Administration for Child Services Commissioner John Mattingly announced on Tues. that he is resigning after seven years of service. On Weds., Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed his replacement, Family Court Judge Ronald E. Richter, who inherits a complicated legacy.
I was asked in an interview recently whether the wines of Long Island’s East End could compete with Californian or European wines, and my answer was an unequivocal “yes.” The Long Island wine industry, pioneered by Alex and Louisa Hargrave and their Hargrave Vineyard in the mid-1970s, today has some 60 vineyards that dot this V-shaped stretch of land 90 miles or so east of Manhattan once more famous for its potatoes and cauliflower than its grapes.
It’s summertime, informally known as white wine season. Did you know that New York is the third-largest wine producing state in the U.S.? Get a rundown of the local wine economy — and top picks for L.I. vino.
This week’s Kickstarter picks include a documentary on a boxer from Spanish Harlem and a couple of performance artists bringing change to Wall Street (of the nickel and dime variety).
I went to a concert last night…in Newark. I still can’t help but be somewhat amazed by that statement; the “in Newark” part, that is. At that time, a white, suburban kid like myself in search of loud entertainment of the arena-rock variety did not even think of going to Newark.
Black smoke spewing from building tops is not exactly a summertime image — us New Yorkers like our heating oil issues to emerge at seasonally appropriate times, like Thanksgiving, thank you very much. But after the mayor announced that the city would begin phasing out the two worst kinds of oil by 2030, some buildings figured they better start cleaning up their act — and soon.
This summer’s scorcher may seem unprecedented, but it’s been worse…In 1896, New York City experienced a heat wave that pushed the heat index above 120 degrees for nearly 10 days, killing at least 1,500 people.