Doesn’t anybody care what I want? Potholes have feelings too. Maybe I shouldn’t take it personally, but when the one thing that Republicans and Democrats can agree on is getting rid of — well, me — it’s hard not to. Do you know what it’s like to have everybody hate you? You don’t know what I’ve been through. Yeah, I know, I’m a nuisance. Sometimes I cause car accidents and broken ankles, and when I fill up with water you have no idea how deep I am. Oh, you have thalassophobia? Sorry. I can’t help it. But where else am…

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This morning I woke up at 11 AM and then I scrolled through Twitter for an hour! Then I made coffee and had a bagel and went back to bed! I scrolled on my phone some more, including Snapchat, which I don’t even use, but then I got sleepy so I took a nap! I woke up at 3 PM disoriented and even more exhausted than I was before I fell asleep! I stared at the ceiling for an hour, wondering how I got here! I opened my laptop and binge watched a show that has been off the air…

“America is the place where anything can happen. America is the place where anyone can rise. And here, on this land, on this soil, on this continent, the most incredible dreams come true, if you pay off the right people.”​ — Donald J. Trump

New York, NY​ — The Trump Family is pleased to announce the formation of the Trump Foundation in order to begin planning the Trump Presidential Archives Center. As has been tradition since the age of President Herbert Hoover, The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will establish a library in the president’s home state of New…

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The George Floyd mural outside Cup Foods at Chicago Ave and E 38th St in Minneapolis. From Wikimedia Commons.

How one Jewish community leader emphasizes social justice

June 2, 2020

On the eve of the conclusion of George Floyd’s shiva, the seven day Jewish mourning period, Rabbi Jeremy Markiz is fasting.

The Pittsburgh rabbi organized a public fast day on Sunday, calling for a community-wide day of mourning that also serves as a call for justice against police brutality. The Facebook event, which Markiz created, has more than 560 responses.

But Markiz is careful not to let the fast be the end goal of the event.

“One thing people should take away: if there’s fasting this should be one act of many. If they only fast, they…

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Dear fellow Jewish Americans (who are also white),

This is not our time. This is not about us. This is about black people who have suffered at the hands of the systemic racism that fed slavery and police brutality in our country for the past 400 years.

This is not to say we haven’t known pain. We have.

But when I see Facebook posts denouncing the anti-Semitic graffiti on a synagogue in Los Angeles before acknowledging the murder of George Floyd and the horrific police violence happening at the protests across the country, I have to wonder where our community’s…

A Q&A with Judith Berdy, President of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society

Dayspring Church. Photograph courtesy of the author

Over the last four centuries, the strip of land on the East River between Manhattan and Queens in New York City, today called Roosevelt Island, underwent a series of repurposing and renaming. In the 17th century, what was once a Native American land was colonized by the Dutch and eventually became part of the greater fabric of New York City. …

The Octagon, courtesy of the author

Originally published in The Journalist as Historian

They didn’t have what I was looking for, exactly. The Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Columbia University’s Butler Library supposedly had a collection of Joseph Pulitzer’s private papers. Pulitzer was a newspaper magnate of the early 20th century, the owner of the paper, The New York World,and founder of the elite journalism school at Columbia. …

Documentary still courtesy of the author and videographer.

How one NYCHA complex still struggles with repairs and environmental issues seven years after Hurricane Sandy

(December 2019)

Karen Blondel has been semi-packed for the last seven years. In preparation for Hurricane Sandy in 2012, she removed any projectiles from the walls — picture frames, various décor — of her ground floor apartment in Red Hook Houses. She remembers the moment the water began to enter. “Someone was standing near the front door and I could see them,” Blondel says. “And the face they made and the tears on their face let me know that something was happening and I ran out and I saw the water coming in like a slow tsunami.”

Seven years later…

I turned 24 today. And I cried twice.

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I’ve been living at my parents’ house since mid-March, when physical distancing measures were beginning to be recommended in New York City. I was right in the middle of my last semester of graduate school at Columbia University.

I went home for spring break.

And I just stayed there.

Since mid-March, I’ve been with my two parents, my two younger siblings (one also in university), and my grandmother, who moved in with us temporarily. My grandmother has been staying in my childhood bedroom and I’ve taken the guest room so she won’t have to climb the stairs.

My choice to…

Jackie Hajdenberg

Journalist and sometimes satirist

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