I must confess, I dont remember the exact moment when I named the Brooklyn Rail. It was 1998, and Ted and I were on the L train back to Brooklyn.
It was in the spring of 2001 when Williamsburg-bred basketball legend Red Auerbach first asked What the hell is the Brooklyn Rail? Not long afterward, that very same question was posed to the two of us by a current Brooklyn figurehead, who followed it by saying, Youre the guys who want to live here; were the ones who couldnt leave.
Bettina Johaes project, eminent domain, nyc (2010), investigates the use of eminent domainfor public and for private usein New York City over the past centuries.
Anyone whos reared a child will tell you that parenthood is full of challenges and anxiety. And thats if the child is healthy. If there are problems of any kind, worries multiply.
It was a Saturday morning in late fall, 2008. A drizzly, downright shitty Saturday morning in early December. No way were our friends going to gather for brunch, so that left nothing to do but head to yoga class. I pulled on my pair of the tall rubber rain boots and tromped out my door down Cortelyou Road, the vena cava of my rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood.
Its raining. Water squelches in my sneakers, and the blasting summer air conditioning on the train sends a chill down the back of my neck. The hairy guy to my right smells like cheese and shoes.