Is NYC Safe?

2013 – “Is Harlem safe to visit?” 2017 – “Are the subway’s safe?” I can’t recall the number of times I was asked the Harlem question during Bloomberg’s reign as Mayor (2001-2013), and the subway question during de Blasio’s tenure (2014-2021). Usually, these questions happened on the Manhattan Bridge and near the end of a […]

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Glass City

What is Glass City?

[We’re renaming the Photo Digest to Glass City, about photography, writing, creativity, and urbanism.   It will be shared every other week, usually on Tuesdays, but that may be subject to change.   I always struggled with what to call the newsletter. Or perhaps it’s better to use the term column, since that has a

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“It is the ambition of the New Yorker to live upon the Fifth Avenue, to take his airings in the [Central] Park, to sleep with his fathers in Green-Wood.” – The New York Times, 1866 Our Brooklyn neighborhood, within the larger Sunset Park, has recently been monikered as Greenwood Heights for its proximity to the

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