In the News: Sheldon Silver’s Ties to Courts Reportedly Under Investigation

••• In a column about the Hunts Point neighborhood in the Bronx, New York Times class warfare columnist Ginia Bellafante writes, “Among 16- to 19-year olds, 21.5% are neither in school nor working. This figure, known as  the ‘teen idleness’ rate, compared with 3 percent in Tribeca (where presumably some number of those teenagers officially doing nothing are spending a gap year between Dalton and Stanford, writing memoirs and screenplays.” Obviously, one feels for the people—and especially the children—of Hunts Point. But let’s talk about that snide aside: As with any name-drop, its purpose isn’t just to provide humor; it’s to let everyone know that even though Bellafante can write about poor people, she’s entirely familiar with the world of the rich. (The part about writing is just weird coming from a writer.)

••• “The country’s most important civil court is under federal investigation, an insider says. The probe is focusing on the state Supreme Court’s civil division at 60 Centre St. in lower Manhattan, where many tentacles reach to disgraced Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, the court source said.” —New York Post

••• The New York Times hangs out with artist Larry Clark, who lives in Tribeca and who uses the Tribeca Grand lobby “as a home away from home.”

••• “A First Look at Residence Inn at the World Trade Center.” That clock had better dim. —HotelChatter




  1. People that write for the New York Times – to a (wo)man – are jerks.

  2. Huh? What’s up Sigh? ALL the people that work for the NYT’s are jerks?
    Nothing like a weird uninformed statement to wake up to…