LES Galleries Band Together During an Especially Slow Summer

Foot traffic to Lower East Side art galleries is usually stagnant during the summer months, and it has been even more so during the pandemic. Marc Straus, owner of the Marc Straus gallery on Grand Street, decided to do something about that. He partnered with other galleries in the neighborhood and last Thursday, more than … Continue reading LES Galleries Band Together During an Especially Slow Summer

A Food Pantry That Weathered the Height of the Pandemic Is Bracing For a Second Wave

On a gloomy Saturday afternoon, The Church of the Village’s sanctuary is a beehive of activity. Fifteen volunteers in masks, hairnets, and aprons unpack boxes, bag food, and move bins the size of bathtubs through the room and down the line, onto a conveyor belt to the volunteers at the entrance. It’s the last stop … Continue reading A Food Pantry That Weathered the Height of the Pandemic Is Bracing For a Second Wave

‘We Don’t Have a Lot of Hope’: Williamsburg Artists Grapple With the Pandemic

Nicole von Arx was one of many Williamsburg artists and merchants whose lives were completely disrupted when the pandemic hit in March. In the span of a few days, all of the choreographer’s shows and residencies were canceled and she had to close NVA & Guests, her contemporary dance studio. George Flanagan, general manager of … Continue reading ‘We Don’t Have a Lot of Hope’: Williamsburg Artists Grapple With the Pandemic

We’re All Morbid Now: Brooklyn’s Death Educators Are Doing Lively Business

A projection of a blinking skeleton grows larger and larger. To a viewer today it looks like a cheap trick at a haunted house. But for audiences in the 19th century, this image was terrifying. Before cinema, people had never encountered moving images, so a specter on the wall seemed like a real ghost approaching.

As Pandemic Fractures the City, Mosaic Man Stays on the Trail

The East Village is one of the most visually distinct neighborhoods in New York City, and for the past 35 years, James “Jim” Power’s famous Mosaic Trail has twisted through the middle of it like a colorful ribbon made of tile. His efforts have made him a beloved neighborhood character, more mascot than fixture, and … Continue reading As Pandemic Fractures the City, Mosaic Man Stays on the Trail

“It’s Just Not Cool to Stick Up For Us’: Hasidim Feel Villainized as City Cracks Down

After months of media attention surrounding Hasidic resistance to social distancing guidelines, Brooklyn’s Hasidim fell under state-mandated lockdown orders that have sparked physical confrontations. Earlier this month, demonstrators in Borough Park shouted “Jewish Lives Matter” at a bonfire kindled with masks; the next night, a mob assaulted and spit on journalist Jacob Kornbluh, beating him … Continue reading “It’s Just Not Cool to Stick Up For Us’: Hasidim Feel Villainized as City Cracks Down

Stand-Up Tara Cannistraci On Outdoor Comedy, and Why Indoor Shows Make Her Feel Like Bronx Barbie

From the cold, slightly damp ground in Prospect Park, mild laughter dissolved into the Friday evening air in late September. Comedians stepped up onto the “stage” (a small hill) and competed for attention. If it wasn’t the music from the Zumba class 50 feet away that was stealing it, it was the child’s birthday party … Continue reading Stand-Up Tara Cannistraci On Outdoor Comedy, and Why Indoor Shows Make Her Feel Like Bronx Barbie

A Look Back at the Street Fight for a Complete Census Count in Central Queens

The census ended yesterday, Oct. 15, after a Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday. The decision, which stayed an order from a lower court that would have allowed the count to continue until the end of the month, marks the end of a long fight for a complete count across the country. In Queens Community Board … Continue reading A Look Back at the Street Fight for a Complete Census Count in Central Queens

After Teachers Strike, Brooklyn Friends School Recognizes Union

After two days of striking, a Quaker school in Downtown Brooklyn has agreed to recognize a union formed by its teachers and staff.  “The strike which began on Monday ended last night,” the Brooklyn Friends School union announced on Twitter, calling the move “a complete victory for the workers.”