CUOMO’S post-NIXON whirlwind — Japanese government involved in Jared KUSHNER’S Brooklyn real estate deal — Yellow cabs try Uber-style surge pricing

By Jimmy Vielkind in Albany and Laura Nahmias in Manhattan, with Daniel Lippman Andrew Cuomo is many things. Subtle is not one of them.Story Continued Below Consider what Cuomo’s done since the news broke a week ago that former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon may mount a primary challenge against him. He sent a letter to Donald Trump about gun control, held a conference call with Sen. Amy Klobuchar about election security, rallied with Al Gore against offshore drilling and, of course, started picking on de Blasio again. This week, Cuomo’s Democratic State Committee is running a television advertisement to tout the governor’s gun control push from five years ago. And he’s charging head-on at Nixon’s most developed issue: school funding. The governor’s offensive began with a Sunday statement from Budget Director Robert Mujica about a proposal to combat educational inequality not with more funding — as school advocates and Nixon have called for — but by granting the state power to review and veto plans by large districts to distribute it among schools. Mujica did a radio interview on Monday to emphasize the point, and Cuomo met in his office with a quartet of African-American clergy — all of whom emerged to endorse his plan. Nixon, still, is saying nothing. It’s not clear how long that can last if she wants to run for governor, because what began as a tizzy is quickly blossoming into, well, a Cuomo campaign. IT’S TUESDAY. It’s snowing, again. Got tips, suggestions or thoughts? Let us know ... By email: [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected], or on Twitter: @JimmyVielkind, @nahmias, and @dlippman. WHERE’S ANDREW? In Albany with no announced public schedule. WHERE’S BlLL? Traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York City. The Tabloids: — New York Post: “NO ESCAPE”— Daily News: “DEATH TRAP”— See Continue Reading

Party NOLA-style at these local Mardi Gras events

Can’t make it to the French Quarter for this year’s Mardi Gras festivities? No problem. North Texas offers plenty of fun and delicious ways to celebrate Fat Tuesday. So grab your beads and laissez le bon temps rouler! Restaurants and bars American Gardens American Gardens in the West 7th-area is hosting a Fat Tuesday celebration from 3 p.m.-midnight on Feb. 13. The all-day celebration will feature hurricanes on tap and beer specials from Abita Mardi Gras Bock, plus boiled crawfish and live New Orlean-style jazz from the Diamond Kings at 5 p.m. The party continues at 7 p.m. with a performance by Matt Hillyer, Steve Berg and Jordan Hendrix from the country band Eleven Hundred Springs. 2833 Morton St., Fort Worth, 817-439-9660, Bar Louie Fort Worth Party Mardi Gras-style at Bar Louie’s Fat Tuesday Bead Bash on Feb. 13. The West 7th joint will be offering $5.50 hurricanes and blue bayous, plus $10 Voodoo Chicken, pasta and sandwiches all day. 2973 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth, 817-566-9933, Bar 2909 The second annual Mardi Gras on Morton Fat Tuesday Crawfish Boil at BAR 2909 in Fort Worth takes place from 5-10 p.m. on Feb. 13. Enjoy heaping plates of crawfish with all the fixings, plus hurricane specials, free beads and live music. 2909 Morton St., Fort Worth, 817-332-2909, BoomerJack's Grill & Bar North Texas locations of BoomerJack's Grill & Bar will be celebrating Fat Tuesday with an all-day Mardi Gras Party on Feb. 13. Specials include $3 hurricanes, plus $2.50 U-Call-Its/Crown and Down. Beads will be provided. Multiple Dallas-Fort Worth locations. To find a BoomerJack's near you, visit Boozers Singer-songwriter Phil Hamilton performs during Boozers' Fat Tuesday celebration from 8 p.m.-midnight on Feb. 13. The Granbury-based bar will also be offering $3 hurricanes all-night long. $5 cover charge. 211 M and M Ranch Road, Continue Reading

Belly up to a classic blue-collar bar known for its Red Bull Blasters

By Chuck Blount Updated 1:37 pm, Wednesday, November 15, 2017 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 40', target_type: 'mix' }); Continue Reading

Jake LaMotta, ‘Raging Bull’ boxing legend, dead at 95

Ex-fighter Jake LaMotta appeared an unlikely muse for a Hollywood movie classic: Misogynist and self-destructive, with a volcanic temper and a checkered past. Yet “Raging Bull,” inspired by the volatile boxing Hall of Famer’s unapologetic memoir, became one of the greatest films in history as Robert De Niro earned an Oscar for his work playing LaMotta. LaMotta, the one-time middleweight champion of the world, died peacefully Tuesday in a Florida hospice after a bout with pneumonia. The final bell sounded for LaMotta at age 95. “Rest in peace, champ,” said De Niro in a Wednesday statement, one day after LaMotta’s death. The Martin Scorsese-directed film covered La Motta’s turbulent life inside the ring and out, from his rise through the sport to his tanking a fight for the mob to a jail stint following his 1954 retirement. "Jake LaMotta was a champ -- he was, as they say, larger than life. He lived a tough life, with a lot to overcome, but that’s exactly what he did. I’m glad to have had the chance to know him," Scorsese said in a statement. The ailing fighter was relocated for his final weeks of life into the Palm Garden Nursing Home in Aventura, Fla. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. “We lost one of the world’s greatest fighters today,” said De Niro’s co-star Joe Pesci. “To say he put me in my place, literally ... to some degree ... is an understatement.” Pesci played LaMotta’s brother in the brilliant black-and-white epic. The most memorable bouts of LaMotta’s 106-fight career were his half-dozen against the legendary “Sugar Ray” Robinson, who won five times in the bitter rivalry. The final bout, a 1951 showdown dubbed the “St. Valentine's Day Massacre,” ended with the referee stopping the brawl in the 13th round as Continue Reading

Daily News’ Sports Photos of the Day: Clint Dempsey (almost) scores his first goal for Tottenham in the Europa League

Leonhard Foeger/REUTERS It's literally a ghost town in Vienna's Ernst Hapoel Stadium, where SK Rapid Wien and Rosenborg BK are forced to play their Europa League game in front of an empty crowd due to fan violence. Murad Sezer/REUTERS  Meanwhite, it's a madhouse at Sukru Saracoglu in Turkey as Fenerbahce takes on Olympique Marseille. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images That's a great effort by Detroit's Austin Jackson, but his missed catch gives Oakland's George Kottaras a triple. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Reds outfielder Xavier Paul gets picked off at third base by the Cubs' Luis Valbuena. Pablo Sanchez/REUTERS Journalists flock to Formula One superstar Lewis Hamilton, who'll competes in this weekend's Singapore F1 Grand Prix. David Goldman/AP Guess whose golf bag that belongs to? Yup, it's Tiger Woods' caddie, Joe LaCava, at the Tour Championship in East Lake, Atlanta. AFP PHOTO/HO/RED BULL/Dean TREML Having soccer ball skills has its benefits, apparently. Daniel Sean Garnier (l.) and Dominik Kaiser (r.) are two of 60 finalists that will take part in the Red Bull Street Style freestyle football competition. Andrew Milligan/AP Maybe it doesn't take much to impress the ladies. Case in point, 'Clyde,' the recently-unveiled mascot of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.   Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Famous Red Bank restaurant undergoes major changes

Every 10 years, a restaurant is reborn, at least if it’s owned by Dan Lynch.Lynch, who owns the Belmonte, formerly known as Red, at 3 Broad St., Red Bank, said it was time for a change.“I think every restaurant has to reinvent itself every 10 years no matter what it is,” Lynch said. “Red had a well-received menu, it’s just, dining styles have changed.” Opposites attractLynch, who grew up in Rumson, and now lives in Fair Haven, said the Belmonte is the “complete opposite,” from Red.Red featured a fine dining classic American menu experience, where large plates were adorned with steak, lobster and fish. The price point was in the mid-$20s to low $30s.“Red was a model we built in 2003, it was more of a fine dining model. I think over the last several years the economy changed dramatically, and the model for Red was a little outdated,” Lynch said.The Belmonte’s menu features more inexpensive bites, starting at $6.“(The Belmonte) is a tapas restaurant, with a much more casual price point than what Red was. It’s the same quality of food, just a different way of serving it,” Lynch said. From Wall Street to DiningWhen Lynch first opened Red, his first fine-dining venture, he had no culinary background -- he fell into the business by chance.After college, Lynch worked at Morgan Stanley. He worked on Wall Street for 12 years -- at which time he invested in, and owned up to seven bars with his partner — until focusing on the restaurant business.“Every 10 years, I get bored of what I’m doing. I was ready to leave Wall Street at that time,” Lynch said.He returned to his roots, and today, he said, he can ride his bike to work.“I loved the city and it was just such a fun time in my 20s and early 30s. I had a family down here started having kids. After a while, like everyone does, I got sick of the city and I liked my lifestyle here. It’s just simpler Continue Reading

Red Bulls’ new stadium brings hope for soccer in New York and New Jersey

There it is in the middle of nowhere, a silvery spaceship with a steel caterpillar crawling across the top. Red Bull Arena, the future of soccer in America and the New York area, rises alone outside downtown Harrison, N.J. - amid vacant lots, a maze of fencing and a few stray construction cranes. "Like an oasis of soccer," says Tab Ramos, the former MetroStars midfielder and U.S. national team mainstay in the 1990s. "It's a beautiful thing just sitting there. You look down the street and there it is." Only four days until the opening exhibition at the stadium, Red Bulls of MLS vs. Santos of Brazil; until this revolutionary, soccer-specific, 25,000-seat building opens for business. It has endured a decade of red tape, construction delays, changes in location, design and ownership. Now finally there is a soccer stadium, and Ramos is as excited as anyone. Probably more. He grew up just five blocks away, on Sussex Street. His mom worked at a plastics factory very close to where the stadium now sits, and the boys would ride their bicycles all around this warehouse area, never dreaming that someday such a grandiose structure would sprout from this ground. "When you're a little kid you don't realize what you have and don't have," says Ramos, who now runs a youth soccer academy in Aberdeen, N.J. "The kids now are going to have a pro team in their backyard, always wanting to wear those team's colors, and maybe be lucky enough to play someday in that stadium. We might have wanted to play for the Cosmos at the Meadowlands when I was young, but it's just not the same as walking up to a stadium in your neighborhood." That's the idea of the place: A neighborhood stadium, built in the European style, designed to stage only soccer matches. At first, it was going to be more than that, and therefore much less. The former MetroStars owners at AEG wanted a multi-purpose arena with artificial turf and limited seating at one end, gerrymandered for concerts. Then Red Bull Continue Reading

‘Red Dead Redemption’ hits the bull’s eye

With gritty style and Ennio Marricone-inspired music, Rockstar's latest proves that the western isn't dead - it's just gone virtual. "Red Dead Redemption," the immersive, open-world actioner from the company that made street violence hip with "Grand Theft Auto," gives players a chance to play cowboy and unloads both barrels in a creatively brilliant, stunningly beautiful creation. It's like a classic Clint Eastwood spaghetti western, only in this case you're the one strapping the six-shooters. The first thing any player will notice when they first emerge in New Austin is the incredible vistas. Yes, the game play is great, but it's the visual strokes of genius in "Red Dead"'s design that make it such a unique experience. From the gorgeous sunsets to the moonlit nights, the desert landscape that is your virtual world is so detailed, so rich and vibrant, you can't help but simply forget whatever mission you may be on and just admire the view. Of course, once you get past that, you better get to blasting that dastardly cougar that's about to pounce on you. For the desert is filled with dangers galore, from wild coyotes to villainous wolves. And, of course, thieving varmints and devilish criminals. "Red Dead Redemption" centers on former crook turned family man, John Marston. In an effort to save his wife and child, he must hunt down his former gang members. Doing so means he needs to help several unsavory folk along the way, such as a grave-robber, a con man and an alcoholic arms dealer.Of course, the central mission of this open-world game is only part of the fun. You can get lost in a stew of small objectives, such saving random travelers from wild animals, recover stolen wagons from thieves, or rescue poor citizens from being strung up by random outlaw gangs.However you play will determine what kind of reputation you have in New Austin. If you choose to wear a white hat, then you'll see your honor and respect rise with the Continue Reading

Rolling of the bulls, er, girls is Big Easy version of Spanish tradition

NEW ORLEANS - It's the running of the bulls, New Orleans style. Hundreds of men, women and children, most in white with red scarves around their waists and red bandannas around their necks, gathered outside a French Quarter bar Saturday morning to be chased down Bourbon Street by members of New Orleans' roller derby league. "Roller skates and a stampede through the Quarter — what could possibly go wrong?" said accountant Jason Medonia. The run, in its second year, featured 33 roller girls in horned helmets from teams with names like Confederacy of Punches and Crescent Wenches. A few minutes after the runners started, the skaters whacked their plastic bats on the street and took off. Behind them putted Elvis impersonators on motorized scooters. It all started last year when a friend of organizer Mickey Hanning dressed as a Spanish bull runner for Mardi Gras. Hanning thought it would be fun to get some friends together and have their wives and girlfriends chase them. Another friend's girlfriend suggested bringing in the roller girls, and a new tradition was born. This year's crowd included Russ Schlievert, who came from Montana to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina and loved New Orleans so much he and his wife retired here. He will miss the annual "Running of the Sheep," an event he organized in 1989 in Reed Point, Mont., but said he was impressed with Saturday's event. "I was surprised at the turnout," he said. "I was surprised that everybody dressed. But this is New Orleans." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Fall 101: The best things to do, see, hear, taste, buy & experience this season!

LITTLE RED LIGHTHOUSE Head below the George Washington Bridge to Fort Washington Park and tour Manhattan's only remaining lighthouse as part of the 15th annual Little Red Lighthouse Festival on Sept. 15. There are celebrity readings and hayrides, too. Call (212) 360-8737. SCOTT ON She's had a period of silence and a recent divorce, but Jill Scott isn't giving up her R&B crown quite yet. The tunes on her album "The Real Thing," out Sept. 25, are as soulful and sexy as ever. Also, be sure to catch her big-screen debut in Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married?" (out Oct. 12) to see how she's shaping up for an even bigger film role - in "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency," currently in production. TOOTHY ENCOUNTERS They're back! (Again.) A fresh crop of blood-sucking vampires hits both big and small screens. The monsters chase Josh Hartnett in director David Slade's "30 Days of Night," out Oct. 19, in which Hartnett's efforts to enforce the law (and battle evil) in an Alaskan town are challenged by deep winter darkness that allows the fiends to roam free. On CBS' "Moonlight," premiering Sept. 28, Alex O'Loughlin smolders his way into the role of Mick St. John, a private investigator who happens to have a rather thirsty past. Still as youthful as the day he was bitten by a nasty ex-girlfriend, St. John can't stand fellow vampires who quaff human cocktails. He wiles away his infinite days trying to help the living with his acute crime-solving skills, but all could change forever when an intrepid mortal reporter (Sophia Myles) catches his eye. CELEB SMACKDOWN TMZ Gossip Web site TMZ takes its tricks to television Sept. 10 with a nightly newscast promising to be anything but tame. "We don't do red carpets, we don't do junkets," the site's mastermind, Harvey Levin, has said of its celeb coverage. "We're going to be fair, but we're not going to fear publicists." In fact, it's the publicists who should be scared. In New York, "TMZ TV" airs on WNYW/Ch. Continue Reading