You can't raise a family on minimum wage. And you can't build a nation on the working poor. It is a rough portrait of an American past and a tough vision to push into an American future. But my goal isn't to speak in broad terms.
The Supreme Court ruled in the case of Gideon vs. Wainwright that criminal defendants have the constitutional right to legal representation. It was a promise to provide equal rights in the judicial system and one, says attorney and public defender Robin Steinberg, that's far from being fulfilled.
We humans, and our dogs, cats, and rats, have collided with megapodes in ways that make their conservation imperative. In Sulawesi I saw how our efforts to conserve the species are working.
I have seen many forums and debates for candidates running for mayor taking place in other parts of the city, but never in my neighborhood. It's like, people in the Bronx don't count?
For a decade, the kids in our program have been stretching far outside their cultural comfort zones to put on musicals that have little do to with their own life experiences.
Not quite realizing that behind every exceptional woman there is a community of faceless and nameless women who have helped sustain her, the legacies of the migrant women from Puerto Rico, sculptors of today's communities in New York, are all but forgotten.
The Yankees are in sufficiently bad shape that even a great year by Rivera will not bring them back to the World Series. Moreover, Rivera is not the only aging Yankee seeking to recover from an injury.
2013-03-04-PixfromHomeComputer173.jpg From its humble beginnings in the trailer and the closet to illustrious stages at performance venues throughout the city, the Bronx Prep Piano Program has transformed the lives of hundreds of talented South Bronx students.
On Tuesday I joined Mayor Bloomberg and the New York Tech Meetup to unveil We Are Made in NY, a program that celebrates over 900 locally based startups, and helps people find a job, learn to code, or launch a new tech company -- all with the full support of New York City government.
We've come a long way from those days in the church parking lot. A decade later my colleagues, students and I are thrilled to officially unveil a 10-minute documentary that chronicles the evolution of the Bronx Prep Performing Arts Academy.
"Do people eat goat balls too?" A boisterous passerby who was walking past 168th and 3rd in the Morrisania section of the South Bronx stopped outside USA Meatpacking Inc. to ask. Mahmoud smiled. He is used to these questions.
Ed Koch was a member of The Greatest Generation and not just by accident of birth. He was an American patriot who spent a lifetime serving his country and his city. He wanted to make the world a better place, root out corruption and help people. In this, he was an outstanding success.
Whether raising money, public awareness or helping kids raise their voice in song, celebrities who act by the first principle of mentoring -- to nurture what already exists -- will find their efforts go the farthest.
After we just completed an election season where democracy was under attack across the country, a movement has sprung up in New York City that seeks to strengthen rather than subvert involvement in the democratic process. It's called participatory budgeting.
One way New York State is considering streamlining its Medicaid costs is by expanding needle-exchange centers to help drug users prevent getting HIV and hepatitis C. But that may take federal funds, and Congress reinstated a ban on such funds last year.
This year there are moments when I'm lost and miserable and struggling with what it means to be an inner-city teacher. For the first time I'd started to wonder if I can go on teaching in the school I love but which is struggling against immense forces it can't control. Had I lost my calling?