New York politics – from City Hall to Albany

Andrew Cuomo’s Popularity Wave

April 18th, 2011
It’s amazing how much you can accomplish in politics just by doing what you said you were going to do. Paterson, Spitzer, Pataki — all of their poll numbers took a ...

NYU vs. Greenwich Village: Round 2

March 21st, 2011
Round two of the battle between NYU and its neighbors begins tonight. Last week, the university released its revised plan for redeveloping what it calls the school’s Core ...

New York on Ethics Scandals: Meh

With so little public outrage over the stream of scandals in Albany, ethics reform is taking a backseat to the budget.
March 14th, 2011
When I talked to the Center for Public Integrity’s Caitlin Ginley last week, she reminded me that, as a rule, ethics reforms pass only when some sort of scandal prompts ...

Painting the Town White

Studies show that white rooftops reduce carbon emissions and air-conditioning costs. But could they work throughout NYC? The roof at MoMA QNS might tell us.
February 22nd, 2011
About a year and a half ago, the city painted the roof of MoMA QNS white as part of PlaNYC, Mayor Bloomberg’s long-term strategy for New York. During the 2009 pilot project, ...
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