Tonight, Big Bill de Blasio awards the winners in the NYC BigApps competition. That's a project of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. With mentors and judges from many, if not "all" walks of life, this project is one of the few rare ways that New York City might actually help a small business, while also helping to improve the lives of New Yorkers, or even making the city a better place in general. Cash prizes go to the best apps created out of city data.
But Mayor Bill will be treading on dangerous ground. Will the judges set him up for a disaster? Because among some [...]
Today's least offensive Times op-ed (we can't even talk about this) begins like this: Just five years ago, Adam Fleischman was in a two-bedroom rental with his wife and their year-old son, fumbling around for a career that might stick. Screenwriting hadn’t worked out. Same for finance. He was 38 and, he told me, “It was do or die.”
Today he owns two houses here, one with six bedrooms and a makeshift vineyard out back. He said that he’s toying with the idea of a third in London.
That's about the founder of Umami Burger, but: it seems like that's all people can think to do when they [...]
I consider myself—and anyone else who has not yet chosen to commit suicide—an optimist, in the sense that continuing to wake up each morning is currently about the most significant contribution most of us can make in terms of betting big on life, but even someone with my upbeat outlook on existence has a hard time remaining positive in the face of all the reaction to the rumor that a new cell phone might be a special shade of shiny this time around. Good lord, people, look at yourselves. Whoever said this generation has no future and deserves none was totally underplaying her hand.
"Camp directors have discovered that a picture can be worth a thousand words to an anxious mom or dad. 'I had a parent say that although she spoke to her son and everything sounded fine…the housekeeper felt he didn't look like himself—he looked sad,' said Jay Jacobs, owner of Timber Lake Camp in Shandaken, N.Y."
"Groh is the owner of Joe's Steaks + Soda Shop at 6030 Torresdale Ave., and if that doesn't ring a bell, here's the name it used until March 31: Chink's Steaks, a Wissinoming landmark since 1949. Seem familiar now? I doubt many, if any, of Chink's customers connected the name with a racial slur. The steak shop was named by founder Sam "Chink" Sherman, who got the nickname when he was a kid due to his almond shaped eyes. You can argue whether his friends meant it as an Asian slur or a sidewalk description. America was, rightly or wrongly, less sensitive about such things then." —It's a tough one, [...]
"Iain's more conventional literary works were generally delightful, edgy and fully engaged with the world in which he set them: his palpable outrage at inequity and iniquity shone through the page. But in his science fiction he achieved something more: something, I think, that the genre rarely manages to do. He was intensely political, and he infused his science fiction with a conviction that a future was possible in which people could live better — he brought to the task an an angry, compassionate, humane voice that single-handedly drowned out the privileged nerd chorus of the technocrat/libertarian fringe and in doing so managed to write a far-future space operatic [...]
"An earlier version of this post ["Here Are The Massive Boston Globe Web Traffic Numbers From Yesterday"] mindlessly used the verb 'explode' to describe the sudden rise in traffic. This was poor judgement on my part and I deeply apologize. "