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Lhota Sees Hope in Frum Vote

Badly trailing in polls, Republican candidate is a regular in Borough Park and Williamsburg.
10/21/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

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.

Joseph Lhota speaks with shopkeeper Joseph Waldman during a visit to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Shimon Gifter

Yair Lapid: New York Jews Safer Than Israelis

10/08/2013 - 20:00

It is safer to be a Jew in New York than in Israel, Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid told an audience in New York.

On a recent television appearance, Yair Lapid stated that Israel is not the refuge it was created to be. Getty Images

Tales Of The City, Piece By Piece

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).

Photo by Martin Seck

Anthony Weiner Declares Candidacy For Mayor, Asking For 'Second Chance'

05/21/2013 - 20:00

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.”

Anthony Weiner: "I've let a lot of people down."

Council Speaker Quinn Launches NYC Mayoral Bid

03/10/2013 - 20:00

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.

Koch Did Much For NYC, But Didn’t Save It From Bankruptcy

02/11/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Ed Koch’s exuberance and larger-than-life presence embodied the spirit of New York, and he did much to elevate the spirit of the city.

Sol Wachtler

A New Definition Of Leadership

After City Hall, Koch and wielded influence up and down the East Coast.
02/03/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

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.

Members of the New York Police Department carry Ed Koch's casket after services at Temple Emanu-El. Getty Images

What Chutzpah!

Reflections on the times and life of the New Yorker who saved the city in a brashly Jewish way.
01/31/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Many eras could reasonably compete as the defining Jewish moment of New York City: pushcarts on the Lower East Side, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the CCNY point-shaving scandal, the Ocean Hill-Brownsville teachers’ strike, the Brill Building’s influence on the American songbook, and the garment industry’s styling of American haute couture.

Koch at a White House state dinner in 2012. Getty Images

UPDATED: Lessons From A Kind Cop


Had a cop been photographed callously walking by an ostensibly homeless man who sat barefoot on one of the coldest nights of the year, it likely would have generated as much media attention as what actually happened:  Officer Larry DePrimo stopped and bought the man a pair of boots and socks.

To Officer Larry DePrimo, a barefoot man in the cold is "unacceptable."

Ohad Naharin, and the Art of Provocation

Ohad Naharin, the Israeli choreographer, is so synonymous with his home country that I often forget he did much of his formal training in the United States.  In New York, in fact, at both the School of American Ballet and Juilliard. I get a vivid reminder of that this weekend, when Juilliard’s remarkable ensemble of student dancers performed his work “Secus,” from 2005.

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