Lady Gaga's official closing of the iconic Roseland Ballroom after 95 years in April marks the final nail in the coffin for New York's once-storied live music scene.
Those of a certain age will fondly remember the New Music Seminars of the late '80s held at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, which captured the Big Apple's club scene in all its pomp. European journalists such as myself would... » more
Nine years ago, Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched an ambitious effort to reduce homelessness in New York by two-thirds over five years. His blueprint included more than 60 goals with timelines aimed at getting thousands of people off the streets and into permanent housing.
"We will continue our work until all New Yorkers have a place to call home," he promised at the time.
Unfortunately,... » more
Not too long ago MTA officials were upset over a 2008 federal law ordering railroads such as Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road to install a high-tech system that would automatically stop runaway trains.
They said the expense -- around $900 million -- would gobble up money better spent on big-ticket public-transit expansion projects. They said the commuter railroads already had strong... » more
What a joke.
The Moreland Commission has spoken, and guess what it says? Money buys influence in Albany.
As if it didn't know that. The commission's co-chair, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, took almost $300,000 in donations from Weitz & Luxenberg and its associates, the law firm for which Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is "of counsel."
One of the... » more
Kriss Kringle has been downsized, and not in a Chris Christie way.
After more than a century of bringing comfort and joy to the streets of New York, Sidewalk Santas have been given the boot by the Volunteers of America.
"The program was just not the most effective way of raising money," vice president Rachel Weinstein has said. Those willing to stand on a freezing cold street corner... » more
Now the question is why?
Why did a Sunday morning Metro-North train from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central Terminal roar into one of the system's most challenging curves at 82 miles per hour -- at a place where the Hudson River lies hard to the right, the Harlem River looms straight ahead and the speed limit is 30 mph?
Monday National Transportation Safety Board investigators provided disturbing... » more
As we approach Thanksgiving Day, let us count the ways we are thankful to live in New York, the greatest city in the world:
We are thankful that we can find any type of food we desire within a five-minute walk of our homes.
We are thankful that most of us don't need cars.
We are thankful that we don't care about a candidate's color, religion or ethnicity -- or those of his spouse... » more
Christmas in New York is magical.
In addition to the usual festive lights and general holiday cheer, the city's many cultures celebrate in their own ways.
My dad's family, for example, is from Puerto Rico and we drink coquito (rum-infused eggnog) and eat pasteles (our version of tamales). My mom's family, and my husband's, celebrate the holiday in part by eating Chinese food on Dec.... » more
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stirred up a fuss last week when he urged New Yorkers to move across the river because our taxes are headed upward.
The governor's "latest political stunt" doesn't deserve a serious response, groused an aide to Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who campaigned on a pledge to raise city income taxes on earners making $500,000-plus a year.
Actually, New... » more
In his first major policy address since the election, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio said Monday the city has arrived at a moment for "transformational change" in the way its 1.1 million public-school students are educated.
He's assembling a policy group to work out details for providing a free prekindergarten program to all city children, a signature campaign issue. And he wants to... » more