Selected work on Urbanism, Arts & Culture, and Politics & Policy.


Photo-Documenting the Lost Landscape
of Lesbian Nightclubs in New York City

In the academic journal Change Over Time, Issue 8.2,
University of Pennsylvania Press, Fall 2018

What Can New York City Do About
Retail Vacancies As Rents Rise?

Citylab, November 29, 2018

When Pride Comes to Town
Citylab, June 22, 2018

Landmarks Lost: The Future of the
Leaderless Landmarks Commission

The Architect's Newspaper,  June 8, 2018

Preserving the Meaning of Lesbian Bars
Citylab, October 11, 2017

Mad As Hell Dept:  Cause For Alarm
The New Yorker, December 28, 2003

How Cities Can Save Small Shops
Citylab, July 24, 2017

How to Preserve Our Disappearing Small Businesses, Creative Spaces and Restaurants
A collection of trendsetting reportage and analysis

Neighborhood Preservation: A Trend of the Year
The Forward, January 4, 2014

What a Glass City Can Do With Its Sunlight
On "Glimmerance"

Next City, September 25, 2013

What the High Line's Success Can Teach Us
City Limits, June 15, 2009

Arts & Culture

The Midwest Town That Designs Above Its Weight
Citylab, August 10, 2017

Sorry, America: There Is No 'Hanukkah Season.'
Forward, December 6, 2016

Squiggles Are the New Quarter Notes: Why Music Looks Different Now
The Atlantic, October 3, 2014

Culture in Greenwich Village
from 'Off the Grid' @
Interview with Penny Arcade: On Saving the Soul of NYC and Yourself - April 30, 2014
A Son of the East Village, Murdered, and a Controversial Opera - October 26, 2015
The Tree of Heaven in Washington Square - July 23, 2015
James Baldwin and His Greenwich Village - October 2, 2015
Millay and the Magnolia Tree - April 23, 2015
Frank O'Hara and His 'Democracy of Affection' - June 6, 2014
Happy Birthday W.H. Auden, East Villager - February 21, 2014
Commemorating a Favorite Concert Hall, the Fillmore East - October 24, 2014
Still Living in Dawn Powell's Village - December 10, 2013

On the Film "Monsieur Klein" and Nazi-Looted Art Today
The Forward, December 6, 2013

I.B. Singer and the Problem of Surviving
-- A Review of "Enemies: A Love Story"

The Forward, June 11, 2013

How Communal Singing Disappeared From American Life
The Atlantic, March 28, 2012

Don't Ask, Don't Dwell: The One Big Rule for Giving a Book as a Gift
The Atlantic, December 24, 2012

The Hook, Overlooked: Why Is It So Hard to Find a Place to Hang Our Stuff?
The Atlantic, August 8, 2012

Sipping Under the Sukkah: Infused Rye Cocktails
The Forward, September 27, 2010

Politics & Policy

In the Era of the Permanently Lowered Flag
Who What Why, July 27, 2016

The Art Deco Ziggurat
is part of A City Without Limits: The Places Behind City Limits' 40 Years of NYC Coverage
City Limits, February 3, 2016

Real Estate's Attempt to Co-opt the Affordable Housing Discussion
Gotham Gazette, May 1, 2015

Our Wishlist for the Next Buildings Commissioner
Off the Grid, May 16, 2014

The Real Obstacles to Affordable Housing Construction
Off the Grid, October 15, 2013

A Tale of Two Times Articles
Off the Grid, February 28, 2014

The Triangle Factory Fire: A Century Later
Sweatshops Didn't Go Away
Workers' Centers: A Clubhouse for Struggle, Support
A Call For A Sweatshop-Free Zone in NYC
The Forward, April 1, 2011

Democratic Failure on the Horizon?  A Classic Explanation Says Why
The Forward, November 1, 2010

Missing Half of the Potentially Best Ideas
The Forward, November 24, 2010

Freedom/Fear: Civil Liberties in Today's New York
While editor of, I co-produced the first comprehensive look at NYC civil liberties post-9/11, and wrote the lead article for this issue of City Limits's quarterly magazine.
City Limits Investigates, Summer 2008

CityTime:  Investigating A Massive Urban Boondoggle
City Limits, 2006-2008

A Room and Not Bored: One Path Out of Shelter
City Limits, October 26, 2009

A Winter's Tale: What the Homeless Tally Means
City Limits, March 9, 2009

What's the Point of Protest?
This essay was widely circulated and cited during the charged time of George W. Bush's second inauguration, and since.
Common Dreams, January 18, 2005