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Viviane Eng

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As much as we hate to concede to the likes of Queens, or God forbid, Jersey, we know it’s true: Brooklyn is not known for its beaches. At least, not the type with pristine layers of perfect sand, clear blue ocean water, or picturesque Californian piers. If you’re looking for that kind of beach, not only are you in the wrong city, but more likely, on the wrong coast. With that said, Brooklynites still...
You’ll often hear New Yorkers identify themselves as New Yorkers before Americans, Brooklynites before Americans—probably vegans before Americans. Yes, you know who you are. Perhaps this hesitation to fully embrace Americanness actually results from a disconnect in cultural values (but more realistically, probably from the lack of space here), but it’s true. The high school football, outdoor cookouts, and outwardly zealous American pride so synonymous with “American” culture don’t always burn as bright here. This...
Around 7:15 one recent Thursday evening, Greenlight Bookstore was crowded to the brim, full with lit-lovers eager to hear Ben Lerner read from his latest work, The Hatred of Poetry. The slim book comprises an essay that explores the value, capabilities, and perhaps most notably, the failures of poetry; its title contrasts heavily with Brooklyn’s long held identity as a mecca for book lovers as well as a home and laboratory for many poets. A literary critic,...
The calendar might not yet say "June 21," but for all intents and purposes—i.e., the sudden, glorious onslaught of sun and heat—it is summer in Brooklyn. And what a time this is. Brooklyn abounds with cultural riches all the time, but it is even more fun to take advantage of them when you can, at times, be outdoors, and not freeze while you're at it. Even better? Taking advantage of those things when you have to...

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