It’s the Chinese New Year and 2011 is the year of the Rabbit and we’ll be sure to celebrate. This year the 12th annual Chinatown parade kicks off at 11:30 on Saturday, February 6th. Elaborate floats, bands, and dancing dragons wind the streets of Chinatown From Mott to Worth. After the spectacle winds down the festivities will continue on Bayard St. with food, music, dancers and martial arts.
“The perfunctory mention of the City's business with minority and women entrepreneurs was disappointing, and the claims of three-fold progress cannot be substantiated. There has been much talk from this Administration about M/WBEs, but any actual progress is hard to pinpoint. Hopefully, the Mayor means to be more serious about better results with opportunities for minorities and women."
First, came the printing factories, warehouses and commercial loft buildings. Before it was “SoHo” it was really just a place where you could pick up cartons of commercial paper arrange to store goods, or get floor tickets printed and bound for use on the Stock Exchange. Then, after World War ll, use of large spaces for painting began to transform the lofts into ad hoc living spaces. “Fixture fee” was the financial term used for evaluating what to pay an artist for his improved space. Of course, what arrived after the arts assault and cultural infiltration that followed the post-Warhol era was the immense real estate development wave.
In its latest example of hypocritically exploiting and abusing the public property under its jurisdiction to promote private corporate interests, the NYC Department of Parks has announced a partnership with NBC TV in which it will drape “capes” over more than 30 historical monuments to promote a fantasy action show, "The Cape".
As another scandal-scarred year in state politics draws to an unseemly close, the fight for good government in New York City and Albany is more important than ever. Since 2002, New York Civic has tried to serve as a nonpartisan voice of reason and social responsibility.
Myth 1: The Berger Commission made no specific recommendations or findings regarding St. Vincent’s Hospital.
Fact 1: The Berger Commission’s job was not to make affirmative findings of hospitals to keep open, but to identify any hospitals that could be closed. Not only was St. Vincent’s allowed to continue its operations but the Berger Commission did make an affirmative finding that St. Vincent’s was “essential”.
"Even with her lack of qualifications, Cathie Black received the wavier to become the school's next chancellor. Apparently, the countless voices of parents, students, teachers, and local residents don't matter to Commissioner Steiner. The Commissioner's own advisory panel voted to deny Black the wavier and they were also ignored."
The Charter Revision Commission was intended when it was appointed to offer the public the opportunity to decide the matter by offering the choice of a two-term or three-term limit. The Commission did offer that choice, but added a poison pill provision that the two-term limit not take effect until 2021, ten years into the uncertain future.