The Port Townsend Marine Science Center's new Giant Pacific Octopus This story was published in the Port Townsend Leader. She’s friendly, but reserved. She likes to play, but she’s also dignified. She’s a lady, but she also likes to eat fish popsicles. Her name is Eleanora, and she’s a Giant Pacific Octopus. “We’re still getting … Continue reading Meet Eleanora…
What Is In the Ocean?
By now we've all heard of it: that abstract giant mass of garbage, three times the size of France that's floating out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The Garbage Island, or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. We're worried about it, collectively, especially when we think of all those cute otters and seals choking … Continue reading What Is In the Ocean?
“Ripple Effect” – Digital Media Week in AZ
Last week I headed to Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism to participate in the Dow Jones News Fund digital media program with 10 other student journalists who had been selected from around the country. After a few days brushing up on our digital media skills, we got to work reporting on the issue of child drownings in … Continue reading “Ripple Effect” – Digital Media Week in AZ
French Election – Views From Afar
On May 7th, France elected Emmanuel Macron as their new president. But what does Macron offer for France's overseas departments and territories, who have a vote in the election, but often feel like their voices are not heard? In this podcast I take a look at the historical, social and economical factors affecting the French … Continue reading French Election – Views From Afar
Past Perfect in Chelsea
Lunchtimes, and at all times, Chen Lieh Tang can be glimpsed in his Chelsea kitchen leaning into steaming pots of Chinese egg noodles, mixing sauces, and teaching his cooks the tricks of his trade. Since the March opening of his restaurant, Shorty Tang Noodles, on Eighth Avenue and 15th Street, the 64-year-old Tang has been … Continue reading Past Perfect in Chelsea
Bringing LGBTQ history to life
Eric Marcus, a journalist, author and historian, lives across the street from radio producer Sara Burningham in West Chelsea. With his three-decade-old audio archive of interviews with LGBTQ activists, icons and allies combined with Burningham’s production skills, the two neighbors have created a podcast, “Making Gay History.” The podcast first launched in October 2016 and … Continue reading Bringing LGBTQ history to life
Is Chinatown the new arts district?
Chelsea's gallery district has reigned as the heart of the city's contemporary art movement since the late 1990s. But could skyrocketing rents, coupled to the availability of cheaper options in other parts of the city, mean the district is losing some of its cachet with gallerists? An August 2016 report by StreetEasy found that real … Continue reading Is Chinatown the new arts district?
Garment District’s unraveling?
On a rainy Friday afternoon, Swatch the Boston Terrier, famous for his many appearances on the reality television show “Project Runway,” lies fast asleep on the first floor of Mood Fabrics on West 37th street, oblivious to the surrounding bustle. Designers step over his snoring body as they search through rows and rows of chiffon, … Continue reading Garment District’s unraveling?
Black history in Chelsea
Black history is not confined to one month, or, for that matter, to any single neighborhood or even region. In Chelsea, for instance, it’s in just about every nook and cranny of that district’s architecture — if you know where to look. “There’s a lot of people who do not know that this northern part … Continue reading Black history in Chelsea
Faith in sanctuary
New York City officials are teaming up with community faith leaders to provide help for undocumented immigrants. Panic spread through immigrant communities after the New York Immigration Coalition leaked a memo two weeks ago stating that ICE arrested “nearly 40” people in the New York City area. Since the leak, there have been rumors about … Continue reading Faith in sanctuary