Upstate’s declining population of increasingly elderly and poor remaining residents are no longer consistent conservatives. While Pataki, like Cuomo, has overseen this decline, he’s also clinging to the back of the demographic leviathan.
Place matters: its eradication can neither be reversed nor the sin atoned. No book, no film can ever restore what dies inside us when the wrecking crews descend.
Any candidate so humble as to admit that he needs a degree in public administration after 22 years in elected office has the stooped shoulders needed to bear the weight of begging funds from Washington, apologizing for his helplessness in the face of national trends and other ceremonial duties of the mayor’s office, circa 1990.
Prior to 311, most non-emergency calls were taken by Mayor’s Action Center, headed by Fletcher Vredenburgh, best known for his online screed declaring that he was sick of “griping, often whining, often stupid New Yorkers … dumb fucks from the public to dumber fucks that work for the city… So I take painkillers, sleep a lot, and think about killing every citizen and employee of New York City every minute I’m awake.”
The destruction of 9/11 has placed the city’s already aging and inadequate infrastructure back on center stage for the first time since the fall of Robert Moses 35 years ago. Here is our chance to again plan for the whole city, not merely consider whatever groups yell the loudest.
Given a choice between hearing Freddy Ferrer explain that parks are essential, or reading comments like “Giff is so feisty! Grrr!” I’d have to go with the hecklers who were taken out by security, chanting “No Police State!” At least they knew this was theater.
"The phrase 'the city that never sleeps' doesn’t refer to nightclubs and bars, but to work and labor. At all hours is the city building, selling, changing, working; that is what it means to live in the city that never sleeps."
In a city where Democrats outnumber barbarians by more than five-to-one, we’re on the cusp of an unprecedented 16 straight years of Elephants in Gracie Mansion. What happened?