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Is Lower Manhattan at Risk for Contamination?

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

Hurricane Sandy has long since passed, but concern remains over lasting environmental hazards Though the waters have receded after Hurricane Sandy, many downtown residents may be facing a yet-unseen but potentially hazardous problem as a result of the severe flooding. Congressman Jerrold Nadler, who represents Lower Manhattan communities hit especially hard by the storm, has [&hellip
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The Protagonist: Train Reading is Almost Too Sexy to Handle

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

joyce-746776 Alert the Mayor – it’s time for a new ban. Train reading has become way too sexy, according to my own “expert” analysis at least. The Protagonist interviewed several New Yorkers this week with the goal of better understanding the incredibly complex psychology behind the act of subway reading. Anticipating primarily tales of the embarrassment [&hellip
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The Protagonist: “The Versed” Poetry Podcast is Born

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive, Uncategorized

Rachel Fields          “This podcast is literally our last hope,” jokes Rachel Fields, co-producer of “The Versed” poetry podcast, and healthcare magazine editor. “Seriously though, I have always loved poetry, but I think a lot of people find it scary and stodgy and inaccessible.” “The Versed,” recently featured on The Rumpus’s official Tumblr, [&hellip
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In Recovery: How Sandy Reset Our Waterfront Dreams

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

As the storm’s impact on ecological systems and infrastructure becomes clear, what steps should be taken to secure the city against future floods? In the days following late October’s hurricane-turned-superstorm Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city and state officials described the immense damage to the city. They talked about the death toll, the lost [&hellip
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Hurricane Sandy Survivors: Dispatches From The “Dead Zone”

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive, Uncategorized

The controversy over canceling the New York City marathon this weekend does not merely extend to the dangers posed for runners by downed power lines and flooding throughout the city — it also has to do with displaced residents of downtown Manhattan who just want to go home in peace. For those who can’t go [&hellip
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The Protagonist: Spider-Man The Book—Insight Into a Closed World or Capitalizing on Failure?

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive, Uncategorized

The New York Times announced this week Glen Berger, the playwright of reported media circus “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” signed on with Simon & Schuster to pen a book about the “most controversial musical in Broadway history.” It was also the most expensive, according to the Times. Berger was charged with helping rewrite the [&hellip
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The Protagonist: “Incensed” Featuring Poet David Lehman

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

We often hear creative writers praise each other in and outside their own genres. They frequently shy away from direct, unforgiving critique, even refusing to publicly review any work they don’t admire. Leave that to career critics, they say. They’d rather politely commend other writers’ ingenuity, their…experimentation. Some might say: rightly so — the last [&hellip
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The Protagonist: Barbara Longley on Writing in Niche “Contemporary and Paranormal Romance”

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

ffpcover3 Minnesota-based author Barbara Longley writes contemporary and paranormal romance. “I can see the eye-rolling,” she says, but “good writing is good writing, and every great story involves a romance.” Longley’s website describes her work as “Romance with a touch of Celtic magic.” What does romance mean to Longley? “Romance is the guarantee of a satisfying [&hellip
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