Posted inThings to Do

Epicenter’s top August getaways

Still need to book a summer getaway? we got you. The following are a list of my go-to spots for weekends where my family and I have just needed to decompress. New York is teeming with options (and Airbnbs, of course), but these are places I actually have been and can recommend. Epicenter researcher Alia Warsco called all of them to gauge availability; what follows is their status as of last week. Even if it looks like a place is booked, I recommend calling and seeing if there have been any cancellations (because Covid) or if you want to try to book for later in the year. Happy holiday!

Posted inSmall Biz Spotlight

Prince Abou’s Butchery is a cut above the rest

Not everyone can say they had a first job like Abou Sow. At 11 years old, he began working at his uncle’s slaughterhouse in Jamaica, Queens. He learned how to slaughter animals according to halal standards — one pass of a clean knife blade across the animal’s throat. Sow, now 26, quickly learned the method and continued working for his uncle throughout high school. Since then, he has pursued other careers (at one point he contemplated becoming an MMA fighter) but eventually found his way back to the meat industry. To him, it’s art. 

Posted inHousing

The victims of the 89th Street fire are still struggling more than a year later

Last year we shared stories about the victims of the 89th Street fire that engulfed two buildings in Jackson Heights, Queens, on April 6, 2021. Life for the tenants has been difficult since, as they have had to acclimate to living in a different neighborhood, far away from their schools, friends, churches and community. Many of them have had to get used to new work commutes and living in a hotel room. The situation has become unbearable for many. Last year, the tenants, represented by the Legal Aid Society, sued their landlord, Kedex Properties, in housing court. After months of virtual court hearings, the court ordered that the tenants will be allowed to go back home —  the question is … when? 

Posted inSmall Biz Spotlight

Lilith NYC puts women’s sneakers on comfortable footing

As a Catholic school student who wore the same mandated uniform everyday, the only way Sarah Sukumaran could show off her personality was when she changed into sneakers to play basketball. Sukumaran, who hails from Elmhurst, Queens, grew up in a place where sneaker culture runs deep. After school, Sukumaran and her friends would play basketball, which gave her a chance to survey others’ sneaker preferences.  She liked the shoes her male friends wore the most: Foamposites and Uptempos. But when she was a child, those were considered “guy sneakers,” so she stuck to Air Max Plus and Air Max 95, which she still collects today. 

Posted inPolitics

Redistricting, another primary, more Bill de Blasio … WTF is going on?

Only 12 percent of registered Democrats and Republicans participated in the June primary, which is already a smaller proportional number than in most cities given the volume of New Yorkers who aren’t registered. But yes, there is another one coming next month, though not for the same offices. Whereas last month you voted in primaries for governor, lieutenant governor, State Assembly, and some judges, in August you can vote for State Senate and U.S. House of Representatives (technically U.S. Senator and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is also up for reelection this year, but he is unsurprisingly running unopposed in the primary, so will only be on the ballot for November’s general election).

Posted inFood Insecurity

A lack of food accessibility is the next pandemic

Two weeks ago, we told you about the incredible crisis food pantries are facing and their need for support. The shortage of food and increase in prices has left hundreds of New Yorkers hungry or scrambling to find affordable food. Hand-in-hand with food pantries, soup kitchens are also facing their share of struggles. We spoke to three soup kitchens that operate across the five boroughs. Here’s what they had to say: