Tag Archives: Rebecca Leung

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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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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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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No TV for me. Well, maybe a little.

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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Now that my first semester of journalism school is over and I have a month-long break approaching, everyone has been asking me, “What will you do with your time?”

My response has been two-fold: sleep and watch television (or movies on DVD). I even had developed a growing “must-watch” list: “Freaks and Geeks,” the HBO “John Adams” miniseries, season one of “The West Wing.” Add to that an even longer list of movies and documentaries I’ve held off from watching because of a demanding graduate school schedule, and my month off was pretty much booked.

That is, until I read a health article in The New York Times yesterday that made me reconsider my scheduled laziness.

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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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Slideshow: an artist at work, with ink

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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Robert “Chance” Molina’s tattoos look like the work of a lifetime. His parents’ faces stare out from his stomach. His arms are layered with intricate designs of skulls, flames, the Grim Reaper, and his daughter’s name, Bianca, to name a few. The tattoos are so interwoven it’s hard to tell when one ends and the other begins. Two immobile tears sit under each of his eyes.
Molina, 35, did not get his first tattoo until 2001. He tattooed eyebrows on himself and developed an immediate ink addiction. Since then, he has gotten about 500 tattoos, and he has tattooed them all himself, he said. “I’m actually at the point where I’m doing things in between tattoos. I’m just filling in spaces,” he said.

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Heavage is the New Male Cleavage… In Fashion

Posted on 11. Dec, 2009 by .

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Those American Apparel-style deep V-neck T-shirts; those dress coats with no undershirts; those quarter-way button downs – you know, that style in which men show some of that cleavage, like the guys on “Jersey Shore” – it has a name, according to Miguel Antoinne, a men’s fashion designer. It’s called heavage. (Get it?) A recent […]

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(Drag) Queen of Healthy Cooking

Posted on 10. Dec, 2009 by .

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Under the black sky, the crowded sidewalks of Jackson Heights, Queens, grow quiet and bodegas close for the day. As many New Yorkers get ready for bed one Thursday evening, “diva extraordinaire” Soraya Sobreidad comes to life – complete with sassy heels, scarlet leopard-print dress, surgical tape and a succulent dream: To become the queen […]

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