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Editor's note: Only a few weeks after this piece was originally published, Shea Stadium announced in a lengthy Facebook post that the venue would not be reopening on Meadow Street, as hoped for, after the landlord went back on its intention to work with the music venue, and revealed a new plan to open a nightclub in the space that does not include Shea Stadium upstairs. However, the Kickstarter page that the venue started will remain open, and collected funds will support a loftier goal:...
When I was a kid I didn’t know that freelancers existed. I thought that Pitchfork housed hundreds of salaried critics in a large office space. I wanted to be one of them. To go to work and listen to records. To spend a career in the fellowship of other obsessives. To make a down payment off of middling Kaiser Chiefs reviews. It was my first dream. I went to journalism school at the University of Texas...
Cecilia Grant is not used to this. Ten years ago, when issues arose in her family, she made plans to relocate to Florida. Today, she considers that relocation one of the biggest mistakes of her life. When she returned to New York in the winter of 2013, rising rent prices and an unfriendly market made it difficult for her to secure a long-term lease. By December she was pushed into the city’s frayed network...

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