October 31, 2012 To stem a widespread outbreak of mumps in Orthodox Jewish communities, public health officials tried giving children a third dose of vaccine instead of the usual two shots. The outbreak was so widespread a quarantine wasn't feasible.
October 31, 2012 Off-duty Officer Artur Kasprzak got six members of his family to safety on Monday, then went to check his home's basement. His body was found there the next day. Also Tuesday, other NYPD officers plucked five adults and a baby off Staten Island roofs.
October 30, 2012 When Sandy slammed into New York City, one of Manhattan's biggest hospitals buckled. After the power went out in Lower Manhattan, New York University Langone Medical Center's backup power generators failed, too, and more than 200 patients had to be evacuated.
October 30, 2012 Hundred of thousands of people were without power after the city was hammered by high winds and record-breaking storm surge. The head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the city's 108-year-old subway system had never seen such devastation.
September 24, 2012 Public health considerations alone are not enough to justify banning the sale of large containers of soda. Commentator Alva Noë argues that the question at hand is one of the values we hold, not healthcare costs.
September 16, 2012 The new ban on the sale of soft drinks in large containers in New York City is arbitrary and insulting, argues commentator and philosopher Alva Noë. He says that "just because something is bad, that doesn't mean you should ban it."
September 13, 2012 People are taking the New York City's proposed big soda ban to heart because it goes after our food. And cultural anthropologists say we have strong attachments to what we consider food — and we don't like it taken away.
September 2, 2012 Historians and museum curators have chosen 50 objects that tell the long history of New York City; to an anthropologist's eye, they've done a superb job of emphasizing the importance of material culture in human life.
August 24, 2012 The incident outside the landmark building ended with the gunman's death. Nine other people were injured, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
July 20, 2012 The shootings of dozens at a Colorado movie theater led the presidential campaigns to tear up their scripts for Friday and beyond. President Obama cut short a campaign trip to Florida as his campaign and that of Republican Mitt Romney halted ads in Colorado and canceled some appearances.
July 10, 2012 New York City has been on a tear since the 1970s, but one of its five boroughs hasn't kept up: the Bronx. Pittsburgh may hold some answers.
June 1, 2012 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ban nearly all sales of big, sugary drinks. What else should be put on his target list? Serious and not-so-serious suggestions are welcome.
May 31, 2012 New York City's mayor wants to block sales of sugary drinks larger than 16 fluid ounces. It's his latest idea about making his city healthier. Is it a good one?
May 25, 2012 The disappearance of Etan Patz from a New York City street 33 years ago was a cultural turning point for children and their parents, according to commentator Alva Noë. It was also frightening point in time for Noë and the other kids living Patz' neighborhood