Posts from FAQ NYC
A few thoughts on Eric Adams’ relationship with the press, and then a bunch more on New York City’s budget and political picture.
When the New Yorker just isn’t New York enough, you’ve come to the right pod…
Bradley Tusk looks at the Democrats playing musical chairs for their political lives as the music keeps speeding up, explains the cases for Andrew Yang and cryptocurrency, and shares the backstory behind P&T Knitware, his brand new bookstore, podcast studio, event space, and cafe on the Lower East Side.
A jam-packed episode for another jam-packed week of New York news, with Yoav Gonen of The City and Chris Sommerfeldt of the Daily News talking about all the candidates in Brooklyn who didn’t even know they were on the ballot (including one candidate who isn’t even alive), a dispatch from Alex Brook Lynn in Paris about sending formula across the Atlantic to frantic N.Y. moms, and Caroline Lewis of WNYC and Gothamist explaining what’s happening with the state’s rollout of legal weed and with the people who did (and still are) illegally selling it here.
Map master Steven Romalewski and penetrating politics reporter Brigid Bergin do their best to explain what the hell is happening with our upcoming election, where the maps are still being drawn and even the dates, plural, for various contests aren’t entirely certain. Plus, Nick Pinto of the brand-new NYC journalism venture Hell Gate breaks down his story there about the NYPD’s Stonewalling Attorney Called Out for Lying and Forging Emails.
An awful lot of New York politicians end up going to prison but Assemblyman Eddie Gibbs, who spent 17 months in Rikers as a teen followed by four and a half years in state prisons, is the first to do it the other way around. He joins the pod for a conversation about that, “the bad old days” and the state of the city now, and rapping and performing comedy with legends including the late, great Big L and Biggie Smalls.
A conversation from early Wednesday afternoon, before Frank James’ arrest, about the train shooting and also Brian Benjamin’ resignation.
Josefa Velasquez joins from Albany to break down the stop-and-start, hurry-up-and-wait path toward New York’s forthcoming and already late $216 billion or so budget (and everything else) deal.
Prof. Christina Greer explains what makes Eric Adams like “a really good point guard” — and the Nets could use one for home games, by the way — and Amir Khafagy breaks down his reporting for Documented on how the city has let down the Twin Parks fire survivors now that they’re no longer front-page news.
Super-reporter Greg B. Smith breaks down why Eric Adams’ promise to remove the homeless from the trains “right away” has been going nowhere fast.
The great Ben Max rejoins Chrissy, Katie and Harry to talk about Eric A’s first trip to Albany, “fish-gate,” and much more.
Graham Rayman of the Daily News runs down the slow-motion disaster at the city’s jails, and map maestro Steve Romalewski breaks down the new maps Albany’s Democratic majority just drew up.