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After Murder of NYPD Officers, de Blasio and Bratton Attend Mass

observer.com — For a mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral just days before Christmas, it was a solemn one. The morning after two police officers were gunned down execution-style in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Cardinal Timothy Dolan delivered a moving sermon as Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton sat in the front pew.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @NewYorkObserver: After Murder of NYPD Officers, de Blasio and Bratton Attend Mass With Cardinal Dolan bit.ly/1sNpCMH

Comedian Judy Gold Talks Judaism, East Coast V West, and That One Time on ‘Wife Swap’

observer.com — Comedian, playwright and producer Judy Gold is the sequential UWS schmoozer; something that transmits in the moment we sit down to order at Observer: So...How are tricks? Edgars Cafe on 92nd and Amsterdam. The I know you don't want another broad question about women in comedy, so let me ask: how has the New York stand-up scene changed since you started?

Pols Rage at Mayor for Comparing Teachers Union to N.R.A.

observer.com — Last Friday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, frustrated with the current state of contract negotiations with the city's teachers union, caused a political dust-up when he compared the leadership of the influential United Federation of Teachers to the National Rifle Association. Now, other New York City politicians are demanding an apology.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @joshgreenman: If a maniac had killed two teachers under Mayor Bloomberg, would Mayor Bloomberg have had blood on his hands? observer.com/2013/01/pols-r…

Dec 20, 2014

If a maniac had killed two teachers under Mayor Bloomberg, would Mayor Bloomberg have had blood on his hands? observer.com/2013/01/pols-r…

De Blasio: Cop Assassination an ‘Attack on Everything We Hold Dear’

observer.com — Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed this evening that two police officers were gunned down in an ambush in Brooklyn today-calling the shocking crime a "particularly despicable act which goes at the very heart of our society and our democracy." "It is an attack on all of us.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @NewYorkObserver: De Blasio Calls Assassination of Police an ‘Attack on Everything We Hold Dear’ bit.ly/1sL2qib

Dec 20, 2014

RT @Jill_Jorgensen: De Blasio Calls Assassination of Police Officers an 'Attack on Everything We Hold Dear' bit.ly/1r9SDqu with @RossBarkan

Bill de Blasio Says Fire Cop-Bashing CUNY Professor

observer.com — Mayor Bill de Blasio said today a Baruch College professor who was charged in connection with the assault of two cops should be fired-if he is found guilty. The English professor, 29-year-old Eric Linsker, joined a large anti-police brutality protest Saturday night on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Dec 20, 2014

@unitedNYblogs de Blasio: "What happened Saturday night on the Brooklyn Bridge was fundamentally unacceptable." observer.com/2014/12/bill-d…

Pro-Cop Demonstrators Stormed Broadway By City Hall

observer.com — Dozens of pro-police protesters met a wave of counter-demonstrators outside City Hall tonight, singing songs and hurling insults at one another. Though Police Commissioner Bill Bratton predicted that almost no one would come out to the planned rally, several dozen NYPD-backers poured onto a Broadway sidewalk to decry the mass of anti-police brutality marches that overtook the city in recent weeks.
Dec 19, 2014

“As one side yelled ‘Eric Garner,’ the other shouted ‘criminal.’ At least 2x, pro-cop rally sang God Bless America” observer.com/2014/12/collis…

Dec 19, 2014

“Several men wore “I Can Breathe” black t-shirts and chanted ‘NYPD, thank-you for protecting me.’” observer.com/2014/12/collis…

The Year’s Scariest Show Aired on the Cartoon Network

observer.com — The most terrifying television show of 2014 debuted without fanfare at four in the morning the other day, and like the dead lady in The Shining 's Room 237, you had to pass through layers of comforting illusion to uncover the horror within.
Dec 20, 2014

fuck it; this is my nomination for best critical essay on TV in 2014, period. observer.com/2014/12/this-y… good work, @theseantcollins

Dec 19, 2014

RT @theseantcollins: I wrote abt Unedited Footage of a Bear/Too Many Cooks/Tim&Eric/the new wave of Adult Swim horror for @newyorkobserver …

Dec 19, 2014

The year's scariest show just aired on @AdultSwim and it wasn't #TooManyCooks. You MUST READ @theseantcollins report! observer.com/2014/12/this-y…

Weekend Read: Rage Against the Outrage Machine

observer.com — This week is finally coming to a close, which means it's time for another installment of "Weekend Read." Don't know what to read once you close your tabs and leave the office? The Observer is here to help. The end of the 2014 is rapidly approaching, which means its time to look back at the year that was.

The Times Struggles to Describe an Endless Steam of One57 Sales

observer.com — We sympathize with Robin Finn, we really do. By our count, The New York Times' "Big Ticket" columnist has had to write nine columns on closings at One57 in the last calendar-year, many of them in the last few months, as a flurry of contracts inked long ago finally closed.
Dec 19, 2014

Just finished "The Kingdom of New York" about the glory days of the Observer. This @kvelsey piece evokes those days observer.com/2014/12/the-ti…

The Empathetic Insanity of Craig Ferguson’s ‘Late Late Show’

observer.com — When Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited The Late Late Show in 2009, there was no musical guest or second guest, no monologue of punchlines on cue cards and no witty banter with a sidekick or band leader. As it was for 10 years, it was just Craig Ferguson, his audience and the direct, passionate style he perfected.

Ryan Holiday Picks the Best Books of 2014

observer.com — There are something like 300,000 books published every year. It goes without saying that even if one could have read all of them, one shouldn't try. Because most books are bad. In fact, it's generally a good idea to wait as long as possible to read a book for a little reason that the philosopher Nassim Taleb calls the "Lindy Effect."
Dec 19, 2014

This made my week -- "@MichaelJackson, Inc" named one of year's top 10 books by New York Observer -- observer.com/2014/12/ryan-h…

Revisiting ‘Twin Peaks’ Season One Finale: Bite the Bullet, Baby

observer.com — If you feel left out of the whole Twin Peaks phenomenon, we're here to help! Every week, associate tvDownload editor Vinnie Mancuso attempts to figure out what the hell is going on in this town, while senior editor/Twin Peaks expert Drew Grant answers his questions. This week: 'The Last Evening.'
Dec 19, 2014

Classic situations where the new prostitute at the brothel you own is actually your daughter doing undercover work. observer.com/2014/12/revisi…

‘The Colbert Show Over?!?’ An Email From Your Dad

observer.com — Did you catch Stephen Colbert's "The Colbert Show" last night? I was just flipping through channels while your mom was downstairs rolling latkes for Chanukah tomorrow night. She is asking if you got our gift from PayPal.com like you asked for, because she never got a thank you over email or snail mail and she's very worried about sending cash over the Internet.

Craig Ferguson Reflects On His Tenure on ‘The Late Late Show’

observer.com — This Friday night, Craig Ferguson will end his nearly decade long run as host of The Late Late Show on CBS. Earlier this week, he took some time out to reflect on his late night tenure, his approach to comedy in a sometimes tragic world and the guest he regrets not getting.
Dec 19, 2014

Also this @anne_k_easton piece on @CraigyFerg final reflections before his last show kind of made me nostalgic, too. observer.com/2014/12/closin…

Serial Fans Wake Up Early For Finale Listening Party

observer.com — Serial, the insanely popular, record-topping podcast, released its final episode of the season this morning. In weekly installments, host Sarah Koenig went into exhaustive detail, re-examining the case of Adnan Syed, who is currently serving a life sentence for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee when they were both Baltimore high school students.

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‘Bachelor in Paradise”s Michelle Money and Cody Sattler Break Up

observer.com — It is with great sadness that I relay the following devastating piece of information: Bachelor in Paradise's Michelle Money and Cody "Code Code" Sattler-whose unlikely yet strangely perfect love blossomed on the beaches of Tulum this year -have broken up. The pair, who perhaps bonded over their mutual romantic desperation, announced their break-up over apparently coordinated Instagram posts yesterday.