Sidewalksby Tom Deignan
- 'The Great Gatsby' author F Scott Fitzgerald’s death and burial another Catholic lesson
- Anthony Weiner running for New York mayor and the Italian mob and Irish Americans strong ties
- Victor Navasky lauds Thomas Nast - American cartoonist known for his racist Irish ape-like drawings
- Immigration is not the problem - history of anti-Irish behavior reflecting on the Chechnyan bombs in Boston
- The good old anti-British days - Margaret Thatcher haters and spats in New York during World War II
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New York City Sanitation workers have gotten much-deserved credit for swiftly cleaning up storm-ravaged sections of the five boroughs, from Staten Island to the Rockaways.
But last week, the Sanitation Department -- and its Irish American fraternal organization -- were in the news for a more controversial reason. A number of sanitation workers filed a lawsuit claiming widespread racial bias in the department -- and blamed the Irish.
It's that time of year again. The Academy Awards will be held this Sunday. All the pretty people in show business will get together and congratulate each other, patting themselves on the back -- even though half of them actually want to stab each other in the back.
But it’s all in good fun, and many of the movies are quite good. (Though not Silver Linings Playbook. Saw it this week. Completely overrated.)
John Liam Shea remembers visiting his Irish-born grandparents’ house in the heavily-Irish Kingsbridge section of the Bronx.
“It was like entering Ireland,” recalls Shea. “All the delis and the butcher shops were all Irish.”
Sometimes, the students are the ones who teach the teachers.
High school students all across New York City spent last week taking their all-important Regents exams is subjects like algebra, global history and English language arts.