Archive by Author
Posted on 11. Dec, 2009 by Andrea Swalec.
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 […]
Posted on 06. Dec, 2009 by Andrea Swalec.
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.
Posted on 20. Nov, 2009 by Andrea Swalec.
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 […]
Posted on 13. Nov, 2009 by Andrea Swalec.
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 […]
Posted on 06. Nov, 2009 by Andrea Swalec.
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 […]
Posted on 01. Nov, 2009 by Andrea Swalec.
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 […]
Posted on 23. Oct, 2009 by Andrea Swalec.
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 […]
Posted on 09. Oct, 2009 by Andrea Swalec.
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.
Posted on 02. Oct, 2009 by Andrea Swalec.
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.