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Four-Year Sentence in Brutal Taj Patterson Assault Quickly Stayed

Four-Year Sentence in Brutal Taj Patterson Assault Quickly Stayed

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A Brooklyn man was sentenced to four years in state prison for his role in the 2013 attack that left a black gay man blind in one eye. But less than three hours later, the defendant won a release from custody while his appeal is argued before a higher court. After […]

Mayer Herskovic Found Guilty in Brutal 2013 Taj Patterson Assault

Mayer Herskovic Found Guilty in Brutal 2013 Taj Patterson Assault

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A Brooklyn judge swiftly convicted Mayer Herskovic of second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, and menacing in a 2013 attack in Williamsburg that left a gay black man blind in one eye. “Today’s verdict is a testament to our determination to fully prosecute this case based on the evidence, which clearly connected this […]

DNA Expert Challenges Mayer Herskovic’s Tie to Taj Patterson’s Assault

DNA Expert Challenges Mayer Herskovic’s Tie to Taj Patterson’s Assault

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A defense expert testified that the DNA testing method used to link Mayer Herskovic to a brutal 2013 assault on a gay black man in Williamsburg was invalid and that his DNA may have ended up on the victim’s sneaker because a third person first touched Herskovic and then touched the […]

Farm to Sandwich

Farm to Sandwich

BY DONNA MINKOWITZ | I got debauched with a piece of scrambled egg today. I didn’t expect to, but it was there, in between some ricotta and focaccia at Saltie. Some oozed out on my face ultra-creamily, and I didn’t feel disgusted, I felt exalted. I thought of my friend the poet Michael Broder’s wonderful essay in […]

Bushwig Jumps to Ridgewood

Bushwig Jumps to Ridgewood

BY KEVIN ZIMMERMAN | The queens are heading to Queens. After outgrowing its original Brooklyn home, Bushwig, a festival of all things drag, will sashay up the block and over the border into Ridgewood. Onderdonk House on Flushing Avenue will play host to about 150 gender illusionists during the Bushwig 2015 festival’s celebration of drag culture, […]

Williamsburg, Where North Is Up and South Is Coming    

BY LAUREN PRICE | Williamsburg, in two decades of dramatic change, has evolved well beyond its reputation as a magnet for artists and young adventurers drawn by low rents and large lofts converted from old, often abandoned factories. With customary New York speed, a booming nightlife and eating scene spawned a proliferation of trendy shops, […]

Communities Gather to Forestall Tensions in Wake of Hate Attack

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the two weeks after a gay African-American man was beaten in Williamsburg by a gang of men he described as “Hasidic Jews,” black and Jewish leaders came together twice to denounce violence aimed at any community within the city. “There’s a united voice to say that we’re denouncing violence in any […]

Another ‘Authentic, Historic’ Williamsburg

Another ‘Authentic, Historic’ Williamsburg

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Su Friedrich pulled up to the corner of North Ninth and Berry in Williamsburg in her Volvo on a recent cold Saturday morning to discuss her engaging, enraging new documentary, “Gut Renovation.” The film chronicles how a rezoning law forced artists in her Brooklyn neighborhood — including herself and partner Cathy […]