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Retaining a Gay Council Voice for Brooklyn

Retaining a Gay Council Voice for Brooklyn

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Facing two major reelection challengers in the September 12 Democratic primary, City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca explains that the spirited contest is a telling sign about “the nature of politics,” both in Brooklyn and in the Sunset Park neighborhood at the center of his district. “The reform movement is not only alive […]

You, Me, And Everyone We Know

You, Me, And Everyone We Know

BY CARLOS MENCHACA | Trump has thrown us all into chaos after his first full week of executive orders and the “shock and awe” campaign engineered by Steve Bannon, who was flagrantly appointed with powers never seen in previous administrations. However, they haven’t come out the victors in all of this. We all rushed to JFK […]

Thousands More Turn Out Sunday in Columbus Circle

Thousands More Turn Out Sunday in Columbus Circle

BY ANDY HUMM | A day after a massive march up Fifth Avenue from Union Square, more than 15,000 people marched from the Trump International Hotel in Columbus Circle to Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and back on Sunday in a multicultural display of support for vulnerable immigrants scapegoated by President-elect Donald Trump during his […]

The Revolution Will Not Be Consumed at Smorgasburg

The Revolution Will Not Be Consumed at Smorgasburg

  BY DONNA MINKOWITZ | Under normal circumstances, my reaction to the news that a new artisanal food hall had opened in the city might be rage. In the extraordinarily beautiful river park next to Battery Park City, new kids in town Le District and Hudson Eats are revoltingly overpriced and offensively underwhelming. ($15 for bad, […]

Carlos Menchaca: Energetic in Demanding Government Show Up

Carlos Menchaca: Energetic in Demanding Government Show Up

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On Saturday, July 20, as most of New York crumpled under the seventh day of the worst heat wave in memory, Carlos Menchaca and Antonio Reynoso, first-time City Council candidates from different Brooklyn districts, pedaled 15 miles on bicycle from East Williamsburg to Sunset Park, greeting voters and drawing attention to where […]

Queer Brooklyn, Really

Queer Brooklyn, Really

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Turtle Hill, Brooklyn,” a film that addresses issues of trust and fidelity between two partners, is an outstanding example of what independent queer cinema can be. Smart and savvy, it introduces two-dozen-plus characters that viewers will come to know — and care about — as the film unfolds over the course […]