The Bronx skated to a hard-fought victory this week when the City Council voted to transform the hulking Kingsbridge Armory -- empty for the last 17 years -- into a national ice sports center with nine skating rinks and a 5,000-seat hockey arena.
We hope it moves the Bronx renaissance into high gear.
Scheduled to open in 2017, the Kingsbridge National Ice Center will provide the Bronx... » more
Once the textile and fashion hub of New York City, the Garment District is now changing rapidly as more businesses from industries outside of fashion are moving in.
From advertising agencies and architecture firms to creative workspaces, tech, graphic design and lighting companies, the Garment District is now saturated with a new kind of creative buzz.
It is one which Garment District... » more
Talk about a bumpy ride. Mayor Michael Bloomberg initially wanted to introduce the Nissan NV200 -- the "Taxi of Tomorrow" -- with a grand flourish in October. It never happened.
A judge slammed on the brakes with a decision that the mayor had exceeded his authority when he designated one distinctive cab to dominate the city's fleet. The mayor can only set technical specifications... » more
More than a decade ago, while first running for City Council, Bill de Blasio was a paid consultant for the Service Employees International Union’s New York state council.
As a councilmember, and later the city’s public advocate, de Blasio kept an alliance with SEIU and other entities active in organized labor. And in May, a key affiliate — 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East<NO1>cq<NO>... » more
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's support for affordable housing is critical to New York City's future, but not just because it would mean stable rents and mortgages for low- and moderate-income families.
It is also a critical tool to help homeless people get back on their feet and to save the lives of domestic violence survivors and their families in need of stable, long-term housing.
Survivors... » more
It's practically unpatriotic or a mortal sin not to overeat and overdrink during "The Holidays" -- the dreaded season that starts with Thanksgiving and progresses through Christmas until the show-stopping gourmet overkill of New Year's. This time period can cause a sense of unease.
My philosophy remains the same -- make the low-calorie choices where possible, don't waste calories... » more
There's just one more thing Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn't want you to have before he leaves office -- those plastic foam containers that keep your takeout toasty warm and your coffee piping hot.
He probably won't get his way. His bill to ban plastic foam containers has been watered down in City Council.
Still, it's a welcome step forward.
Plastic foam food containers are a problem... » more
In a few weeks, he will vacate the office he's held for 12 years. Term limits have finally caught up with him. Although he must be given credit for many notable accomplishments, more than a few people will be glad to see him go.
Yes, it's time to say goodbye to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
Growing up, Markowitz never had it easy. He dragged himself to night classes at... » more
Forget five golden rings – ’tis the season of funk. So declares the Cali connection of DJ/ producer Damon Riddick (aka Dâm-Funk) and Snoop Lion -- billed here as Snoopzilla -- who team up here for a selection of cosmic, George Clinton-worshipping cuts of classic, trunk-rattling West Coast funk, complete with hand-drawn jacket art that cries out "1992." From the sternum-shaking,... » more
A soft-spoken man with a Stonewall Jackson beard, singer-songwriter Sam Beam has spent the past decade recording as Iron and Wine, blossoming along the way from bare acoustic numbers into fully realized arrangements that draw from musical traditions both near and far. Tuesday evening, Beam, backed by frequent collaborators Calexico, will headline a lyrical army of fellow artists and songwriters... » more