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James D. Walsh

Staff Writer, Intelligencer

James D. Walsh has been an Intelligencer staff writer since 2019. He’s the author of Playing Against the House: The Dramatic World of an Undercover Union Organizer.

  1. getting around
    NYC Ferry service boat Happy Hauler on the route from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Historic Brooklyn Bridge in background - New York, USA - 2021
    New York’s ‘Too Big to Sink’ Ferry Operator Is BankruptHornblower Group will be acquired by one of its investors.
  2. the real estate
    Nir Meir’s Big SwindleThe city is charging the former HFZ developer with fraud on three projects. His colleagues say they saw it coming.
  3. drug wars
    The Empty Adderall FactoryA drugmaker’s feud with the DEA is exacerbating the ADHD meds crisis — at a rate of 600 million missing doses a year.
  4. operators
    The Ugliest Divorce in Manhattan Real EstateHFZ’s luxury developers staked their futures on Bjarke Ingels’s High Line debut and lost everything.
  5. operators
    Nir Meir Has Been Arrested in FloridaThe former HFZ developer, who oversaw a $2 billion debacle along the High Line, is facing extradition to New York.
  6. torn up and apart
    Who Gets to Protest at Columbia?What led the university to suspend pro-Palestinian student groups.
  7. israel-hamas war
    ‘Gaza Has Been Turned Into a Black Box’Israel’s campaign against Hamas plunges millions into suffering, and the full damage is not yet known.
  8. business
    Is Target Really Closing a New York Store Over Shoplifting?The company blames shoplifting for shutting one city store. But it’s opening five more.
  9. the city politic
    The Unwise GuyA top official in the Adams administration gambled with the mob and, allegedly, took bribes.
  10. just asking questions
    Why the Northeast Will Need to Get Used to Getting Bombed by RainA talk with Dartmouth College’s Jonathan Winter about how to prepare for more regular floods from above.
  11. sportswashing
    The 9/11 Good Guy Who Turned the PGA Over to the SaudisAlison Crowther never expected Jimmy Dunne would negotiate with those she blames for her son’s death.
  12. reefer madness
    The Weed Bodegas Have No FearIt’s illegal to sell without a license — not that this has stopped 1,500 stores and counting.
  13. apocalypse wow
    New Jersey Is BurningWildfire season is starting earlier and not just on the West Coast.
  14. encounter
    The Meticulously Crafted Adventures of David GrannHow a bookish reporter became one of the most sought-after writers in Hollywood.
  15. early and often
    Donald Trump Under ArrestThe former president faced criminal charges in court on Tuesday.
  16. plagued
    Mad ScientistsNowhere is the lab-leak debate more personal than among the experts investigating the origins of COVID.
  17. crime
    The Tragedy of the Spice KingWhen a promising entrepreneur was seized by mental illness, his neighbors became victims and he became trapped in a broken system.
  18. court appearances
    Larry Ray’s Enforcer Sentenced to PrisonIsabella Pollok, Larry Ray’s girlfriend and enforcer, will serve more than four years in prison.
  19. feature
    The Stolen Kids of Sarah LawrenceWhat happened to the group of bright college students who fell under the sway of a classmate’s father?
  20. court appearances
    ‘He Made Living So Painful’: Victims at the Larry Ray SentencingLarry Ray’s victims embraced as the sex trafficker was sentenced to 60 years.
  21. crime
    Here’s Why Everything at Walgreens Is Suddenly Behind PlasticThe recent spike in shoplifting is both overblown and real. And almost everyone is profiting from it (including you).
  22. reasons to love new york
    La Guardia Is Kind of RitzySky bridges have become something of a status symbol for airports around the world. La Guardia has two.
  23. reasons to love new york
    Why I Want the Marijuana Dispensary LicenseHere, some applicants on their high hopes.
  24. the group portrait
    Elon Musk’s Former Employees Pour One Out for TwitterIn New York, they gathered at a favorite post-work bar. They commiserated, gossiped, swapped numbers, and promised to keep in touch.
  25. operators
    The Mennonite Airbnb Hustler of Upper ManhattanKonrad Bicher, calling himself “the Wolf of Airbnb,” ran a sublet scheme that made him rich — for a while.
  26. crime
    The Bees of WrathRorie Woods knew foreclosure all too well. And when her friend was evicted, she rushed over with a venomous posse.
  27. crime
    The Sarah Lawrence Cult Case Gets One More ConvictionOnce considered a victim, Larry Ray’s “lieutenant” pleads guilty.
  28. plagued
    Paging Dr. NormalcyAshish Jha, the COVID czar, wants to make vaccines great again.
  29. the group portrait
    Shark SpottersLooking for what lurks off New York’s beaches.
  30. medicine
    There Is a Monkeypox Antiviral. But Try Getting It.What’s standing between suffering patients and proven relief? Reams of government paperwork.
  31. investigations
    The Delay Behind the Monkeypox Vaccine ShortageThe FDA took months to inspect a critical plant in Europe, leaving Americans without enough shots as the outbreak grows.
  32. encounter
    Patrick Radden Keefe Is One of the Good GuysThe author of Rogues talks about killers, criminals, and the “inescapable cruelty” of his work.
  33. public health
    New York’s Belated Monkeypox Vaccine Drive Is a ‘Recipe for Disaster‘The city just had 1,000 doses and only began administering them to residents two days before Pride.
  34. early and often
    The Supreme Court Gun Ruling Could Lead to More ViolenceExperts and research say that looser regulation of concealed carry is correlated with higher gun-homicide rates.
  35. early and often
    The Potato Roll Empire Bankrolling Christian Nationalist Doug MastrianoThe Martins were bit players in politics, until they put Doug Mastriano one step away from becoming Pennsylvania’s next governor.
  36. just asking questions
    Kara Swisher on Elon Musk: ‘You Can’t Pin Him Down’Judging the new owner of Twitter by his tweets alone would be a mistake.
  37. court appearances
    Why Do We Fail People in Cults?And why must victims save themselves?
  38. court appearances
    Larry Ray, Accused Cult Leader, Found Guilty on All CountsThe saga of the alleged cult leader of Sarah Lawrence students is over, for now.
  39. court appearances
    The Story That Won’t Be Told in the Larry Ray TrialWhat happened to Iban Goicoechea?
  40. court appearances
    A Disaster in the Larry Ray TrialThe government releases confidential information, and the defendant leaves in an ambulance.
  41. courtroom drama
    Accused Cult Leader Larry Ray Leaves Court in AmbulanceLarry Ray, accused of controlling a group of Sarah Lawrence students, left the courthouse in an ambulance today.
  42. court appearances
    What Did Larry Ray Do to These Kids?Santos Rosario was Larry Ray’s truest follower. Why is he now testifying against him?
  43. russia
    Russia’s Antiwar Protesters Are Terrified and Still Marching“I can’t believe this can happen in the 21st century. The Iron Curtain is closing.”
  44. court appearances
    The Larry Ray Trial, ExplainedAccused of turning a Sarah Lawrence dorm into a cult, Larry Ray is now on trial.
  45. just asking questions
    The Spotify SpinKara Swisher says to focus less on Joe Rogan and more on the company paying him.
  46. the shipping news
    Buying an Old Staten Island Ferry Is a Terrible IdeaPete Davidson and Colin Jost are the latest in a long line of excited ferry buyers, many of whom have crunched right into rusty reality soon after.
  47. just asking questions
    Sam Quinones on the 1 Million American Dead From OpioidsThe best-selling journalist on other epidemic’s new milestone and what got us there.
  48. omicron
    The City’s Teachers Confess They Want to Go RemoteBattered by Omicron, many feel hung out to dry by the city and even their own union.
  49. omicron
    The Great American Testing CrunchHow it happened, what to do about it, and when it might end.
  50. just asking questions
    Will America’s ‘Immunity Wall’ Hold Up to Omicron?Dr. Eric Topol on the one factor that could determine how bad things get.
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