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Former Cold Water Flat Now Surrounded by Hot Property

Former Cold Water Flat Now Surrounded by Hot Property

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | Hookers from “corner to corner.” Red Trojans strewn on the street “like a ticker-tape parade.” A “no-man’s land.” These images are no longer synonymous with a patch of West Chelsea nestled between Hudson Yards and the High Line, and newly attractive to developers, residents, and tourists alike.  Longtime tenants of […]

Middle Eastern LGBTQs Underrepresented in Health Research — And That’s a Problem

Middle Eastern LGBTQs Underrepresented in Health Research — And That’s a Problem

BY PAUL A. BROWN, MA, MPH (College of Global Public Health, NYU) | This year, Pride Month took on a distinctly activist tone in response to the Trump administration’s flagrant disregard for the rights of women, people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ folks. While the demand for a more intersectional approach to LGBTQ activism is […]

Just Do Art: Week of June 29, 2017

Just Do Art: Week of June 29, 2017

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKING LOT | From raccoons to rain to birds to loony Trump supporters, the Public Theater will tell you that interruptions come with the territory when your Bard is based in an al fresco setting. But the unpredictable hijinks that have been known to play out in the comparatively cushy Delacorte Theater […]

Exhibit Exemplifies the Evolution of Penn South Social Services

Exhibit Exemplifies the Evolution of Penn South Social Services

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Chelsea’s iconic beacon of affordable housing is breaking ground once again, but it’s not the type of brick and mortar project that gave rise to the 10 buildings that house 2,820 units. This new project’s construction materials are paint, graphite, charcoal, and clay — and though the works they’ve produced will […]

Green Thumbs and Elbow Grease: Chelsea Garden Club Highlights Its Pit Work

Green Thumbs and Elbow Grease: Chelsea Garden Club Highlights Its Pit Work

PHOTOS AND TEXT BY DIANA R. CABRAL | Gardeners are sprouting up like weeds in the west part of our neighborhood, but you won’t find any of those unsightly wild plants in the soil tilled by tirelessly toiling members of the all-volunteer Chelsea Garden Club. Lilies, evening primroses, and Russian sage were just a few of […]

Musical Celebration Recalls Rick Carrier’s Conservation Legacy

Musical Celebration Recalls Rick Carrier’s Conservation Legacy

BY REBECCA FIORE | The bald eagle’s origin story as America’s national bird can be traced to June 20, 1782, when the founding fathers chose it as a symbol of strength and freedom — but the bird’s history doesn’t end there. In the 1940s, while the bird’s face appeared on banks, official buildings and stamps, […]

Putting Gender in its Place, as Performance

Putting Gender in its Place, as Performance

BY GERALD BUSBY | Gender is a cultural phenomenon, intrinsically subjective, and has no being except as performance: This is the presupposition of Brad Calcaterra’s acting workshop, ACTOUT, at the LGBT Center on W. 13th St.  On a recent Monday, I visited the class and witnessed transgender men and women, straight and gay, come face […]

Rooftop Garden Grows on Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project Volunteers

Rooftop Garden Grows on Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project Volunteers

BY REBECCA FIORE | When Jennifer Shotts moved to New York City from Kansas, she knew she wanted to be a part of the community. As a self-professed environmentalist, Shotts was shocked at how much trouble she had finding a community garden. New York Cares, which guides volunteers to places where they can work to […]

Desperately Seeking a Definitive Trump Doctrine

Desperately Seeking a Definitive Trump Doctrine

BY MAX BURBANK | I’ve been trying to write a column about America’s foreign policy and our place in the world for months. I’d be almost done and then, just before deadline, there’d be a massive explosion of inanity and I’d have no choice but to trash everything I’d written and cover it: President Donald […]

The Making of a Gay Snob

The Making of a Gay Snob

BY GERALD BUSBY | Most of the creative people I know are gay snobs. They range from narcissistic bodybuilders and clerks at Bergdorf Goodman to international fashion models and performers at Carnegie Hall. Gay snobbery, like all other kinds, is an expression of the ego, but it takes on a special quality when used as […]