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Mistaking blackbirds with Hitchcock’s in Queens

It was late morning just after Thanksgiving when I looked up at the sky and gave thanks this was modern-day Queens, not Capitola, California, in August of 1961. Back then, the seaside town had partly inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s horror-thriller “The Birds” after large flocks of sooty shearwaters roused residents by thudding their bodies against rooftops…

Knowing NYC Through its Soccer Bars  

This time last year, I was running drills training for my soccer games as part of my college team.  Now I’m a new graduate, a New Yorker, and a retired athlete of sorts. So I’m hunting for a new kind of soccer season: one filled with dim-lit bars and splashing pints. I’m in search of…

NYC’s middle class exodus

The left-leaning Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) this week put out a detailed analysis using data from the Census’ American Community Survey to detail how, contrary to some dire projections about high taxes driving out the rich, New York City had added thousands of millionaires over the pandemic and post-pandemic period, and has generally enjoyed robust…

Seeking therapy, New Yorkers find a happy place among horses in Queens

For Beau Queen, the past 45 minutes had galloped by. “It felt like 10,” she told her instructor, Elisheva Horowitz, while dismounting from Rosebud. Queen ambled over toward her walker but wouldn’t take her helmet off until just before her Access-a-Ride driver arrived, about 45 minutes after the lesson. Her cheeks were still flushed from…

Epicenter’s guide to Giving Tuesday

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed on Giving Tuesday with the amount of emails received from good causes, all as worthy as the next. Here at Epicenter, this is where we’re focusing our energy and resources this year: Wagner Middle School The biggest donation we make every year, and going back nearly two decades in our…

Everyday advice to stop Islamophobia and antisemitism in their tracks

Last week, Epicenter brought you two stories on the reported rise in bias-related harassment directed towards Muslim Americans, Jewish Americans and other groups. We explained the recent data, looked at the headlines and turned to an expert for advice on how to keep each other safe. Now we turn to trainers with an expertise in…

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