He's off to a promising start. Barely 12 hours after giving his victory address, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio stepped into the TV lights Wednesday and introduced the leaders of his transition team.
He was all business. The campaign circus has moved on and the fun house mirrors are back in their crates.
De Blasio was now talking about the ordinary realities of meshing his aspirational agenda... » more
When New York City unveiled a plan to subject kindergartners through second-graders in more than 30 schools to standardized tests -- previously reserved for children in third grade and up -- officials surely anticipated complaints from some parents and educators.
But at Castle Bridge School in Washington Heights, parents and the principal have taken their disapproval of the Discovery Education... » more
Congratulations to Bill de Blasio on his election as the 109th mayor of New York.
He earned it in classic fashion -- by accurately reading the mood of the city, articulating a strong vision, and winning over voters in a blur of forums, debates, meet-and-greets and ads. He has shown all of us -- those who backed him and those who didn't -- some superb political skills. Those are critical for... » more
Millennials may be America's next great generation.
The 18- to 29-year-olds are better educated and technologically savvier than previous generations. Politically, they are active and progressive, and sought by marketers because of their diversity and buying power -- projected at $200 billion annually.
About 40 percent identify themselves as African-American, Latino, Asian or racially... » more
Many of us subway riders have always assumed we had a deal with the system's rat population: WE stand on the platform and wait for trains. YOU scurry around in the track beds and scavenge for dinner. While we never especially enjoyed the sight of each other, things seemed to work out acceptably.
We had our turf, they had theirs, everyone thrived.
But now a new Straphangers Campaign quality-of-life... » more
In a stunning action Thursday, a federal appellate court gave the NYPD a much-needed reprieve from internal chaos. It slammed the brakes on last summer's ham-handed stop-and-frisk order and -- in remarkably blunt language -- yanked District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin off the case.
This is an extraordinary break for all New Yorkers. The appellate court didn't address the policy's constitutionality;... » more
The 2013 New York City mayoral campaign has inspired me to announce the biggest career move of my life. I've decided to go into office politics.
Granted, I've never participated in office politics. I've never taken a stand on our dress code, nor brought glazed doughnuts to our brainstorming sessions.
I've won only one election in my life -- as high school class clown. When it came to... » more
The City Council is blowing smoke if it thinks raising the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21 will stop younger people from lighting up. It won't, any more than laws against marijuana keep kids away from weed.
What the measure might do is make the city's black market for cigarettes even more robust.
That's no small trick. New Yorkers are already more likely to buy smokes on the black... » more
Always split aces and eights.
Never split face cards.
Double down on a hard 12 against a three, four or five if the last card dealt was a picture card.
Do those things and you're likely to lose at New York's blackjack tables -- if they materialize -- a little more slowly than the average chump, according to some gamblers. It might even buy you enough time for another "free"... » more
Both Halloween and Election Day are upon us, and I'm not sure which is scarier.
Although Republican Joe Lhota has a firm grasp on the issues and has proven himself a strong manager throughout his career, his politician costume clearly doesn't fit -- he is an awkward, uninspiring mayoral candidate.
But even if Lhota were Abe Lincoln, he still wouldn't have a ghost of a chance in this... » more