Category: Articles

Bobby, at home everywhere, and nowhere

An itinerant native son’s quest for permanence   The complexities of building a China in a New York neighborhood never seemed to occur to anybody. It was that thing about New York — the thing that made everything believable and nothing too impossible or…

Revisiting the undocumented New York

New York, ever since its establishment, has been a city of migrants: its character, a well-rounded one with a flush of black, brown and white on its skin. Indeed, in its truest form, New York is a concrete jungle that breathes in the toxins…

How Chanting “No Sex” Can Bring About Change

ACCRA, Ghana— Under Samuel Lamptey’s guidance, his team doesn’t ask for much. If it were too much, it wouldn’t have been openly publicized. If he weren’t looking for the benefit of the entire community, Collins Seymah Smith would have kept his permanent job. The…

7 hopes from seven Indians

Where new ideas can blossom RITHVIK RAJA | 28 | Carnatic musician, Chennai “There are many questions being raised about freedom of speech today, and there’s an amazing sense of awareness and energy among the youth. New ideas and innovative narratives need encouragement to…

Kamathipura’s Warrior

  Hazra Mohommad Ali Shah, 50, lived in Kamathipura, in a ramshackle one bedroom where curtains replaced the main door. The hoarding outside, “Family Room No. 19” was on the verge of collapse and had been carefully placed over a stack of empty water…

New Yorkers appear to be happier in the spring

  As the temperature goes up, Brooklyn Bridge spreads its warmth in welcoming the locals and the tourists. After all, what better place can one think of, to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and glare at the sunset over the magnificent…

Hundreds of students gather to fight back Trump

It is difficult not to let out a tear of joy when you see people all around the world joining hands to support a community that they may not even be a part of. It is even more difficult to not raise your head…

Trump’s immigration policy brings reactions of all types

Social media has now become a breeding ground for voicing public opinions and a platform to callout for support. What started as a ripple on Facebook soon sent tremendous currents throughout New York, and throughout the country. On February 17th protestors observed what they…

Philautia

Falling in love with oneself isn’t easy. You know your own flaws and imperfections and to give a damaged human being that kind of unconditional love requires a lot of patience and dedication; it requires trust. We often don’t trust ourselves with a lot…

Philia

“I prayed for the city to be cleared of people, for the gift of being alone,  a-l-o-n-e: which is the one New Yorker prayer that rarely gets lost or delayed in channels, and in no time at all, everything I touched turned to solid…

New York, I love you

  “I know my New York City by heart,” she screamed over the phone; sliding her fingers between her black curls with a force that lead me to believe, she could at any moment, rip them apart. Rest assured, she didn’t hurt herself at…

How Georgia Lale Is Confronting Xenophobia With Art

  An NYC-based Greek visual artist is using the human body to convey exactly what human beings lack today: empathy. It wasn’t until #orangevest went viral that Georgia Lale’s work received recognition. The 28-year-old Greek artist swam through New York City streets wearing an…