Author Archives: al barbarino

David A. Boody Junior High School Holds Annual Art Show and Concert and Gets A Special Visit

David A. Boody Junior High School, aka I.S. 228, in Gravesend, Brooklyn, hosted its annual Winter Concert and Art Show on Thursday and was paid a visit by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Deputy Secretary Anthony Miller. They … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Meeting Explores Sustainable Alternatives to New York City’s Proposal for a Concrete Coney Island Boardwalk

A walk down the historic Riegelmann Boardwalk in Coney Island makes it clear that beauty can be lost with age.  Planks are missing, loose nails are exposed, and for several years now people have been filing lawsuits against the city … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Walking Tour Through New York City’s Historic Lower East Side

If you have a few free hours and perhaps some calories to burn, consider embarking on one of New York City’s guided walking tours. Many are inexpensive or even free and some of them offer interactive history lessons on specific … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Howie Hawkins and Proposition 19: A Coast to Coast Setback for The Legalization of Marijuana

I recently spoke with Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for governor of New York. Hawkins said that the legalization of marijuana would have a variety of positive impacts in New York. “The social reasons deal with fairness,” he said. “And … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Howie Hawkins and Proposition 19: A Coast to Coast Setback for The Legalization of Marijuana

Tommy Hawkins, Manager of “Karma,” Reacts to Vincent Gentile’s Proposal for Hookah Bars

Councilman Vincent Gentile will spurn hookah bars so long as the shisha continues to burn.  He has proposed a new law that would ban new hookah bars from opening and block the existing ones from expanding.  Gentile said that shisha … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

The NYPD: Press Card Police, or Pest?

David Wallis has interviewed Vaclav Havel, Jimmy Carter and Lee Iacocca.  He has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Washington Post.  He has edited two books, including Killed: Great Journalism Too Hot to Print.  He … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Cable Companies Receive Stronger Marks Than Expected

I recently reported on changes that are set to impact cable companies here in New York City. I discussed a New York Times article that reported that Verizon Fios is going to be expanding into the New York City market.  … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The Brooklyn Pinball Championship Draws A Diverse Crowd

The Brooklyn Pinball Championship took place at the Satellite Lounge in Williamsburg on September 26. A diverse group of pinball players with varying skill levels gathered for the event. Along with locals, there were players from New Jersey, upstate New … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Time Warner Cable – A NYC Pest?

Three weeks ago I made an appointment with Time Warner for a cable and Internet installation.  A week later, while I waited patiently during the 3-hour appointment window, the installation technician failed to show up. After I called the company … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Shall We Kill The Rats?

As I approached the subway entrance one morning last week, I was startled when I noticed a medium-sized rat laying on the edge of the sidewalk.  Once my initial panic-response subsided, I moved in to get a closer look.

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments