Dan Rosenblum

Director Andrew Bujalski celebrates 10 years of 'Funny Ha Ha' with a big fan, Lena Dunham:

Andrew Bujalski's film Funny Ha Ha celebrated its 10th anniversary last night at Anthology Film Archives, with the director and one of his biggest fans, Lena Dunham, in attendance.

Bio: Dan Rosenblum is a regular contributor to Capital. He has written for The Jersey Journal, The Mott Haven Herald and the Hunts Point Express. Read more at DanRosenblum.com.

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Rachel Maddow likes her job for now, wishes more people who want her to run for Congress would do it themselves

“I would not … uh,” Maddow said, when an audience member at the Union Square Barnes & Noble ask when she would run for Congress. She stopped to shake her head. “I have a really good job and I don’t want to run for office. Listen, I have a lot of respect for a lot of people who run for office, but I have not met the jurisdiction that would elect me. I don’t want to serve in elected office, but I wish that more people who wanted me to, would, frankly.”

Mar. 30, 2012

 
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Chelsea Clinton, Christine Quinn and Sandra Fluke look forward, in different ways

It's been more than 30 years since women began to vote in greater numbers than men in presidential elections, and four since Hillary Clinton almost became the Democratic nominee for president.

Mar. 29, 2012

 
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De Blasio praises a Quinn-brokered agreement on police oversight, but says it needs to go farther

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said he was “heartened” by yesterday’s agreement between the Bloomberg administration and Council Speaker Christine Quinn to give the agency charged with reviewing police complaints more teeth, but said more needed to done to ensure its financial independence.

Mar. 28, 2012

 
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Bloomberg still wants a New York ‘Dream Act,’ and more immigration reform than Washington is up for

“Personally I would go further than that on both sides, but I think that’s probably more politically doable today,” he said. 

Mar. 27, 2012

 
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Nadler defends health care against a ‘radical’ Supreme Court and a street-level prophet

As the Supreme Court hears arguments on Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, Representative Jerry Nadler said he feared what would become of the health care bill in the hands of a “radical and unpredictable” group of justices.

Mar. 26, 2012

 
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Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander sell an audience on their ‘New American Haggadah’

Foer has just edited The New American Haggadah, translated from the Hebrew by fellow author Nathan Englander, and the two shared the stage, though their personalities were hardly a match. Foer was there to slowly and clearly tell the story of how their joint project evolved; Englander to frenetically dive into the ideas inside and engage their abstruse mysticism.

It was perhaps unsurprisingly an older crowd, with a smattering of hip and literate looking people in their 20s with possible inclinations toward Gershom Sholem or Walter Benjamin or others in the old Schocken Books canon.

Mar. 23, 2012

 
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As city schools prepare to stop serving hamburgers with ‘pink slime’ in them, Stringer urges them to hurry up

"I recognize that it’s tough to simply get rid of this meat byproduct overnight, but the Department of Education has to tell us what the plan is to get rid of pink slime."

Mar. 21, 2012

 
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Asian, Hispanic and African-American groups count on a Council redistricting that bears no resemblance to Albany’s

Last week, Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature reached a hard-fought agreement on redistricting state and federal lines in New York State. Now the politics start all over again, this time with the once-a-decade redrawing of the City Council lines.

Mar. 20, 2012

 
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As Gladwell and Gopnik contemplate a link between food and politics, a food scientist suggests we embrace bitterness

When Gopnik wondered aloud whether the sugar-salt food culture of the U.S. could be redirected, Stuckey went on a riff about how Starbucks had, arguably, done just that.

“So that’s where you have companies that come in building businesses using bitter coffee and dark chocolates, and so that starts at the entrepreneurial level, and moves kind of to the center; and we start seeing the preferences for chocolate and for coffee moving ever so slightly to the more bitter, arguably more complex range,” Stuckey said.

But they haven't gone all the way: Starbucks customers load their coffee with whipped cream, sugar and caramel on top.

Mar. 19, 2012

 
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Bloomberg defends police reaction to O.W.S., links surveillance to Jewish-school shooting in France

“You want to get arrested, we’ll accommodate you, you know, but if you want to express yourself, that’s not the best way to express yourself," the mayor said.

Mar. 19, 2012