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The Protagonist: Kickstart Your Literary Endeavor by Chancing on the Goodwill of Other Artsy Types

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Kickstarter is a pretty neat product of the crowd-funding-platform movement. It relies on people’s generosity, a collective undying love of one-of-a-kind craftiness and the simple prayer that an inclination toward Kickstarter fatigue will never prevail over the optimism of hopeful artists and niche art appreciators everywhere. Kickstarter is one of those truly unequivocally great things [&hellip
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Call for LBGT-Inclusive Immigration Reform Resonates in New York

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

New York’s elected officials and LGBT organizations rally in support of immigration reform that includes everyone, regardless of sexual orientation U.S. immigration laws prohibit same-sex couples from sponsoring partners or spouses for residency, a measure presently afforded to straight couples. New York elected officials joined LGBT activist groups last week at a forum to call [&hellip
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The Protagonist: The Literary Losers (So You Wanted to Be an Author?)

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

A new age of equality is upon us, “losers,” and it’s time to start winning. The Internet has for a long time been a great place for people to vent their literary frustrations, along with any other complaint they might have about anything. There’s perhaps no better platform for this than Tumblr. The English Grad [&hellip
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Is the Fight to Save Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Synagogue a Lost Cause?

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

synagogue1 Community members and congregation leadership are butting heads over whether, and how, to save a cherished LES landmark The Beth Hamedrash Hagodol synagogue (BHH) on the Lower East Side is in obvious ruin. The facade is crumbling, windows have been blown out and behind the barbed wire fence, trash and leaves have been accumulating for [&hellip
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The Protagonist: Life Lessons Gleaned From Learning to Read [Poetry]

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Don’t over think it if you don’t have to. Recently I’ve been thinking of something I’ve often heard people say when describing the process of engaging with particularly complex or esoteric poetry. “Let it wash over you.” What does this mean exactly? It means not trying to understand every word or phrase or how it [&hellip
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Maloney vs. Yahoo

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

marissamayer Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney weighs in: the impact of telecommuting is uncertain Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer made headlines recently when she declared the company would be instating a ban on telecommuting this summer to increase productivity among workers. The announcement came as a surprise for many, as Mayer herself is a new mother. “To become the [&hellip
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Is FiDi a True Neighborhood?

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

FIDI An event at the Léman Preparatory School showcased local FiDi businesses to bolster the area’s sense of community Last week the FiDi Association brought several local businesses and community members together to the Léman Preparatory School ballroom to provide a flavor of the neighborhood and promote the Downtown Alliance’s “Going Green” program, which aims to [&hellip
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A Humble Tarik Hunter Exemplifies New York City’s “Bravest and Finest”

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in OTTY Awards, Our Town

Officer. Tarick Hunter Tarik Hunter, a crime prevention specialist in the 19th precinct, has been an officer with the NYPD for just over 10 years. Prior to his entry into law enforcement, Hunter graduated from St. Johns University with a double major in Criminal Justice/Pre-Law and Accounting and an impressive GPA. Hunter says the NYPD has been facing [&hellip
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