Author Archives: Nida Najar

Three-Quarters Homeless: A Rally Against Transitional Houses in Brooklyn

Tenants and community activists joined together in front of 42 and 44 Christopher Avenue in Brownsville, the site of two “three-quarter houses.” These houses present themselves as transitional program housing for the formerly homeless, recovering addicts and formerly incarcerated people. … Continue reading

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A Family Affair: The Oriental Pastry Shop in Brooklyn

On a stretch of Atlantic Avenue in a well-to-do part of Brooklyn, a number of Syrian and Yemeni restaurants and shops pepper the street. Next to a mammoth Urban Outfitters and across from a large grocery chain store is a … Continue reading

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Judging Terry Richardson

A couple weeks ago I brought up the Terry Richardson cover on GQ, featuring scantily clad and, in some people’s view, distasteful images of “Glee” actresses. I asked two questions, one of which was: Do you think Terry Richardson is … Continue reading

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NYC ING Marathon: The Fans

In case you missed it, the New York City Marathon happened this Sunday. Staggered start times staved off intense crowding later in the morning, but excitement was, nevertheless, in the air. Seeing the friends and family of 45,000 very different … Continue reading

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Midtown Manhattan: The Garment District

Midtown Manhattan is home to one of New York City’s few industrial manufacturing areas: the garment district. Below are scenes from Spandex House, a textile warehouse on 38th Street.

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NYC Food Inequalities and East New York Farms

The city published a report in 2008 calling East New York one of the highest need neighborhoods for healthier food availability. East New York has one of the city’s highest diabetes rates and also one of its highest obesity rates. … Continue reading

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Does Terry Richardson Get a Free Pass?

So, in case you missed the cover of this month’s GQ, here it is: Yep. The ever-tasteful Terry Richardson shot this spread, he of recent alleged sexual harassment fame. A lot of the press surrounding this cover deals with the … Continue reading

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Getting Right With God on the MTA

What’s the world coming to when a self-respecting heathen can’t even avoid God on the New York City subway? We offer three takes on the people who work to make the subway a little more holy and a lot more … Continue reading

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Is the NYPD Doing Enough to Counter a Brooklyn Crime Wave?

The NYPD announced last week that they formed a crime task force with Brooklyn clergy, meant to diminish gun and gang violence in the area. The announcement was made last Wednesday, with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and pastors from 17 … Continue reading

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The Gentrification of Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Gentrification in Brooklyn is a complex issue, as well as a loaded term.  There are several waves of inhabitants of any neighborhood from its inception, so it’s difficult to attribute one space to one group of people. But, the issues … Continue reading

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