Archive for 'Arts and Culture'

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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Bollywood Yoga: An Alternative Style of Exercise

Posted on 22. Apr, 2010 by .

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Is Bollywood Yoga changing the way people exercise? Well for many New Yorkers, it is. The term “Bollywood” refers to the Indian film industry. One of the most popular aspects of these films is the dancing, which brings customary Indian steps to a more contemporary level. And in preparation for this dancing, Indian men and […]

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Live coverage of the 2010 Census press conference

Posted on 19. Mar, 2010 by .

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City officials and community advocates launched their 2010 Census campaign on Friday to urge New Yorkers to be counted.  New York City Comptroller John Lui and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, along with community organizers discussed their efforts to remind all new Yorkers, even those without status to participate. “For every person legal or illegal who chooses […]

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Is it libel?

Posted on 18. Dec, 2009 by .

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FOX News personality Bill O’Reilly believes Law & Order was out of order last week when a recent script for the show grouped him with Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck in an unflattering way. A character on the Dec. 9 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit called the three popular commentators “a cancer […]

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Ten Feet Deep

Posted on 18. Dec, 2009 by .

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With the 00’s coming to an end on December 31, we can look back at this decade as the one that changed it all. From the 9/11 attacks to the crumbling economy, the 00’s turned our world upside down and shook to the core age old institutions, leaving most of them to scramble and try […]

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A Trip Down Memory Track

Posted on 18. Dec, 2009 by .

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If you ever spot a gaggle of confused-looking tourists close to the Jay street-Borough hall station, chances are that they are looking for the New York Transit Museum. The museum’s principle entrance is as unpretentious as many other subway entry – it is simply a set of stairs leading to the subterranean. Once below, the […]

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Dear Santa

Posted on 18. Dec, 2009 by .

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Most of the letters are handwritten, while some are typed. They don’t  ask for the same things, although there are recurring themes. Some are funny, some a little obnoxious, and some are very sad. But all of them start the exact same way: “Dear Santa.” After all, there is no other way to start a […]

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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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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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