Ali declares his refusal to serve the U.S military in Vietnam, 1966. (Photo by NY Times.)

Muhammad Ali and the Law

The internet is replete with powerful tributes to Muhammad Ali, but I’ll humbly add the story of his legal travails. This is excerpted from a Federal Bar Council piece I co-authored with Steve Edwards on boxing law. Re-reading this five years later, I am struck by the final quote, in which Ali forgives an institution…

The Temple of Promise (from their site)

A Thanksgiving Poem

This was scrawled on the Temple wall at Burning Man, and it really resonated: It’s all so terrifyingly simple We’ve overcomplicated it There is a deliberate continuum being maintained throughout all the detailed narrative No matter what your crazy theory is no matter what mouth noises or squiggly lines you make to point towards something…

New York Botanical Garden.

Your Ticket To An Incredible 2016

Could Mayor de Blasio’s municipal ID program be the sleeper program to rejuvenate New York City? We all know this city is full of cultural gems, but now we no longer have an excuse to ignore them, just because we already experienced them once on a high school field trip or a first date. The Muni…

Ryan Triangle, named for Corporal George Ryan, who died during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

New Yorkers at War – Bronx Parks Edition

My first internship was spent at the New York City Parks Department in the Historical Signs Division. It was the summer of 2001, and Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Parks Commissioner Henry Stern came up with the brilliant idea of erecting 2001 signs to commemorate New York’s (approximately) 2001 parks, each sign affixing their names to the bottom. This task required…

Fun as it would be to join this French basketball team, I'll be joining the CCRB that handles allegations of police misconduct.

Farewell, For Now

In July of 1993, after decades of activism, New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board opened its doors. For the first time, New Yorkers alleging misconduct by the police could seek redress at an independent civilian agency. Twenty-two years later, I am thrilled to announce that I am joining the CCRB as its Legal & Policy…

Lou Gehrig at Yankees Stadium, July 4, 1939. Image courtesy of MLB, colorization by Graig Kreindler.

New York City Gets Epic for July 4th

I could have posted this yesterday, but I assumed, hopefully correctly, that people would have better things to do on a sunny holiday Saturday than read blogs. For my part, I designed and triumphed in a Game of Thrones-themed pong. (As Littlefinger, I allied with the Lannisters and we retained control of the Iron Throne.)…