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Chris Chafin

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Chris Chafin writes about the people and companies behind our culture.
In 2002, when Robert Iannucci and Sonia Ewers bought 325 Gold Street, a building most people in the area call “the Clocktower” after the brown-on-beige clock face on its eastern side, the seven-story cast iron building was close to derelict. Just off Flatbush Avenue near the Manhattan Bridge, at the far edge of what could reasonably be called “Downtown Brooklyn,” it had shattered windows and there were pigeon droppings everywhere. Its deteriorated condition hadn’t...
Did you know that Twitter is crazy about Tori Amos? Did you know that Tori Amos had a top-10 record as recently as 2009? Did you know that when Tori Amos wears vinyl (leather??) pants with heels, she pulls the pants down over the heels, making a weird kind of foot tent?  Did you know that she waves by opening and closing her hand in your direction while smiling, which has the charming/disarming affect...
Michael Lewis has a pronoun problem. The superstar author of books like Moneyball and The Big Short (and former Wall Street trader), Lewis is in the midst of promoting his latest book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. It’s the story of how a small group within Wall Street, named high-frequency traders (HFT), has used unimaginably fast computers to trade stocks at speeds at several hundreds of times faster than the blink of an...
Photographs by Eric Ryan AndersonWhen Brooklyn Bowl opened in 2009, in the northernmost part of Williamsburg’s north side, it was an outlier in just about every way. In those days, walking that section of Wythe Avenue seemed like an excursion to the ends of the earth. The scenery was comprised of industrial warehouses, disused docks, and expanses of blacktop filled with trucks and surrounded by razorwire. Sickly yellow light spilled out of lamp...

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