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My Neighbor, Virginia

When Vincenza Ann "Virginia" Filingeri Checkle died, 20th-century Brooklyn died with her.

March 15, 2024

Let Us Now Praise Whoopi Goldberg’s ‘Eddie,’ a Love Letter to the ’90s Knicks

We talked with the director, Steve Rash, about what he calls his "most interesting and least successful" movie.

March 8, 2024

Lucy’s Is Being Evicted. Do the Landlords Care?

"It was an institution there, but I guess things come to an end at some time."

An Oral History of SIN Club, The Coolest Venue on the Lower East Side for Six Months in 1983

From its adventurous booking policy to its quasi-legal status, "Safety In Numbers" was something special—and then the cops shut it down.

December 8, 2023

A Visit to Hart Island, NYC’s Long-Forbidden Isle of Mass Graves

A new tour available to New Yorkers frames the island’s history through "three C's": care, corrections, and containment.

December 4, 2023

New York, City of Broken Clocks

Broken clocks are one more way that we neglect the public realm, make it less useful, less accommodating, less civic minded.

November 17, 2023

Winston Churchill’s Mother? You’ve Got the Wrong Brooklyn Address

"We don't know for certain when or where she was born," said one historian, despite what a plaque on a Cobble Hill apartment building says.

November 13, 2023

How NYC’s Cabaret Laws Tried to Crack Down on Drag

The passage of NYC's cabaret laws in the late 1920s and the creation of the New York State Liquor Authority pushed drag and queer culture back to the fringes of society—but the backlash couldn't stop drag from existing.

September 12, 2023

Bay Watch

Jamaica Bay is New York City in a clamshell.