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A Good Deal for Horses

Feb 04, 2016

photo via NYCLASS ***Editor's note: this op-ed column was published in anticipation of a vote on legislation that did not occur when a deal fell apart at the last minute on


Is Mayor De Blasio Putting Students First?

Feb 04, 2016

Mayor de Blasio (photo via The Mayor's Office) Mayor de Blasio's annual State of the City address is a natural time to take a step back and review his performance running


The City's Next Steps to Ensure Vibrant, Creative Communities

Feb 03, 2016

photo via @NYCulture Last month, the city's Department of Cultural Affairs announced a promising new program aimed at strengthening cultural organizations in targeted neighborhoods. The initiative, known as Building Community Capacity,


What To Do When The L Train Closes

Feb 01, 2016

Out of service (photo: MTA/Patrick Cashin) The denizens of Williamsburg and Bushwick have responded to news of potential multiyear L train closures with a mix of shock, despair, and irritation. People


Common Core Mistakes Worth Not Repeating

Jan 27, 2016

State Education Commissioner Elia visits a school (photo: @NYSEDNews) Political expediency is terrible policy. This idiom is crystal clear when it comes to the criticisms of the Common Core. To hear the


Give New York Manufacturers the Space They Need

Jan 26, 2016

photo: William Alatriste In November, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito released a manufacturing policy that makes a strong commitment to the city’s Industrial Business Zones