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It’s not news that there are a lot of homeless individuals and families in New York. The NY Times published an eye-popping statistic the other day that the city spends $575,000 each day to house homeless families in transient hotels for about 7,500 people.  By coincidence, I happened to be in a city office the […]

The film documents Weiner’s run to become mayor of New York City following his sexting/Twitter scandal with a bevy of like-minded and willing young women. Of course, we all know what happened once selfies of Weiner’s bulging-through-his-underpants weiner surfaced on the internet.

I know you’ll be shocked to hear this but I don’t get invited to all that many open houses where the price tag for a condo is a gaudy $17.5 million. The word must be out that I’m a journalist.

The island has long open trenches half filled with wooden coffins. Hundreds of other coffins are piled high next to the trench awaiting their ultimate fate.

A silent bulldozer stood idle, as did dozens of shovels. Looming above us was a giant cross and all around were abandoned buildings, some with no roofs, others missing walls. We were all alone. What was this place?

t’s not that I don’t like Staten Island. Wait, that’s not true. I don’t like Staten Island.

Okay, well, it’s not that nothing good happens in Staten Island. Wait, that’s not true either. Every time I’ve ever gone to this poor excuse for a borough, I’ve been disappointed. I always go thinking, there must be something good about this burg and then….there’s not.

This street fair was New York all the way, combing elements of many ethnic groups but mainly Jewish and Chinese…

We’d be better off having a public service campaign alerting drivers to left turn blind spots than lowering speed limits that are largely imaginary in the city anyway.

The days of the fast-talking, cigar-chomping white New York City cab driver are over but, sadly, racism is not.

No Pants Day…but lots of skin!

Posted: 12th January 2014 in new york life

Every year, a group calling itself Improv Everywhere organizes No Pants Day in New York and many other cities. It’s kind of odd but has become a tradition and, let’s face it, it’s more of a statement to take off your pants in the NYC subway than it is anywhere else, right?

If New York is such an exclusionary place fit for only the wealthy, as de Blasio would have us believe, then why has the population grown by probably a million in the last decade? And despite what you may hear, a lot of our new neighbors are immigrants seeking the American dream, not hipsters brewing their own beers. New York is a city where our minority population is the majority. You can look it up.

We need a minimum wage of $15 an hour in this country if the working poor have any chance of making it, at least in a city as expensive as New York.

There was a lot of security in the air and plenty of worry after what happened in Boston but it was smooth sailing yesterday for NYC’s Marathon. The only trouble was the weather — it was cold and windy but everyone had a good time.

One of the great things about New York City is its propinquity, the possibilities that exist because disparate people are living within spitting distance of each other. In many ways, that’s why New York is magical; it embodies that idea. Walking the streets of New York one gets the feeling that anything can happen, that it’s possible you could run into anyone.

I’ve been watching with more than a passing degree of curiosity as the saga of Baby Hope unfolds in New York. If you’re not familiar with the story, Baby Hope was an unnamed and unknown young girl whose body was found in a blue picnic cooler near the side of a Manhattan highway back in 1991.

I’ve heard of 5Pointz over the years but never managed to get there until this past Labor Day Weekend. It’s a group of warehouses in Long Island City that is considered by some to be the world’s foremost graffiti mecca. It sits almost directly across from PS 1, the contemporary art museum housed in an old schoolhouse.

What do you do when your barista suffers from ‘heavy milky hands?’

New York City street fairs don’t vary all that much but last night’s event on the Lower East Side did have its charm. Take a look….

In NYC, the elite can go to Soul Cycle where the spinning classes cost like $400 an hour (um, not really) OR, as this comedian has discovered, you can just use the city’s new bike share program which is available on the street to all, even street people. Sounds like the best of two worlds!

I love NYC’s bike share program. So far, I’ve taken six rides including one today in beautiful weather down the west side but if I had to choose a word to sum up what it’s like to hit the pavement on a bike in this city, that word would be “terrifying!”

can’t say I ride my bike a lot around NYC but I have the very best intentions. Every May, I drag our two bikes up from the basement and….

Okay so this is a cool idea. The New Museum down on the Bowery has an exhibition on New York City, 1993, chosen I think because it happens to be 20 years ago. The museum claims this was a pivotal year for the city but I’m not so sure. I guess one could argue with […]

One of my favorite assignments when I was a reporter at The New York Daily News was working inside the legendary Room 9 during Ed Koch’s third term in the late 1980s. Every day, I went to work inside City Hall so I got to see Koch work and carry-on first-hand. No doubt, he was […]

Now comes word that NYC officials are taking down all the ‘no honking’ signs around this burg (you know the ones — “Don’t Honk-$350 Penalty blah, blah, blah) and I couldn’t be more delighted. I love to honk! It’s true, I really do get into tooting my own car horn, much to the chagrin of […]

This is more or less what my morning commute is like on the NYC subway. Granted, I’ve never had this many panhandlers take over a car but it’s been close. Enjoy! (Created by Gary Lee)

Reading Christopher Gray’s article in the New York Times (Sunday, 1/6/13) headlined “Still Stopping Me in My Tracks” about his favorite buildings in New York, I began to think of mine. Here is the list and, strangely enough, they are a combination of buildings I’ve spent tons of time in along with others I’ve never […]