Mark your calendars – today was a day that Freddy just might relive in his nightmares. Speaking at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network “Politics of the 21st Century: The Changing of the Guard” discussion at the Sheraton attended by our Joe Tuzzo, Freddy was hit with three tough questions about Diallo in front of a Read More
We’ve been watching and wondering for months as Freddy’s home borough simmers. The relationship between County Leader Jose Rivera and his predecessor, Roberto Ramirez — Freddy’s top advisor — is one of the great mysteries of city politics. And the feuds among the clans around them — Diazes and Arroyos and Espadas, not to mention Read More
Grateful and Wary, East Siders Embrace Their Finest
The first thing you notice these solemn days when you walk into the 19th Precinct station house-a landmark building, though not one known for adornments-is the beautiful arrangement of flowers on the front desk. It wasn’t there the day before the disaster. And then a second Read More
One of the cheapest thrills of history or historical fiction is spying on the average unperceptive soul as his world falls apart: Chaliapin performing in St. Petersburg the night the Winter Palace is stormed; some honest German tending bar at his saloon in New York or Chicago on the eve of Prohibition; the bellicose aristo Read More
There was a moment at the beginning of Bruce Springsteen’s last encore at his June 12 Madison Square Garden show when he walked to the edge of the stage and looked out at the crowd as if he wanted to say something. Mr. Springsteen stared out into the sea of people, some of whom were Read More
Recently, I was waiting with a camera crew at Columbia University’s Faculty Club for the indefatigable activist Marie Runyon, who was there to celebrate her 85th birthday. It was an ironic setting-ironic because it had been the University’s efforts to tear down her apartment building decades ago that set her on a path of activism Read More
Could Adolf Hitler get an installation at the Whitney?
The question might not be as far-fetched as it seems. Hitler’s youthful paintings and architectural drawings are universally described as poor; yet when he came to supervise other media, such as theatrical production and design, he was quite effective. There was a musty side to the Read More
In the new millennium, New Yorkers may look back on this moment as Indian summer, July 1914-the last golden season before darkness and death. We are at a potential tipping point in our attitudes toward law and order, and it looks as if the balance will be upset.
The proximate cause of our vulnerability is Read More
Is the Dream Team over the top? They’re getting that reputation. A growing chorus of critics is accusing the lawyers of meddling in the two most volatile criminal cases in the city-the trial of four police officers accused of abusing Abner Louima and the indictment of another four cops in the shooting death of Amadou Read More
For 10 months between 1996 and 1997, about 63,000 people were strip-searched in New York after being arrested on misdemeanor charges. The ordeal of one of these victims–yep, victims –was explained in The New York Times : A woman arrested after an alleged domestic dispute and taken to a holding cell was ordered to take Read More