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Diabetes Epidemic Reaches All-Time High In NYC

Posted 06.11.2013 | New York

The number of fatalities related to diabetes in New York City has reached an all-time high, nearly doubling over the past twenty years, according to a...

NAACP Opposes NYC Soda Ban

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 03.25.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — The city defended its groundbreaking size limit on sugary drinks Wednesday as an imperfect but meaningful rein on obesity, while crit...

Bloomberg Cracks Down On Pain Reliever Prescriptions

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 01.11.2013 | New York

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is again pushing new regulations aimed at making New Yorkers healthier. This time, he's calling for restrictions on the amount...

Flu Reaches Epidemic Levels In NYC

Posted 01.11.2013 | New York

New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley warned New Yorkers Thursday that instances of the flu in the city have reached epidemic proportions. ...

Is NYC's Health Commissioner A Scold Or A Lifesaver?

Reuters | Posted 11.01.2012 | New York

By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (Reuters) - Critics call him a puritanical scold, Gotham's Dr. No and a nursemaid to Mayor Micha...

The (Soda) Counter Hearing to NYC's Phony Soda Ban Hearing

Audrey Silk | Posted 09.18.2012 | New York
Audrey Silk

The sparkle of a "hearing" is as flat as an hours old open can of seltzer.

NYC Health Commissioner Defends Soda Ban

Reuters | Posted 08.07.2012 | New York

* Says limiting drink size sends a message * Ban won't limit freedom to drink sugary products-official * Industry defend...

NYC Suicide Rate Half The National Average

Posted 02.24.2012 | New York

The suicide rate in New York City is almost half the national average, a new Health Department report reveals. There are now six suicides per 100,000 ...

110,000 New Yorkers Are HIV Positive

AP | CRISTIAN SALAZAR | Posted 01.31.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — Health officials in the nation's largest city are recommending that any residents living with HIV be offered AIDS drugs as soon as th...

Ed Koch: "Always a Bridesmaids?

Ed Koch | Posted 08.16.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Koch

While worth seeing, some will find Bridesmaids, as I did, a little too raunchy. Having a woman defecate in a sink was too much for me.

Ed Koch Predicts the Oscar Winners

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Koch

If justice is served in Hollywood tonight, the people and films I predict in this video are the ones who will take home Oscars.

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (A Mayor Koch Review)

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Koch

This documentary deals with the fall of former New York governor Eliot Spitzer, who while in office, used an escort service that charged upwards of $2...

Casino Jack (A Mayor Koch Review)

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Koch

The dramatized account of the rise and fall of corrupt Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff will fascinate--and enrage--you. Kevin Spacey is terrific, as...

All Good Things: A Mayor Koch Review

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Koch

This is an extraordinary movie allegedly based on the Durst real estate family of New York. It's a bizarre story, and the acting of the principals, Kirsten Dunst, Ryan Gosling and Frank Langella, is terrific and, on occasion, terrifying.

The Tourist: A Mayor Koch Review

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Koch

I'm not going to tell you about the plot -- it is ridiculous. For me to even discuss it would take away whatever pleasures might be there. But if I were you, I would do what most audiences have done: not go.

Black Swan: A Mayor Koch Review

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Koch

I hope I will not be thought of as a coarse Philistine for not praising this film. I confess that I am not a devotee of the ballet; indeed, I have att...

The King's Speech: A Mayor Koch Review

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Koch

Sure-to-be Oscar contender The King's Speech is a movie without any surprises, but excellent.

My Very Own Bridge

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ed Koch

The 59th Street Bridge has no extraordinary sight lines. It doesn't touch the sky, like the George Washington or Verrazano bridges. It's a workhorse bridge. Just like me!

Remembering John Lennon

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Koch

On the thirtieth anniversary of the death of John Lennon, I'd like to review the new film Nowhere Boy, about the early life of the legendary Beatle.

Hathaway and Franco?! Don't Be Ridiculous. (A Mayor Koch Commentary)

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Koch

They're not comedians... they're actors. (And very good ones at that.) So why are Anne Hathaway and James Franco hosting the 2011 Academy Awards?

The Price of the Anti-Soda Campaign: Demonizing Obesity and Infantilizing the Poor

Peter Naccarato | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Peter Naccarato

Does a government that subsidizes the production of high-fructose corn syrup really have the moral authority to condemn those who consume it?

The Social Network (A Mayor Koch Review)

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Koch

2010-10-13-socialnetwork.jpg This is a stupendous movie, one I recommend with gusto.

The Town (A Mayor Koch Review)

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Koch

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The Extra Man (A Mayor Koch Review)

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Koch

Kevin Kline is the "extra man" in this film, a distinguished gentleman who squires around lonely, older women. Paul Dano is the young playwright Kline...

Leaves of Grass (A Mayor Koch Review)

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Koch

Ed Norton stars in this film about twin brothers--one a professor at Brown University, the other a redneck--who come back together in Oklahoma when th...