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It has been over a month since Gavin McInnes spoke at the Metropolitan Republican Club and since the latest arrest of a Proud Boys member involved in the street brawl that followed. In the time that’s passed, what has been said about the fight – details on who started it, who ended it and determining exactly who did either of those things – belies the blows to political discourse we have endured since 2016. If there is a willing blindness in the political class, the Metropolitan Club’s choice to receive McInness is a good example  – another instance of how startlingly close the mainstream has moved to its fringe elements.

In a ringing defeat for neighborhoods, the Department of Buildings recently dismissed a challenge to a blatant zoning ruse at 62nd and Second Avenue – building luxury megatowers using floors of near-empty space. Cashing in on the use of these “stilts” or mechanical voids to boost building heights is a new trend in New York City development, maybe most notably flaunted at 432 Park Avenue (yes, that one). But after a near year-long fight, the decision has set off a fever pitch of alarm for preservationists and elected officials worried about whether the city has rubber-stamped a loophole.

Parts of the East Side of Manhattan can be so congested, there’s often not space on the sidewalks to walk.  At times, crossing the street, even in the crosswalk with the “walk” sign lit, can seem a stressful neck exercise as our eyes scout every possible direction.  But our neighborhoods are amazingly safe for the pedestrian, if recent city statistics are to be believed.