Bill de Blasio: The Man and the Music

Say what you want about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s politics, but the man has excellent taste in music. In fact, we share the same favorite album: the Clash’s Sandinista! In 2012, a friend of mine threw a fundraiser for then-Public Advocate de Blasio’s mayoral campaign. As the party wound down, folks were getting in their one…

Today in NYC History: Sorta Taking the Week Off

The recovery from my ACL injury is entering a challenging phrase, as I ramp up early rehab efforts. Between the time spend on PT and the erratic sleep schedule caused by the increased discomfort, I’ve barely had time to write, and as you may have noticed, 100% of that writing time has been going to Today in…

Reflecting on Anthony Mason (1966-2015)

Trying to write poetically about the death of Anthony Mason has been a struggle. The same few thoughts rotate through my head over and over: He was my favorite player as a kid. He couldn’t shoot, and that’s why he fought so hard to be good at everything else. He died at 48 years old, which…

Remembering Hunter S. Thompson, Ten Years Later

The great Hunter S. Thompson died ten years ago. At the time, I was just out of college. My buddy Clint Hendler ran the Dartmouth Free Press, the now-defunct liberal campus rag where I posted my rambles during college, and he let me submit this tribute piece.  It’s heavy on Dartmouth references and sweeping generalizations,…

Last Call for Winter Fundraising

Dear Janos.nyc readers, The last month has been incredibly exciting. The site’s content has been well received, and last week we held a successful fundraiser. This endeavor is incredibly rewarding, but it needs support. We currently have an Indiegogo campaign going until Wednesday. If you can find the time between now and then to contribute $10 or…

This is Janos.nyc

I love New York City and I love history. Born and raised here, restlessness pulled me away at first opportunity, but like every time since, the City’s energy pulled me back. The summer between my first and second year of college I interned at the Historical Signs Division of the New York City Parks Department. Then…