18 hours ago | Books
"I wonder if I understand you rightly," the Ethiopian prince Lij Tekla Alamaya asks his American friend Gloria Kendall. "Slavery in the Bronx, New York, in the most highly civilized city in the world?" "I will take you to see it with your own eyes...
7 days ago | Politics
In New York City, the backroom kingmaker is a dying breed. County leaders and their party organizations are losing clout. Pharaonic bureaucrats like Roberts Moses are no more. But there are always holdouts. Men — yes, they are usually men — who lu...
10 days ago | Politics
New York journalists always pine for heroes and villains. A Manichean universe is a convenient one: good guys do good, bad guys do bad, and to the white knight goes the boldest headlines. Preet Bharara was one of those New York knights. Since 2009...
14 days ago | Politics
Last summer, a very curious arrangement was struck between the Independent Democratic Conference and the New York State Independence Party. The Independence Party, one of several prominent third party organizations in New York, created a party com...
20 days ago | Politics
Pity the poor congressional Republicans. They just don’t realize what they’ve gotten themselves into. For eight years, they clung to the safety blanket of Barack Obama. As voters in their districts railed against the communist Muslim in the White ...
21 days ago | Politics
Out of all the defectors to the Independent Democratic Conference, none may be more at home than Tony Avella. Iconoclastic and irascible, the Queens state senator has used his bully pulpit for equally admirable and frustrating ends. He never said ...