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In Sandy’s Wake, New York’s Landscape of Inequity Revealed

By Michelle Chen | November 2, 2012 | Open City

New York will survive Sandy, but so will the city’s persistent inequalities and environmental precarity.

Hurricane Sandy: The Storm’s Impact on Immigrant Workers and Organizations

By Sukjong Hong | November 1, 2012 | Open City

For outer borough residents and the linguistically isolated, the future is less clear.

Is Access to Affordable Food a Human Right? On the Closing of Lower Manhattan’s Pathmark

By Anelise Chen | October 26, 2012 | Open City

If the grocery store is going to be saved, it will need to happen now.

VIDEO: Classic Coffee Shop, Thirty-Six Years on Hester Street

By E. Tammy Kim | October 25, 2012 | Open City

Meet Carmine Morales, the Lower East Side’s last everyman.

The Dosa Hunt Continues: ‘Use Your Hands! Be One With the Dosa’

By Sangamithra Iyer | October 19, 2012 | Open City

Amrit Singh, Vijay Iyer, and Ashok Kondabolu on how to eat (and dip!)

Queens Stand Up: The Essential Reading Guide on Hip-Hop’s Forgotten Borough

By Rishi Nath | October 16, 2012 | Open City

A handful of books provide vivid details on the rap that grew out of Queens.

Ghetto Qu’ran: South Jamaica Through The Life Of 50 Cent

By Rishi Nath | October 16, 2012 | Open City

In a way, Curtis Jackson is a link to the era of black American immigration to South Jamaica, the violence that befell those who came, and the strange marriage of drugs and music that followed. He may be the last.

“Coffee Is Like a Painting,” Says The Most Fascinating Barista in Queens

By Gary Sullivan | October 5, 2012 | Open City

The best French-pressed coffee in town is brewed in Elmhurst. No, really.

The Story Behind Great Taste’s ‘Five Dumplings for a Dollar’ Deal

By Anelise Chen | October 3, 2012 | Open City

This Sunset Park eatery is known for dishing up the best dumplings in New York City. So why is its owner, Mr. Chen, barely breaking even?

New DREAMs: Jeff, 20

By E. Tammy Kim | September 17, 2012 | Open City

“My parents never hid the fact that I was undocumented.”

Art Rock City: Looking for a Boulder in Flushing Meadows

By Herb Tam | September 7, 2012 | Open City

It’s the second largest park in New York City, and it hosts the U.S. Open. But when the world isn’t watching, what lies beneath the park’s borders—and what does it say about Queens?

Wal-Mart in Los Angeles Chinatown

By Sukjong Hong | August 29, 2012 | Open City

How the retail behemoth’s bid to establish its footing downtown is raising questions about the future of Chinatown and the city as a whole.

Photographs: The Captain Briggs Farmhouse in Queens

By Katherine Zhang | August 28, 2012 | Open City

Back in 1830, Richmond Hill was a farm.

Beyond the Horse Dance

By Sukjong Hong | August 24, 2012 | Open City

Viral vid ‘Gangnam Style’ critiques Korea’s extreme inequality.

Photographs: Paper Doll Immigrants

By Katherine Zhang | August 23, 2012 | Open City

John Clang’s “Beijing New York” is a product of some good old-fashioned cut and paste.

Flushing Dance Teacher: ‘We Have Our Priorities Wrong’

By Sukjong Hong | August 22, 2012 | Open City

A defender of traditional Korean arts refuses to give up.

Ramadan Meditations: A Muslim Woman’s Journey Towards Faith and Acceptance

By Humera Afridi | August 22, 2012 | Open City

“In the Pakistan I grew up in, women prayed at home. Mosques were the kingdom of men.”

Postcard from Bali

By Anelise Chen | August 19, 2012 | Open City

If vacation represents the absence of stress and consequential decision making, then isn’t an overmanaged tour just the thing?

Bebi Rejendra, Student

By Rishi Nath | August 15, 2012 | Open City

“In Guyana, your faith is not held against you.”

After Two Decades, Lucky Cheng’s Leaves East Village For New Midtown Digs

By Katherine Zhang | August 15, 2012 | Open City

“We’re offering a valuable public cervix.”

Nimboo Paani: Spiced Limeade

By Humera Afridi | August 14, 2012 | Open City

A zesty cocktail of lime juice and water.

Comic Strip: “Excuse Me, Please!”

By Gary Sullivan | August 13, 2012 | Open City

A compendium of responses from video store clerks in Jackson Heights.

Red Rice Wine: Chinatown’s Artisanal Homebrew

By Anelise Chen | August 13, 2012 | Open City

The scarlet tonic is often portrayed as the city’s modern-day moonshine. The reality? It barely counts as booze.

Ramadan: 5 Commonly Asked Questions

By Nadia Q. Ahmad | August 9, 2012 | Open City

Do I get hungry? Yes, that’s the point.

Compromise City: A Battle Over Affordable Housing

By E. Tammy Kim | August 8, 2012 | Open City

After 45 years as a parking lot, the Seward Park Extension Urban Renewal Area will be developed to include mixed-income housing. So why are some advocates crying foul?

Mohammad Zuhoor-ul-Haqq, Spiritual Street Vendor

By Humera Afridi | August 3, 2012 | Open City

“Surah Rahman and Surah Yasin. Very, very powerful!”

Dai Sil Kim-Gibson: In Mourning, a Filmmaker Turns to Writing

By E. Tammy Kim | August 2, 2012 | Open City

In her new memoir, the famed documentarian writes about coping with grief after losing her husband of 30 years.

Nerdcore Rapper Adam WarRock to Chick-fil-A: Your Slaw Sucked Anyway

By Gary Sullivan | July 31, 2012 | Open City

The internet’s foremost comic book emcee joins MC Lars and Math The Band at The Knit.

Takeshi Miyakawa Hearts New York

By Katherine Zhang | July 19, 2012 | Open City

Which is exactly why he got arrested.

Doo-Ri Chung: Even Couture is a Man’s World

By E. Tammy Kim | July 12, 2012 | Open City

The designer talks fashion, the Garment District, and what Chinese rivers have to say about next season’s runway.

Dollar-Bin Punk

By Gary Sullivan | July 10, 2012 | Open City

It all started with Beijing rock band The Fly—a cross between the Sex Pistols and Nirvana, but, you know, in Mandarin.

Accidental Chinese Hipsters

By Alison Kuo | July 10, 2012 | Open City

So ironic, it’s not.

‘We Are Not Illegal’

By Sukjong Hong | July 10, 2012 | Open City

Flushing DREAMers on Obama’s deferred action announcement and dropping the I-word.

Catching the Casino Bus in Flushing

By Sukjong Hong | July 10, 2012 | Open City

It’s not the destination, but the bus stop.

The Neighborhood You Know Nothing About

By Rishi Nath | June 28, 2012 | Open City

Iconic New Yorkers, from 50 Cent to Rodney Dangerfield, have intersected with Richmond Hill for decades. So why does it remain absent from Queens lore?

Everything Is a Surface

By Rishi Nath | June 28, 2012 | Open City

Exploring a hidden history of Richmond Hill with iconic New York graffiti artist Alan Ket.

Vish and Dev: Undocumented in Richmond Hill

By Rishi Nath | June 28, 2012 | Open City

“He paid twenty thousand to come here. He has to work and doesn’t go to school at all.”

Accidental Chinese Hipsters

By Alison Kuo | June 27, 2012 | Open City

So ironic, it’s not.

The Fan

By Anelise Chen | June 27, 2012 | Open City

Perhaps the air conditioner was broken. Perhaps there was no air conditioner.

The Vegan Marshmallow

By Sangamithra Iyer | June 25, 2012 | Open City

Fluffy, sugary, and animal-free.

New DREAMs: Lis, 24

By E. Tammy Kim | June 25, 2012 | Open City

“I wouldn’t have come if I’d known.”

Lower East Side Memories

By E. Tammy Kim | June 20, 2012 | Open City

My comic ode to the neighborhood.

Accidental Chinese Hipsters

By Alison Kuo | June 19, 2012 | Open City

So ironic, it’s not.

Hettienne Park’s Stage Dive

By E. Tammy Kim | June 19, 2012 | Open City

“Lifting up my shirt and speaking was a little bit terrifying.”

Charan Jit Singh, Business Card Distributor

By Humera Afridi | June 19, 2012 | Open City

“Get Cash in a Flash.”

What Is This Boy Thinking About?

By Wah-Ming Chang | June 12, 2012 | Open City

A photo essay.

Bachelor(ette) Society

By E. Tammy Kim | June 12, 2012 | Open City

The lone male remains the archetype of migrant labor, despite the changing facts on the ground.

Tasty Worship at Flushing Temple

By Sangamithra Iyer | June 11, 2012 | Open City

Fill your plate with South Indian vegetarian specialties, like dosai layered with chili and coriander chutney and served with a mash of seasoned potatoes.

Mr. Zhu, Cobbler

By Anelise Chen | June 10, 2012 | Open City

“There’s nobody left in Chinatown, is there?”

Accidental Chinese Hipsters

By Alison Kuo | June 10, 2012 | Open City

So ironic, it’s not.

A Fledgling Assemblage

By Sukjong Hong | June 9, 2012 | Open City

Gathering fragments of a changing neighborhood.

Arena, Performer

By Humera Afridi | June 8, 2012 | Open City

“I’m beautiful all the time. Twenty-four hours!”

Wanna Faja?

By Katherine Zhang | June 8, 2012 | Open City

The newest fashion craze in Queens.

The Day After the Chinatown Bus Shutdown

By Anelise Chen | June 4, 2012 | Open City

“It’s warfare against Chinese companies.”

The Apartment Hunt

By Anelise Chen | June 4, 2012 | Open City

I checked out a space on Catherine and Madison, thinking that a Chinatown address would at least appease my dad.

The M15

By E. Tammy Kim | June 3, 2012 | Open City

Where New Yorkers collide. For better or for worse.

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