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The Festival of Light and Liberation, Sikh Style

By Sonny Singh | October 31, 2014 | Open City

Diwali is celebrated in various ways by South Asian peoples. The Sikh celebration adds politics to the mix.

Karma on the Half Shell

By Eveline Chao | October 28, 2014 | Open City

Buddhist “mercy releases” have long set animals free in ways that may harm them. Parks and animal protection organizations are working to make it better.

The Counterculturalists: Alex Hing

By Esther Wang | October 9, 2014 | Open City

Red Guard founder Alex Hing talks 1960s radicalism, sympathizing with North Korea and that infamous punch.

Architecture Reincarnated

By Thomas Mariadason | October 1, 2014 | Open City

Queens temples break from Western architecture and remake old buildings into new spaces for divine encounters

A More Fundamentally Caring Economy: an Interview with Ai-jen Poo

By Humera Afridi | September 26, 2014 | Open City

Long before domestic workers organizer Ai-jen Poo won a “genius grant,” we spoke to her about her radical ideas on remaking women’s work

Women Worker Blues

By Tanwi Nandini Islam | September 26, 2014 | Open City

Worker-owned cooperatives gain immigrant women more than income. They give them a cure for the “tensions” that harm their physical and mental health.

The “Menace” of Mott Street

By Eveline Chao | July 25, 2014 | Open City

I traveled to the heart of the epidemic one day in July to find out for myself what kind of peril we’re in.

The Hustle: Foraging in Forest Park

By Tanwi Nandini Islam | July 16, 2014 | Open City

They tasted like a vanilla pudding—sweet and light. I’d long wondered if these berries were safe to eat, but Chin seemed to be nibbling without worry…

Q&A With Ashok Rajamani: The Man Whose Brain Exploded

By Kyla Cheung | March 7, 2013 | Open City

Kyla Cheung talks to Ashok Rajamani about his uniquely humor-filled memoir recovering from an aneurysm at the age of 25.

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.

Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi: “The Raw Octopus Is Worth the Trek”

By Katherine Zhang | August 15, 2012 | Open City

The creator of Crack Pie shares her fave outer borough eats.