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New York City



  • The Forgotten, but Consequential, New York City Police Riot of 1992

    Encouraged by Rudy Giuliani, thousands of New York City Police officers, some drunk, staged a riot at City Hall and on the Brooklyn Bridge to protest Mayor David Dinkins's 1992 proposal of an all-civilian, independent police complaint review board. Why has this pivotal event been scrubbed from many New Yorkers' memories? 



  • An A-Z List of NYC Streets Named for Slaveowners

    by Alan Singer

    As Mayoral candidate Eric Adams has vowed to change the names of city streets associated with slavery, here's a list of those streets throughout the city. 



  • Reconstructing an Urban Archive Lost on 9/11

    The archives of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which held important information about the history of the region's politics and infrastructure, was housed in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Agency retirees have sent documents, pictures and artifacts to start rebuilidng the record.



  • As Immigration Politics Changed, So Did "In the Heights"

    by A. K. Sandoval-Strausz

    The film release of Lin-Manuel Miranda's "In the Heights" reflects the way the show has evolved in response to the shifting politics of immigration and nativism in the United States. 



  • He Honors Black New Yorkers. Not All Black Activists Are Thrilled

    Historian David Levering Lewis praises the dedication of Jacob Morris to advancing the cause of honoring Black New Yorkers with honorary street names. But his dogged presence at public meetings doesn't always sit well with other activist in the city. 



  • A Monument Honoring Brooklyn Abolitionists Stalls Under Scrutiny

    “Whatever we build in Downtown Brooklyn should rival the Statue of Liberty,” said Raul Rothblatt, who has fought to preserve the area’s history for nearly 20 years. He added: “But instead, the city is planning to build a dog park above where tunnels once connected abolitionist homes.”



  • Reservoir: Nature, Culture, Infrastructure

    by Luc Sante

    A four-part series of essays and photography examines the creation, maintenance and consequences of the reservoirs constructed to supply water to New York City, including the complex divisions and connections among urban and rural communities. 


  • The New York Con

    by David Marks

    Supporters of the president will eventually realize that they trusted a man who despised them.



  • Inside Decades of Nepotism and Bungling at the N.Y.C. Elections Board

    “I expect the B.O.E. to pull this off — there’s no other option. It’s the most important election of our lifetime,” said Scott Stringer, the city comptroller. “But we shouldn’t have to hold our breath because of their gross incompetence.”


  • Centuries of Protest at City Hall Park

    by Marika Plater

    Closed gates around City Hall Park in New York not only restrict access to the park as a site for protest, but ignore the site's history as a theater for political expression. 



  • Subverting New York’s Police Brutality Policy

    by Lawrence Wittner

    Longstanding opposition from the Patrolman's Benevolent Association, the union of New York City police officers, has made meaningful civilian oversight of the police impossible.