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Time to Step On the Gas

Tom Allon | Posted 02.02.2016 | New York
Tom Allon

New York City, the greatest metropolis in the world, looks great on the outside. There are gleaming luxury high-rise buildings, shiny new neighborhoods and energetic tourists everywhere. But looks are deceiving.

MAS Summit 2015: The City We Want

Robert Brenner | Posted 10.29.2015 | New York
Robert Brenner

In the 1970s, New York City seemed trapped in a death spiral. Crime was up, tax revenue was down. The Bronx was burning. Whites were fleeing the city ...


Francis Levy | Posted 07.16.2015 | Media
Francis Levy

The headline read "Mexican Drug Kingpin, El Chapo, Escapes Prison ThroughTunnel," (NYT, 7/12/15). The ensuing article described a tunnel extending for a mile and dug from the cell which housed, Joaquin Guzman Loera or El Chapo as he is known.

Giornale Adriatico-Mediterraneo: Urbino

Francis Levy | Posted 06.12.2015 | Travel
Francis Levy

The Duke of Urbino is immortalized in a famous painting by Piero della Francesca where the artist depicts the notch in the bridge of the nobleman's nose.

The Illustrious Oakland Ballet Throws a Party Like No Other

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.19.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

This week marks a major milestone in the history of two storied American ballet companies on opposite coasts: American Ballet Theatre turns 75, and Oakland Ballet turns 50.

A Revolutionary Track

Francis Levy | Posted 06.06.2015 | New York
Francis Levy

Manhattan's N/R trains which run from Brooklyn to Queens or from Queens to Brooklyn depending on where you're coming from are remarkable illustrations of the space/time continuum as it manifests itself in mass transit.

A Date With the San Francisco Dance Film Festival

Carla Escoda | Posted 12.31.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Like a World Series hitter, a dance critic today must be prepared not only for the customary fastballs and curveballs, but also the dreaded change-up.

When New York Ruled the Universe: 50 Years Later, Revisiting the Dreamscape of the 1964-65 World's Fair

Peter Mandel | Posted 10.18.2014 | New York
Peter Mandel

To try and reach back there, I'm going straight to the source. Not to new books like Joseph Tirella's Tomorrow-Land, but to a dust-blanketed old one. It's one that's been wedged in the back of my shelf since the summer of 1964: The Official Guide to the New York World's Fair.

Moses Was Wrong: Avoid Sprawl, Infill Cities (and Teams)

George Bradt | Posted 09.28.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Robert Moses had a bias to build things like parkways and bridges that enabled cars and their passengers in and around New York and especially on Long Island. This led to community-destroying urban sprawl. The better approach is to create higher density, better functioning city centers where people and communities can thrive.

We, the People

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Fifty years later it's time for another movement to demand a fairer and more just Mississippi and America and end the violence of poverty and illiteracy. Repeat after me: We, the people.

Oakland-esque: Oakland Ballet's Love Letter to a City

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.18.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Oakland Ballet's straightforward strategy is to take ballet to the streets -- literally and figuratively.

World's Fair Opens 50 Years Ago -- and I Get Fired for Story About It

Karl Grossman | Posted 06.22.2014 | New York
Karl Grossman

Fifty years ago this week, the New York World's Fair opened -- and by the end of the week, I was fired for writing about demonstrations on its opening day protesting racism.

Historic New York City Museum Gets A Massive Makeover

AP | ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 11.02.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — The Queens Museum of Art for decades had to work within the confines of a building that originally was constructed as a ...

New York's Farley Post Office Sets The Stage for MANNA-HATA, An Epic Theatrical Event by Peculiar Works Project

Tim Ranney | Posted 08.11.2013 | New York
Tim Ranney

A time machine exists for a short while in June within the abandoned offices, loading docks, and stairwells of the gigantic James A. Farley Post Office as a plucky theater company transports you back through 400 years of Manhattan history.

Oakland Ballet Reimagines Diaghilev

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.14.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The original was considered exceptionally daring back in 1924, with its allusions to sexual hijinks among the demi-mondaines and its depiction of bisexuality. In 2013, these themes risk putting a hip Bay Area crowd to sleep.

12 Horrible Plans For NYC That Never Happened

Flavorwire | Posted 01.08.2013 | New York

There have been some epically bad plans for New York City over the years, like drying up the rivers, building an underground city, and encasing Midtow...

How America Became an Automobile Nation

Joan Marans Dim | Posted 07.24.2012 | New York
Joan Marans Dim

This Memorial Day weekend, as we take our automobiles out for a costly, gasping, traffic-clogged spin, it's instructive to remember that the road to hell is often paved with good intentions.

Robert Moses and the Second Avenue Subway

Joan Marans Dim | Posted 04.28.2012 | New York
Joan Marans Dim

The world was allegedly created in six days (God rested on the seventh day), so why is it taking New York City so long -- some 90 years, or possibly longer -- to create the Second Avenue Subway?

Obama's Not So New Deal

Tom Silva | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Tom Silva

The truth is that top-down government spending is as old as capitalism and not an invention that starts with Roosevelt and the WPA of the 1930s.

Oliver Stone's New Favorite Megalomaniac

ARTINFO | Posted 12.31.2011 | Arts

Every robber baron is probably green with envy for the late Robert Moses, a powerful and polarizing force who shaped New York as we now know it, becau...

A Rose for Parks

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

It was particularly satisfying for me to learn that Governor Cuomo has appointed Rose H. Harvey (park name "Harvest") as New York State Parks Commissioner.

Angry Trump Can't Finish Jones Beach Oasis

AP | FRANK ELTMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

WANTAGH, N.Y. — After promising in typical Trumpian modesty to replace a restaurant at a landmark New York beach with "the finest dining and ban...

Westway Changed Transportation History

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Roberta Brandes Gratz

Westway was more than a highway; it reflected a national mindset. First proposed in the 1970s, Westway reflected post-war thinking that highways were the most important transportation investment.

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.

Great Houses of New York: The River Club, the Best Address, Part III

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Henry Adams

Except for having no golf course, the River Club at 447 East 52nd Street is as close to a country club as one could find in the middle of New York City.