During this springs budget debate, both Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his top officials have repeatedly invoked the ominous specter of the citys budget being turned over to the State Financial Control Board (SFCB).
Weve invited Brooklynites who want to slim down a bit to register and be officially weighed at one of over 150 weigh-in stations located all around the borough.
Two Views of the Middle East: A Bipolar DisorderBy Jason Patch
Usually about halfway into my weekly phone conversation with my friend Peter he asks me, What do you think is going to happen? We both know that were talking about Israel and Palestine.
Hell in a Hand BasketBy Jonas Salganik
Brooklyn is a long way from the ancient holy lands of the Bible, but Middle East politics impact our borough directly like nowhere else in the USA.
Notes on the World CupBy John Logan
In anticipation of the upcoming World Cup, to be held in South Korea and Japan from May 31 through to the end of June, the Rail asked its sometime contributor John Logan for an update.
Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of GarbageBy Heather Rogers and Christian Parenti
From outer space several human-made objects are visible, including the Great Wall of China, the pyramids of Egypt, and just west of New York City, the largest of them all, another monument to civilization: Fresh Kills Landfill, where Gotham dumps its garbage.
Social Science, Social Conscience: Remembering Pierre BourdieuBy Craig Calhoun
After Pierre Bourdieus death this past January, Le Monde delayed publication by several hours so the front page could carry the news.
Henry Miller SLEPT HEREBy Sean Silleck
Henry Miller loved to write about how much he hated New York, but all his life he remained nostalgic for the youth he spent in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The trick to Mediterranean cooking, says one of the Rails many gourmands, involves taking the freshest ingredients and soaking them in savory marinades.