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Matthew Vaz

Lou Dobbs Ain’t No Damn Indian

“At the bridge today,” explains a man waiting for the R train at 36th street in Sunset Park, on April 1st. “I been here eleven years. Luchando cada dia….It’s a day to show pride.”

Santa Claus is on Strike

“No fuckin’ give backs. No way. Not one,” explains Kevin Murphy as he drives a Manhattan-bound N train through Brooklyn on Saturday December 12th. “There’s no fuckin’ chance.”

Coney Island Beer Hustle

For decades, beach goers have relied on an army of venders to supply them with beer, water, pretzels, ICEEs, cotton candy, and anything else that can be carried through the sand.

Bloomberg’s in His Helicopter, and the Children are Snug in Their Beds

“Get yourself together,” says Ted Hamm, longstanding editor of the Brooklyn Rail. “What’s wrong with you? Are you high? They’re gonna frisk you. There’s gonna be metal detectors. Make sure you don’t have anything in your pockets to get us in trouble.

The Brand New Same Old Hustle

Twenty-five years ago, on April 29, 1980, charter buses from Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Harlem brought protesters to the downtown offices of Governor Hugh Carey for one of the most unique protest marches in the history of New York City.

Black Friday with Reverend Billy

“Is that Johnny Cash?” one asks. “Is that Billy Graham?” asks the other. “That’s Reverend Billy,” explains a church member, “Just listen.”

The Anti-Bloombergistas and the City in Exile

Just make him stop speakin’ Spanish. That’s all I’m sayin’. We can’t go on like this son. Wit’ this guy speakin’ Spanish everyday in his press conferences man. Givin’ directions about Swine Flu in Spanish.

Bloomberg’s Blockin’ Out the Sun

“It’s gonna hafta be a city-wide rent strike man. That’s what it looks like. Bloomberg puttin’ the rent up. People can’t pay,” explains Marvin Edgerton, 44, of Crown Heights, three days after the Rent Guidelines Board voted in favor of the largest rent increase since 1989 for the city’s rent-stabilized apartments.

Coney Island Beer Hustle

“We got cold Coronas! We got cold Heineken! We got whatever you need out here! Ice cold!" is the chant that permeates the air above the sand along Coney Island and Brighton Beach.

Bloomberg’s Blockin’ Out the Sun

“It’s gonna hafta be a city-wide rent strike man. That’s what it looks like. Bloomberg puttin’ the rent up. People can’t pay,” explains Marvin Edgerton, 44, of Crown Heights, three days after the Rent Guidelines Board voted in favor of the largest rent increase since 1989 for the city’s rent-stabilized apartments.

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