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.)…

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…