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The Importance of Increasing Efficiency in New York City Government

Carol Kellermann | Posted 06.27.2015 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Mayor Bill de Blasio has thus far declined to require city agencies to meet targets for increasing efficiency in the delivery of government services. In doing so, he has broken a pattern established by every mayor since the fiscal crisis in the 1970s.

My State of the City

Joel Epstein | Posted 06.15.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Live from La Casa de Joel, I am pleased to bring you my State of the City address.

The American People: Larry Kramer's Blistering Magnum Opus

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 05.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

The American People is predictably commanding and passionate, its insights are stunning and endless, its narrative consistently compelling. But how much of the history it recreates is true?

How Subway Graffiti Has Transformed From Rolling Canvases To Rolling Billboards

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 02.12.2015 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

"If I had my way, I wouldn't put in dogs, but wolves," New York mayor Ed Koch suggested famously as a facetious proposal for releasing ferocious anima...

Mario: A Passionate Liberal With a Capital 'L'

Tom Allon | Posted 03.16.2015 | New York
Tom Allon

Mario Cuomo was a politician from a bygone era: a child of immigrants who through the sheer force of his intellect and his oratorical skills stood at the precipice of the highest office in the land. He talked about lifting the weak and the poor and he never wavered from his core principles.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 4: Comparing the Jewish Protests of Klinghoffer with the Gay Protests of Cruising and by ACT UP

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

In the case of Klinghoffer, as in the case of Cruising, the bottom lines for me are simple. I am concerned about some of the rhetoric and tactics of some gay radicals, but I am a lot more concerned about homophobia.

Republicans Bother to Vote

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics
Robert Whitcomb

The politicians elected Nov. 4 to new jobs will soon be blamed for doing the same sort of things that their ousted predecessors did as they tried to mate good governance with reality and ambition with idealism.

Bensonhurst Case and Do the Right Thing Revisited 25 Years Later

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

Tawana Told The Truth! So blared the graffiti in Bed-Stuy in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, a film that was released roughly 25 years ago, in the summer of 1989 and, according to legend, served as the first date for Barack Obama and his future wife, Michelle.

Dr. Joseph Sonnabend and the Battlefield of AIDS

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 09.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Once HIV was established as the cause of AIDS, a new designation emerged for those who remained unyielding on this issue of etiology: AIDS denialism.

The End of ENDA?

Dana Beyer | Posted 09.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

If my gay colleagues choose to jettison ENDA, I'm willing to back off. But the question with which I am left is: Now what? Do we really expect that the House of Representatives, which won't even debate the version of ENDA with broad religious exemptions, will seriously consider a stricter amended one?

I Used to Be a Clown

Eric Trules | Posted 08.16.2014 | Comedy
Eric Trules

"Gino Cumeezi." That was my name. Great grandson of the infamous and toothless "Gums" Cumeezi. A cross between Charlie Chaplin, Jack Kerouac, and Grand Central Station. I like to think of Gino as a subversive public fool. A comic outlaw. A provocateur to the max. Truly one of New Yawk's "finest."

De Blasio and the Press

Karl Grossman | Posted 04.27.2014 | New York
Karl Grossman

De Blasio knows how to shovel snow from in front of his house in Brooklyn and making it into a media event. That's easy. Keeping his cool, using humor, keeping his eyes on the prize of a better city when caught in inevitable conflicts with media, that's harder.

WATCH: Protesters Disrupt Ceremony Honoring Ed Koch

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 12.13.2013 | New York

An event honoring Ed Koch was briefly disrupted by protesters Thursday, on what would've been the late New York City mayor's 89th birthday. At the...

Late Mayor's Letters To Be Auctioned

AP | Posted 11.25.2013 | New York

NEW YORK (AP) — During his reign as mayor of New York and for years after, Ed Koch corresponded with heads of state and other dignitaries. On Monda...

Ed Koch's Furniture, Art Up For Auction

AP | Posted 11.18.2013 | New York

NEW YORK (AP) — An auction will offer a glimpse into the inner world of former Mayor Edward Koch when a trove of his furniture and art collection go...

From Dress Codes to ENDA, a Personal Journey of Social Progress

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The Employment Non-discrimination Act of 2013 passed the Senate today, 39 years after it was first introduced. I feel very privileged to have lived long enough, from being at Stonewall as a teenager to being in the Senate gallery today, to watch history unfold.

Thoughts on the Passing of Edward I. Koch

Randall Bourscheidt | Posted 11.24.2013 | Arts
Randall Bourscheidt

There would have been no Met or Brooklyn Museum or Bronx Zoo or New York Aquarium without major investment from, and cooperation with, the city. Mayor Koch instinctively understood this.

Third Term Problems for Bloomberg and Quinn

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Today, after a Democratic primary in which the strongest Bloomberg critic of all the candidates won a resounding and broad victory, a different picture of Bloomberg's mayoralty, one that is grounded in his less successful third term, is emerging.

Livin' on a Prayer: The Giants and Jets Belong to Jersey!

Tom Semioli | Posted 11.04.2013 | Sports
Tom Semioli

Witness the woebegone New York City pro-football fan, whose only state team actually resides in a place called Buffalo.

New York's Competitive Advantage

Peter Ubertaccio | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Peter Ubertaccio

In the quest to maintain a vibrant and aggressive political climate, Boston has failed where New York has succeeded.

FBI Releases Ed Koch Documents

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 09.08.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- Documents released for the first time Tuesday from the FBI file on former New York City Mayor Edward Koch detail one of the more obscure c...

Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart -- Julia Roberts in HBO Film

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 08.27.2013 | Arts
Alison Winfield Burns

Larry Kramer sits down at the New York Historical Society Museum. The Smith Auditorium is packed. Two tiers of seats, filled.

Ed Koch Tombstone Engraved With Wrong Birth Date

AP | Posted 06.18.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch meticulously planned his own funeral, but his tombstone has the wrong birth date. NBC 4 New York (http...

Billionaire Koch Wins Battle Over Fake Wine Bottles

Reuters | Posted 06.12.2013 | Business

By Atossa Araxia Abrahamian NEW YORK, April 11 (Reuters) - A federal jury in New York on Thursday handed a legal victory to U.S. billi...

Making the Case for Anthony Weiner

Andy Ostroy | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

The other Democrats in the race, including front runner and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, are respectable, decent, well-credentialed people. But are they the bright lights of the big city?