Opinion

Leaders of KACE at a press conference Sept. 29 in Flushing, urging that Korean sign petitions asking members of Congrss to vote for the Partner with Korea Act. (Photo via Korea Times)

Opinion: Pass the Partner with Korea Act

East Asian, Immigration, New York, Opinion October 3, 2014 at 5:33 pm 0 comments

Korean American Civic Empowerment is campaigning for the community to get behind a congressional bill that would give work visas to Korean professionals, according to a New York Ilbo editorial.

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Opinion: Better Policing Won’t Fix ‘Broken Windows’

African American, Crime, Metro Area, Opinion, Staten Island September 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm 0 comments

Better police training won’t fix the broken windows policy, which is deeply flawed, argues sociologist Mike Rowan in an opinion piece in City Limits.

Dorin Negrau show at Lincoln on Sept. 11, 2014, part of New York Fashion Week (Photo by j-No, Creative Commons license)

Opinion: The Choice of Modesty in Women’s Fashion

Culture, Jewish, Opinion, Women September 12, 2014 at 3:28 pm 0 comments

Modest clothing is an “opportunity rather than a restriction,” states a piece in The Jewish Daily Forward, an all-too-familiar fact to conservatively-dressed, observant women.

Mayor Bill de Blasio promoting paid sick leave (Photo via Gotham Gazette)

Opinion: A NYC Small-Business Owner on Costs

Business, New York, Opinion September 10, 2014 at 5:06 pm 0 comments

A NYC small-business owner comments on costs, including those associated with the paid sick leave law, in an opinion piece interview in Gotham Gazette.

Rivington House (Photo via the Lo-Down)

Op-Ed: Confronting New York’s ‘Disjointed Economy’

In the News, Manhattan, Opinion, Social Services September 3, 2014 at 11:49 am 0 comments

An op-ed in The Lo-Down describes changes in Lower Manhattan as emblematic of the city’s “disjointed economy” and urges efforts to overcome divisions between the homeless and the needy, and city residents who have insulated themselves.

St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, where a 30 year old man was found dead in the ER after a wait of several hours last January (Photo by Eduardo Villagrán Morales, Creative Commons license)

Opinion: ER Waits Are Way Too Long

Delay and neglect in NYC hospitals need to be addressed.

Brother Biao and homeless guests singing on the dais at The Boathouse in Central Park (Photo by Mike Lu)

Essay: What Did Brother Biao Do Wrong?

East Asian, In the News, Manhattan, Opinion June 30, 2014 at 5:25 pm 0 comments

A Chinese “philanthropist” misunderstands the nature of giving, and is himself misunderstood, according to an essay in Sing Tao Daily.

Image from FIFA video

Essay: Portuguese Days of the U.S. Team

Today’s U.S. team could take inspiration from a stunning upset 64 years ago in Brazil.

Freddy Castiblanco, owner of Terraza 7 in Jackson Heights, Queens. (Photo by Javier Castaño via QueensLatino)

Opinion: Don’t Harass Small Businesses Like Terraza 7

Business, Government, Opinion, Queens June 18, 2014 at 4:04 pm 0 comments

Freddy Castiblanco, a prominent local businessman in Jackson Heights takes the city to task for targeting small businesses in an op-ed piece in Queens Latino.

Brooklyn Heights, New York City (Photo by Emilio J. Santacoloma, Creative Commons license)

Opinion: Landmark Districts Don’t Impede Progress

Brooklyn, Business, Opinion, Real Estate June 6, 2014 at 6:45 pm 0 comments

Brooklyn’s numerous historic districts do not appear to have slowed the borough’s development, Brooklyn Daily Eagle notes.

Maya Angelou in 2013 (Photo by York College ISLGP, Creative Commons license)

Opinion: Thoughts Prompted by Maya Angelou’s Passing

African Americans must regain control of their children’s education, argues David Mark Greaves of Our Time Press, in an editorial written after the death of Maya Angelou.

Opinion: What Praise of Smuggler Sister Ping Signifies

Opinion: What Praise of Smuggler Sister Ping Signifies

Rural Chinese immigrants to the U.S. transformed into legend the person who helped them escape poverty.

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Opinion: Art, Race, and the Nature of Cultural Participation

Black, Brooklyn, Culture, Demographics, Opinion, Women May 21, 2014 at 4:03 pm 0 comments

Jamilah King of Colorlines visits the Kara Walker exhibit and writes about race, art and viewership.

Brooklyn community groups are disputing some of the scores in SUNY’s revised RFP biding for Long Island College Hospital. (Photo by Mary Frost via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Opinion: Move Swiftly on Long Island College Hospital

Brooklyn, Health, Opinion May 9, 2014 at 10:35 pm 0 comments

As SUNY’s Long Island College Hospital approaches its planned closing date, Brooklyn Daily Eagle urges speedy action before the buildings become empty and the community loses health care service.

Artist's rendition of White Arkitekter's 2013 winning entry for the FAR ROC (Courtesy of FAR ROC) competitions

Far Rockaway Site: Early Test of Mayor’s Housing Plan?

Housing, In the News, Opinion, Queens May 9, 2014 at 4:07 pm 0 comments

The Wave reports that local Councilman Donovan Richards is eager to move ahead with Arverne East, but its editorial page raises some red flags about affordable housing.