By BARI WEISSAUG. 30, 2017 I haven’t watched MTV’s annual Video Music Awards since Bill Clinton was president. I was wearing a plastic choker and Alanis Morissette won for “Ironic.” But I wish I had tuned in this Sunday night. The award show was a veritable orgy — not of sex, but of cultural appropriation. First [...]
Pickens Hall is alive with its General Store and Opera House. Sopranos Samantha Stinson and Elaine Kuracina team up to do a " fun"raiser for Pickens 'Hall. This is a unique musical that tells about the granddaughters of John Pickens. Bessie and Jessie sang in vaudeville when young. Bessie became an internationally known opera singer. [...]
Since You Asked I am from dank wine cellars in South Jamaica…from cousins named Johnny, Joey, Nicky and Frankie who harvested Queens grapes. I am from a line of women sporting artichoke haircuts and pink collars. I am also from a Carmine Street tenement that lost its address in the last century. I am from [...]
Here is a time lapse over about 8 hours of the lowering of the Kosciuszcko Bridge truss on July 25th and 26th, 2017 to a barge. The bridge was opened in 1939. They originally were supposed to blow it up, but that didn't happen. The infamous roadway is being replaced with a new bridge right [...]
Blissville: A memoir by Rebecca Cooney, Installment 1 of a 12 part series Manhattan is a backdrop to my small neighborhood of Queens, officially named Blissville. It’s an isolated corner of the borough, bounded by an industrial creek, a cemetery big enough to cover three neighborhoods, and an expressway that stretches all the way out [...]
From around 1640 to 1740, the Alsop family owned a large tobacco farm where Calvary Cemetery now stands. The family burial plot (Protestant) sits on a hill and is surrounded by Calvary Cemetery (Catholic). There is a marker for domestic servants - slaves - rumored to be 8, with the word "STAFF" engraved on it.
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These are pictures of Corona Queens and Flushing Meadows developments by Robert Moses for the World's Fair of 1939. The massive building project affected Blissville in that highways were built and communities were displaced. Thanks to Christine Benson of the NYC Parks Department for the photos.
The first time I came to Nyack, I helped myself to some seeds. Years before we ever thought about leaving the city, I visited Nyack for an art show at the Edward Hopper House. A close friend had some sculpture hanging in the garden, I believe from rubberbands. It was his rubberband period. We [...]
Short narrative about a pirate radio cult. The story concerns a pirate radio cult that operates in post-future Brooklyn from the back of a customized electric car. Since the short was created some very odd, friendly, and eerie coincidences have transpired which I wanted to collect in one article.