Category Archives: New York City

Can The Government Force Companies To Rehire Employees After Minimum Wage Hike Layoffs?

This is a topic we’ve covered at length here previously, but in New York State the story is taking an odd twist. The subject is the Fight for 15 and the successful efforts of Democrats to jack up the minimum wage faster than market forces would normally have allowed. It seems to have come as a great shock to almost nobody that this resulted in layoffs, particularly among lower-skill, entry-level workers in the fast food industry.


How New York lost its population to increasing taxes and mounting debt

Last week, there was the pitiful scene of Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York begging President Trump to restore a tax provision which unfairly benefitted New Yorkers. It seems that many high-income New Yorkers have been moving their tax homes to Florida, undermining the New York tax base.

Those who live in New York City may be paying state and local income tax rates, in addition to the federal tax, of over 12 percent, giving some an overall tax burden of approximately 50 percent. Florida imposes no state and local income taxes in addition to the federal income tax — yet Florida is booming, with a budget surplus, while New York is mired in debt. Only 50 years ago, New York had four times the population of Florida, and now Florida is larger than New York.

New York was the great “Empire State” for well over a century. It was the richest state by far with the largest population. It had arguably the best natural seaport in the world. The Hudson River and Erie Canal system enabled New Yorkers to both access raw materials and export manufactured goods all the way to Minnesota inexpensively by water — and then to and from Europe and the rest of the world.


Katie Hopkins On Muslim Community Patrols


Front Row at the Madhouse – Scenes from Bill de Blasio’s New York

Ray Domanico: My morning’s brief commute on the Lexington Avenue subway to Grand Central was punctuated by the sudden appearance of a madman thrashing about, speaking in tongues, and spewing bodily fluids in his path. The riders between me and him rushed past me, or tried to, to get to the far end of the car. He tackled one young man and threw him to the bench. Others were caught up in his fury as well. I took a few of his hits to my chest, though the blessing of a winter coat dulled the blows. Finally, his end of the car emptied, and all passengers were packed tightly in the other end, some standing on benches to keep an eye on what was going on.


A Sculpture Celebrating Saudi Arabia Erected on Ground Zero

Shaped to resemble a piece of candy, the nine-foot-tall statue bears the Kingdom’s emerald flag emblazoned with the Arabic inscription, “There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is the prophet.” It was created by French sculptor Laurence Jenkell in 2011 as part of the larger installation “Candy Nation” which depicts G20 countries as sugary delights, and has since been featured in over 25 countries. All 20 sculptures are currently on display outside the Oculus shopping center.


Islamic call to prayer in Brooklyn is among things New Yorker’s hate most about the city

Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, should pray for peace and quiet. The 11208 ZIP code had the most complaints about noise from a house of worship, with 403. More than half of the complaints list the address of a mosque, Masjid-Al-Aman, where an imam issues a lyrical call to prayer five times a day via a loudspeaker that reaches a 20-block radius, according to Gothamist.