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Bike Wracked

I biked up to New Rochelle. “Biked” meaning bicycled. I went from my house near Prospect Park, over the Brooklyn Bridge, up the West Side Highway bike path, over the Broadway bridge, then east on the roads bordering Van Cortlandt Park, to Lincoln Avenue, to North Blvd. etc., all the way to Main Street into New Rochelle, which becomes Boston Post Road, beside the Long Island Sound.

Stop and Frisk

It is a strange moment in New York City’s history. While media outlets across the nation ruminate about a post-racial America, it seems abundantly clear that racial profiling by the NYPD continues to occur on a regular basis.

Down There: Trinidadian Mysticism in South Flatbush

I first came to the Orisha Spiritual Baptist Church to accompany a friend who had been attending for some time as part of research for his dissertation on Afro-Caribbean mysticism. His investigations into the Trinidadians’ religious practice had turned him from a bemused anthropological observer to an engaged participant, to the point where he had gotten baptized.

Entrepreneurial Dreams in Brooklyn

The young man who called himself Prophet knew exactly who would buy the alarm-clock pillow he had dreamed up: everyone! Millions and millions of people. After all, everyone sleeps on a pillow, and who doesn’t need an alarm clock?

A Tree Grows in Bed-Stuy—and Organic Stuff Too

The FDA has confirmed that the recent report of a salmonella outbreak in tomatoes may have been linked to other foods, highlighting growing problems with produce safety in the United States.

Exploring Bennett College

The Bennett School for Girls in Millbrook, New York, also known as Bennett College, was abandoned in 1978 after filing for bankruptcy. Its ruins now stand desolate, which for us means it is time to go exploring.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2008

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