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The Roast Duck Bureaucracy

By Eveline Chao | March 11, 2014 | Open City

About a decade ago, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH) began to puzzle over a strange and disturbing sight: whole, roasted ducks, hanging by their necks in the windows of Manhattan’s Chinatown.

Gods and Small Tings

By Tanwi Nandini Islam | March 5, 2014 | Open City

“When times are good, people might go for the Absolut, when they’re bad it’s Smirnoff or Georgi,” says Anil, who runs 1-2-3 Liquors on Jamaica Avenue…

The Newsmaker

By Susan M. Lee | January 15, 2014 | Open City

…there was one piece of equipment that made it all possible: a SONY tape player that kept them in operation as if they were 24-hour newsroom. The machine would play ten cassettes one after the other.

A Makeover for Chinatown’s Garment Industry

By Eveline Chao | January 7, 2014 | Open City

Visitors to the address would have found an entirely different scene ten or fifteen years ago. Before it was a fashion headquarters, the building was a garment factory…

Daylight for the Basement: Chinatown Activists Reunite

By Esther Wang | December 10, 2013 | Open City

“…the union guys were really worried. They were literally pissing in their pants…15 minutes later, it seemed like 15,000 women came out of the woodwork. Literally. From the buildings in Soho. They just couldn’t believe it.”

Young, Political, Hungry: Carlos Menchaca Dishes

By Esther Wang | October 15, 2013 | Open City

“Manhattan gets everything. No more, no more…Our next mayor is going to be from Brooklyn no matter who wins.”

Uncracking Balut

By Tinamarie Vella | October 10, 2013 | Open City

“Probably one of the most private things in the world is an egg before it is broken.”
–MFK Fisher, “How to Cook a Wolf”

“Happy Hour” for Queens Teens

By Susan M. Lee | September 26, 2013 | Open City

When working with the 12 to 19 year old set, she goes by two simple rules: 1.) Don’t disrespect them and 2.) Stand your ground.

Faking It in K-Town

By Rachel Kim | August 7, 2013 | Open City

In the same way that K-Town serves as a rough rendition of Seoul, these plastic replicas dutifully represent their edible counterparts.

VIDEO: Immigrants Behind the Wheel

By Jia Guo | March 7, 2013 | Open City

There are 42,000 cab drivers in New York City–and 82% of them are immigrants. Many from them from white collars jobs back in their home country.

Night at Mission Chinese: A Sichuan Food Tease

By Katie Salisbury | March 7, 2013 | Open City

Writer Katie Salisbury goes on a quest to Mission Chinese to check out the monster success of Asian hipster cuisine.

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.

Land of The Beavers: A Conversation With Queens Historian Carl Ballenas

By Rishi Nath | February 21, 2013 | Open City

There are lists of some slave uprisings in the late 1600s. There were gallows next to Beaver Pond.

When The Butcher Cries: A Visit to an Organic Halal Slaughterhouse

By Humera Afridi | February 21, 2013 | Open City

A river of dark, red fluids frothed and pooled over drains. Men in green T-shirts scrubbed the floor with brooms as wave after wave of water washed away the sacrificial blood.

Generation Kimchi: From the Margins to the Forefront

By Carolyn Sun | February 6, 2013 | Open City

Carolyn Sun explores the journey of how kimchi has found its place in America at the tables of Koreans and non-Koreans alike.

A Secret Life in Misspelled Cities & The Secret Lives of Misspelled Cities

By Sahar Muradi & Zohra Saed | January 29, 2013 | Open City

Sahar Muradi and Zohra Saed are two Afghan American poets. This is a lyrical conversation between Sahar, who returned to retrace footsteps in Afghanistan and Zohra, who remained ensconced in longing for mythic cities of her birth.

Searching for Soca Paradise: An Afternoon With DJ Rekha

By Rishi Nath | January 18, 2013 | Open City

The Basement Bhangra deejay revisits the neighborhood of a legendary Hollis nightclub that flourished in the 90s.

Between the Chifa and the Red Lanterns

By Celina Su | January 16, 2013 | Open City

The costs of ‘hecho en China.’

Places: A Rumination On Cities

By Deepak Unnikrishnan | January 14, 2013 | Open City

From Abu Dhabi to the East Coast, a temporary resident negotiates the urban spaces that built him.

Photo Essay: ‘As Innerly As Possible’

By Wah-Ming Chang | January 9, 2013 | Open City

In conversation with solitude.

Photo Essay: The Cross Currents of Flushing, Queens

By Deanna Fei & Jessica Fei | January 9, 2013 | Open City

Sisters Deanna Fei and Jessica Fei capture the many faces of Flushing: a home, a place of transit, a new territory.

Post-Punk, Post-Tehran: Yellow Dogs Perform December 13 in Williamsburg

By Gary Sullivan | December 11, 2012 | Open City

Formed in Iran—and influenced by Joy Division—the indie band had to high-tail out of the Islamic Republic for fear of reprisals. Why the band wound up in Brooklyn.

New York Post Subway Photo: Is Ki Suk Han’s Last Moment Just Another Cheap Thrill?

By Sukjong Hong | December 7, 2012 | Open City

After the family saw this photo, ‘they couldn’t sleep.’

An Island and Its Storm: Sandy’s Aftermath In Pictures and Poetry

By Jen Fitzgerald | December 6, 2012 | Open City

Remaining unnoticed is not a new thing for Staten Island.

Lakshmi’s Night: A Muslim Woman Honors Diwali

By Humera Afridi | November 28, 2012 | Open City

I recall the monkey god’s gaze at the Ganapati Temple and my own impulsive desire to offer him a coconut.

Anatomy Of A Fuel Shortage: The Hess Station on Liberty Avenue in Queens

By Rishi Nath | November 19, 2012 | Open City

From Libya to Liberty Avenue, Hess was making a killing.

Novelist Katie Kitamura: “I’m Interested In Disembodied Voices”

By Wah-Ming Chang | November 15, 2012 | Open City

Wah-Ming Chang talks to the author about reading, writing, and Hari Kunzru’s voice.

Diwali 2012: The Festival of Lights After Hurricane Sandy

By Hasanthika Sirisena | November 14, 2012 | Open City

In Jersey City’s India Square, the Hindu holiday is tempered and celebrated privately.

Magical Mystery Tour: Chinatown’s Underbelly with Novelist Ed Lin

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

“My strength is writing about Chinese people and dirtbags, and Chinese dirtbags.”

The Democracy of Patience: Inside a Polling Station in Queens

By Humera Afridi | November 7, 2012 | Open City

“Romney is very hostile.”

Scenes From Sandy: South Queens Recovers, Slowly

By Rishi Nath | November 3, 2012 | Open City

Dispatch from Far Rockaway and Jamaica in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Post Sandy, Day 4: Hester Street in Lower Manhattan

By Ken Chen | November 2, 2012 | Open City

Community organizers distributed supplies and canvassed buildings for two days before FEMA showed up to offer aid.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Jackson Heights Greenmarket: “So Many Accents!”

By Humera Afridi | July 23, 2012 | Open City

A stroll through the busiest—and most diverse—bazaar in Queens.

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.

‘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.”

The Fan

By Anelise Chen | June 27, 2012 | Open City

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

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.

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.”

Hitting Your Stillspot

By Humera Afridi | June 14, 2012 | Open City

The search for serenity amid urban frenzy.

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.

A Fledgling Assemblage

By Sukjong Hong | June 9, 2012 | Open City

Gathering fragments of a changing neighborhood.

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.