Amy Explains Housing, Part I

The all-important topics of real estate power and affordable housing in New York City have spawned a thousand academic treatises and nonprofit reports but not many readable explainers for the lay public. Housing is a messy, complicated topic that features a quadrennial showdown in which policy buffs throw around acronyms like confetti. Enter artist and…

All-New York City Basketball Squad

In honor of this weekend’s NBA All-Star Weekend being played in New York City, the NBA has put together an amazing map of New York City basketball legends. These are New York City’s greatest. I’ve taken the list and put together a team for the ages. No Knicks are on this team unless they grew…

Eight Questions for Carl Heastie

In the race to succeed New York City Speaker Sheldon Silver, the New York City delegation is starting to coalesce around Carl Heastie. Given the obvious difficulty in dislodging legislative leaders from Albany, the 47-year-old Heastie requires scrutiny now. Here are some issues I haven’t seen discussed that I would like to see aired before the…

Juan Rodriguez: An Original New Yorker

New Yorkers pride themselves on exploring new neighborhoods, but Juan  Rodriguez, Manhattan’s first non-indigenous resident, went 400 years without any credit. This pioneer preceded the first permanent Dutch settlement by a decade, but until recently, he was buried as a footnote in New York City history. A few years ago, a researcher flying to New York…

We’re Almost There: Sheldon Silver Must Go

For a brief moment on Sunday night, newspapers were reporting that Sheldon Silver had stepped down as Speaker. Now his spokesman is claiming that he is not relinquishing power, only temporarily stepping aside to focus on his legal case while five senior Assemblymembers handle the budget and legislative issues. This is not good enough. Sheldon…

MLK in NYC

Coretta Scott King called MLK Day “a people’s holiday” but it’s hard to resist honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who had some of his most important moments here in New York City.  Below we’ve summarized King’s relationship to New York in ten vignettes. This article is cross-posted at Untapped Cities, which features…