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Weed 1. DWI Drugs 0: Court Dismisses Case Where Defendant Admits to Smoking 'Weed' Before Driving

A recent case in Suffolk County may have made it more difficult to prosecute driving while intoxicated by drugs, a violation of Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1192(4), also called DWI Drugs. In New York like other states, just as it...Show More Summary

Homeless for the Holidays

By Carl Siciliano and Youths of the Ali Forney Center Photos by Ocean Morisset Family Rejection. Homelessness. These words, which describe phenomena that so disproportionately devastate the lives of LGBT youths, come across as grossly inadequate as I attempt to describe what I see every day at the Ali Forney Center. Show More Summary

Tamir Rice and America's Legal Crisis

Tamir Rice. Eric Garner. Michael Brown. These three names should be haunting the legal profession because to all too many in America, the names represent a violent rending of the fragile trust that the public has in law and justice in...Show More Summary

Store Front II: A History Preserved

Mom and Pop shops--small, family-run businesses--are dying off in New York City at an alarming rate. They are being squeezed out by gentrification, skyrocketing rents, and competition by big impersonal chains. And so far Mayor Bill de Blasio seems disinclined to do anything about it. Show More Summary

Astoria Characters: The Hands-On Healer

It is so quiet in Galina Tsypin's office that you can hear a pin drop. Or, to be more precise, a needle. Galina, you see, is an acupuncturist, and the studied silence is part of her healing process. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Galina is...Show More Summary

As Tall As Lions Reunite and Roar Again at Webster Hall

Exactly five years ago this month, at the peak of their career Long Island alternative rockers As Tall As Lions played their final shows in the U.S. at Highline Ballroom. They were, at the time, dubbed farewell gigs and the band, who...Show More Summary

The Noxious Origins of NYC Gentrification: Cooking Gas

Keeping landlords honest in New York City - or New York State, for that matter - is not an enviable task, given how common the less-than-honest ones are, but it's a job that nonetheless falls squarely in the laps of city and state officials. Show More Summary

The National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene's Weird and Wonderful Resuscitation of The Always-at-Death's-Door Yiddish Language!

You wouldn't believe what's going on at the 101-year-young National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene! First, they've found a home for the first time in 40 years at The Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park! Not just a home. A HOME! with a view of every immigrant's favorite sight--The Statue of Liberty. Show More Summary

Mayor de Blasio's Midterm Report Card

Since we're living in a data-driven, grades obsessed world, it's time to gather around for Mayor Bill de Blasio's midterm report card. It's halfway through the Mayor's four-year term. First terms are notoriously hard but since this is the big time, there's no grading on a curve for the earnest, progressive Mayor. Show More Summary

Home for the Holidays? 10 Best Things About New York

Okay, so the radio is blaring sounds of Silver Bells and Winter Wonderland, and I'm wandering the city sidewalks in summer cotton. The fleece nightgown is sitting in waiting, as are the earmuffs, the woolen scarves, the cashmere sweaters and the L.L. Show More Summary

Ellsworth Kelly, Vampire Slayer

Ellsworth Kelly died Sunday. His death came just a few days short of making it to 2016 but the math will be accurate when you look at the dates on the museum placard next to his painting. His unique, groundbreaking art is owned by almost every art museum of significance in the world. Show More Summary

Going Against the Flow: Heather Marie, Founder and CEO of Shoppable

Heather Marie is the founder and CEO of Shoppable®, a software technology company enabling a shoppable layer across digital content and a cloud-based platform enabling mass product distribution for merchants and brands to tens of millions of consumers. Show More Summary

Goodbye, Hello

Here it is that time of year again. Why don't they slow down? They don't slow down; they speed up. I'm one who takes account of a year that is ending. This year I recorded several goodbyes and, happily, a few hellos. Goodbye, more or less, to the New York City underground system. Show More Summary

An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg, I am not a greedy person. So I will not ask you for billions of dollars. What I am is a fierce and passionate advocate for the more than 500,000 New York City residents affected by a dementia diagnosis. So, as you...Show More Summary

Cornelia Street Cafe: The Whole World Passes Through

It had been an antique store, then a junk store, then a hideous hangout for Thunderbird-sipping neighborhood workers. Since 1977, the location has been The Cornelia Street Cafe, an elegant West Village magnet for an amazing array of artists. Show More Summary

Concussion Focus Needs to Shift from NFL to Youth and High School Football

The movie Concussion, starring Will Smith, opens in theaters nationwide on Christmas. For anyone who cares about safety in sports this is a welcomed development. Concussion is the story of forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (played...Show More Summary

To Donald Trump, From 'A Black'

I sat in front of my television on one ordinary summer day, and I watched as a man performed for millions, a spectacle of hate hidden behind a veil that read, "Make America Great Again." How could a man so negligent with his words and...Show More Summary

CultureZohn: A Very Burri Christmas

Alberto Burri, courtesy Burri Foundation Alberto Burri, whose magnificent retrospective is in its last weeks at the Guggenheim was a man who made limonata out of limoni. Burri was born in 1915, and became a young fascist when Mussolini represented hope for the ailing Italian post WWI nation. Show More Summary

Astoria Characters: The Family Portrait

It was art that drew them together. Patricia Boes, the official artist in the family, doesn't remember exactly when it happened. She does recall that Devin, her son, was the first to join her. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Seasoned Art on...Show More Summary

Santa Never Asked Me, But....

Childhood ends the first time you sit on Santa's lap and see those wire earpieces connecting his beard to his head. You can't help running across two infuriating breeds of people at this time of year: wine experts and cheese experts....Show More Summary

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