…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.
[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.
…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.
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.