TiPO3y
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
HEARD AROUND TOWN:
* The New York City Council Districting Commission voted on the final map of the new City Council district lines on Thursday, but for Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, the final product was far from satisfactory. Mark-Viverito opposed the proposed district maps released in October that fragmented the East Harlem section of her district and excluded the iconic landmark marketplace La Marqueta. The final map now includes La Marqueta in the district, but cuts out up to 35 blocks of East Harlema community with a large Hispanic populationand places roughly half of her district in the Bronx. "[The Commission] didn't maintain the integrity of the district, and that's what people were asking for at the hearing," Mark-Viverito said. "The argument I keep hearing [for changing her district] is borough equity. The Bronx, because of population growth, deserves better representation. But the [city] charter does not speak anything about borough equity, it's supposed to cause the least destruction possible and still maintain the communities of interest." Mark-Viverito added that she was unsure if there was enough of a movement within the City Council for a majority vote against the new maps, but said she would appeal personally to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Carrot Top Pastries is tops for carrot cake
New York is full of characters, but none quite like Renee Mancino. The fast-talking matriarch of Carrot Top Pastries since 1979, Mancino is to carrot cake what DJ Kool Herc is to hip hop.
Carrot Top Pastries is tops for carrot cake
JACOB E. OSTERHOUT
Sun, 18 Nov 2012 11:00:30 GMT
Wednesday, November 14, 2012