Hot Dogs, the Jewish American Fast Food

Many think that fast food was invented by Ray Kroc when he opened his first McDonald’s in Des Plaines, Illinois, in 1955. But it is probably Nathan Handwerker who deserves the distinction, argues his grandson Lloyd Handwerker in his new book Famous Nathan (in 2014 Handwerker made a documentary film with the same name). Nathan … Read more Hot Dogs, the Jewish American Fast Food

(NYC) MTA Pulls Emergency Brake on All Major Projects as Financial Woes Mount

Billions of dollars in planned upgrades to the transit system — including modernized signals, new subway cars and elevators at dozens of stations — will be frozen indefinitely due to financial fallout from the pandemic, THE CITY has learned. MTA officials are expected to reveal Wednesday that a 60-day hold on “capital projects” that was … Read more (NYC) MTA Pulls Emergency Brake on All Major Projects as Financial Woes Mount

The Secret Recipe for Dynamite Urban Parks

New York’s Bryant Park was once an outdoor drug market. Now it is a textbook for flourishing public spaces. In the 1980s, Bryant Park was an uninviting place, according to essentially every observer. It was rundown, and visibility was poor. The only vibrant thing about it was the drug trade. Its reopening in 1992 and … Read more The Secret Recipe for Dynamite Urban Parks

The Accuser

According to Christian teaching, original sin, our ancestral curse, means that none of us — not one — is righteous. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The only way we can restore harmony between ourselves and God is through uniting ourselves to the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, … Read more The Accuser

What Would Happen if Cities Started to ‘Defund the Police?’

If cities defund the police, that won’t necessarily abolish the departments. In fact, the remaining police departments may suddenly have an added incentive to crack down on ordinary citizens. As Shackford notes, “If you don’t account for revenue from fines, fees, and forfeiture, this can all backfire against the poor.” Police departments across the country … Read more What Would Happen if Cities Started to ‘Defund the Police?’

The Left’s Normalization Of Collective Guilt Is Ripping America Apart

All decent Americans stand against racism. But if we’re to live as brothers, we must stop indicting all those who share a skin tone for the sins of others. . . . [W]hy are so many people acting as if it were their knee, not Derek Chauvin’s, that pressed down on George Floyd? The answer … Read more The Left’s Normalization Of Collective Guilt Is Ripping America Apart

The Answer Isn’t a Free Lunch

If progressives know what’s good for cities such as Minneapolis, why have they done such a poor job governing them? What if they don’t want anything? An NBC producer posted a piece of video early Tuesday morning that documented some of the looting in Manhattan, with the looters piling their loot into a Rolls-Royce Cullinan … Read more The Answer Isn’t a Free Lunch

States face economic death spiral from coronavirus

Early numbers show how significantly the coronavirus is devastating states’ revenue streams — and could force choices between raising taxes or gutting services and laying off public employees. Why it matters: Even as some states move toward reopening, the economic ramifications of having shut down will haunt them far into the future. When states can … Read more States face economic death spiral from coronavirus

Here’s How Much New York City Is Skewing America’s Coronavirus Numbers

The thirteen New York City area counties of Queens, Kings, Bronx, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, New York, Hudson, Essex, Middlesex, Richmond, Bergen, and Union have 351,044 confirmed coronavirus cases, roughly 28 percent of the U.S.’s total of 1,244,119. These counties also account for 23,921 coronavirus deaths, roughly 32 percent of America’s total 74,844 deaths (these numbers … Read more Here’s How Much New York City Is Skewing America’s Coronavirus Numbers

New York City’s underbelly

Crime and subway ridership have both dropped off dramatically in New York City amid the coronavirus shutdown. Yet the subways may be becoming more dangerous. Fires are on the rise in the subway system, as are train cars crowded with sleeping homeless people and their bedding and belongings. On April 16, a homeless man stabbed … Read more New York City’s underbelly

New York MTA Forbade Employees from Protecting Themselves by Wearing Masks

Last week, I pointed out a recent report that blamed much of the spread of COVID-19 in New York City on the subway system. Recently, I’ve collected a series of memos suggesting that New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is specifically culpable in this spread. During the 2012 influenza epidemic, the MTA issued a policy … Read more New York MTA Forbade Employees from Protecting Themselves by Wearing Masks

Why Are Transit Systems Still Running?

Sit‐​down restaurants and bars have been shut down. Public officials are discouraging or even forbidding people from doing “unnecessary travel,” even if it is to visit a second home where they might be able to socially distance themselves better than in their first, more urban home. All sorts of other rules are being passed, all … Read more Why Are Transit Systems Still Running?

The End of New York (NYC)

Will the pandemic push America’s greatest city over the edge? For over two centuries, New York has been the predominant urban center in North America. It remains the primary locale for the arts, culture, finance, and media, and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future. It has also served as the incubator of the … Read more The End of New York (NYC)

New York City has liabilities equaling $63,100 per taxpayer, worst in U.S.

Among the 75 most populous cities in the U.S., New York City ranks last for the state of its finances, having $63,100 in liabilities per taxpayer, according to a Truth in Accounting (TIA) analysis of municipal data released last month. The nonprofit group, which promotes financial transparency in government, gave New York City a grade … Read more New York City has liabilities equaling $63,100 per taxpayer, worst in U.S.

“Sister Calling My Name” May Just Restore Your Hope for Humanity

“Sister Calling My Name,” written by Buzz McLaughlin, is currently being performed by Storm Theatre Company and the Blackfriars Repertory Theatre at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in Manhattan. I’m a friend and fan of all the aforementioned, but I had no idea what I was in for when I walked into the … Read more “Sister Calling My Name” May Just Restore Your Hope for Humanity

De Blasio’s Domino’s outrage sums up why businesses are fleeing NYC

  Price Panic: NYC Mayor De Blasio puts Domino’s on blast for NYE pizza cost   Mayor de Blasio’s batty attention has for the moment lighted upon Domino’s Pizza, which sold pies to New Year’s Eve revelers in Times Square for $30 each, roughly double its usual excellent price of about $15 for a large … Read more De Blasio’s Domino’s outrage sums up why businesses are fleeing NYC