Queens

The Cost of Telling the Truth: A Journalist in Exile

The Cost of Telling the Truth: A Journalist in Exile

After living in hiding for six years in the United States, journalist CM Rien Kuntari is ready to go home. “I don’t want to live the rest of my life as a prisoner or as a political asylee. I want to go home as a free person,” she says. Since 2009, Kuntari has been living […]

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 […]