If you grew up in the 1960s, you witnessed the assassination of the President, his brother and Martin Luther King all within a few years. The King assassination in particular spawned a number of riots in major cities, but surprisingly … Read More
Back in 2007, John Maloof spent $380 at a Chicago auction house on a box of never-developed film. The photographs were taken by Vivien Maier, a 1950s nanny who captured Chicago and New York street scenes and then never showed … Read More
Please don’t blame the cancellation of the NYC Marathon on “resulting extensive and growing media coverage antagonistic to the marathon and its participants.” It was cancelled because it was absolutely the wrong thing to do in a time of widespread … Read More
A frequent argument by gun “enthusiasts” after a mass shooting goes along the lines of “if everyone carried a gun, then someone could have shot the gunman before they hurt anyone.” This naively overlooks the fact that most people are … Read More
Whether or not you feel teachers should be evaluated, it’s easy to see that improper evaluation methods don’t help to show who is an effective educator. In other words, just because you can measure something doesn’t mean that you should … Read More
Marc Fisher in the Washington Post: 9/11 has become all about New York â€” with D.C. and the Pentagon nearly forgotten. I’ll be honest, as a firefighter myself my attention has always been on what happened at the WTC but … Read More
Hydrofracking has an alarming tendency to permanently pollute underground water supplies yet the NYS DEC has drafted rules that could allow fracking near NYC water tunnels. Millions of people rely on this water supply and it’s already in trouble due … Read More
The Museum of the City of New York has launched its Collections Portal, with over 50,000 photographs by many famous NYC photographers, including Jacob Riis. Awful Flash interface, of course, but some great photographers.