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Esther Wang

Prior to Hell Gate, Esther was a senior politics reporter at Jezebel and a columnist for the New Republic.

Albany Dispatch: Housing Crisis Despair Edition

"It really feels like we're trying to minimize all of the harm that's going to come through this budget."

April 19, 2023

‘Comfort Stations’ Are Gone (OK???) But How About Building More Public Bathrooms?

"I'd rather there be more public restrooms than a name change."

March 29, 2023

New York Times Writers Call Out the Paper’s Anti-Trans Onslaught [UPDATED]

“This is not quite business as usual anymore,” one of the organizers of an open letter to the NYT told Hell Gate.

February 15, 2023

The Real Dolphins of New York City

Our fishing columnist contemplates the meaning of dolphin sightings in New York City's waterways.

January 31, 2023

The HarperCollins Strike Approaches 50 Days: ‘$45K Is Just Not Enough to Live on in NYC’

“We believe that this is our only opportunity to make real change in this industry," union chair Laura Harshberger told Hell Gate.

January 17, 2023

‘This is a False Choice’: Kristin Richardson Jordan Isn’t Sorry She Killed the One45 Development

The Harlem councilmember spoke about her opposition to the truck depot, and what would have to happen for a new housing development to get her approval.

January 5, 2023

The Black Widow Looks Back

Jeanette Lee, the subject of a new documentary, talks about her childhood in Crown Heights, and how she became the Black Widow of billiards.

December 12, 2022