Opinions

OPINION: Caribbean Heritage Month and its importance to African-American history

“Life Needs the Caribbean!” So read the tagline of a full-length commercial that ran in frequent rotation on national network television a couple years ago. The declaration was made against a backdrop of scenic images of the idyllic blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. … Full Article

Aftermath of tragic lethal force by police: How court cases help

For the families who have lost loved ones, it may seem that little has changed in how and when officers exercise lethal force, particularly against African-American men. … Full Article

OPINION: Applause for NYC Ferry, but time to extend service even more

The NYC Ferry is finally here. From Rockaway to Williamsburg, from Bay Ridge to Astoria, people have hailed it as a new, comfortable way to get from Brooklyn and Queens to Manhattan. … Full Article

OPINION: Can female mentors patch the leaky STEM pipeline?

As a freshman, Stephanie Mula found the University of Massachusetts's engineering program "overwhelming." A first-generation college student, she wasn't sure what to expect, how to get the most out of her classes or where to look for internships. … Full Article

OPINION: Next steps are just as important with illegal home conversions

When the conversation about illegal home conversions first began to emerge on Community Board 10 and in conversations among neighbors, I was torn. … Full Article

OPINION: On World No Tobacco Day, protecting those who need it the most

Residents of New York City are accustomed to living in close proximity to their neighbors, sharing communal urban spaces and having a different definition of privacy than those who live in more spacious environs. … Full Article

OPINION: Huxley and Trump's propaganda machine

In 1949, we read a futuristic novel by Aldous Huxley called “Brave New World.” It presents an appalling picture of society as it descends into a totalitarian, manipulated world controlled through technically advanced propaganda machinery. … Full Article

OPINION: Why the BQX Steetcar will bring a better city

Does the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront region need its own streetcar? … Full Article

OPINION: Integrating shelters into fabric of our communities

Last year, I was informed that the Department of Homeless Services had placed families at a commercial hotel in Bushwick. I was outraged. … Full Article

OPINION: Coney Island Prep students to know value of college education

In February of this year, I had the honor of hosting students from the first graduating class of Coney Island Prep High School at the state Capitol. … Full Article

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