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Boy, Could We Use Fiorello La Guardia Now

Michael Winship | Posted 10.04.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

Like our present Republican presidential candidate, La Guardia was supremely self-confident and brash, a real publicity hound who chased fire engines and conducted city orchestras. He loved strutting his stuff on the airwaves. But the similarities end there.

70 Years After the LaGuardia Commission Report on Marijuana: A Symposium on How NY Can Do Better

Julie Netherland | Posted 06.30.2014 | New York
Julie Netherland

New York, despite the its leadership on reducing the numbers of people behind bars and making significant reforms to the Rockefeller Drug Laws in 2009, remains hopelessly behind when it comes to marijuana policy.

A New Deal for New York City

Alan Singer | Posted 05.03.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

In response to potential critics of the New Deal for New York City, I think Bill de Blasio should resurrect Roosevelt's message to the American people.

Book Review: The Italian-American Experience -- Another Immigration Story

Carla Seaquist | Posted 02.10.2014 | Books
Carla Seaquist

Explorers Emigrants Citizens steps way back to tell the Italian-American saga from first contact with the Americas, with Christopher Columbus being only one of many explorers. The book then focuses on the huge waves of immigration in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Bill de Blasio and the Future of Progressive New York

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

If de Blasio can marry the social democratic vision of the New Deal with the sophistication, vision and competence required to govern a complex city like New York now, he will also take his place among New York City's great mayors.

From the Back Row

Alice Carey | Posted 12.03.2013 | Arts
Alice Carey

The opera begins and ends with Anna saying, "I want to blow you all... a kiss." As I bid farewell to City Opera, I too blow them a kiss for their brave attempt to bring opera to the people and to convert me to the opera Queen that I am.

Tony Lo Bianco Is Fiorello La Guardia in Little Flower

Rob Taub | Posted 05.20.2013 | New York
Rob Taub

Actor-director Tony Lo Bianco, who stars in Little Flower, a one man show about the life and times of the colorful three-time mayor of New York City.

Do You Know How The Thong Came To Be?

The Huffington Post | Michelle Persad | Posted 02.01.2013 | Style

Hint: Sisqo had nothing to do with it.

Chris Christie: "A Big Man for a Big Job"

Andy Ostroy | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

If a politician says black, it's white. Up, it's down. And if he says he's not running, that usually means he is. And in the case of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, there's a far greater likelihood that no means yes.

How I Became a New York Celebrity 75 Years Ago

Al Eisele | Posted 10.24.2011 | New York
Al Eisele

Seventy-five years ago, my mother found herself a celebrity after being named the nation's best rural correspondent of 1936. Her star treatment is chronicled in yellowed clippings from the New York newspapers.

Hangar Flying Through History From a Wing Chair

Christine Negroni | Posted 10.03.2011 | New York
Christine Negroni

Airplanes had been around nearly forty years when New York's Wings Club was formed in 1942. And over the years the club has charted a course that para...

A Train Wreck Named Desire

Henry J. Stern | Posted 08.20.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

The teachable moment that emerges from this personal tragedy is that, with many people who we think of as leaders, emotion can overpower reason, and people can and do perform incredibly self-destructive acts.

The Same 100 People

Howard Kissel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Howard Kissel

It is often said that there are only one hundred people in New York. Meaning in any field you inhabit, there seem to be no more than one hundred people that you run into all the time.

Seven Questions You Asked

Henry J. Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

Bicameralism gives every citizen two legislators to elect, so if one is a dope or a crook, a voter can go to the other for assistance or information.

The Mayor's Legacy Dilemma

Stuart Appelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stuart Appelbaum

Bloomberg must begin to recognize that real prosperity doesn't trickle from the top down. The battle over jobs planned for the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx is his first challenge.

La Guardia, Wagner, Koch All Suffered Through Third Terms: Will Bloomberg Be Next? | Sam Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Fiorello H. La Guardia, ill with cancer and already fitted for a uniform, craved a military commission that would get him out of New York. Robert F. W...

The Scouting NY Guide to the Big Apple!

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

Every week, I receive emails asking what I'd recommend covering on a visit to NYC -- not the obscure, quirky stuff that I write about, but rather, my favorite major attractions and sights.

The Greatest Musical You've Never Heard Of

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Robert J. Elisberg

"You have never heard of it," that kind of unknown. AND greatest: winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award greatest. The show is...are you ready?