I’ll Be Back!

In case you’ve been wondering about the slightly diminished output at Janos.nyc during the past few weeks, let me lay it on you: I’m getting married Saturday! Planning an awesome wedding is a lot of work, with seemingly infinite moving parts, but in 48 hours it’s finally going down. After the wedding we’ll be taking…

SCOTUS Housing Court in Session

This piece originally appeared in The Brooklyn Quarterly. As a national debate takes shape around how America has failed segregated inner-city communities like those in Baltimore, a quiet but historic debate is taking place in the Supreme Court over the constitutionality of the most powerful anti-segregation tool in history: the Fair Housing Act. Since the Fair…

Today in NYC History: The Police Riots of 1857

Police riot, they want a riot, police riot, a riot of their own! Why should civilians have all the fun? On June 16, 1857, two rival police squads clashed at City Hall: the Municipals, under the command of the notorious Mayor Fernando Wood, and the Metropolitans, acting under the authority of the state. Fernando Wood…

Kalief Browder’s Death Raises Bigger Questions Than Bail Reform

In New York City everyone charges around with important things to do all day, and individual tragedies rarely seep into our lives. Few stories, however, are more moving than the suicide of Kalief Browder, the 22-year old who never recovered from the physical and psychological brutalization he suffered during three years on Rikers Island awaiting…

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…