26 Years Since the Board of Estimate’s Demise

New York City politics might seem convoluted now, but for nearly a century the city was governed by the Board of Estimate, an eight-member body as opaque and sinister as it sounds. On March 22, 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the Board of Estimate unconstitutional. The subsequent revision to the City Charter created the political…

Today in NYC History: A Turning Point for Times Square (1981)

Few conversations about New York City spark more heated debate than the redevelopment of Times Square. For some, it symbolized the death of New York City’s soul, the beginning of a corporate, stale, Disneyfied city. For others, it was a rebirth, a defiant reversal of the downward spiral that had unleashed crime and middle-class flight through Gotham. This…

Book Review: So Much To Do (Richard Ravitch)

Just When I Thought I Was Out, They Pull Me Back In: The Richard Ravitch Story… Richard Ravitch is one of those legendary public intellectuals from a bygone era who leaves you at the end of a television interview muttering to yourself about the shallowness of other news coverage. His most famous accomplishment, for which all New…