Superstorm Sandy reminded New Yorkers that they live near the sea, and that the sea is not always an ideal neighbor.
Less than a year after Sandy left so many homes and businesses devastated, City Hall rolled out an ambitious $20 billion plan to prepare New York for an age of extreme weather, an age Read More
Imagine eight million street-hardened New Yorkers separating scraps of food from their dinner plates and putting them aside to be recycled.
Yeah, right. What next? Telling us we can’t light up in a bar?
Mayor Bloomberg’s new plan sounds either West Coast crunchy or earnestly European, something you figure the Swiss have been Read More
If you thought America’s war on crime was over and the bad guys were all in jail or on the run, think again: over Father’s Day weekend in Chicago, 46 people were shot. Nine died. All in about 48 hours.
New Yorkers have grown accustomed to historic drops in crime and to streets that are Read More
Not so long ago in New York, visitors to local parks could expect to find used condoms, liquor bottles and crack vials in sandboxes, playgrounds and the huge swaths of weeds posing as green space. The city’s park system was a disgrace, plain and simple.
Like so much about the city, the parks have changed Read More
It took decades to formulate and months to litigate, but at last the good people of Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island will be able to enjoy the simple pleasure of hailing a cab from the street.
The State Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of City Hall’s long-sought proposal to allow street Read More
In outing himself as the source behind the stories about massive government surveillance programs, Edward Snowden brought global attention to himself, which may or may not have been his intention. The story certainly has shifted, with the media now focusing on Mr. Snowden’s past, his whereabouts and his future. Bloggers and talk-show hosts furiously debate Read More
The Partnership for New York City, a business and civic organization, recently published an important analysis of the city’s economy with a special emphasis on job creation. Amid the charts, number crunching and projections, one carefully constructed sentence stood out: “As the Bloomberg mayoralty ends, there is concern in the business community that the next Read More
The first time I met Bernie Kerik was in his giant office at 1 Police Plaza. Bernie is a showy guy who makes an instant impression with his barrel chest and massive arms. But the thing he most wanted to show me was the Koran he had been given on a visit he’d made to a Read More
The New York Times has decided that it will not meet with Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss the way that the Department of Justice handles journalists during leak investigations.
Mr. Holder had announced that he would meet with the Washington Bureau chiefs of several major media organizations. The meeting, however, is off the record–a fact that Times executive editor Jill Abramson cited in her announcement that the Times would not attend.
Cycling is a wonderful option for those energetic souls who prefer pedaling to a bus, cab or subway. The cost of a bike is relatively cheap as well—you can get a decent bike, one that will last you many years, at a local shop for less than the price of dinner for two at some of the city’s finer dining establishments.
So why, then, do we have to share bikes?
In inaugurating its bike-share program, New York City has now joined the likes of urban thought leaders such as Madison, Wis., and Minneapolis, Minn. Mayor Bloomberg, who deserves an honorary yellow jersey for his contributions to cycling, kicked off the program, along with his transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, designer of the rightfully mocked empty thoroughfares known as bike lanes.