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The numbers are in, and they are striking. Fifty-five percent of registered New York City voters got out there on election day and voted. The highest voter participation rate was in Staten Island (aka Richmond County). The largest absolute number of voters were in Brooklyn. And the highest percentage of support for Barack Obama came […]


When I was an undergraduate, one of the most popular classes was one taught by Professor Kenneth Jackson: The History of the City of New York. Some came because they heard good things about it; other because they were fascinated by the Burns documentary in which Professor Jackson appears. My personal fascination was a bit […]



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