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Chris Hedges Takes On the ‘Global Culture of Violence’

On Sept. 28, Chris Hedges spoke at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture’s Charley Horwitz Platform on the pervasive violence that characterizes our era and offered possible solutions.

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Paying Jabbar Collins $10 Million Doesn’t Address Problems With Prosecutors

A wrongly convicted Brooklyn man will receive millions in compensation from New York City, but that doesn’t address the broader lack of consequences when prosecutors abuse their power.

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For a Respected Prosecutor, an Unpardonable Failure

Evidence of a convicted murderer’s possible innocence sat buried in a case file for more than two decades. Now, a prosecutor in Brooklyn will have to answer for the mistake.

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Lewis Lapham and Thomas Frank Forecast the Next American Revolution

The Harper’s Magazine associates have had their eyes on America and its moneyed rulers for a combined nine decades. In a bookstore conversation about the latest issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, they name the forces conspiring to drive the nation into another age of upheaval.

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Bury My Clothes

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Bury My Clothes

For National Poetry Month, we look at Roger Bonair-Agard’s meditation on survival, race and establishing personhood in a world that says you have none.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Low Wage Workers in New York City Speak Out

A 25-year-old fast food worker from the Brownsville section of Brooklyn went on record in the newspaper of record to say that life earning just above minimum wage is not desirable for herself or her children.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



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New York City’s Summers May Heat Up

Cities are liable to heat up much more than open countryside as the climate warms, and in the case of New York City, this could mean a big increase in heat-related deaths.

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE



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NYPD Accused of Hospitalizing, Handcuffing Brooklyn Woman

A Brooklyn landlord says New York City cops broke her leg and shackled her to a hospital bed for 17 days amid a wrongful arrest in her apartment building, the New York Post reports.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 READ MORE



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UPDATE: New York City Marathon Canceled

The initial decision to go on with the event as scheduled did not sit well with some elected officials, first responders, runners and others.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Tornado Touches Down in NYC

A tornado struck a beachfront neighborhood in New York City on Saturday, making a general mess of the area and knocking out power but reportedly causing no deaths or injuries.

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 READ MORE



Postgrad Elites Control Political Debates

Trying to sort out the status of Obamacare can be tricky thanks to our dysfunctional leadership class; Republican state Sen. Marty Golden wants to teach Brooklyn’s women “the art of feminine presence”; meanwhile, a group of Mormons quits the church in a mass ceremony in Utah. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Maurice Sendak, Children’s Book Author, Dies at 83

Maurice Sendak, a man whose imagination helped generations of children discover their own, “who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche,” has died at 83 of complications from a recent stroke.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE


Occupy Our Homes Makes a Move

The Occupy Our Homes campaign kicked off last Tuesday when hundreds of people, including activists, neighborhood residents and a couple of City Council members, marched through a neglected Brooklyn neighborhood to open a foreclosed house to a homeless family.

Posted on Dec 10, 2011 READ MORE


Occupy Wall Street Bares Its Soul

As the biography on his website reads, funk/soul/R&B singer and songwriter Charles Bradley is “no stranger to hard times.” Raised on the streets of Brooklyn, Bradley lived much of his life as an itinerant cook and part-time musician before suffering the death of his brother by gunshot. (more)

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



New York City Office of Emergency Management

Facing Hurricane Irene, NYC Officials Order Evacuations

With Hurricane Irene bearing down on the East Coast, New York City and state officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation of 250,000 people in flood-susceptible communities and announced plans to shut down much of the coastal region’s transit system, including subways, by noon Saturday.  (more)

Posted on Aug 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Brooklyn Artist Tallies Troop Suicides

In this case, the writing is actually on the wall: Brooklyn-based artist Sebastian Errazuriz turned his shock over hearing that the number of U.S. troops who committed suicide in 2009 doubled the toll ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 READ MORE



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New York’s Paladino Hates on Gays

Carl Paladino has made a joke of the New York governor’s race, but on Sunday the tea party candidate showed he could be hateful as well. Speaking to a group of Orthodox Jews just days after it was reported that two teenagers and an adult were tortured nearby in the Bronx for being gay, Paladino said children should not be “brainwashed” into thinking homosexuality is “equally valid.” (continued)

Posted on Oct 10, 2010 READ MORE


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NYC Downpour Causes Commuter Chaos

One of the best things about living in New York City has to be the public transportation—that is, except for days like Wednesday, when storms pummeled the city, damaging buildings, causing widespread flooding and displacing thousands of commuters.

Posted on Aug 8, 2007 READ MORE


N.Y. Council Considers ‘Bitch’ Ban

Emboldened by its decision to outlaw the “N-word,” the New York City Council is now setting its sights on another slur: bitch.  According to The New York Times, this latest semantic crusade, headed up by Brooklyn Councilwoman Darlene Mealy, is drawing supporters who think the word falls squarely within the bounds of hate speech.  Detractors believe it can be used with benign—even affectionate—inflections.

Posted on Aug 7, 2007 READ MORE


Corporate Wedding
From Ad Age

Couple Signs Advertisers to Sponsor Wedding Day

A marketing-savvy couple has lined up corporate sponsors to help pay for a wedding to be held in a Brooklyn minor league ball park. (Via Salon.)

Posted on Jun 18, 2006 READ MORE


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From Barry Iverson / The New York Times

U.S. to Pay $300,000 to Ex-Detainee

The federal government is settling a lawsuit brought by an Egyptian who claims he was abused in a Brooklyn detention center and then deported on suspicion of having links to terrorism.

Posted on Feb 28, 2006 READ MORE


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