'I've just been released from state prison, and I don't want to hurt anyone."
If you guessed it's from an old Clint Eastwood movie, congratulations -- you are an innocent tourist. The rest of us recognize this as the cry of the aggressive subway panhandler -- all except lame duck Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who thinks such low-level crimes are a relic of the past.
I was on the No. 1 train... » more
As the fight to stem an epidemic of sexual assault in the U.S. military reaches a showdown in the Senate this week, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand unfortunately doesn't appear to have the votes to strip military commanders of the power to decide who is prosecuted or punished.
If her attempt to strengthen reforms falls short of the 60 votes needed to avoid a Senate filibuster, the burden... » more
President Barack Obama took his medicine Thursday.
He admitted before a national television audience that he misled a wary public by repeatedly trumpeting, "You will be able to keep your health plan," at a time when such assurances were critical to getting the Affordable Care Act enacted. He should have known that the politically expedient promise would turn out to be untrue.
Now... » more
New York City's next mayor, Bill de Blasio, and his wife, Chirlane McCray, deserve credit for candor. Just as when Bill Clinton told the nation in 1992 it would "get two for the price of one," de Blasio and McCray have openly declared their interchangeability.
In an interview in The New York Times, McCray revealed that she interviews all prospective high-level appointees and edits... » more
Noticed a proliferation of nascent facial shrubbery at work this month? That's because it's still mid-Movember, a portmanteau of mustache and November.
The international effort encourages men to grow mustaches to raise awareness of -- and money for -- men's health issues, including prostate and testicular cancers.
Men register at us.movember.com and commit to growing a 'stache for November.... » more
In a stunning move, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pulled the plug on his crucial rezoning plan for east midtown, a 73-block area around Grand Central Terminal. The blueprint was expected to result in about 12 new skyscrapers -- some of them replacing older buildings -- and to boost the area's workforce by 7 percent.
Unfortunately, the mayor was forced to punt by a City Council that seems remarkably... » more
Commuting to work can be grueling and costly whether you're using mass transit or your own car. Although the government can't do much about the exasperation factor, a federal tax break does defray the cost.
Unfortunately, there's a rub.
This commuter tax benefit happens to treat transit riders like stepchildren compared with the way it treats motorists. It shouldn't be this way.
If... » more
When I bought my Marmot-brand Mammoth parka at Paragon in Union Square a few years ago, I had no idea I was buying a jacket that was so popular.
I thought I'd found a great buy -- on sale at the end of winter. Filled with goose down, it's incredibly warm. I love the inner and outer pockets, and the detachable hood is great during snowstorms.
When my community college students told me... » more
Sen. Charles Schumer said Monday he will seek to extend a tax credit for mass-transit commuters set to expire at the end of the year.
In a news conference in Grand Central Terminal, Schumer said letting the employer-based tax break lapse would cut the benefit to transit commuters to $130 per month from $245, which is the tax deduction currently offered to commuters who drive to work.
"It... » more
When you think glamour and cosmetics, what comes to mind? Paris? An upscale department or specialty store?
How about the bowels of the NYC subway system?
I once worked for a drug-store publication with an all-male writing staff, and became beauty editor by default. The guys called me "beauty boy," but hey, I was meeting models and chatting up Halle Berry while my co-workers attended... » more