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Blogging the best – next time

Posted on 16. Dec, 2009 by .

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Knitting? Gauchos? The price of milk? This blog has been all over the place. If there’s anything I’ve learned about blogging this semester, it’s that random scattered themes just don’t work. I wish I could go back to the beginning of the semester and give myself an assignment – a beat – and tell myself […]

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The Kiryas Joel Principle

Posted on 16. Dec, 2009 by .

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It’s awfully cold for a naked bike ride. But it wasn’t the nudity in this Gawker post about a planned protest in Williamsburg which caught my eye (no, really). The Brooklyn Paper reported that 50 or so bikers will be riding in the buff (or close to it) to protest the removal of the Bedford […]

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Milk: look at the two economies

Posted on 16. Dec, 2009 by .

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All hail the map. I spent part of last weekend ducking in and out of grocery stores, delis and bodegas to get prices on milk, trojans, beans, beer and cigarettes. In a tip of my hat to WNYC’s crowdsourcing project which tracked lettuce, beer and milk, I decided to search for any indication that Williamsburg […]

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Two economies in Williamsburg?

Posted on 15. Dec, 2009 by .

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How much does the cost of milk matter, anyway? Much has been made of gentrification and displace in Williamsburg over the last ten years. It’s not news that rising rents are displacing long-time tenants, especially among those in the Hispanic community in South Williamsburg. What’s not clear is if the cost of living — the […]

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Can the asian carp be stopped? We've tried before.

Posted on 15. Dec, 2009 by .

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The Copenhagen summit, the e-mail leaks from global warming researchers… and the Asian Carp. Without even mentioning the announcement that the octopus has been added to the list of species which uses tools (like coconut shells!), it’s been a tantalizing few weeks for environmental news. Though we’ve been hearing about the asian carp’s north-bound migration […]

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A year in Williamsburg's bike lanes

Posted on 15. Dec, 2009 by .

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The catalysts for political participation aren’t a secret. Being older, owning property, having children … these factors aren’t mysteries, but they are illusive qualities in the transient Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg. As more residents settle down and start to raise families in the area, political activists and researchers say they expect to see more participation […]

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In the Broadway Triangle, waiting for the next step

Posted on 03. Dec, 2009 by .

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A City Council decision on the proposed Broadway Triangle development would allow the city to build  affordable housing in a 31-acre space of South Williamsburg. Those against the rezoning say the process  hasn’t been inclusive enough, and that the plans are the a result of political battles in the area. The vote was delayed until […]

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Knit-mare before Christmas: Throwing out the bamboo

Posted on 23. Nov, 2009 by .

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My recreational bear-making came to a screeching and roaring halt recently. I was, as you can see, in the last throws of my bamboo bear when my creative creation became the knit-mare (ha!) I hadn’t expected. According to a Wall Street Journal blog post about the Federal Trade Commission’s warning on the eco-hazard that is bamboo […]

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In Williamsburg, officials focus on domestic abuse prevention

Posted on 12. Nov, 2009 by .

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At an awareness fair for Domestic Violence Prevention Month in October, health care professionals and local public officials in Williamsburg spoke about the challenges of protecting battered women. Language barriers and bureaucracy sometimes impede their ability to help undocumented women and their children, some said. Madelina Dorval-Moller, executive director of The North Brooklyn Coalition Against […]

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Knit-mare before Christmas: This bear is getting made (Part 2)

Posted on 29. Oct, 2009 by .

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Today being the unholy day of Wednesday, it seems particularly appropriate to keep shirking my disappointment about the real-world (Craft the class) and turn my attention to something I can control (craft the hobby). The bear I started last night is coming along, though not taking shape quite yet. My goal and my progress, below: […]

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