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Community Board Term Limits Proposal is an Accidental Gift to Developers

TALKING POINT BY MANHATTAN BOROUGH PRESIDENT GALE BREWER | There’s a reason lawmaking is compared — unflatteringly — to sausage factories. It’s not neat, it’s not quick, and if you do it out in public, it can kill a lot of people’s appetite for the final product. But rushing through new laws with short notice and […]

Talking Point: Making the Case for Community Justice

Talking Point: Making the Case for Community Justice

BY ANA L. OLIVER | It’s time to put an end to the ongoing misery of the Rikers Island jails. Doing so will require wholesale justice reform and investments in community programs to divert people out of the system in the first place. It will also require establishing a smaller system of modern facilities in the boroughs […]

That’s the Spirit! Most Believe in the Beyond

That’s the Spirit! Most Believe in the Beyond

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Clay Routledge, author of the new book, “Supernatural: Death, Meaning, and the Power of the Invisible World,” was watching his university’s football team play a national championship game on TV. There were about 20 other friends in the room when a girl of 9 or 10 twirled in. She pointed out […]

Tracking the Trends of Tomorrow: Today!

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Trends are something I wouldn’t say I’m great at predicting. Years ago, when I was passing the Empire State Building, two tourists asked me if I’d take their picture. “Sure,” I said. They proceeded to hand me a phone. “What the heck?” said I. “Oh, you can take pictures with a phone […]

Eliminating the Tip Credit Will Burden Small Businesses

Eliminating the Tip Credit Will Burden Small Businesses

BY MARIA DIAZ | Successfully running a small business is not an easy task. It requires skills inthe areas of community engagement, marketing, operational and financialmanagement, human resources, and networking — just for starters. However, the possession of this knowledge is not enough. Entrepreneurs, business owners, and those they employ need a favorable business environment for […]

New York Should Take a Page From Utah’s Free-Range Law

New York Should Take a Page From Utah’s Free-Range Law

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Oh, to be as ahead of the curve as Utah! That state just passed the first-in-the-country Free-Range Parenting Law, based on the movement I founded, Free-Range Kids. The law guarantees that parents who choose to let their kids play outside, walk to school, wait briefly in the car (under some circumstances) […]

The War Against Democratic Turncoats Comes to Chelsea

The War Against Democratic Turncoats Comes to Chelsea

BY DONATHAN SALKALN (member, CRDC) | How does New York State — where Hillary Clinton took 59 percent of votes to Donald Trump’s 36.5 percent, and where it elected a Democratic Governor, a Democratic State Assembly, and a Democratic State Senate — still continue to turn its back on much needed Democratic legislation? The answer […]

Talking Point: Let’s Start with Love for the Second Amendment

Talking Point: Let’s Start with Love for the Second Amendment

BY JOSH ROGERS | “A well regulated Militia.” That’s how the Second Amendment starts. It’s a fact often ignored by people on both sides of the gun debate. Increasingly, I hear people who favor more gun restrictions quietly say something along the lines of, “If only we could change or get rid of the Second Amendment…” […]

The West Side Needs a Study for Ferry Service

The West Side Needs a Study for Ferry Service

BY JEFFREY C. LeFRANCOIS | When Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his plan for a citywide ferry network in 2014, transit advocates were ecstatic — until we saw that the proposed routes ignored the West Side of Manhattan.  The routes were informed by a 2013 study that only reviewed the World Trade Center, Christopher St., […]

Talking Point: What Would Jane Do? Show the L Shutdown Study!

Talking Point: What Would Jane Do? Show the L Shutdown Study!

NOTE: Since publication of this Talking Point on the web and in print, new data has been released (click on the link, then access Feb. 22’s “14th Street Corridor Traffic Analysis Memo” and “14th Street Traffic Memo Appendices”). BY DAVID R. MARCUS | How ironic to be in 2018, once again embroiled with the city — […]

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