Sonia from the Bronx

The children were acting up as only excited children can. They bounced; they clambered over one another; their din filled the Lovinger Theater at Lehman College. Their excitement was understandable. After all, they had just met a justice of the United States Supreme Court. And not just any justice. They had met the first Puerto…

The odor from Oak Point Avenue

It’s not just sewage that stinks at the New York Organic Fertilizer Company plant on Oak Point Avenue. From the very beginning, the plant has been bathed in the stench of corruption. Cronyism marked the Dinkins administration’s award of the contract to NYOFCO in 1992. The deal smelled bad enough for the Manhattan DA to…

The Martin Luther King we need

When Martin Luther King spoke at Riverside Church in April 1967, his audience did not hear the rousing cadences of the “I have a dream” speech or see the joyful vision of the future that the civil rights leader pictured at the March on Washington. In recordings, his deep voice sounds weary and filled with…