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Activist Bookstore Bluestockings Has Reopened and ‘A Lot of Magic Is Happening’

(Above photo courtesy of Bluestockings, others by Pooja Salhotra)

“Pretty much every place I go, I look for the anarchist bookstore,” says Jason Dean, who wears dark-rimmed glasses and a black winter jacket. Dean fumbles with his new purchase, Ursula K. Le Guin’s short story collection The Unreal and the Real, and explains to me that he’s on a cross-country road trip. Dean started from his home in Washington State and is now making his way down the Atlantic coast in a camper van. Thursday is his last day in New York, and he doesn’t miss the opportunity to stop into the new location of Bluestockings, a radical bookstore, café and activist center that, for many, is a Lower East Side institution.   More →

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In Bed-Stuy, a Cafe Where Free Health Care Is On the Menu

On a recent Saturday afternoon in Bed-Stuy, an A-frame sandwich board on Malcolm X Boulevard advertised the offerings of Bailey’s Cafe. But there were no lattes  or quiches on the menu. The “cafe” is actually an event space for local organizations, and today its he sign read: “Healthcare for the People: free medical services to anyone in need.” More →

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In New Docs, Punk Artist Dash Snow and Pop Artist Kenny Scharf Blaze Their Paths Downtown

From “Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide” (Tseng Kwong Chi/Courtesy Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc)

At some point in Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide, one of the film’s talking heads opines that perhaps the artist isn’t taken more seriously because he’s associated with the “F” word: Fun. Scharf, who came up with Basquiat and Haring in the ’80s East Village scene, was a fixture at Club 57, a church basement turned DIY cabaret where he served as a sort of “showman” and “master of ceremonies,” doing Lawrence Welk impersonations one night and cavorting in day-glo paint another. More →

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Covid Casts a Shadow Over the Festival of Lights

Sweets at an Indian grocery store. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra) 

What is usually a season of large gatherings, feasts and fireworks is instead being marked by quiet family prayers and Zoom meetups as over a billion people around the world find ways to observe Diwali– a celebration of good over evil– during a pandemic. More →

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In This Pandemic, I Thee Wed

 Daniela Cantillo and Dylan McDonough signing their wedding certificate at their wedding. (Photo: Bessie Liu)

As the reality of coronavirus became obvious in March, getting married and having a wedding seemed like something that was completely off the table for many people. Yet, some couples found ways to forgo lavish festivities and celebrate their big day with a small group of loved ones, abiding by COVID-19 restrictions. More →