Author Archives: Eliza Ronalds-Hannon

A Non-Traditional Santa Claus Brings Joy (And Sometimes Tears) To Toddlers

Erica G. thinks that it’s time women have a bigger role in Christmas than that of ‘Mrs. Claus’. For the past three years, she has played Santa Claus at Still Hip, a neighborhood toy and clothes store in Brooklyn. Her … Continue reading

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Coney Island’s Ruby’s Bar Closes after 76 Years

For seventy-six years, Ruby’s Bar and Grill has been a Coney Island staple. It’s also been home to pirate-mermaid weddings, mermaid parade after-parties, and a timeline of photographs that date back as far as the bar does. But this October, … Continue reading

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You Are Not A Libertarian

The political philosophy of libertarianism has become a much- buzzed about subject lately, due to a social context comprised dually of the mind-scramble that is the Tea Party movement, and a reawakening of Keynesian economics spawned by the Great Recession. … Continue reading

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Robo-Pests: Foreclosure Flaws and NYC Foreclosure Rates

Nothing can throw a wrench in well-laid plans quite like losing the roof over your head. Foreclosure is far too grave to be considered “pesky,” but some of the fluky and automated procedures that go into the process are the … Continue reading

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Pecks In The City: Raising Chickens In Brooklyn

Sam Ashford is Brooklyn -born and -bred, but despite of his city pedigree,  is drawn to all things not cosmopolitan. He likes to build his own furniture, trade goods in lieu of spending money, and dumpster dive for food. He … Continue reading

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Pest-estrians

Have you ever felt annoyed by the high concentration of people in Times Square? Your feelings are rational. Times Square has the most pedestrian traffic in all of New York City; 250,000 people work in Times Square alone. When you … Continue reading

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“Mom, you’re hovering. Can I move back home?”

There’s nothing more annoying than a helicopter parent. You know the type – they do their kids’ homework, refuse to let them walk down the block alone, and participate in every event of their child’s life. These parents can’t let … Continue reading

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A New Approach to Justice

The Red Hook Community Justice Center is a courthouse that combines legal action with social services for an approach that emphasizes rehabilitation over retribution. Endorsed by representatives of the traditional justice system, such as former DA Charles Hynes and former … Continue reading

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May Slumlords Rule No More, round 2

New York City Landlords have long been lamented by everyone from tenants to politicians, construction companies to lawyers.  But in a city where real estate is gold, the keepers of the gate seem to get away with murder, so to … Continue reading

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May Slumlords Rule No More

New York City Landlords have long been lamented by everyone from tenants to politicians, construction companies to lawyers. The most common complaint is that landlords distort buildings’ pest histories, but from ignoring needed repairs, turning off the hot water, stealing … Continue reading

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