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Sam Blum

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Sam is an assistant editor at Brooklyn Magazine. His work has appeared in Salon, The Guardian, Vice and the Village Voice. He enjoys eating food and playing drums and sometimes training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He's originally from the most ironic place in the world, Los Angeles. Twitter: Blumnessmonster
After leaving his engineering job five years ago, Brooklyn resident Porter Yates became a globe-trotting photographer who has takes portraits of cultures in far-flung Tibetan villages and ramshackle dwellings in India, photos which are gripping in their granular display of daily life. Yates, who is quick to say that his transition from engineer to photographer was not an instant adjustment, is among the finalists to be recognized at this year's EyeEm Photography Awards in Williamsburg. As a festival that recognizes advancements in visual...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIwzorwYTqs#action=share If you're unfamiliar with the Mp3 Experiment, let us enlighten you: It's a situation where participants download an mp3 File that commands them to do absurd things. Participants then perform these tasks in a public space as a group, so anyone not playing the game will think they're surrounded by lunatics. Coordinated by Improve Everywhere, a collective of pranksters who like to cause a stir by orchestrating bizarre stunts in places filled with unsuspecting people, the...
A petition in favor of naming a street in Park Slope after a deceased rapper has quickly gathered 1,300 signatures and will be considered tonight by the transportation committee of Community Board 6. The petition, organized by Brooklyn resident Claudia Imperiale, calls for Degraw Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues to be named after Robert Diaz, who went by the stage name Pumpkinhead.  Diaz, who grew up in Park Slope and spent much of his youth on the...
More than 50 families are fighting the possibility of eviction in a New York State Appellate Court against their landlord, Renaissance Realty, which has utilized a legal loophole to justify significantly raising rents at two massive apartment complexes in Crown Heights. The rent hikes that Renaissance have imposed seek to nullify the terms of preferential rent that tenants at both 285 Schenectady Ave. and 1646 Union St. have enjoyed since the 1980s and 1990s, and would see...

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