Brooklyn’s Diwali Celebration Shines Light on Family Separation at the Southern Border

Words and photographs by Katie Herchenroeder Tea lights illuminated Brooklyn Borough Hall Tuesday night as interfaith community members celebrated Diwali, a festival of lights observed by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists.  They were praying for something specific this year: an end to family separation at the Southern border.  Treats could be found around the …

“ZITS! SHTA! TSURIK!” Dog Owners Direct Their Pups at “Yiddish for Dogs” in Central Park

Words and photographs by Katie Herchenroeder Dog owner Diane Bushwick adjusted her Hungarian Pumi’s yamaka while commanding him to sit in Yiddish. “ZITS!” she instructed her dog, Hudson, in a small Central Park enclave near 67th Street and 5th Avenue on Sunday morning. "Zits!" means "Sit!" Ann Toback and her dog Jesse in Central Park on …

In Memory of Thea Hunter: Beloved New Yorker, Scholar, and Adjunct

“To be a perennial adjunct professor is to hear the constant tone of higher education’s death knell. The story is well known—the long hours, the heavy workload, the insufficient pay—as academia relies on adjunct professors, non-tenured faculty members, who are often paid pennies on the dollar to do the same work required of their tenured colleagues,” Adam Harris writes in The Atlantic, eulogizing Thea Hunter. [continue reading]