A year ago Tuesday, Superstorm Sandy slammed into New York City with a vengeance, ultimately claiming 44 lives, leaving 2 million of us without electricity, and forcing the evacuation of 6,500 patients from hospitals and nursing homes.
In Sandy's wake came a bill for $19 billion in damages -- and a lot of talk about building back better.
As it turns out, at least two modern...Read more »
Democrat Bill de Blasio has shown the city a breathtaking tour de force as his mayoral campaign roars toward Election Day with a giant lead.
There's much he has done right. He sized up the political zeitgeist with canny clarity early on and deftly seized on the electorate's burgeoning fatigue with Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
He's a natural on the campaign trail -- smart, personable and always...Read more »
Strolling along the High Line while eating ice cream is one of the sweeter pleasures of contemporary Manhattan. But not everyone benefits equally from the gorgeous space.
Real estate interests are making bank off the views of the High Line -- the park built on an elevated former railroad track on the West Side -- and failing to share the wealth with hardworking New Yorkers. Luxury housing...Read more »
Good for the City College of New York: Its administration has finally shut down an unchartered on-campus student center named for two murderous 1970s radicals.
The center never should have been allowed to set up shop there. But somehow, in the aftermath of an ugly 1989 CCNY closure over a tuition increase, the Guillermo Morales-Assata Shakur Student and Community Center was able to open a...Read more »
My friend Anthony in Bay Ridge took it quite well when shown a recent Municipal Art Society poll ranking Manhattan as New York's friendliest borough.
"Are you freakin' kidding?" Anthony cried. "I don't know how you live with those rich phony snobs."
Meanwhile, my Manhattan neighbor Kim grumbles about the "bridge-and-tunnel types" who scream in her ear and...Read more »
Finally something is about to happen. City planners have talked for years about redeveloping Willets Point, a polluted wasteland of light industry and auto repair shops on Flushing Bay in Queens. Now the City Council has signed off on a massive plan to transform the area beyond Citi Field's rightfield wall into a lively neighborhood with housing, retail space, a 200-room hotel and an elementary...Read more »
The rollout of Obamacare's health insurance website has been a disaster.
Three weeks after its launch, the Internet portal that is supposed to provide one-stop shopping for millions of uninsured people in 36 states simply does not work. The debacle plays into the worst stereotypes of government incompetence and compelled President Barack Obama to hold a Rose Garden event Monday to tell health...Read more »
Politics is a funny thing.
It's not logical or linear. And it's rarely predictable.
When one party is on top, it can seem like it'll be there forever. Then, in the blink of an eye, it's pushed from power and ridiculed as ideologically exhausted -- often regardless of how successful it has been. How many times has liberalism or conservatism been declared dead in the past 50 years, only...Read more »
It's not something instantly visible like the Brooklyn Bridge or the Roman aqueducts -- massive public works that inspire oohs and aahs for generations.
But last week, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg turned a ceremonial valve and let water gush through a brand-new section of Water Tunnel No. 3, he proved that, no matter what you may have heard, government can still do the vital, costly, unglamorous...Read more »
When I was in fourth grade, our class had pen pals with a fourth-grade class in rural Ohio. Every week, I would write to the Ohio girl I had been paired with (people wrote letters back then) and she would write one to me.
Apparently, she was impressed that I lived in New York City and had an avalanche of questions about life here. She posed questions such as, "Are there crazy people?"...Read more »