Creativity and the City

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014

Please join us for this provocative program at Baruch College on April 2, 2014 at 6.30 pm. April 2 CREATIVITY AND THE CITY: The Arts and Profound Change  “We cannot be a democracy if the power of imagination is allowed to become a luxury commodity.” * Great cities big or small are receptive to the […]

Art, Artists and de Blasio’s New York

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014

Please join us for this program at Baruch College, NYC.  I list here the first two of the three programs.  I will be moderating the second and CCI is the co-sponsor for all three. Arts, Artists, and de Blasio’s New York Co-sponsored by the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and Creative Cities International Mayor […]

Reporting from Times Square

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014

It’s Super Bowl time!  Okay, I must confess that I am not a football fan.  I can manage a slight glimmer of enthusiasm for some teams.  I went to graduate school in Berkeley so I have a fondness for the 49ers.  I worked for the Obama campaign in ’08 and as a side benefit – […]

“…a sacred mission” to serve the people of New York

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013

Mayor-elect de Blasio at his first news conference today, November 6, 2013, and how he translates his opening remarks into Spanish.  He is evidently fairly fluent in Spanish and fluent in Italian.

Can a progressive mayor govern?

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013

That is the question everyone including those who voted for him are going to be asking themselves this morning.  Last night Bill de Blasio scored the biggest landslide that anyone can remember.  He was a candidate lost in the mix until he ran an ad featuring his son, Dante, with an afro.  But New York […]

Why Trump in Rio?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013

In August I attended a conference sponsored by the Creative Cities Group, an amalgam of scholars from the University of Campinas and the University of Madrid.  Among the participants were political leaders from Sao Paulo and Rio.  I spoke an activist from Rio about the version of Trump Towers – Trump Towers Rio – being […]

Is New York Creative…And Will It Stay That Way?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013

David Byrne has written a worthy piece on the state of New York City (  This is a topic of constant conversation among New Yorkers who care about what happens here – and those who vote.  The current administration and the one before have contributed to the city’s well-being in different ways.  But both have […]

Know Your Audience!

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013

Tonight I saw a screening Captain Phillips, the new Tom Hanks film or Paul Greengrass film, depending on whether you are actor- or director-oriented.  There was a Q&A following with Hanks, Greengrass, and Barkhad Abdi who were all charming and took the questions seriously no matter how off point or ridiculous.  After the film, my […]

Rio Protests and the Olympics 2016

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013

Recently Oliver Wainwright wrote a blog article on plans for Rio Olympics 2016 and their legacy.  He outlined the plans for the Olympics and their supposed transformation following.  Important to the discussion as he points out is the “growing national discontent about he amount of public money being spent on both the Olympics and the […]

Small Things Matter

Posted by on Jun 8, 2013

As most urbanites know it’s often the little things that get you through the day in a big city.  The stresses and strains of the most average day wear you out and the small – and usually unexpected – moments of pleasure change your mood completely.  Phil, one of the peacocks in residence at the […]