Today in NYC History: The Clash Rock Bond’s Casino

The Clash have been my favorite band since high school. Their fourth album, Sandinista!, is not only my favorite album, it is also Mayor Bill de Blasio’s favorite. According to Bill, the Clash are blasting through the walls of Gracie Mansion these days, as young Dante de Blasio has discovered “the only band that matters” for…

Today in NYC History: The Failed Sewer Strike of 1971

Across the United States, the power of organized labor has been largely diminished, but in New York City, unions remain relevant, throwing their muscle behind campaigns and driving public policy. Even here, however, labor has receded from its high-water mark, a moment that labor historian Joshua Freeman believes took place on June 8, 1971. Political griping about the cost…