Economic development · Wine

A Changing Wine Culture In The Finger Lakes

Over the past few days, I traveled around the Finger Lakes in the company of various wine directors and retail managers from across NYC. I had never been, though I’d enjoyed several wines from Eminence Road and Bloomer Creek, both small and artisanal producers working naturally. The trip was educational in surprising ways, and it… Continue reading A Changing Wine Culture In The Finger Lakes

Art · Economic development · New York City

Philosophy as Living Art: Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument

In the five years I’ve been a New Yorker, I can count the times I’ve been to the Bronx: they’ve generally been work-related, as in the charter schools I worked in as a substitute teacher or the event I volunteered for at the Botanical Gardens. Though I’ve only been in the city for five years,… Continue reading Philosophy as Living Art: Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument

Cities · Economic development · Food · New York City

Local food fail: NYC paves over a beloved foodie haven

My article in Grist on the controversy surrounding the Pier 17 development plan: “But now, the New Amsterdam Market is likely facing its last summer at the Seaport. In its place, the Howard Hughes Corporation plans to build a complex of luxury hotels, high-rises, and a concert venue. The city council, which recently voted to… Continue reading Local food fail: NYC paves over a beloved foodie haven

Cities · Economic development · Food · New York City

Will New Amsterdam Market Survive & Flourish?

Yesterday I observed an incredible outpouring of support for the New Amsterdam Market, whose existence may be threatened by a plan to develop Lower Manhattan’s Pier 17. Read about it in my Green Rabbits blog post: “LaValva spoke to the Council, revealing several points about the HHC plan: (1) it would ’cause the City’s existing… Continue reading Will New Amsterdam Market Survive & Flourish?

Design · Economic development · Education · Women

Rubina Magazine Issue #2 is Out!

Check out the second issue of Rubina Magazine, where I edit and write articles about social enterprise, women’s empowerment, artisan work, and economic development. In this issue, we have a dispatch from the recent Ethical Fashion Show in Paris, a memoir about visiting a school in the wake of the destructive Hurricane Alla, an interview with… Continue reading Rubina Magazine Issue #2 is Out!

Economic development · Latin America · Literature · Personal Essays

Announcing Nomadic Sojourns: “We are composed of movement”

Dear readers, I applaud my friend and fellow New School for Social Research alumnus, J.K. Fowler, for creating a very interesting and unique journal, Nomadic Sojourns, which takes the subject of movement as its inspiration and overall theme. The first issue came out in September and contains a memoir about my first foray into ethnographic research in Guyana… Continue reading Announcing Nomadic Sojourns: “We are composed of movement”

Economic development · Women · Writing

Announcing the Launch of Rubina Design: Empowering women through business and traditional crafts

I’ve been watching Kari Litzmann create a social enterprise from scratch over the past year-and-a-half. And now, it’s coming to life! Rubina Design is launching as a hub for beautiful, contemporary designed goods like clutches and scarves, made by rural artisans in India. But it has an overarching goal of supporting women’s empowerment through business… Continue reading Announcing the Launch of Rubina Design: Empowering women through business and traditional crafts