Tag Archives: Mayor Bloomberg

New York, overbuilt and gentrified

Let’s start with the latest from my Brooklyn Nabe. This is the sole grocery/supermarket within easy walking distance of my apartment. You’ll notice it is boarded up. I had mixed feelings about the place–they were open late and 365 days a year, but the cleanliness was always an issue, and their produce and dairy were […]

NYC can’t get sh*t done

The years have flown past for me since I moved to the city back in the 80’s. I consider myself to have the soul of a poet, the heart of a lion and the eloquence of Shakespeare; alas, lately I have the prostate of a Golf Digest subscriber. As I’ve written before, the breaking of the city’s transit […]

Feeding the poor and homeless is now a crime

So apparently, feeding the homeless is being made a crime in many cities. According to this piece in USA Today: Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, Oklahoma City and more than 50 other cities have previously adopted some kind of anti-camping or anti-food-sharing laws, according to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. […]

Hurricane Sandy, the loose ends

Recovery continues in the outer boroughs from Hurricane Sandy and its Nor’Easter cousin that slammed into us on Wednesday. Snow is gone now, but thousands are still out in the cold. Fortunately, it’s warming up over the next few days. On the recovery side of the ledger, thousands of people in places like Oceanside NY […]

Hurricane Sandy and the days to come

Yes. I rode out Hurricane Sandy. First, let me get personal. I’m in one of the highest places (geographically speaking) in Brooklyn. I’m okay, my lights never went off, there was no flooding in my building. I woke up to text messages from my day job and was assured that no, I wasn’t expected to […]