Jews in the News
Not all of America’s most eminent public personae are memorialized in public places. But when Pennsylvania Station is finally brought into the contemporary age, Daniel Patrick Moynihan will be, having been so honored in at least two other locations. Pat was still alive but barely out of office when the first of these buildings, the 27-story Moynihan Courthouse at Foley Square (which was named for “Big Tom” Foley, a Tammany Hall pol), was dedicated in his name. (Senior citizens among The Observer’s readers may recall that this is where the Smith Act prosecution of the Communist Party leadership and the trial of Judith Coplon for Soviet espionage took place.)
Moynihan Station will testify to the senator’s fidelity to both the commonplace functionality of public transportation and the grand aspirations of civic architecture. He rescued not only this railroad hub, but also the national capital’s Union Station. Nothing was too slight for this very big man’s attentions, neither the Smithsonian Institution nor this city’s Botanical Gardens nor Cooperstown, where he believably feigned an interest in baseball.
A modest yet dedicated crowd of Ed Koch fans gathered at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas Friday evening for the opening night of Koch, the long-awaited documentary by director Neil Barsky about the three-term mayor.
Men in heavy overcoats and women wrapped in furs came in out of the cold and into the small underground theater, Read More
For 30 years, women’s groups have been fighting to put American women in combat. Last week they won. Women can now apply for 237,000 positions—primarily infantry and army—from which they were previously banned. That’s a quarter of a million new jobs, and outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta deserves applause for opening them up.
But is it really time to uncork the champagne for our future G.I. Janes? Allowing qualified women into combat is a political triumph. But there’s a more insidious problem for women in the military, a misogynistic tradition older than the nation itself: when men go to war, women get raped.
The New York City Council passed a bill today that prohibits employers from considering an applicant’s current employment status when making hiring decisions.
The bill would also put an end to job ads that say applicants must be currently employed. Under this measure, New York would be the first city in the country providing people Read More
This week marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. That’s a long time—back when contraception meant counting days and pregnant teenage girls were forced to give birth, 40 years was more than two generations.
Forty years means that an issue our grandmothers thought they’d resolved remains on Read More
You probably know him as Bunk, a k a Detective William Moreland, who teamed with Detective Jimmy McNulty in HBO’s The Wire. Or maybe music’s your thing, and you know him as Antoine Batiste, the trombonist who fronts Antoine Batiste and his Soul Apostles on Treme, another HBO hit.
As the star of two shows that have Read More
Suspension of Disbelief
Running for mayor may be out of the question for Ray Kelly, but he’s apparently still winning votes.
According to recent polls conducted by Quinnipiac University, the police commissioner’s approval rating is higher than ever: 75 percent of New York City voters approve of Mr. Kelly’s performance.
Additionally, voters’ approval of the New York police Read More
the fifth girl
Audrey Gelman first appears in season two of Girls—which premiered Sunday night—coming out of the bathroom. She is carrying a tallboy that dwarfs her tiny frame, scolding her clingy boyfriend, Charlie, and looking for some weed. “Hi Audrey,” Marnie Michaels (played by Allison Williams) says, shooting daggers at her rival. Ms. Gelman’s role as Marnie’s Read More
Seeing as President Barack Obama once wore yogurt at a Boulder, Co., event last spring, it’s mildly surprising that the very same dairy treat has been selected to be part of January 21′s Presidential Inauguration.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York, who is the Chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC), Read More
The New York Post pulled a story offline after New York Mag called them out on the erroneous report that one-time congressman Anthony Weiner got a new job.
“Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner has landed a job after being unemployed for 18 months, his first gig since resigning amid a Twitter sexting scandal,” the Post story said, claiming that Mr. Weiner got a part-time gig consulting for Madison Avenue brokerage firm Concept Capital Markets.