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It was a great pleasure to hear “Stand By Me” performed on television at the recent Democratic National Convention. The authors — Jerry Lieber for the lyric and Mike Stoller for the music — were born in 1933, as was I. They collaborated from 1950 until 2011, when Lieber died. more
One of the glories of living in Spuyten Duyvil has long been the Half Moon Lookout, perched seven stories above the confluence of the Hudson River and Spuyten Duyvil Creek, with beautiful views of Inwood Park and the George Washington Bridge — so much so that it has long been listed in the Michelin Guide to New York. more
Thank you, David Epstein, for your note expressing opposition to my suggestion that we operate schools remotely until there are adequate protections in place for students, teachers, staff members and their families. Respectfully, I think that my position is, in fact, shared by numerous families in Riverdale, including the families of educators as well as students. more
In a recent letter to the editor of The Riverdale Press, the writer claims the Democratic Socialists of New York support BDS — boycott-divestments-sanctions — of the Jewish homeland because it is an “apartheid” state. more
After the first full year of Donald Trump’s presidency, the online news outlet Axios discovered something rather disturbing in a poll conducted by SurveyMonkey — more than a third of Americans had lost faith in democracy. more
Public schools are now reopening for fall classes under a cloud of confusion and concern over safety and equity. This chaos is in contrast to the recently depicted scenes from the Riverdale Country School campus, in which tents, chairs and tables were in place for classes in early August, and students were oriented early to adjust. more
For the first time in decades, support for peace in the Middle East is spreading. more
I would like to add context to a recent story reporting on Councilman Andrew Cohen’s rejection of the street co-namings of Bradley Terrace and Palisade Avenue in honor of Villa Rosa Bonheur and John J. McKelvey Sr. These tributes were advanced to him by Community Board 8, upon the application of seven community groups, and publicly supported. more
How low can Trump and Republicans go? more
We know who killed George Floyd, but do we really know what killed him? From the battered streets of our cities come a confused series of answers to an admittedly complicated question. There is unrest in America as we write this. There is division. There is racial tension. And they are slowly unraveling what it means to be American. more
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