Category Archives: Columns

Column: Playland, we had an agreement

Those of us who live in the vicinity of Playland have always had an unspoken agreement with our neighbor. We will put up with the noise, traffic and litter of the summer season and, in return, we enjoy the remaining seasons with the sleeping park. We know, come late spring, the weekend noise will begin. […]

Column: Dinner cruise through the nexus of life

The MacGuffin of the 1994 movie “Star Trek: Generations” is a place called The Nexus, a place in a reality beyond ours in which a person’s perfect life is manifest. One of the key conceits of The Nexus is time doesn’t pass there; each person who enters it always existed and always will. I think […]

Column: A Messi debate

I was as sad as anyone this month when the United States Men’s National Team’s chance at World Cup glory was dashed at the hands of the dastardly Belgians. It was a fun ride, but all good things must come to an end and this just didn’t happen to be America’s year, despite some promising […]

Column: Should we risk U.S. lives to save Iraqi lives?

Time’s June 30 cover puts it bluntly with the title, “The End of Iraq.” The Economist’s June 21 to 27 issue gave this post first World War background: “Working with France, Britain set up monarchies and protectorates, forging nations out of the tribes and sects that littered the Ottoman provinces.” The Economist’s prediction is that, […]

Column: The mayors among us

I am not the only mayor of Rye. There are many people who don’t hold the formal title, but who serve as unofficial leaders of our great city. I see them in my daily life in Rye, they are my neighbors, my kids’ coaches, the folks next to me at the breakfast counter. Through their […]

Column: Bring me that Verizon

I would like to bring your attention to the results of last week’s public hearing regarding Verizon FiOS service for Harrison residents. I am happy to report that, following the June 19 Town Council meeting council approved a resolution to enter into a cable franchise agreement with Verizon. Residents have been asking for an alternative […]

Column: A new obsession, just in time

I am a man of great, but specific, enthusiasms. Let’s start there. Mack Bolan. Any idea who that is? You might have, but I didn’t until a few weeks ago and now he’s almost all I think about. I’ll explain, shall I? As we’ve discussed to some extent before, I love pulp fiction. We just […]

Column: Waiting on August

The end of any school year is undoubtedly a joyous time for all involved. From the students, who welcome two months of freedom from quizzes, tests, report cards and essays with unfettered celebration, to the teachers, whose own relief is just as palpable, there are few tears shed when schools close their doors for summer […]

Palomino restaurant: A Larchmont favorite

Few chefs can boast a different eatery for each day of the week, but Palomino Restaurant in Larchmont is just one of Colombian-born Rafael Palomino’s seven restaurants throughout the northeast. It is hard to imagine juggling a couple of popular eateries—let alone seven—while simultaneously running a consulting company and a catering company as well, but […]

Column: Rye Democrats drop out

I am deeply saddened to read in the June 13 issue of The Rye City Review that we no longer have a two-party election system here. The Republican Party has nominated candidates for City Council. The Democratic Party has nominated no one else, and has even made its default explicit by endorsing the Republican candidates. […]