Neighborhoods

Salome’s Disco

Salome’s Disco

On the banks of the Hudson River, on the ground floor of a high-rise condo, candlelight glints against thick velvet drapes. The smog perfume of rose petal hookah pervades the air. Gossamer veils make private bowers of every table; attractive young professionals with an open tab lounge on cushioned davenports. Casa La Femme conveys earthy […]

New Immigrant Mansions Trigger Tension in Forest Hills

New Immigrant Mansions Trigger Tension in Forest Hills

Wet cement fumes rise and mingle with the syrupy scent of crab apples, which drop from Forest Hills’ scrawny trees en masse and ferment in residential gutters. Several antique Tudor homes on these quiet streets display construction permits. But the charm of their Gothic gables and quaint brick blanches in comparison to the large homes […]

Egyptian Chef Serves Up An Alternative Take On Hospitality

Egyptian Chef Serves Up An Alternative Take On Hospitality

Ali El-Sayed is the charismatic personality behind the one-man operation that is Kabab Cafe on Steinway Street in Astoria, Queens. He’s known for his eccentricity, his warmth, his goat with pomegranate reduction… and how he’s always teetering on the edge of a belligerent tirade. Ali was the first Egyptian to open up shop in the […]

Renovation of the N Line To Cause Major Disruption

Renovation of the N Line To Cause Major Disruption

Colorful graffiti have taken over parapet walls of the above-ground stations from 8th Avenue to 86th Street in Brooklyn on the Coney Island-bound N Line. Peeling paint and layers of green mold compete for attention. Rain falls through cracked ceilings onto commuters’ heads at the Kings Highway station, located seven stops past 8th Avenue station […]

Bridging The Health Care Gap In Sunset Park

Bridging The Health Care Gap In Sunset Park

Once a month, a door opens on Third Avenue in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. It is easy to pass by without taking notice, but for the people who do walk in, they find services that are hard to come by. The open door leads to Academy of Medical and Public Health Services, a non-profit organization that […]

Back to Afterschool Care

Back to Afterschool Care

Carol Wong casually eats her lunch while poking at a puzzle on her desk, wishing she were busier. It’s the day before elementary schools begin their semester, and as the coordinator for True Light Lutheran Church’s Afterschool Care Program this should be the busiest day of the year for Wong. “We have ONE student enrolled […]