New York City Archives

Ever since Lola* — one of those eateries that attracts impeccably dressed, upwardly mobile young Negroes — moved from Chelsea to SoHo, it’s been fighting with the neighborhood alliance over its petition for a license for liquor and the right to have live entertainment. The Patrick-Odeens, the mixed-race couple that runs the spot, said that Read More

New York City’s record low murder rate in 2007 should help bolster its rep as the safest big city in the country — something that would have been imaginable in 1990, when the city caught over 2,200 (!) bodies. Chris Mitchell of New York magazine poses a provocative theoretical question: what would it take to Read More

It didn’t take long for Roland G. Fryer, a black Harvard economist and recently named “chief equality officer” of New York City public schools, to begin stirring trouble in the nation’s largest school district. Cell phone usage in schools has been a contentious issue in districts across the country, but Fryer is proposing a plan Read More