The History of Little Syria in Manhattan

October 28, 2020

This Land Is My Land

September 09, 2020

A Planet of Missing Beauties

April 02, 2020

The other morning, walking at the edge of a local park, I caught sight of a beautiful red cardinal, the first bird I ever saw some 63 years ago. Actually, to make that sentence accurate, I should probably have put either “first” or “ever saw” in quotation marks. After all, I was...

Amazon Is Getting Paid to Move to New York

November 16, 2018

Amazon and Jeff Bezos were so desperate they needed the generosity of the citizens of New York to help them pay their future rent. If any of us formulated the plan to move to New York and either buy a house or build one, we would begin looking at the price of property to decide whether or not we...

The World This Week: 15 Years After 9/11

September 11, 2016

The effects of the 9/11 attacks live on today from the formation of the surveillance state to the rise of Islamic State, and how Obama’s successors deal with the legacy of September 11 will define this century. The attacks of September 11, 2001, were a turning point in world history. That...

If Manhattan Was a Farm

February 02, 2016

Cities are the ultimate space-savers. Once you own chickens, everything starts to look different. When I happen upon a picture of Guantanamo Bay, for instance, I can’t help but see the gleaming barbed wire-enclosed prisonscape as the ultimate man-sized coop. It’s the tops in terms of...

When You’re Homeless, a Dollar Can Go a Long Way

March 15, 2015

What do you eat when you’re hungry and homeless? One day, a man walked into Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia and offered to pre-buy a $1 slice for someone who can’t afford it. Since then, the Pay it Forward scheme has given out more than 10,000 slices of pizza to the homeless. Food is...