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A Win for $15 Within Reach

Jul 21, 2015

Fight for $15 rally, including the author (photo: Make the Road NY) I came to this country in 2010 with my two children looking for a better future. My first job


Eric Garner's Final Words, One Year Later

Jul 20, 2015

An NYPD press conference (photo: @NYPDnews) For good reason, Eric Garner's last words are well remembered. "I can't breathe" -- repeated 11 times by the dying man and ignored by the


Taxpayer Payoffs for Layoffs at Time Inc.

Jul 20, 2015

Time Inc joins the NYSE in 2014 (photo: @TimeInc) Publishing giant Time Inc. has been cutting hundreds of jobs in recent years, but its next round of layoffs come despite significant


Good and Bad News on Second Avenue Subway

Jul 17, 2015

Second Avenue Subway projection (image via the MTA) Two of the perks of being college professors are that we don't usually have to ride the subway during rush hour and we


The Solution to Homelessness is Housing, Not Policing

Jul 17, 2015

A sleep-in protester with the message (photo: @VOCALNewYork) Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Bratton were confronted by the growing disorder associated with homeless mentally ill people at a press conference on


Protecting Our City's Environment

Jul 16, 2015

CM Constantinides, the author (photo: William Alatriste) There is probably no greater threat to our global civilization than climate change. In order to combat its effects, we must implement sustainable, environmentally


Six Million Reasons Albany Fails

Jul 15, 2015

Riders board the 4 (photo via Crain's) As another tumultuous Albany session came to a close and our legislators bickered about rent regulations, 421-a, and mayoral control over New York City


New York City Can Shine with Solar Power

Jul 09, 2015

Solar panels (photo: @NYGovCuomo) Cities are economic centers, engines of commerce and trade. Cities are also cultural centers, for everything from fashion and food to art and architecture. Now, thanks to