As fall comes, and the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 goes, its worth considering whats changed in the past decade.
Staff at the Fort Greene Strategic Neighborhood Action Partnership, a. k. a. Fort Greene SNAP, have already warned me that residents of the Auburn Family Residence might be afraid to talk to me about conditions in the enormous, 10-story homeless shelter located between the Cumberland Family Health Center and the Walt Whitman public housing complex off Myrtle Avenue.
The meetings of the Panel for Educational Policy may look like democracy in action, but nothing the public says can influence how the mayors appointees vote.
In September 2001, the Independent Press Association-New York office was only steps from ground zero, a one-person cubical space sharing with two other one-person nonprofits.
The stairs descending to the Under St. Marks Theater lend a sense of entering a clandestine world. This may be because the worn black box is situated in a basement, and its shabbiness feels like an emblem of underground, East Village cool. But more likely its because Im about to see nudity.