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April 4th, 2014
thesmithian

…series of images by NY photog Bing Wright who captured reflections of sunsets on shattered mirrors.

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April 1st, 2014
thesmithian

…if Bill de Blasio has scored some early wins, he’s also made some rookie mistakes. In particular, he needs to pick his fights more carefully, and to adhere to the old saying that you don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.

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March 27th, 2014
thesmithian

…feverish speculation that [New York Governor Andrew] Cuomo is now the leading Democratic presidential contender in 2016.

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February 14th, 2014
thesmithian

'…recent independent reports…confirmed what anybody who has spent some time abroad already knows. “Americans in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC are paying higher prices for slower Internet service.'

January 9th, 2014
thesmithian

…the [Harlem] restaurant’s…theme is summed up…as “Afro/Asian/American cuisine”…In beef suya, a house-made approximation of West African tankora spice rub and a flick on the grill leave the tender ribbons of meat nutty and lime-bright, with a buzz of African bird’s-eye chiles. Those chiles, also known as piri-piri, reappear, emulsified, over giant prawns, their fire tempered by a slaw of shaved green apples in lemon and sesame oil.

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December 21st, 2013
thesmithian

Michael Griffith was struck by a car and killed while escaping a mob of whites who were beating him in Howard Beach (Queens), NY. it happened this week, in 1986.

November 6th, 2013
thesmithian

[NYC Mayor Elect] De Blasio owes his..tailwind to campaigning on issues considered…too polarizing for winning politics. One is De Blasio’s promise to redress the “tale of two cities" inequalities among New Yorkers, an issue forced into mainstream discourse by the 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement—not by New York Democrats aligned with Wall Street. The other is De Blasio’s pledge to sharply curb police stop-and-frisk policies directed against young people of color—aggressive tactics favored by a majority of white voters and overwhelmingly criticized by African Americans, Latinos and Asian-American voters.

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[NYC Mayor Elect] De Blasio owes his..tailwind to campaigning on issues considered…too polarizing for winning politics. One is De Blasio’s promise to redress the “tale of two cities" inequalities among New Yorkers, an issue forced into mainstream discourse by the 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement—not by New York Democrats aligned with Wall Street. The other is De Blasio’s pledge to sharply curb police stop-and-frisk policies directed against young people of color—aggressive tactics favored by a majority of white voters and overwhelmingly criticized by African Americans, Latinos and Asian-American voters.

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November 4th, 2013
thesmithian
…these so called ‘failing schools’ have all had rich histories, some of them close to a hundred years in the making, which involve themes ranging from migration and immigration, to musical creativity, to changing economies and neighborhoods, which live in the experience of alumni as well as documents the schools themselves have preserved. Closing the schools not only shatters the possibility of drawing upon that rich cultural capital, it sends a message to students that nothing in the past is that important, including their own families and cultural traditions, treating them as clay to be molded by people who see the past—at least for people like them—only as failure.
Author/professor Mark Naison
October 28th, 2013
thesmithian

…as Bill De Blasio nears what is likely to be a general-election landslide victory, the central questions are about just what he believes and just who he’d be as mayor.

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…as Bill De Blasio nears what is likely to be a general-election landslide victory, the central questions are about just what he believes and just who he’d be as mayor.

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October 28th, 2013
thesmithian

Manhattanites are jumping on the anti-Manhattan bandwagon, too. Like Bostonians, New Yorkers are about to elect a new mayor for the first time in over a decade…

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October 18th, 2013
thesmithian

Over dinner…in a very Waspy, very white country club in Southampton…I heard one of the guests say: “If Bill de Blasio wins we’ll be back to the Dinkins era”…David Dinkins, New York’s mayor from 1989 to 1993, is black—the only African-American ever to hold the position of mayor of America’s most cosmopolitan city.

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October 10th, 2013
thesmithian

as soon as that toothy-grinned parody sits alongside a few peers, it’s an anachronistic gut-punch that contextualizes the absurdity (and yes, the racism).

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