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Counting Off Upstate: Just Say Moo

Counting Off Upstate: Just Say Moo by Ezekiel Edwards In New York State, prisoners are not allowed to vote. Eight out of every ten inmates are either African-American or Latino, and two-thirds are from New York City. How is it, then, that this disenfranchised, predominantly urban population of color enables the political careers of various white upstate legislators whose policies often run directly afoul of the interests of inmates and their communities?

From Breuckelen to Brooklyn: Writers Craft a Compelling—and Fun—Borough History

When Leonard Benardo and Jennifer Weiss set out to create Brooklyn by Name: How the Neighborhoods, Streets, Parks, Bridges and More Got Their Names, they simply wanted to learn more about where they lived. The married couple had read street histories devoted to Manhattan and the Bronx but were startled to find nothing comparable for Kings County.

Will One More Domino Fall in Williamsburg?

The Domino Sugar Factory buildings are as much of a landmark in the Williamsburg neighborhood as the Williamsburg Bridge. When it was purchased in 2004 for just $55,831,875, the sugar refinery was still in operation, and it remained so for about a year, leasing the space from its new owner.

Rumble in Brooklyn

On August 26, the NYC Rumblers, a close-knit group of classic car enthusiasts and restorers, held their sixth annual show, “Kustom Kills and Hot Rod Thrills,” stretching for four blocks underneath the BQE in Williamsburg. all-day party at Union Pool.

In Conversation

Wayne Barrett with Williams Cole

Williams Cole sits down with Wayne Barrett, Senior Editor at the Village Voice and an icon of New York City journalism. Barrett’s new book is Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11.

Pedal Power vs. the NYPD

Critical Mass in Manhattan on August 25 kicked off much like similar rides in Paris, Japan, San Francisco or Brooklyn. About 150 cyclists gathered in Union Square to the sounds of marching band music, uniformed dancers and a speech marking the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. About five minutes into the ride, it seemed to be more of a memorial to the First Amendment right to free assembly than a celebration. The ride was quickly halved in number as phalanxes of cops rode into the group on spanking new mini scooters, grabbed people from their bikes and…. gave them traffic tickets.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2006

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