Predictably, the lawyers who brought the city to court over stop-and-frisk are trying to get U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin back on the case, two weeks after a three-judge panel removed her. The panel ruled, properly, that Judge Scheindlin was less than impartial on the subject of stop-and-frisk, having condemned this life-saving police practice in several media interviews. Read More
The Food and Drug Administration is on the verge of following New York’s lead in banning the main source of trans fat in food.
To which we ask: What took so long? Read More
Politically speaking, Bill de Blasio is the luckiest man on the face of the Earth. He will inherit a thriving, dynamic, creative city that is the envy of its competitors. His two most recent predecessors were not so fortunate when they took the oath of office for the first time—Rudy Giuliani was bequeathed a city deemed to be ungovernable, and Mike Bloomberg began his tenure in the shadow of 9/11. Read More
Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade
(Yale University Press, 344 pp., $18.98)
“I wanted to become a work of art myself,” the art historian Bernard Berenson (1865-1959) wrote late in life. Over his 94 years, he fashioned himself into the foremost scholar of Italian Renaissance painting, perhaps the most envied and Read More
Don’t miss comics by Sam Henderson and John Kerschbaum from the November 11th, 2013 issue. Read More
The way we connect with our friends, fund our businesses, shop online, and catch up on the latest news have changed dramatically in the past decade. Founders on the cutting edge of social media, crowdfunding, e-commerce, business services and online publishing are radically changing the way we behave online — but how much do we know about them? How did the people altering the digital landscape get their start, and where will they go next?
In our second installment, we talk with Indiegogo co-founder Slava Rubin about his early days as a fundraiser, Indiegogo’s no-judgment philosophy, and the future of funding. Read More
Edited by Ann Goldstein
(Prestel USA, 400 pp., $85)
The considerable gap left by the suicide of the artist Mike Kelley last year is only more apparent in light of his retrospective show at MoMA PS1. That show should be experienced firsthand, though a close second is this comprehensive catalog, published in conjunction Read More
It was a storm without precedent, and yet it is clear, 12 months later, that the city was about as prepared as it could have been for Superstorm Sandy. Evacuations were ordered and, for the most part, heeded. Key infrastructure assets were secured well before the storm, saving lives and property. Public servants, from high-level elected officials to rank-and-file emergency workers, were on the job day and night, offering reassurance to thousands who will always remember Oct. 29, 2012, as the worst day of their lives. Read More
According to official statistics compiled by The Observer this week, there were 8,340 murders and “non-negligent manslaughter” cases during David Dinkins’s four years as mayor (1990-1993). There were 7,175 such incidents during Rudy Giuliani’s eight years in City Hall. And there are 5,849 during Mike Bloomberg’s three terms. Let us repeat that. More New Yorkers were killed during four years of Mr. Dinkins than eight years of Mr. Giuliani and 12 years of Mr. Bloomberg. Read More
How many more court decisions will it take before opponents of free speech give up their quest to limit participation in the electoral process?
The answer should be “none.” But don’t count on it. Read More