Archive

Blog
Sergeant Brotman, 1920 - 2016

On June 12, 1944, a skinny 24-year-old sergeant named Walter Brotman drove a limousine off an amphibious landing craft onto Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. The scene he came upon shocked him. Six days earlier, on what became known as D-Day, the first assault waves of the Allied forces had landed at Omaha and were met with a wall of bullets, mortars, and artillery fire from defending German infantry. The beach was still strewn with burned-out tanks, jeeps, landing crafts, and other paraphernalia of war. The dead were stacked like cordwood in long rows on the sand, each corpse in a body bag or sometimes even hastily covered by a green Army-issued poncho. This is how Sergeant Brotman returned to Europe.

Gratitude Migration: Summer Dreams 2016

Keansburg is a sleepy beach town on the New Jersey shoreline. Its mayor is Thomas Foley. As of last census count, it has a population of roughly 10,000, out of which 5,435 bother to vote--26.3% Democrat, 13.7 Republican, and 60% “Unaffiliated.” It contains four schools in its district. Entertainment and attractions consist mainly of a water park, a small amusement park, and the town’s boardwalk and beach.

Why Democratic and Republican Elites Must be Overthrown

October 11, 2002 was the day I stopped affiliating myself with the Democratic Party. That was the day Hillary Clinton and many other Democratic senators joined with their Republican counterparts in voting to authorize the Iraq War, the greatest foreign policy catastrophe since the Vietnam War. From that day forward I was an Independent.

The Flint Debate and the Manufacturing of Consent.

Earlier today I saw an article featured prominently on the New York Times website called "Who Won the Debate? Hillary Clinton Is Given the Edge." The Times is of course referring to the debate that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders had in Flint, Michigan last night. I would have to say that this article is a prime example of what is sometimes called the "manufacturing of consent" by the American media.

The Oswald Files: What American Intelligence Knew About Kennedy’s Assassin

In 2011 I interviewed a Lieutenant-Colonel in American Military Intelligence. What he told me confirmed what my research had already uncovered: that American intelligence knew a great deal more about Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, before November 22, 1963, than they have ever publicly admited. This is the story of how lost opportunities, and a massive intelligence failure, resulted in one of the greatest tragedies in American history--the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Manhattan, 2015: Rich Need Only Apply

It's the end of an era. After more than 10 years of landlord harassment to try and evict my roommate and I from our rent-controlled apartment on the Upper West Side, using every legal trick and lie you can think of, the scumbags have succeeded. We have till Dec 14th to move out. 

The Pefect Blogging Tool: The Zagg Rugged Folio Keyboard/Case for iPad

Small, portable laptops--a.k.a netbooks--have been around for years now. The Acer line especially was popular in the beginning of this trend toward the "mobile office" lifestyle. Then along came Apple's iPad. It was the first true consumer tablet to really take off and catch on. The only problem is it lacked a physical keyboard on which to type. 

In Remembrance of Ray Montgomery

Ray was not only a great writer; he was a great man with the greatest of hearts--and I want the world, and posterity, to know what he did for me.

Two blocks north of Union Square are the offices of an innovative tech startup. Founded by programmers Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski, Codecademy offers interactive online instruction in programming languages such as JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Python, Ruby on the Rails, and APIs—all at no cost. Recently, they have teamed up with NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development to offer students the chance to learn coding in both a classroom and online environment.

The Architecture and Design Film Festival: 25 Films and 4 Panel Discussions

Opening this week, at Tribeca Cinemas, is the Architecture and Design Film Festival. Running for its third consecutive year, the festival promises to showcase some amazing films from around the world, as well as engaging panel discussions involving leading architects, designers, and filmmakers. Travelers looking for something interesting to do for the next four days should hop down to Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street) and partake in the festivities.

Off the Beaten Path: Vision & Emotion Latin American Art Show in Queens

If you are looking for something to do tonight, help kick off Hispanic Heritage Month by checking out 

Vision & Emotion, the first Latin American group art show of its kind in Long Island City.

Hosted at the Diego Salazar Art Gallery (21-25 44th Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11101), the show will feature award-winning artists whose work is in permanent collection at MoMa and the Guggenheim. Dozens of emerging artists from the New York area will also showcase their work.

There's a lot of things to do in the city this summer, but if you are looking for something to do this evening come out to the Z Hotel in Queens for a rooftop party.  Amazing view of the New York skyline. The Scott Bradlee Band will be playing till 9pm and then the resident DJ will heat up the dance floor.

New York is famous for its nightlife. The endless amount of bars, clubs, shows, restaurants, and parties can dazzle and overwhelm even seasoned residents.  Many of these venues, though, charge cover fees for entrance—something unwelcome in this still dismal economy. But at Bar 13, one block south of Union Square at 35 East 13th Street, the party is on every Monday and it’s free!

The Queens World Film Festival
Opening Night of AD Film Fest

Kyle Bergman, producer, introducing opening film. Photo by Jonathan Denby

As I write these words the partygoers mingle in the background, chatting and sipping on cocktails. Salsa music wafts through the Varick Room as people take advantage of the open bar