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The Founder Directed by John Lee Hancock Opens January 20 Morally bankrupt biopic The Founder tells the story of Ray Kroc, who stole someone else’s hamburger stand and turned it into a poisonous megacorporation that embodies the worst of America—except, in the film’s estimation, that somehow makes him a national hero. Because… business? Kroc makes savvy, self-serving deals, leeches off others and rises to the top of his profession despite (or, because of!) his being terrible, horrible,...
Before he was convicted of murder in 1997, Michael Alig was a New York City party boy, one of the original Club Kids. The movie Party Monster later recreated his "outlaw parties," described in the Village Voice as "bashes illegally held at some public space or other, where everyone showed up on time for a change, knowing the cops would come and bust it up the second they got wind of it." In 1989, Alig hosted one such party...
A prospective raise in New York City’s minimum wage from $8.75 to $15 an hour would increase the annual earnings of food service workers by $1.3 billion, while generating a total $10.2 billion economic impact affecting minimum wage workers citywide, according to a new report authored by the office of the City Comptroller.   The report contends, among other things, that wage hikes similar to those passed in cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, and San...
As much crime as may happen in public in New York City—muggings, store robberies, cases of mistaken Über driver—it's important to remember that crime can happen anywhere, even in your own home, even and especially when you bring three strangers back from a bar in a drunken stupor and break down your own door before falling asleep. This is what happened to one Williamsburg man this weekend, DNA Info reports, who made three friends, two men...

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