Heading into the home stretch of 2013, the administration of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is just taking shape. It remains to be seen who, if anyone, will be appointed City Hall’s liaison to the Jewish community. More than half of Jewish voters supported the lanky liberal, Massachusetts-born former public advocate and city councilman in his landslide win. But like most other registered voters in New York City, a large share stayed home in the low-turnout election. And 44 percent went with his opponent.
When the World Economic Forum announced the top trends for 2014, based on responses from its network of world leaders, widening income disparities was number two. Inaction on climate change was number five.
I was listening to the radio the day Ed Koch passed away in February, when I heard a recording of the former New York City Mayor answering a reporter’s question about how he would like his epitaph to read.
Badly trailing in polls, Republican candidate is a regular in Borough Park and Williamsburg.
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As polls suggest the lopsided mayoral race is all but over, with Democrat Bill de Blasio a mile ahead, Republican Joe Lhota seems to be working overtime to pick up support in neighborhoods where Jews have been most willing to cross party lines.
As much as we may yearn to transcend the material, we live with "stuff." Inspired by the British Museum and the BBC’s hugely successful “A History of the World in 100 Objects,” New School curators Radhika Subramaniam and Margot Bouman present New York through the everyday (the subway token, the public phone booth), the overlooked (a boot scraper, a rat bait trap), the iconic (the Empire State Building, Metropolitan Museum badges) and the mundane (black umbrellas, a coffee cup, sneakers).
Ex-New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was forced out of office by a scandal, announced his run for mayor of New York City in the Democratic primary early Wednesday morning.
“Look, I’ve made some big mistakes and I know I’ve let a lot of people down,” Weiner said in a two-minute YouTube video released early Wednesday morning. “But I’ve also learned some tough lessons. I’m running for mayor because I’ve been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it for my entire life. And I hope I get a second chance to work for you.”
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, widely seen as a likely frontrunner in this year's Democratic primary for mayor, launched her campaign on Sunday with a "walk and talk" tour of the five boroughs and promised to visit all the city's diverse neighborhoods before the vote.
After City Hall, Koch and wielded influence up and down the East Coast.
In the mid-1970s, William Rapfogel, who was publishing a small Jewish newspaper here, arranged a meeting at a café near Grand Central Station with Edward Koch, then an obscure member of Congress, and one of the representative’s aides.