Tag Archives: New York

Knowing Ourselves

With the loss of Senator Olympia Snowe, the United States Congress continues to bleed moderates, even as Republican presidential hopefuls ramp up the language of division, in their attempts to unite the party behind the narrowest message possible. With the passing of time, we’re becoming more polarized, not less. Maybe we should talk about why. Especially […]

The Public in the Service of the Private

Some months ago, President Obama asserted — somewhat timidly — a proposition that should’ve been self-evident: that public regulation, public expenditure, and “big government” are not always, or even sometimes, the enemies of private enterprise. As in the case of upgrading the nation’s outdated air traffic control systems, a healthy national infrastructure, created by public […]

New York Legislators Speak to the Need for Fair Redistricting

Last night, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York held an event to discuss “Reforming Albany: the Road Ahead,” a task that necessarily begins with fair redistricting. Two lines worth remembering, from an excellent all-around event. Mayor Ed Koch: “fair redistricting is an ‘existential threat’ to the Republican [senate] majority.” Senator […]

How Not to Run a Movement

It’s unclear to me how a strategy of harassment wins converts to the cause, but that’s the route Occupy Wall Street chose to take today. Commuters wealthy, middle-class and poor all alike suffered a complete severance of subway service to and from Wall Street in the early morning rush hour; worse-than-normal barricade and police presence; […]

After Zuccotti

Although admittedly without cracking my First Amendment book, Judge Stallman’s order upholding the eviction of Zuccotti Park seems as correct as his decision to temporarily enjoin the eviction, pending litigation, was admirable. “Reasonable time/place/manner” restrictions are the critical and necessary “but” to every claim of a First Amendment right to protest, and especially given the reports of […]

The Winter of their Discontent

If you’re not in New York right now, let me fill you in. It’s basically the end of the world, and Frost was right: ice will suffice. From my vantage point, the drum circles at Zuccotti Park fell silent, and the welcoming line of sign-holders are nowhere in evidence. But here’s a theory. If the […]

OWS Needs to Ditch its Student Loan Platform

With an early victory under its belt, and while it continues to capture media attention, it’s time for Occupy Wall Street to narrow its demands, and put a plausible face on the enterprise. The first step is to ditch the unrealistic request for student loan forgiveness. For reasons I can’t fathom, demands for loan forgiveness […]

Apple and the World You Love

When Steve Jobs passed away last week, one commentator stuck us with this summary of the impact of the ubiquitous iPod/iPhone/iPad triumvirate: He put white earbuds in the ears of everyone on the planet, and shut us all in to our own little pods of experience. Harsh, but it doesn’t feel entirely wrong. Walking the […]

A Local’s Impression of the Wall Street “Occupation”

As some of you may know, I live on (and so have ostensibly been “occupying”) Wall Street for the past two years or so. Some thoughts, then, from the front lines. For those who live or work on Wall Street — a group increasingly composed of the former as opposed to the latter — the […]

We Need a New Metonym

Earlier this year, Duane Reade, the New York pharmacy/convenience store chain, opened its “flagship” store at 40 Wall Street, just east of the Stock Exchange, and slightly west of a set of skyscrapers formerly owned by financial giants like J.P. Morgan Chase, now upscale apartments. The banks that used to occupy these buildings long since […]