Opinions

As chancellor, I love talking to our students and parents at community meetings, forums, town halls and even in the grocery store — and I hear the same message time and again: every parent wa … Full Article

OPINION: It's a critical time for common sense in NYC's rent stabilization policies

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently declared war on the rental housing industry by supporting tenant-backed state legislation that would cut off the life blood of the city’s existing rental housing. … Full Article

OPINION: Prevailing wage will stifle affordable housing

Albany lawmakers should resist efforts to tie the renewal of the 421-a program with demands for higher wages on affordable housing projects, as it will curb the production of new housing just when New Yorkers need it most. … Full Article

OPINION: Echoes from my mother

“I wasn’t planning on coming back, you know,” Mom told me over the phone, through radio waves reaching from Seattle to Brooklyn. … Full Article

OPINION: Plan to extend the life of critical NYCHA properties

A $100 million plan recently announced by New York City and HUD to retrofit nearly 300 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings will be important for the environment, our city’s affordable housing inventory and tenants. … Full Article

OPINION: De Blasio! Give us our park as we were promised

In large national parks fires keep the ecosystem alive. In the case of Bushwick Inlet Park, fire might be what brings the park to life. … Full Article

OPINION: 9/11 families sound off on MTA’s political ad decision

As family members of those who died in the attacks launched on Sept. 11, 2001, we reflect on the recent MTA ruling to ban political advertisements on all MTA vehicles as an unfortunate sacrifice when a middle ground could have been forged.  … Full Article

OPINION: It’s time to test the remains of John Wilkes Booth

On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln in the back of the head at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Afterward, Booth jumped to the stage and shouted, “Sic semper tyrannis,” and miraculously managed to flee the capital on horseback with a broken leg. … Full Article

OPINION: After BBP Pier 2 shooting, a call to join Brooklyn Bridge march to end gun violence

As a local mom who regularly enjoys Brooklyn Bridge Park with my family, I was dismayed to read of the shots fired at Pier 2 last week. … Full Article

OPINION: New Yorkers need patent reform to protect small businesses

I’m a fifth generation New Yorker. My family has roots stretching from Sheepshead Bay to Brooklyn Heights. I always wanted to have my own business here, and a few years ago I quit my regular job, found a partner and launched it. … Full Article

OPINION: Gentrification, a holdup of Crown Heights

The first time I had an indirect encounter with a holdup was in 2010. I saw his tall figure standing at the end of the hallway. He had a buzz cut, wore army-green cargo pants and a white graphic T-shirt that was soiled a murky yellow in the armpits and neckline. … Full Article

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