In ‘Little Athens,’ Greeks torn over debt crisis fix
Local News / Politics & Economics

In ‘Little Athens,’ Greeks torn over debt crisis fix

For residents of New York’s “Little Athens,” Greece‘s debt crisis hits close to home. Signs written in Greek and blue and white flags pepper Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, but beneath the loyalty and pride on the streets of the Queens neighborhood, there’s an uneasiness about Greece’s future. If public sentiment here is any indication, Greeks … Continue reading

There’s a Britney Spears 101 Class in New York
Arts & Culture / Local News

There’s a Britney Spears 101 Class in New York

Fans are signing up for a workshop called “Britney Spears: Goddess, Feminist Icon, Pop Priestess,” a quirky but semi-serious workshop that discusses the singer’s unique role in feminism, sexuality, and pop culture. Call it nostalgic, call it crazy, but the New York event keeps selling out. See the rest of my article on The Daily Beast Continue reading

Ferguson Decision Protest Shuts Down NYC Traffic
Culture / Local News

Ferguson Decision Protest Shuts Down NYC Traffic

(By Marguerite Ward, photo © Dave Gershgorn) NEW YORK — Hundreds of protestors angry over the non-indictment of Darren Wilson took to the streets of New York on Tuesday evening, shutting down traffic going into the Lincoln Tunnel, the FDR Drive and Times Square. Cities around the country held simultaneous protests in the wake of the decision … Continue reading

Remembering The Man Who Saved the Beacon Theatre
Arts & Culture / Local News

Remembering The Man Who Saved the Beacon Theatre

Daniel Barry Meltzer, a journalist, playwright, activist and longtime New Yorker, was best known for leading the successful battle to save the Upper West Side’s historic Beacon Theatre. Meltzer died on Nov. 6 at the age of 74 due to complications from prostate cancer, according to his partner, Nina Felshin. See full obituary at: The West Side Spirit. … Continue reading

At-Risk Residents Worry Over Climate Safety
Health & Environment / Local News

At-Risk Residents Worry Over Climate Safety

Do New Yorkers believe, two years after Superstorm Sandy decimated the area’s coastline, that they’re safer from future storms and devastating floods? The answer – according to 70 residents from around the city who spoke with our reporters and filled out our online survey – seems to be a resounding “no.” Read the full article … Continue reading

60-Second Video: In Wake of Fatal Stabbing, Bronx Residents Rally to End Violence
Local News

60-Second Video: In Wake of Fatal Stabbing, Bronx Residents Rally to End Violence

Pastor Jay Gooding Sr. of Miracle Revival Temple led an anti-violence rally in front of the home at 2164 Barnes Avenue where teenager Justin Fallu was killed early Sunday while trying to break up a fight. Members of Jacobi Hospital’s Stand Up to Violence, Bronx Parks East Community Association, Community Board 11 and others demonstrated. … Continue reading