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Using White Privilege for Positive Change

Lia Taylor Schwartz | Posted 12.22.2016 | Politics
Lia Taylor Schwartz

As a teenager, I proudly told my first black friends that I was color blind. I thought I was saying the right thing, telling them that race doesn't matter to me. I now realize how sickeningly smug that sounds. I know they weren't colorblind.

East New York Pushes on for Akai Gurley

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 04.21.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

When I spoke to Nicholas Heyward Sr. the morning that the news of Akai Gurley's fatal shooting broke, neither of us could believe it. Gurley, like Heyward's son, Nicholas Jr., was shot by a cop in a Brooklyn housing staircase.

My Take on Ferguson

Christopher Atamian | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Christopher Atamian

I realize that many factors play a role in the examples I cite above, including the judicial system itself; official versus real life police attitudes, not to mention the law and recent questionable policing techniques implemented in New York City and elsewhere.

Christopher Mathias

NYPD Officer Shoots And Kills Unarmed Man In Brooklyn | Christopher Mathias | Posted 12.01.2014 | Crime

The fatal police shooting of an unarmed man in Brooklyn Thursday night appears to have been an "unfortunate tragedy," New York City Police Commissione...

6-Year-Old Boy Stabbed To Death In Elevator

| Posted 06.02.2014 | Crime

By Aidan Gardiner BROOKLYN — A 6-year-old boy was killed and his playmate critically injured when a man started yelling at them before plunging a k...

Know Who Died?

Charlie Carillo | Posted 07.07.2014 | New York
Charlie Carillo

Growing up in my family, the most suspenseful words any of us could hear were, "Know who died?" Whoever spoke those words had the drop on the rest of...

Love on the BMT, or One "L" of a Courtship

Charlie Carillo | Posted 04.01.2014 | New York
Charlie Carillo

Two thoughts strike her -- he's the handsomest straphanger she's ever seen, and she knows him from somewhere. But where?

New York: The Tale of Two Cities

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D. | Posted 03.08.2014 | New York
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.

When Bill de Blasio moved into Gracie Mansion, he became mayor of 59 community districts that constitute New York City. As he eloquently described during his campaign, these districts comprise two distinct cities that have very little in common.

Astoria Characters: The Analyze-This Psychologist

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 08.11.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

A dozen African masks. A baby grand. And a bouquet. If we are the sum of our possessions, these tell us most of what we need to know about Milton "Mickey" Wilner.

Ron Dicker

Unbeaten Boxer Wrestles With His Past | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.10.2013 | Latino Voices

Boxer Frank Galarza of Brooklyn is what the media calls a feel-good story. But it took a lot of feeling bad to get there. Galarza lost his parents ...

She Carved Out a Wonderful Life

Charlie Carillo | Posted 12.09.2012 | New York
Charlie Carillo

The little girl came home from school in tears, saddled with an assignment she knew she couldn't handle.

'The Land That Time And Money Forgot'

New York magazine | Posted 11.10.2012 | New York

By Marc Jacobson Asked if he’d heard of Lloyd Blankfein, the man in the Yankees cap standing by 295 Cozine Avenue in East New York muttered, “W...

Christopher Mathias

WATCH: The Other Pennsylvania Avenue | Christopher Mathias | Posted 09.05.2012 | New York

While President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney vie to occupy a certain address on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C., those who live on or near a di...

Anna Sanders

Search For Justice In Wild Brooklyn Shooting | Anna Sanders | Posted 08.17.2012 | New York

Saquan Dixon was dancing in the backyard at a crowded party in Brooklyn, N.Y., last June when the festivities suddenly turned nightmarish. A man ...

Is Walmart Losing Fight To Open In NYC?

By Matt Chaban The press release came in even before The Observer had seen the initial report that prompted it. “We have not had any talks wit...

Jerk Teens Booted From 9/11 Memorial

Posted 06.25.2012 | New York

More evidence this week that kids can sometimes be disrespectful, little brats. A group of middle school students from Brooklyn on a field trip we...

Anna Sanders

Brooklyn Landlord On Trial For Allegedly Shooting And Killing Tenant | Anna Sanders | Posted 06.21.2012 | New York

An enraged Brooklyn landlord settled a dispute over missing rent by fatally shooting her upstairs tenant late one night two years ago, prosecutors sou...

PHOTOS: New Yorkers And Their Sweet Rides

Posted 04.10.2012 | New York

Bikes in New York are as varied as the New Yorkers who ride them. There are the low-riders of the Big Ballers Bike Club in East New York, the classic ...

PHOTOS: Living In NYC's Most Dangerous Zip Code

Posted 02.29.2012 | New York

"I read a New York Times article about the zip codes with the worst crime statistics," writes Chris Arnade on his Flickr page. "I spent a few months l...

NYPD Shoot And Kill Armed Man In Break-In Mix Up

Posted 01.13.2012 | New York

NYPD officials are investigating a fatal shooting by police involving an armed man outside his Brooklyn home on Thursday. Sources say police arrive...

The Faithful Shopper: New Year's Wishes

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 02.28.2012 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Here are some retail events I'd like to see in the year(s) ahead. Some are more likely than others, but the holidays are a time for dreaming, aren't they?

Illegal Wolf-Dog Found In East New York

Posted 03.19.2012 | New York

Residents of East New York found what they thought was a wolf roaming their streets on Thursday. Turns out it was a hybrid between wolf and a dog. Pol...

Mic Check! Mic Check! Jamie Dimon -- Can You Hear Me Now?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 02.07.2012 | New York
Jerry Ashton

On December 6, not even intermittent sprinkles and overcast skies could dampen the angry heat of several hundred marchers who had converged to protest the heartlessness of the banks and the financial system.

Jason Cherkis

Occupy Activsts Help Families From Evictions As Part Of National Occupy Our Homes Action | Jason Cherkis | Posted 05.21.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- In the late evening on Tuesday, Brigitte Walker welcomed Occupy Atlanta onto her property in an effort to save her Riverdale, Ga., home ...

WATCH: 'Occupy Our Homes' Tours East New York's Foreclosed Homes

Posted 12.06.2011 | New York

On Tuesday afternoon, Occupy Wall Street protestors turned their attention towards the country's housing crisis with "Occupy Our Homes," a day of acti...