Herman Badillo, America’s first Puerto Rican-born congressman and a fixture in New York City politics for four decades who championed civil rights, jobs, housing and education reforms, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 85.
Jonathan P. Hicks, who covered big business and all levels of New York politics, including the campaigns of three New York City mayors, over 24 years as a reporter for The New York Times, died on Monday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 58.
Big Bank Hank, one third of pioneering rap group the Sugarhill Gang, has passed away from cancer at the age of 58. David Mallie, manager of the group’s other members Wonder Mike and Master Gee, confirmed the rapper’s death to Rolling Stone, saying the two surviving members were informed of his death on Tuesday morning.
Daniel B. Meltzer, a writer and teacher and perfervid New Yorker who led the successful fight to rescue one of the city’s most grandiose showplaces, the cavernous Beacon Theater, from transformation into a discothèque, died on Nov. 6 in Manhattan. He was 74.
On Saturday mornings, Tom’s restaurant in Brooklyn is so popular that people line up outside just to be served old-fashioned diner cuisine like chocolate egg creams and all manner of pancakes. It has been that way for years, and until the owner, Gus Vlahavas, died this month at 76, the patrons’ patience was rewarded with the free coffee, cookies, sausage bits and orange slices he handed out while they waited.
Bernard Spitzer, a prominent New York City real estate developer and philanthropist who supported his son Eliot’s political career and at times became entangled in it, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 90.
Edward V. Regan, a Buffalo Republican who knew little about high finance when he became the New York State comptroller but soundly managed billions in public pension funds and monitored hundreds of municipalities and state agencies for 14 years, died on Saturday in Greenwich, Conn. He was 84.
David Siegel, a longtime Albany Law School professor who was considered the state’s foremost authority on New York civil practice, died Thursday at home in North Egremont, Mass., after years of declining health. He was 82.
In 1933, Robert J. Mangum arrived in New York as an orphan of 13. As he told the story, he held his little sister by one hand and carried a satchel with all his belongings in the other.
For more than a generation, Joe Bragg was a tireless journalist whose words and voice constantly kept us abreast of local and world happenings. Then, as the Rev. Dr. Joseph Lee Bragg, he chose to comfort our souls and lift our spirits with his sermons. The omnipresent journalist and pacifying minister is no longer with us. He joined the ancestors Sept. 1 at age 75.