Where were you in May, 1970?

I wonder how many other people paused last Sunday to remember where they were 10 years ago on May 4, and recall what they were doing;. I was walking through Sproul Plaza on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley when an acquaintance from countless demonstrations walked up to me. He was crying.…


To your health

As you think about whether to cast your vote for President for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama, think about health, immigration and our city: they’re all connected.

Giuliani time

In a city where racial divisions are an open sore as raw as anywhere in the country, New York's mayors are doomed to be defined by racial strife. Howard Beach summed up the years of coded insults directed at the city's black and Latino residents during the Koch years. Crown Heights fixed an image of…


Save Indian Pond

Courtesy of The Riverdale Press

A developer's threat to an enchanting little park offers a textbook example of the way political fixers manipulate New York City's government--and of the need for communities to fight back.


Hands off Harlem River parkland

New York has lavished millions on creating river front parks in Manhattan, but in the Bronx City Hall wants to take park land away.


Bring less garbage to the South Bronx

How a proposed law that would cap the amount of garbage that can be dumped on the South Bronx, North Brooklyn and Southern Queens, went from near-certain passage to imminent defeat offers a text book example of the city’s backroom politics.


The day after Trump’s election

Trump says this is a time for healing. No. This is a time to denounce his racism and misogyny, to mock his vulgarity, to contradict his lies. It’s a time to laugh at him--to get under his thin skin and puncture his self-importance. It’s a time to revile his worship of wealth and to oppose…


‘South Bronx’ is not a brand

A tone-deaf developer throws a "Bronx Is Burning" party to celebrate re-branding the South Bronx to make it more appealing to gentrifiers.


Charlie Hebdo and the forces of silence

The refusal of leading American news outlets to reprint the Charlie Hebdo cartoons declares that in perilous times there are visions that must not be imagined and thoughts that must not be uttered.