Today, Mayor Bloomberg joined the Museum of the Moving Image to announce that the Museum will be the permanent home for Jim Henson’s creations including 400 puppets, costumes and props- the Muppets, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock and more!
“It’s only fitting that this extraordinary collection of puppets, costumes, props, and more should find a home in New York, where imagination and free expression are part of the fabric of our city, and where anyone who’s watched an episode of ‘Sesame Street’ sees the inspiration provided by the vibrant neighborhoods and characters that make our city so extraordinary.” - Mayor Bloomberg
It’s official: the Muppets now live in Astoria.
4:22 pm • 21 May 2013 • 113 notes
IT’S HERE… Somersault’s spring music issue!
Check out our free, downloadable pdf magazine for essays by David Grossman, Qainat Khan, Alexia Chandon-Piazza, Corinne Grinapol and your two editors, Evan Fleischer and Torie Rose DeGhett, not to mention beautiful artwork by Gregory Muenzen. Check back here throughout the day as we post the essays to this Tumblr so you can reblog and otherwise share them individually.
10:25 am • 21 May 2013 • 63 notes
“…already Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., says he will insist that any federal disaster aid be paid for with cuts elsewhere.”
— Roll Call (via brooklynmutt)
10:26 pm • 20 May 2013 • 242 notes
NYPD messages to Muslim informant: 'Get pictures'
A New York Police Department detective told a federal judge that he’s seen no evidence that one of his informants brought up the subject of jihad as a way to bait Muslims into making incriminating remarks. But text messages obtained by The Associated Press show otherwise.
7:59 pm • 20 May 2013
“In the final analysis, the problem is not that the Knicks got so close to their goal and failed. It’s the illusion that they were ever close at all.”
— For Knicks, Already Out of Playoffs, Magic May Run Out - NYTimes.com
6:53 pm • 20 May 2013 • 3 notes
Trace: More Countries Acting on Domestic Bribery - Risk & Compliance - WSJ
Fifteen counties in 2012 initiated their first-ever enforcement actions for domestic or inbound bribery, according to a report issued Monday by Trace International.
Annapolis, Md.-based Trace’s 2012 Global Enforcement Report, its third edition summarizing global anti-bribery enforcement since 1977, found countries such as Guinea, Kenya, Iraq, the Philippines and Tunisia joining the anti-bribery enforcement brigade by, for the first time, going after bribes paid in the country.
“The addition of over a dozen new countries to worldwide bribery enforcement is a very positive trend and one that the global compliance community can celebrate,” said Alexandra Wrage, founder and president of Trace, in a statement.
5:35 pm • 20 May 2013
BSGR Asks Tony Blair to Help Free Detained Employees - Risk & Compliance - WSJ
BSG Resources Ltd., the Guernsey-based mining company, has asked for former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair’s help to free two of its employees held by Guinea.
An emailed statement from BSG said Ibrahima Sory Toure and Issaga Bangoura, respectively a vice president and director of public relations and a security official who is a member of Guinea’s military, have been held “in appalling conditions for 28 days with no evidence of wrongdoing.”
The Guinean government announced their arrests on April 22, saying at the time the arrests “followed suspicious activities” to evade a multi-jurisdictional criminal investigation into how the company won the rights to a massive iron-ore deposit in the country.
BSG said in the statement that they’re being held on “baseless allegations of so-called ‘passive corruption.’”
5:35 pm • 20 May 2013
“David Schulz, the chief lawyer for the AP, said the subpoenas also covered the records for 21 phone lines in five AP office lines — including one for a dead phone line at office in Washington that had been shut down six years ago. The phone lines at four other offices – where 100 reporters worked — were also covered by the subpoenas, Schulz said.”
— DOJ’s secret subpoena of AP phone records broader than initially revealed - Open Channel
1:52 pm • 20 May 2013 • 3 notes
“Rosen was not charged with any crime, but it is unprecedented for the government, in an official court document, to accuse a reporter of breaking the law for conducting the routine business of reporting on government secrets.”
— The Department of Justice’s Search Warrant for James Rosen’s Gmail : The New Yorker
1:50 pm • 20 May 2013 • 1 note
“In falling to the younger, bigger and more athletic Pacers, 106-99, Saturday night to lose in six games, the Knicks were haunted by a Georgetown center (Roy Hibbert), an explosive 25-point, 10-rebound performance by a product of Stephon Marbury’s Brooklyn high school (Lincoln’s Lance Stephenson) and an alumnus of Dolan’s school of hard-to-fathom Knicks (Donnie Walsh).”
— Another Failed Year, and Knicks Fans Are Still Stuck With James Dolan - NYTimes.com
12:14 am • 20 May 2013 • 2 notes