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Shocker: Brooklyn Jobs And Housing The Old-Fashioned Way

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 11:59 AM

We need more Red Apples and fewer Barclays Centers.

The Brooklyn Paper just reported that the new Red Apple supermarket that just opened on Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene hired over 70 workers, many of whom are from the public housing projects sitting across from it....

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Atlantic Yards Stopped?

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2010 | 2:54 PM

Longstanding opponents Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn and Brooklyn Speaks got a favorable response last month and will have a hearing tomorrow, Dec. 22 (State Supreme Court Justice Marcy Friedman, 60 Centre Street, IAS Motion Part 57, Room 335). At issue is a motion for...

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Moby Bedbug

(4) Comments | Posted July 29, 2010 | 10:45 AM

Call me anal. A few weeks ago, never mind how long precisely -- I was worrying a bit about cash on hand and had nothing much else going on in my daily life, so I prepared to go on vacation. When I get like this, I like to go sailing.

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Is Photojournalism Dead Yet?

(6) Comments | Posted June 28, 2010 | 2:05 PM

How is photojournalism doing?

Born in the 1930's, come of age in the 1950's and 60's, and pronounced near dead in the 1970's and virtually buried by the closing of magazines/rise of the internet--you have to wonder how it is that some aspects of this wonderful world are still...

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NBA: NETS CEO Brett Yormark Tells It Like It Really Is!

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2010 | 4:36 PM

NETS CEO Brett Yormark Tells It Like It Really Is!

At last we agree on something.

After years of hyperbole from developer and Nets' owner Bruce Ratner and his Nets chief, Brett Yormark, concerning the Nets' intended move to Brooklyn, CEO Yormark finally said something that is both entirely believable...

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A Tale of Two (Extremely Different) Meals

(12) Comments | Posted April 13, 2010 | 11:30 AM

A little time ago I got whiplash from two totally different lunches I ate on two consecutive days. Each was what I call a "food moment." And each is symbolic of the extremes of our food culture today.

I was invited to speak about my book and artificial...

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Michelle Obama and Twinkies

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 4:59 PM

Because I played detective and tracked down the origins and manufacturing of each of the 39 (yes, 39!) ingredients on the Twinkies ingredient label, I've been asked if I agree with Michelle Obama and her reluctance to declare Twinkies toxic.

I don't disagree.

In a major

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2010: Ushering in the Decade of Food and Agriculture

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2010 | 11:11 AM

This may well become the decade of food and agriculture. I say, let's declare it!
Just as we've focused on technology over the last decade or two, we should focus on one of the few things we cannot live without, literally: food.

In 2010, it looks like...

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Cursing Atlantic Yards

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2010 | 5:09 PM

The most peculiar groundbreaking ceremony took place on March 11 at the edge of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

Billionaire developer Bruce Ratner, Chairman and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies, hoisted a huge tent on what used to be 5th Avenue (the city just gave it to him) and filled it...

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Why I Will Be Protesting Atlantic Yards Thursday

(5) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 2:22 PM

They may have scheduled a ground-breaking ceremony, but I just don't think the fat lady has sung yet, as far as the Atlantic Yards-Forest City Ratner-NY State boondoggle/landgrab goes.

Too much smells so bad it just can't be left alone. We've got keep on top the process, looking...

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Bloomberg/NYC Gave $131 Million to Bruce Ratner

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2010 | 10:31 AM

This whole Atlantic Yards boondoggle thing is still getting more amazing. Turns out, when Ratner bullied people into selling out by using the threat of eminent domain--totally standard and understandable--he also knew he could pay top dollar because he was using our own money to help...

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Last Holdout of Atlantic Yards Speaks Out!

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2010 | 1:33 PM

Despite being delayed years beyond its original schedule and possibly on a 25 year build-out schedule, Forest City Ratner persists in pursuing its increasingly expensive dream of taking 22 acres of valuable real estate in Brooklyn with the use of eminent domain and close to a billion dollars...

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Forest City's Longshot Bond Issue in Brooklyn

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2009 | 9:09 AM

Talk about down to the wire!

As that bastion of moral rectitude and good judgment, Goldman Sachs, prepares to market Forest City Enterprises' just-above-junk-rated bonds for the very controversial Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn -- which includes the most expensive basketball arena in the country (and history,...

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Local Food in NYC

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2009 | 11:37 AM

Not long ago, when I was in Rockford, Illinois, eating with students and professors at a college as part of a program about artificial food ingredients, our talk turned to local food (a future farmer sat next to me) and national chain restaurants (the nearby highway is lined with dozens)....

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Atlantic Yards Crescendo in Brooklyn

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2009 | 6:45 PM

Atlantic Yards Crescendo?


It looks like we're headed for another crescendo in the controversial proposed $5 billion Brooklyn Atlantic Yards development issue: An actual hearing! Yes, the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) has deigned to allow the public to comment this week on the biggest development in the...

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It's Atlantic Yards "Push" Week!

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2009 | 10:56 AM

The State Senate isn't the only place where leaders are messing with our minds this week.

The notoriously secretive Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) actually let us public folks into their board meeting. Some of us were allowed to speak, though the Board remained mute the whole time, despite...

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MTA Hands Millions to Billionaire Developer

(1) Comments | Posted June 22, 2009 | 8:22 PM

Surely one of the most bizarre events in the tortured story of the city's relationship with developers occurred today, in what may be the first of several upsetting events this week.

At a time when the city and MTA are scrambling for money through fare hikes and budget cuts,...

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Change We Can Believe In: Obama's Food Agenda

(3) Comments | Posted March 24, 2009 | 4:25 PM

Food Policy Has Really Moved Up the Obama "To Do" List

Will food be the new New Deal? The new Great Society? Could it be the new focal point for the Obama administration?

No, of course -- I know, "It's the economy," and these...

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Urban and Married Life, With Tickets

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2008 | 2:39 PM

Here, for posterity, is our story of a recent confrontation with the city bureaucracy.


TO: New York City Department of Santitation

RE: Summons No. 160405989

To Whom It May Concern:

We are in receipt of your summons, tucked neatly into our door handle at dawn today. While I...

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Eat More Lobster, Show Wall Street How to Save Businesses

(5) Comments | Posted December 18, 2008 | 2:49 PM

Do your part to help the economy and buy some lobster.

Sounds like a weird proposition, but it is really quite simple: The other day, my friend George, a lobster fisherman in Stonington, Maine, decided to serve his fresh-caught and unsold lobsters to his guests one night because, he...

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