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Being Gay and Indian in New York

Posted on 13. Dec, 2010 by .

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Many LGBT Indians come to the United States to escape the pressures they have faced in India. Not all have legal residency.

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Art of the U.S./Mexico Border

Posted on 21. May, 2010 by .

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A penitentiary sits at the bottom of Bedel Tiscareno’s painting, “Justice.”  It represents 52 Mexican nationals on death row in the United States who don’t have access to counsel from the Mexican government. A portrait of George Bush is at the top, but labeled Malinche, who was a concubine to Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortes and […]

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Objective Affection

Posted on 18. Dec, 2009 by .

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Early this fall, I had the pleasure of seeing “Objective Affection,” an art exhibition concerned with the influence of objects in contemporary culture. It featured work by at least 50 artists and included music, models and performance art. Hundreds of people were at the opening September 18 at a huge warehouse space in Brooklyn Bridge […]

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U.S. Cement to Open Plant in Red Hook

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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One day soon, U.S. Cement is opening a plant along the waterfront in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Because Red Hook has industrial zoning, the cement plant only needs a few permits to open at 640 Columbia Street, across the street from Added Value (Red Hook’s Community Farm), and extremely close to Red Hook Park and playing […]

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World War II Veterans Are Losing Touch

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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Joe Ruggiero, a thin, soft-spoken man of 84, sat quietly at the dimly lit Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 5195 in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Several Vietnam and Korean War veterans sat with him in the smoky bar, laughing and chatting. “It’s hard to get in touch with anyone,” he told me, referring to his World […]

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Fixers' Collective at Proteus Gowanus

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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At the Fixers’ Collective, people meet every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. to communally repair broken objects. This group presents a local alternative to a consumer culture based on throwing away broken goods and buying new ones. A combination of young and old, mainly artists and craftspeople, generally come every week. New onlookers and […]

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Music of Bushwick – The Vivian Girls

Posted on 20. Nov, 2009 by .

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Lesson of the week – NEVER FORGET EARPLUGS WHILE ON ASSIGNMENT. You never know when you’ll be clinging onto the speakers in an effort to protect your equipment from a surprisingly violent mosh pit. Vivian Girls from Vivian Doskow on Vimeo. Who would think a band called Vivian Girls would draw such a mosh pit […]

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Music of Bushwick – Halloween!

Posted on 12. Nov, 2009 by .

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I had very serious intentions to go to The Last Masquerade, a giant Halloween party in Bushwick with a ton of bands, art, performance, and good decorations for Halloween… But after they tried to charge $20, ignoring my press pass, I stopped by my usual spot. The crew at Bushwick Music Studios was much more […]

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Not All Fun and Games at the Yankees Parade

Posted on 11. Nov, 2009 by .

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Not everyone at the Yankees’ ticker-tape parade was in a celebratory mood Friday. [audio:http://www.digitalstoragespace.com/10/doskow/YankeesParade/Yankees%20-%20ambi.mp3] Downtown workers, claustrophobic spouses and unhappy children fell victim to the crowds of baseball fans that took over the streets and train stations. As fans descended on lower Manhattan, police shut down overburdened subway stops. Witnesses reported raucous crowds that took […]

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Brooklyn Still Mourns a Blogger

Posted on 27. Oct, 2009 by .

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Robert (Bob) Guskind, a beloved Brooklyn reporter and founder of The Gowanus Lounge blog, died suddenly last March and this year’s Red Hook Film Festival has been dedicated to his memory. “There’s a huge hole that’s been left behind,” said Nathan Kensinger, a photographer and organizer of this year’s festival. “There’s not really any type […]

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