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Walking Against the Bulldozers

(As seen on the NY Times’ Local Blog, published on October 18, 2009. Photos by Nicholas C. Martinez) “Develop Brooklyn, don’t destroy it,” went the rallying cry of nearly 200 protesters who marched along the busy sidewalks of Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street on Saturday. The demonstration, led by City Councilwoman Letitia James, was the…

“There’s an inherent danger to it”

(As seen in the NY Daily News and online at NYDailyNews.com on January 5th 2010) FDNY CHIEF Brad Walls surveyed the facade of the Whitestone Shopping Center as his firefighters from Battalion 47 approached the flamed-filled Lollipops Diner. Before the firefighters could turn their hoses on the blaze, the restaurant’s front window melted and the…

Lost your job? Throw a party!

(As seen in AM NY and on AMNY.com on 10/23/09) Elizabeth Scholander, of Brooklyn, lost her job at Citibank last year. As she began her job hunt, she stumbled onto her first pink-slip party. “It was pretty much a job fair,” said Scholander, 25. “But in a relaxed, social setting, held in the evening. I…

Review: Transformers – War For Cybertron (X-Box 360)

The war for Cybertron has begun and the only weapon that can turn the tide is you. Transformers: War For Cybertron, now available on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and the PC, throws you into the global conflict that precedes the famous 80’s cartoon series. Gamers can play as their favorite Transformers characters, either Autobot and…

NY Comic Con: Home of All Things Pop Culture

Call it a United Nations of pop culture or a comic fan’s Shangri-La. Either way, when NY Comic Con rolls into the Jacob Javits Center, one thing is for certain – – those in attendance let their geek flags fly. Men and women dawn the iconic red, blue and yellow known to the Last Son…

From The Archives: Art Teaches Life: Brooklyn’s League Center Uses The Arts to Teach the Mentally Handicapped

(Editor’s Note: This article was written the Spring of 2009 during my tenure at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.) In an unassuming six-story brick building under the Manhattan Bridge, an exhausted Hannah Achtenberg Kinn sat down in her office chair. She traveled to China and saw a traditional Chinese New Year paper dragon dance…

NY Film Tax Credit Calling It A Wrap?

(Editor’s Note: This was written in the Spring of 2009 during my tenure at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.) When New York State established a tax break program for television and movie productions in 2004, it made for an appealing and lucrative proposition for Hollywood’s elite moviemakers. And the Hollywood producers came in droves.…

Vinegar Hill – – Brooklyn’s Front Line for Civic Change

Brooklyn’s Vinegar Hill gets its name from a famous battle in Ireland where Irish revolutionists fought the British in 1798. Now, the neighborhood is the front line for a different kind of battle – – one with civic change. Historic World War II Navy residences blend with ultra modern, high-rise luxury residences. Abandoned storefronts and…

From The Archives: Historians, Developers Wage Campaigns Over Navy Yard Site (December 2008)

Editor’s Note: “From The Archives” is a new series featuring articles written by me that either never made publication before now or were published and have been lost in a digital black hole. The following article falls under the category of the former. This piece was originally created in December of 2008 for my Interactive…

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