On the Frontlines: A Funeral Home’s New Normal

On the Frontlines: A Funeral Home’s New Normal

Tight embraces, hand holding, and intimate gatherings to celebrate a life well lived have always been standard practices in the funeral industry. But in the age of COVID-19, such ceremonial rituals can’t exist in tandem with social distancing protocol.   As the death toll nears 2,000 in New York State alone, the governor’s office instructed funeral […]

A Rainbow Connection in the Time of the Virus

A Rainbow Connection in the Time of the Virus

In 1979, Kermit the Frog sang: “Someday we’ll find it The Rainbow Connection  The lovers, the dreamers, and me” In 2020 during the Coronavirus Pandemic, Brooklynites finally found it. All across Brooklyn, families are placing rainbow drawings and paintings in their windows, creating a makeshift I-Spy game for children in the neighborhood as social distancing […]

The Ongoing Fight for Heat in NYCHA Housing

The Ongoing Fight for Heat in NYCHA Housing

Each night before his head hits the pillow, Jerry Jackson layers on his grey fleece and down windbreaker over his pajamas. The 68-year-old’s peculiar bedtime routine began in October of 2019 when his apartment started to feel as if all the windows had been left open on a windy winter night. “It’s a constant wave […]