Nicole Gelinas

Nicole Gelinas

About the Columnist

Nicole Gelinas is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, focusing on urban economics. Her book on New York City transportation history is due to be released in late 2024.

The Archive

Flaco's life and death another example of NYC progressivism gone awry

So Flaco the Eurasian eagle-owl?is dead?— killed in a collision with an Upper West Side building Friday, a year after vandals cut the wires on his cage, just inside the...

Inside Adams' migrant debit card boondoggle — no-bid bank gets $50M, border crossers up to $10K each

Mayor Adams' debit-card program for migrants has the potential to become an open-ended, multi-billion-dollar Bermuda Triangle of disappearing, untraceable cash, used for any purpose.

Now it's free cash: Hochul and Adams' never-ending migrant-money spigot

Gov. Hochul and Mayor Adams have been quietly handing out cash to thousands of migrants for nine months.

Don't blame the left: 'Moderate' Democrats like Eric Adams are failing on the migrant crisis

Adams turned premier properties on?both sides of Midtown into anchors of disorder and, as the Times Square migrant attack on NYPD officers?last weekend demonstrated.

Central Park Five member’s traffic stunt jeopardizes public safety

We’ll see if the City Council lets a perfectly proper police stop of onetime Central Park Five defendant Yusef Salaam, now a Harlem councilman, determine the future of policing.?

State of the City shows Mayor Adams is big on ideas, short on action

Mayor Eric Adams' State of the City address was big on ideas but he couldn't hide his failure to produce big results since taking office.

With chronic absenteeism soaring, educrats still tell students school isn't that important

As in the rest of the country, after missing 18 months of school?starting?in March 2020, kids without solid support systems at home got out of the habit of going to...

Governor Hochul's only idea to solve New York's budget problem is to spend more

In her presentation of the $232.7 billion state budget for the upcoming 2025 fiscal year, which starts in April, Gov. Hochul channeled St. Augustine.

Eric Adams plays both hero and villain — but loses public trust in the process

Mayor Adams has been plagued by a stubborn opponent who thwarts his every initiative and contradicts his every public statement. That stubborn opponent is: Mayor Adams.

New York's governor finally sees reality -- and responsibility

In her third state-of-the-state speech, Gov. Kathy Hochul summed up the tone stating, “I can actually understand why some people feel the sun is setting on the Empire State.”

Adams' lame lawsuit against bus firms ignores the migrant crisis' real roots

New year, old mayor. January’s first week brought fresh evidence Mayor Adams?still?has no idea how to manage the nearly two-year-old migrant crisis.

Where NYC went wrong in 2023 —?and how to fix it

You can’t blame Mayor Adams or his predecessor for the fact murder is still up, relative to 2019. Murder is up nationwide since 2020.

After Grand Central stabbing, Mayor Adams’ response shows he missed crime train

The suspect in the stabbing, Steven Hutcherson, is yet another troubled vagrant.??

Some holiday cheer from — and for — Mayor Adams, thanks to Fifth Avenue

Raise a glass of eggnog to Mayor Adams and his transportation department for pulling off a major success Sunday — “The Gift of Fifth” event on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.

Crazy Chipotle sentencing shows Dems think there's no difference between jail and work?

An obscure municipal judge in Ohio made national headlines last week in sentencing an offender to work at a fast-food joint in lieu of prison.

Mayor Adams' hotel-for-migrants money pit

The city has finally, begrudgingly handed over its contract for the Roosevelt Hotel, after months of delay — and the document offers more questions than answers.?

Raucous 'pro-Palestine' protests are killing NYC's recovery

As the tourist-dependent holiday season gets under way, New York is ill-prepared for a repeat of George Floyd summer, winter edition.

Here's how you can save money without cutting cops, Mayor Adams

Mayor Eric Adams has frozen NYPD academy recruitment amid the city's budget crisis.

When will NYC do something about the 'staggering' number of e-bike fire deaths?

Mayor Adams' crime record is mixed, but public safety isn’t just crime: E-bike and e-scooter battery-fire deaths are reaching “staggering” levels, his fire commissioner says.

Want to solve the budget crisis, Mayor Adams? Stop out-of-control migrant spending

New York City has a crisis of a mayor, Eric Adams, who has no idea how to budget.

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