Tag: New York

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Remembering 9/11: Those Who Helped

 

Dr. Galt at Grand Central StationOn the morning of September 11, 2001, I was a third-year medical clerk rounding at a community hospital in Northeastern Ohio. One of our patients was fixated on the television when we entered his room. He almost shouted: “A plane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City.” Our team watched the smoke billowing from the North Tower. Then the second plane hit the South Tower. My knees buckled and I felt nauseated. But we kept rounding.

The second plane was a splash of ice-cold water onto our faces. When the South Tower was gone, so was the hope that this was all a tragic accident. Also gone was our naivety about the world. Martin Amis wrote that September 11, 2001, “will perhaps never be wholly assimilable.” More than a decade later, I am still trying to figure it out.

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My shift today started before sunrise, so I didn’t hear of a tragic shooting in New York, this morning, until I got home and turned on the news. My prayers go out to Mr. Gabay and his family. Reports in print, at least, include the kind and supportive words Governor Cuomo had for Mr. Gabay’s […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. A Good Corruption

 

Taxi Driver - De NiroLast week in New York, seven men were arrested for using common sense:

It might feel like forever, standing in line outside an airport terminal, luggage in tow, waiting for a taxi. But when cabdrivers obey the rules, it is likely that they have waited just as long, if not longer — idling in a lot, awaiting the go-ahead from a dispatcher. Some drivers have found a way around the wait: Hand some cash — usually $5 or $10 — to a dispatcher, and then drive straight to the terminal. It is hardly a new tactic. Over the years, dozens of dispatchers have been caught in sting operations meant to stop the payoffs.

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The three of us stepped outside our Times Square hotel into the humid sea of humanity on this clear and warm day. This was my sons (15 & 10) first time in NYC and my first time playing purposeful tourist as opposed to my typical airport-hotel-meeting-hotel-airport NY itinerary. Say what you will about the Disneyfication […]

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I read the Times for the same reason I stare down from the top of tall buildings: Terrified fascination at what might come next. Here is a case in point:

But two years in, Citi Bike’s inroads have been decidedly uneven, with men far outnumbering women in using the bike-sharing system. A little time on Eighth Avenue on a recent morning, watching the stream of Citi Bike riders heading north past Pennsylvania Station and toward Times Square, was instructive. Man after man pedaled by, some in suits, others in jeans. From time to time, a woman on a Citi Bike rode by.

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Feel free to pick out your favorite highlights in the comments. Its common these days to dismiss modern politicians as practicing “soundbite” and “talking point” politics. When someone tries to speak more extemporaneously, they are dismissed by the New York Times as “rambling”. So, take a listen to the “rambling man”. And, then, note how […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Anti-Pro-Choice Choices

 

When you see a bumper sticker that says “choose life,” your blood might boil. Oh, the car’s occupant may say it’s a pro-adoption sentiment, but you know what they’re really about. They oppose abortion, probably because of the dictates of big beardy Sky Daddy who thinks eight cells are the equivalent of Neil DeGrasse Tyson. This person probably walks around the crisis pregnancy center with a placard full of horrible pictures (not that the pictures themselves are wrong — they’re just gross, and triggering, and unfair, and totally unscientific. Just because something has a face doesn’t mean it’s human. I mean, those could be gummis). The driver is TAUNTING everyone. Choose life. Hah. Where are you when the unwanted child is born? Do you show up with diapers and money? No? Well, then keep your sentiments to yourself. Bet you watch the Duggars.

Most people who see “Choose Life” bumperstickers let it go, and perhaps confine themselves to glaring at the driver. But it’s possible that someone might speed up and ram the car, causing it to spin out and creating a chain-reaction pile-up that endangers public safety. So it’s a really, really good thing that the “Choose Life” license plate has been squashed in New York. Reuters:

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Revolution of Sorts in the State of New York

 

Every once in a while, a set of political arrangements that seemed set in stone simply collapses. The wall dividing Berlin suddenly came down. The Soviet Union fell apart. Syria succumbed to civil war. And today Sheldon Silver, who has been Speaker of the Assembly in New York for twenty years, was arrested on corruption charges.

For as along as I can remember, the state of New York has been run by a condominium. The assembly belonged to the Democrats, and the only assemblyman who mattered was the Speaker. Everyone else was a time-server. He made all of the decisions. The senate belonged to the Republicans, and the only figure who mattered was the Majority Leader. He made all of the decisions.

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New Yorkers are more divided over the recent rhetorical and violent attacks on the police than many might think: http://observer.com/2015/01/after-nypd-murders-a-rift-in-the-city-council-on-police-issues/ More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. I Rise in Defense of the NYPD

 

5883814212_149137215f_zMany on the right — including some of my colleagues on Ricochet — have taken up the theme that Eric Garner died because he committed “a tax crime.”

I’m not sure whether to call this line tendentious obfuscation or opportunistic grandstanding. But it’s got to be one of those things. Maybe both.

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A journalist at massappeal.com carefully watched the famous “New York Sexual Harassment” video to identify the neighbourhoods and the streets where each incident occurred. The results are striking: More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. On the Feeling of Belonging

 

It’s question often asked and answered, if you live in New York City: “Where are you from?” It’s an easy conversation starter, and since countless residents of the Big Apple are born elsewhere, the answer is often interesting. People flock to the city not just from around the country but also from around the world.

Though I have lived in this place for nine years, I am not a New Yorker.

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I read the news about Our Savior church in New York city, and I pour over emails I’ve received in the past year and it reminds me of the other times I’ve watched a successful traditional parish destroyed. Let’s not pull any bones here — when you read the letter Fr. Rutler wrote when he […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Mayor of New York Encounters Something Known as Reality

 

bill-de-blasio-may-face-impossibly-high-expectations-as-new-york-mayorA friend who teaches economics points out this headline in today’s New York Times:

De Blasio Encounters Rising Friction Over Liberal Expectations

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So I heard Mr. Long mention that he’s considering coming to New York, and in fact I have reason to believe he has already started a business here. Congratulations! More

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See Part 1 Here. First Thing – time for the New York sticker on the trailer. We hope to fill in this map someday. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Tom Wolfe at Work, Or, Care to Take a Break for Gorgeous Prose?

 

Tom Wolfe DeskOn the website of Harvard’s Nieman Foundation (yes, I know, but we take good material where we can find it) there’s a fascinating interview with Tom Wolfe about his classic 1970 article, “Radical Chic.” The story of a party Leonard Bernstein threw for a bunch of rich liberals on the Upper West Side at which the guests of honor were Black Panthers, “Radical Chic” may be both one of the must gorgeously written and completely devastating pieces of work of the twentieth century.

In the interview, the questions and answers appear in the text, questions in blue, Wolfe’s answers in red, in the form of extended annotations. A truly great writer at work. An excerpt:

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Lew Lehrman and the Contingency of History

 

Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 1.09.41 PMIn 1982, New York businessman Lewis Lehrman won the Republican nomination for governor of New York, running that November against Democrat Mario Cuomo. I myself recall the Lehrman campaign fondly—because I almost joined it. (If I joined the Lehrman campaign, my parents, eager to see their son employed at last, drily noted, I might be out of a job the day after the election, whereas if I went to work for Vice President Bush, my other option, I’d be safe until at least 1984.) I’m reminded of all this because a young friend just sent me the link to one of Lehrman’s campaign commercials.

As you’ll see—if you’d like a summary of his positions, start the clip at 2:25—Lehrman ran on tax cuts, economic growth, standing up to the teachers’ unions, and getting tough on crime.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Reagan Had It Backwards

 

Ronald Reagan famously said: “[G]overnment’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

I think Reagan had the order wrong. From Bloomberg News:

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. New Yorkers Fail Economics — Rob Long

 

It sometimes seems like the New York Times does a piece about rising real estate prices hourly. The components are almost always the same: rising prices, high demand, tight availability. (The NYT tends to see these things as distinct from each other, rather than interconnected.)

Usually, they’ll pick a “typical” New Yorker — read: a friend of a friend of the reporter — as a peg on which to hook the piece. 

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