New York

The Cuomo Conundrum
Will his 2016 ambitions hurt his ability to run New York?
February 21, 2013

Andrew Cuomo has been leading the charge of American liberals for over two years now. The New York governor made history in the spring of 2011 by steering marriage equality through the state’s dysfunctional legislature.

The Real Problem with Gentrification
A phenomenon that revived cities can also make them monotonous
February 15, 2013

Gentrification, which has helped revive so many cities, has a possibly self-defeating side-effect: Leaving monotonous neighborhoods in its wake. 

Can Joe Lhota Save Big-City Republicanism?
Becoming mayor is tough. But not as tough as restoring urban America's two-party system.
February 07, 2013

Reviving partisan competition in urban areas will be good for Republicans, good for cities, and good for the country. New York's Joe Lhota has a persona that might help him become mayor. But can he create the infrastructure to sustain an actual two-party system?

Citizen Alec
Forget Clooney. Alec Baldwin is America's most believable celebrity liberal. Here's why.
January 31, 2013

Not so long ago, Alec Baldwin was a washed up star. He reinvented himself without changing a bit. And, in the process, became Hollywood's most believeable star.

Is the Emergency Committee for Israel on a Losing Streak?
January 16, 2013

Schumer's support for Hagel seems like another setback for the pro-Israel lobby. Or is it?

The Democrats' 2016 Contenders Are Betting on Gun Control
January 14, 2013

Several high-profile Democratic governors seem to think gun control is no longer an issue to avoid. Will they be proven right?

Architecture is More Than Just Buildings: In Remembrance of Ada Louise Huxtable
January 12, 2013

Architecture occupies a peculiar place in the life of democratic societies. Most buildings get built because some private concern, an individual or a corporate entity, commissions it. Because procuring land and constructing buildings is expensive, the private concerns that do so typically enjoy the benefits of wealth, which include social and political influence in excess of the democratic credo of one man, one vote. Yet architecture, or most of it anyway, is a public good: what any one person or institution builds, others must live with, and often for a very long time.

Is Christie Abandoning His True Base?
January 11, 2013

His biggest boosters, a coterie of Wall Street conservatives, have lost their love.

Lena Dunham Caved to Her Critics on Race, and It Made "Girls" a Better Show
January 09, 2013

Lena Dunham's response to her critics gives "Girls" just what it needed: self-awareness.

Elizabeth Wurtzel Doesn't Reveal Enough About Herself (No, Really!)
January 07, 2013

In the midst of her faux financial self-revelation.