Reflections on Community

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by Lou Cespedes For several weeks now, my family and I have been strolling through Holy Cross Cemetery. It is the only green space available...

Pods, Tech, & Education Futures

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by Lou CespedesThis past June as protests raged, I wrote about families struggling through the summer without activities or schooling for kids, and the brewing crisis at home. September...

LIPS Cafe: Jamane Weekes answers the call!

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 By Lou Cespedes Back in April of this year, I walked into LIPS Café (IG @lipscafe_) for the first time. It’s located on Nostrand between Linden Blvd and...

The Second Plague; Religion

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by Lou Cespedes When I was younger, Bill Clinton once said in a conference for the Clinton Global Initiative, that religion is the practice of seeking personal and corporate perfection, but that...

Calling A Village to Action

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By Lou Cespedes At the height of the Black Lives Matter protests earlier this summer, Governor Cuomo made a call for communities to reimagine policing. This occurred in a seminal moment in...

A Market of Disappointments – The Flatbush Caton Market

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By Lou Cespedes In June of 2019, I wrote about the groundbreaking of Caton Flats, a new 14 story residential development that will house the Flatbush Caton Market, on the corner of...

The First Plague, Language

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What is language? This is a question that has entertained philosophers for centuries. In an article on the Encyclopédie, Dennis Diderot wrote: “The language of a people gives us its vocabulary,...

Congresswoman Clarke’s Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis 

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BROOKLYN, NY-- Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09)  issued the following statement honoring the life and legacy of activist, leader and politician Congressman John Lewis (GA-05): “On behalf of the people of New...

Unmasking Stupidity

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An Essay By Michael Derek Roberts Sane and intelligent Americans from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds are looking on with barely concealed concern as a vocal minority continue to oppose...

THE SILENCE OF FAILURE

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By Lou Cespedes Last week on July 8th, what may have at first seemed like a recurring tactical request by CM Joe Borelli of Staten Island - to cancel the West Indian...

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