New York City

Crown Heights at 30

Featured image Observing Rosh Hashanah today, I scheduled this otherwise tardy post to appear this morning. For some reason or other, little note was taken of the thirtieth anniversary of the Crown Heights riots of August 1991 that kicked off with the murder of Yankel Rosenbaum. Anticipating the silence, the Washington Free Beacon assembled a package of stories and columns to commemorate the event. The pieces are assembled here. I commend to »

Eric Adams wins

Featured image It took two weeks, but we finally have a winner in the New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary. He’s Eric Adams, the pro-cop candidate. Adams held a substantial lead in the actual voting. He was hands-down the candidate a plurality of voters said should be the Democrats’ nominee. However, the convoluted ranked-choice voting methodology caused his lead to shrink and almost disappear. As things stand now, he leads the second-place »

Chaos is winning the New York City mayoral primary

Featured image The race for New York City mayor was always going to be a s***show, at the least on the Democrat side. Given the new ranked-choice voting system and pre-existing problems with vote counting, the Democrats weren’t expected to declare a winner until weeks after the voting. Things took a turn for the worse yesterday when the Board of Elections released updated results showing that what was a substantial lead for »

Law and order candidate leading in New York City

Featured image Last night, I wrote about the Democratic mayoral primary in New York City. Steve wrote about the same subject today. Both of us pointed out that Eric Adams, a former cop who promises to increase the city’s police presence, is the frontrunner. An Adams victory, we thought, would send a strong message to Democrats. The message? Voters want more, not less, policing. Tonight, the results are coming in, and with »

All Eyes on New York City Today

Featured image Keep your eyes on New York City tonight and tomorrow, as it goes to the polls for the primary election for a new mayor. That sound you’re not hearing is the worry of progressives that the winning candidate just might be Eric Adams, the black Brooklyn borough president who appears to be the most conservative candidate in the field, at least when it comes to law and order issues that—big »

Report: Crime is the dominant issue in New York City mayoral race

Featured image The Washington Post offers a look at the leading Democratic candidates for mayor of New York City. There are four of them: Eric Adams, Maya Wiley, Kathryn Garcia, and Andrew Yang. According to the Post, Adams is the frontrunner. He’s ahead in the polls, and 18 of the 26 New York political consultants, lobbyists, strategists, and other influential New York political figures interviewed by the Post predict that Adams will »

The Power Line Show, Ep 191: “The Sixties Never Ended”—Fred Siegel on Our Mob Rule Moment

Featured image When our cities start to come apart and people say it seems like 1968 all over again, that can only mean one thing: time to get in touch with Fred Siegel. Among Fred’s many fine books is The Future Once Happened Here: New York, LA, DC, and the Fate of America’s Big Cities, which explained the high cost of incompetent liberal rule of our major cities in the 1960s and 1970s »

Dan Henninger’s Grand Slam

Featured image One of the most-read unsigned editorials ever to appear in the Wall Street Journal editorial page was way back in 1993, entitled “No Guardrails.” It is rare that an unsigned editorial at a daily paper has much of a half-life, but “No Guardrails” was one those that you clipped out and kept handy, and which people talked about for years after. Dan Henninger, nowadays the Journal‘s regular Thursday columnist, was »

Mayor de Blasio, and Other Leftist Luxuries

Featured image It is a long running theme that the United States and Europe have been dissipating their inherited moral capital, and with the asset side of our civilizational balance sheet running dangerously low, we can see the consequences in front of us over the last seven days. Take New York City Mayor Warren Wilhelm Bill de Blasio, who is, let’s face it, a literal Communist. You could tolerate him so long as »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has no song to sing in NEW YORK, NEW YORK! It’s a Heckuva Town. She writes: There has been much speculation during this ChiCom Disaster about why the New York-New Jersey megalopolis has roughly half the COVID-19 cases in the whole dang country. Beyond the crowded subways and high rise living, the sea of jostling humanity any time of the day or night, tourists from every country in »

New York state’s Wuhan coronavirus numbers

Featured image Yesterday, April 5, New York state reported 599 deaths from the Wuhan coronavirus. To put this number in perspective, it’s 74 more than Italy reported and five more than Spain did. However, it’s a slight decrease from the 630 reported deaths from the virus on Friday. It looks like New York’s death count has plateaued. And, according to Gov. Cuomo, the numbers suggest that the spread of the virus in »

Our own private Wuhan

Featured image New York City and environs present as our own version of Wuhan. It is a public health dystopia. I was encouraged on Saturday when President Trump stated that he was considering a quarantine on New York, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut. It sounded like a good idea to me. I thought it made perfect sense. What is the argument against it? According to the Wall Street Journal, New York »

Asians as Beneficiaries of White Privilege

Featured image The success of Asian-Americans is a severe embarrassment to the race industry. Race hustlers focus on “gaps” between whites and blacks with regard to income and educational attainment, which they attribute to “systemic” racism. But what about the gaps between Asian-Americans and whites? Asians, on average, earn considerably more than whites and as a group they do better in school. Is their superior performance due to “systemic” racism directed against »

Dave Begley: Live from Sioux City

Featured image Our occasional correspondent Dave Begley was on hand when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio brought his newly minted presidential campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to Iowa on Friday (photo courtesy of Dave with de Blasio and his wife). Dave is a Nebraska attorney practicing elder law and estate planning in Omaha. Dave posed a question to de Blasio from the small group gathered to hear him and »

Bill de Blasio poised to enter the presidential race

Featured image New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce his candidacy for president on Thursday. I’ve lost track of the number of Democrats now in the field. but I believe it’s almost two dozen. In trying to get a handle on this mad scramble of a race, I have suggested that there are three Democratic lanes — the establishment lane, the hard left lane, and the diversity lane. De Blasio »

De Blasio has a plan

Featured image The Times reports on Mayor de Blasio’s plan to “guarantee health care for all New Yorkers,” legal and otherwise. The mayor announced his plan on MSNBC’s Morning Joe (the tweet below is carried in the version of the Times story posted online): New York City Mayor New York City will spend $100 million to provide health care for undocumented immigrants and others who cannot qualify for insurance, Mayor Bill de »

A great high school and the mayor who would diminish it

Featured image Let’s imagine an academically elite public high school in a big, diverse city. Admission is based solely on how well one does on an entrance examination. No racial or ethnic preferences, no preference for children of alums, no preference for athletes, no guidance counselor recommendations. Just the test score. We have imagined Stuyvesant High School, the crown jewel of the New York City school system. In a better world, we »