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Brooklyn Box Browns

Apr 09, 2015

Civil War commemoration in Brooklyn (photo: The Fourteenth Brooklyn Society) Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederacy's final, April 9, 1865 surrender at Appomattox—an occasion that will be celebrated widely.


Property Tax Reform Now!

Apr 02, 2015

Assemblymember Quart (left), the author (photo: @DanQuartNY) New York City's property tax system has been broken for years. It's byzantine at best, full of incomprehensible classifications and a mess of exemptions


Sunset Park Redevelopment Proposal Misses the Mark

Apr 01, 2015

Industry City (photo: Andrew Hawkins for Crain's NY) On a recent Sunday afternoon, an impressive array of leaders from Sunset Park's tenant advocacy, environmental justice, small business, and community-based institutions, and


New York Needs Electronic Health Records

Mar 27, 2015

State Sen. Hoylman gets a flu shot (photo: @bradhoylman) Teenagers aren't the only ones keeping up with the latest technology. Today, nearly three-quarters of Americans over the age of 50 are


Sky’s the Limit for Solar in New York

Mar 26, 2015

The author, far left, & others at a solar panel event Fifteen years ago, flat-screen televisions were a rare luxury item, a smart phone was one with an address book, we


The 'Either/Or' of an Assembly Member's Stand on Education

Mar 26, 2015

 Rally outside AM Rodriguez's office (photo: Alliance for Quality Education) Last Friday, and despite a snowstorm, dozens of parents, students, and education advocates picketed in front of Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez's


New York Colleges Need the DREAM Act

Mar 24, 2015

Francisco Curiel, one of the co-authors Queens College is a special place. As one of the country's most culturally diverse campuses—we serve men and women from more than 150 countries—the college