The Women Who Made New York – The Day After the Election

The day after the election it rained. The downpour was ceaseless, but a small group gathered to discuss the achievements and losses of women in politics at the Tenement Museum. Author of The Women Who Made New York—and mom in our fair Momtropolis—Julie Scelfo moderated an insightful discussion with Dr. Zinga Fraser, Donna Zaccaro, and Liz Abzug. Zinga Fraser, PhD… Read more →

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Guidelines for Witches on Election Night

According to Huffington Post women have their emotions on lock down until the election ends. Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List predicts if Hillary wins there will be, “…an emotional release by women across this country that is going to be extraordinary….” And she would know. EMILY’s List has been taking the basal body temperature of the female electorate for… Read more →

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The Ghostbusters Controversy Haunts Halloween—and I’m Glad

Just when you thought it was safe, the Ghostbusters remake controversy (a.k.a. Ruining my Childhood) is back from the dead this Halloween. Only this time it’s girls that are doing the haunting. I know what you’re thinking. You thought neither the movie nor the backlash would have a lasting impact. To recap, a few grown men on the Internet spent the summer claiming… Read more →

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If Trump Wins, Will Canada Build a Wall?

Brooklyn—Are you still moving to Canada if Trump wins? Were you eyeing Canada even before the launch of the website Cape Breton If Trump Wins? Was the thought of a President Trump coupled with this summer’s record heat enough for you to explore the possibility of immigrating to Canada? I planned my Canadian vacation as soon as Trump gained traction… Read more →

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Hoyt St.—Meet Your New Speed Bumps

This morning cars were removed from Hoyt St. to install two new speed bumps, one at 2nd St. and another near President St. Some residents of the blocks along this stretch rejoiced at the prospect that the intersections would be safer to cross. Pedestrians had long complained of drivers barreling down Hoyt St. and drivers complained of having to enter… Read more →

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5 Things That Could Happen Now That Lena Dunham Has Criticized Oberlin’s Sushi Bar

Oberlin students are serious about social justice. So much that they’ve taken the fight to their cafeteria. Are they demanding better wages for Campus Dining Service workers? No! They have been battling what they perceive as cultural appropriation in the form of substandard sushi, not sticky enough rice, and “inauthentic” non-fried General Tso’s chicken. Some students demanded more fried chicken… Read more →

From Black Buttons to Black Tom

One doesn’t expect old fashioned maker culture to collide with World War I geo-political events in a jewelry case, but that is exactly what happened to me in a purple store front on the corner of DeGraw St. and Court St. The following piece is about a button necklace and it’s many connections to our first foreign terrorist attack, the Black Tom Explosion. You see, the… Read more →