Salute to StarQuest

(Photo by New York Times.) Henry Stern and I met over Big Pun. My first summer after college I was embedded in the Parks Department Historical Signs Unit with a dozen other students, cranking out short playground histories for 2001 plaques adorning outgoing Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Parks Commissioner Henry Stern’s names across the City.…

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…

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…