You think New York isn’t the most-est place on the planet?

Oh yeah?

We are the elite, the best, the most original. Unique. Nobody has ever seen anything like us! We are superlative in every category. Not only bigger and better than you but nyah nyah nyah and several million Bronx cheers and…[My bolding, of course.]

Mice that live in the basements of New York City apartment buildings — even at the most exclusive addresses — carry disease-causing bacteria, antibiotic-resistant bugs and viruses that have never been seen before, a new study from Columbia University finds.


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Public Service Announcement: Dish Network’s irritating calls

From 538 Significant Digits, an advisory to everyone irritated by unsolicited sales calls from Dish Network:

$61 million

That is the eye-popping amount of money Dish Network has to pay as part of a class action lawsuit related to unwanted telemarketing calls. But some of the people who won the money don’t know it yet. The 18,000 people who are eligible to receive somewhere between $2,400 and $30,000 as part of the verdict are hanging up the phone when informed that they can get free money because of a couple of unwanted telephone calls they barely remember. [ABA Journal]

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Paths Crossed: Southern District Courthouse II

CORRECTION at the bottom where it belongs…

As I listen to the news about the Michael Cohen case, I see Cohen walking into the federal courthouse where his case is being heard.

There are two Southern District courthouses in Lower Manhattan. The first, the old one, a landmark building at Foley Square — formally called Thurgood Marshall Courthouse — is on Centre Street, and looks like this:

(I like that sunlit upper story, don’t you? Looks like a halo. A rectangular halo.)

That’s my favorite federal courthouse downtown. Spent a bit of time there as a paralegal. The ceilings are Italian Renaissance; the full court bench chamber is awesome.

But that’s not the courthouse where Michael Cohen’s case is being heard. That one, formally known as The Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse, is just behind and to the side of the Marshall Courthouse, at 500 Pearl Street. It was opened in the year 2000 because the Southern District court load was spilling out of the Marshall Courthouse. Crammed, because we are a nation under the rule of law which means lots of cases in courts. More space was needed.

Here’s what the more-space Moynihan Courthouse looks like — although you can’t get a full view of the front because there is no substantial plaza in front of it, i.e., no way to back up far enough to get a full vertical shot.

(The top of this building has pussy cat ears.)

Most lawyers I knew did not like the architecture of this building. And compared to the Marshall Courthouse, designed by Cass Gilbert, it isn’t grand. Inside there is too much brassy trim. But I liked it, thought it looked like a Gotham City building, a pass at neo-deco, sort of witty and cartoony. It made me smile.

Let’s walk in through those doors you see up there. We’re in, facing some serious barriers to full entry but the first thing to grab your eyes is a gigantically tall dark bronze-y statue representing Justice:

Except very much bigger. (I’m no good at re-sizing photos. Indeed, it took me so much damn time figuring out how to copy these photos and how to stick them somewhere useful, never mind make them bigger or smaller.)

What you can’t see in this picture is that Ms. Justice is standing on one foot and is leaning forward. So, once you get through the x-ray machines, you’re standing underneath this massive bronze hunk which is threatening to collapse on you and crush you into the marble floor.

I don’t think this is the message about Justice such a statue should convey. But maybe that’s just me.

Anyhow, you can now imagine Michael Cohen entering the courthouse and running into a direct threat from Ms. Justice. I wonder what he thinks about that.

CORRECTION: Last night, when I was watching the TV footage of Cohen walking into the courthouse, I had an Oops moment. Cohen was going in the side door on Worth Street, not the one just off Pearl. From that entrance he wouldn’t have encountered Ms. Justice.


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