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Merry Christmas, Kensington Style

Posted on 11. Dec, 2009 by .

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There’s more than one way to celebrate Christmas on Church Avenue in Kensington, Brooklyn. Business owners and residents of the neighborhood – one of Brooklyn’s most ethnically and culturally diverse – are getting ready to rejoice in their own ways, often by mashing traditions together. Over a third of Kensington residents were born somewhere other […]

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Transgender People Tell Their Name-Change Stories

Posted on 06. Dec, 2009 by .

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Cashing a check or trying to sign up for a gym membership used to be an ordeal for Ricky, a 24-year-old transgender man. To bank tellers, he didn’t look like someone with a girl’s name.

“When someone would make an issue out of my name, it was not just a pain. It was like, you are violating my human right to be called what I want to be called,” said Ricky, who spoke on the condition that his last name be withheld.

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Near Transgender Day of Remembrance, transgender name-change process simplifies

Posted on 20. Nov, 2009 by .

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Transgender people murdered in hate crimes are memorialized today, on National Transgender Day of Remembrance. YouTube user Grishno, a transgender woman, posted a video to mark the day. “It’s important that we remember what it has cost some people to be themselves. Because that’s what we’re all in the process of being,” she said, staring […]

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The future of foreign news

Posted on 13. Nov, 2009 by .

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At a talk on Tuesday at AP Headquarters, John Maxwell Hamilton discussed his new book, “Journalism’s Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reporting.” After Hamilton, a former foreign correspondent and current dean of the school of mass communication at Louisiana State University, covered the history of American foreign news, he forecasted its future. Hamilton […]

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Kensington residents question police coverage

Posted on 06. Nov, 2009 by .

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After a murder Sunday morning in Kensington, Brooklyn, residents are asking whether a stronger police presence in the neighborhood could have prevented the crime from happening there. A 19-year-old Hispanic male died after being shot in the head on Clara Street between Dahill Road and Chester Street, police said. The suspect is male, Hispanic and […]

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Kensington, Brooklyn considers its future

Posted on 01. Nov, 2009 by .

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Alexa Sokolov welcomes the newcomers she has noticed lately in Kensington, Brookyn, where she has lived for two decades. But she hopes her neighborhood will be able to retain its identity despite changes, she said. “I wouldn’t want it to be more like Park Slope,” said Sokolov, who owns Rich Frog toy store, “but a […]

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Is journalists’ health suffering along with the industry?

Posted on 23. Oct, 2009 by .

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Journalists have the seventh most stressful job, according to a 2008 survey by Health magazine. Economic pressure is increasing people’s stress levels and thus affecting their health, according to American Psychological Association data. Nearly half of participants in the APA’s 2008 Stress in America survey reported that their stress levels increased in 2008. People reported […]

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What’s your personal indicator of gentrification?

Posted on 16. Oct, 2009 by .

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You know the yuppies have come when the Thai restaurants arrive, Larry Jayson, president of the Albemarle Neighborhood Association in Kensington, Brooklyn, said.

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Should high-end consumers feel “luxury shame”?

Posted on 09. Oct, 2009 by .

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On the subway this week, I couldn’t help but ask a girl sitting next to me what was in the giant Burberry bag she struggled to keep in her lap. Boots, she said. “Aren’t those expensive?” I asked conspiratorially. “Yeah,” she said with a French-style puff of mock-exasperation at the cost.

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Seniors speak about recession struggle

Posted on 02. Oct, 2009 by .

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Several of Kensington’s seniors told me they are struggling to pay their bills and having to seek help from social service organizations.

On Church Avenue near Ocean Parkway, Nativita Fequiere, 65, a hotel housekeeper, told me she has had to cut back on buying groceries this year to be able to pay for her diabetes medication.

“I’m working, but I can’t save money for my rent,” Fequiere said.

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