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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Whereas a generation or two ago, a top-flight Manhattan nightclub had to worry about getting busted for fostering the inevitable late-night narcotics trade, nowadays mere tobacco smoke threatens to get a joint shut down:

The nightclub, the M2 UltraLounge on West 28th Street in Manhattan, went on trial last week at a special administrative court that the city uses when it seeks to take away property. If the case against the club succeeds, it would be the first time the city had closed a business solely for flouting a ban on smoking.

City officials have also moved to take several other clubs before the court, seeking to revoke their food and beverage licenses. It has been an open secret for years among the late-night set that there is a network of so-called smoke-easies throughout the city, from little neighborhood dives to glossy, exclusive boîtes, that let patrons smoke illegally.

The law’s the law, and I’m no big fan of ciggie smoke clouding up the bar. Still, it says something about the sanitized state of current New York club culture. I’m wondering how much street toot of the non-Marlboro nature is circulating in these same locales, while the health department is focusing all their efforts on the filtered tips.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 03/14/2010 10:24pm
Category: New Yorkin', Society, True Crime
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miracle-crunchingThe dismal science meets spiritual quantification in “The Economics of Sainthood (a preliminary investigation)”, a paper out of Harvard’s Economics Department:

Saint-making has been a major activity of the Catholic Church for centuries. The pace of sanctifications has picked up noticeably in the last several decades under the last two popes, John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Our goal is to apply social-science reasoning to understand the Church’s choices on numbers and characteristics of saints, gauged by location and socioeconomic attributes of the persons designated as blessed.

Among the econo-ecclesiastical terms applied to this analysis: “Saint-making fatigue” and “canonization per capita”. What, no “initial beatification offering (IBO)”?

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 03/14/2010 06:30pm
Category: Business, Creative, History
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