I have long been opposed to gays marching in the St Patrick’s Day parade on Fifth Avenue. It isn’t because my father was a past national (...)

William Bratton is sworn in as the 42nd commissioner of the New York police department by New York mayor Bill de Blasio during a ceremony at police headquarters in New York earlier this week. Photograph; Mike Segar/Reuters

Bill Bratton’s biggest problem right now might not be stop-and-frisk. It might be stop-and-sulk. Given a new mayor who catapulted into office by casti(...)

Democratic candidate for mayor and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio greets the crowd while arriving at his primary night party yesterday in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images.

and Bill de Blasio, whose campaign for mayor of New York tapped into a city’s deepening unease with income inequality and aggressive police practices,(...)

Opponents of the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy join members of the New York City Council at a news conference on the steps of City Hall. Photograph: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times

Judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling this week that New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy is tantamount to racial profiling has whipped up much debate. But(...)

Christine Callaghan Quinn, the 47-year-old speaker of the New York City Council, wants to be seen as a member of the fighting Irish. Photograph: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

A well-dressed man at the West 72nd Street subway entrance stops to take one of the fliers Christine Quinn is handing out.“You don’t seem quite as evi(...)

Bagpipe players march in the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York on Saturday. Photograph:   Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

“Erin go brrr’ was the headline on the New York Post’s coverage of the city’s St Patrick’s Day parade yesterday, though freezing temperatures and s(...)