Bending Towards Brooklyn: Life as Yoga

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Satya: Truth as Resistance “The truth will set you free.” John 8:32 As children we are told not to lie. Telling the truth appears in many of the world’s traditions as a principle to live by. And yet, prevarication is ubiquitous; as one of our most habitually ingrained tendencies, we often don’t even realize the extent to which we continually lie. This leads to three questions: 1. Why do we lie so easily? 2. Why should we care about not lying? 3. How do we stop doing it? Yogic wisdom suggests that truthfulness is more than just an aphorism to…

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE SPRINKLERS . . .

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When I think “summer in the city,” I think “sprinklers.” I know Memorial Day is the official start of summer, but in my mind, it’s the day they turn the sprinklers on at our local playground. Sprinklers, like bubbles, are the kind of thing that hold children in thrall, but hold absolutely no appeal for adults. It’s not just young children that delight in sprinklers, either; even kids dancing on the precipice of adolescence get into them. I can’t decide if it’s the sort of thing you genuinely lose the taste for, like Pop Rocks, or if we grown-ups don’t…

IN THE AFTERMATH OF CHARLOTTESVILLE: WHERE TO NOW?

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Like so many, I’ve been deeply troubled by the events of Charlottesville and Trump’s response. I wrote this piece to help myself make sense of where we find ourselves. I share this with all of you and invite you to share it with others. Always, we must remember and affirm that we are more together than alone. IN THE AFTERMATH OF CHARLOTTESVILLE: WHERE TO NOW? In the wake of white supremacists marching violently through Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12th, in the aftermath of Nazis stalking a synagogue with automatic weapons here in 21st century America, and after the death…

Olivia’s Kitchen: The Best Strawberry Shortcake

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I have no memory of where I got this recipe in the first place but I scribbled it on a piece of Japanese stationary at least 12 years ago and have tweaked it over the years to work perfectly for sweet shortcakes. Every time I look at that greasy beat up piece of paper I think “I gotta write that down somewhere where it can’t get lost”. So, now I am… Ingredients 1 1/2 cup flour 4 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons cold butter 3/4 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon Vanilla Fresh…

EAT LOCAL: Best Outdoor Spaces to Eat & Drink this Summer

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Sitting outside can be exhausting in the summer heat. These places not only make it enjoyable, but their outdoor spaces are worthy destinations in their own right. Grab a book or a buddy and check out these summer spots. Threes Brewing (333 Douglass St.) Just named Best Brewery and Beer Bar in NYC by Bon Appetit, Alex Delaney is certainly right; Threes has a great green backyard perfect for wasting time (or getting work done) this summer. It’s very easy to spend hours here sipping cold housemade saisons and crisp lagers, while enjoying a great burger from The Meat…

Picture This: Our Conversation with Rooftop Films Creative Director Dan Nuxoll

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You’re sitting on a rooftop in downtown Manhattan with around 200 other people. It’s an early evening in June and a warm summer breeze is blowing as the sun starts to set. The sky around you transforms from blue to every color of pink you can imagine framing your 360 degree view of the city in unspeakable beauty. The excitement is palpable as the audience waits for the evening’s entertainment to commence– in this case, a very fine (and very funny) documentary about the musician José Gonzáles. As the sun makes its final farewell and day turns into night, Jose…

Let’s Make New York City A True Sanctuary City

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In 1985 in Arizona, a Presbyterian minister learned that a group of refugees fleeing death squads in Guatemala and El Salvador was in need of safe passage across the US border. More concerned about their lives than the law or the political leanings of his neighbors, he helped them over the border and into his church basement, assuring them he would refuse to turn them over to the authorities. In doing so, according to the New York Times, he unwittingly spawned the use of a term that has recently come back into fashion: “sanctuary.” While the anti-immigrant crowd is busy…

The Reader Interview: Activating a Democratic Space

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The Reader Interview with Jack Walsh of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Whether you’re enjoying the afro-blues sound of Amadou & Mariam, waxing nostalgic with Talib Kweli, or taking in a film with live scores performed by the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir, the Wordless Music Orchestra, or Brooklyn United Marching Band, you’re sure to make some new meaningful memories, big and small, at the Festival this summer. On a rainy afternoon in late-May, the people who make the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival possible continued their preparations for the Festival’s 39th season. Jack Walsh, who is Vice President of Performing Arts at…

Brooklyn at it’s Best: Free Outdoor Theatre, Music, and Movies

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Brooklyn is the place to be this summer when it comes to free outdoor events. The cultural hub is offering chances to take in free outdoor movies, world-class concerts and unforgettable outdoor theatre performances. Delight in the best of the arts while relaxing and enjoying the sun, and even head to the Upper West Side in July for a rare ice cream festival! A Summer Movie Under the Stars https://nitehawkcinema.com/williamsburg/movies/a-summer-movie-under-the-stars/ There will be four outdoor screenings of family-friendly films starting on July 19th in Prospect Park. The movies will focus on themes linked to the park’s culture – including baseball…

DETERMINATION — Planned Parenthood of New York City

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A Conversation with Carrie Mumah, a resident of Park Slope, and the Director of Digital and Media Relations at Planned Parenthood of New York City. While Planned Parenthood has increasingly been called to stand at the center of contemporary political debates over the legislation of reproductive health care in recent years, the organization itself has been around for more than a century. It was founded in Brooklyn on October 16th, 1916, by New York native and early feminist Margaret Sanger. 100 years later, Planned Parenthood is still servicing countless individuals and providing reproductive health care not only across the nation,…

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