The Board of Estimate meanwhile met in a literal smoke-filled backroom on the second floor of City Hall — later repurposed for Mike Bloomberg’s bullpen. The board determined nearly everything that had to do with city government: budgets, land-use decisions, contracts, and where to place city-owned facilities like shelters and prisons. Its proceedings were deliberately opaque. The agenda was printed on something known as the Calendar, a tiny-print broadsheet from which the pages spilled out when opened. Meetings stretched on into the night. Most alarming for first-time visitors, however, was when they would peer upon the table where the Board met, and in the assigned seat, behind the appropriate nameplate for, say, Mayor Abe Beame or Comptroller Harrison J. Goldin, were not Mayor Abe Beame and Comptroller Harrison J. Goldin but some fresh-faced young aides who looked like the mayor’s wayward great-nephews. The real players were meeting elsewhere, in a backroom of the … [Read more...] about Not That Long Ago, New York City Really Was Run From a Smoke-filled Backroom
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>> Will Patrick McCaw continue to impress? The second-round pick from UNLV followed up a strong showing at the Las Vegas Summer League with a solid performance Saturday. In 22 minutes, McCaw had 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting with five steals and four assists. He will keep getting major playing time as head coach Steve Kerr eases his starters into the grind of the NBA season. If the rookie can build off his hot start, he’ll have a real shot at beating out Ian Clark for the backup shooting guard job. … [Read more...] about Warriors game day: Can Patrick McCaw build off his impressive start?
Bryant had one of the greatest careers in recent NBA history and became one of the game’s most popular players as the face of the 16-time NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers franchise. In his 20 year career, he was an 18-time All-Star, the league MVP in 2008, a two-time NBA scoring champion, and he earned 12 selections to the NBA’s All-Defensive teams. … [Read more...] about Knicks, Nets Pay Tribute To Kobe Bryant Prior To Sunday’s Game At MSG
Adults aged 18 to 29 visited the library much more than older age groups, possibly reflecting the college students who go to the library to study, Gallup reported. Women reported visiting the library nearly twice as many times as men did, and adults from low-income households reported using the library more than adults from higher-income households. … [Read more...] about More Americans went to the library last year than to the movies, a new Gallup poll finds
This bird's-eye view showed the remains of large, circular ditches. This seemed peculiar, so Boschi and her colleagues began doing groundwork. At first, they used electrical resistance, which puts electrical currents into the ground and monitors for anomalies in how current flows through the soil. The team also used magnetic surveys to detect if any metal artifacts were lurking underground. … [Read more...] about Tomb of Iron Age mystery man discovered in Italy. And there’s a chariot inside.