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This is Jesse Hassenger's third and final dispatch from the just-concluded Tribeca Film Festival. Read part one here and part two here. Technically speaking, pretty much any film festival can provide a venue for comic actors getting a little more serious, but Tribeca, with its off-awards-season timing, is particularly well-suited to a no-pressure try-out for comedians trying to act—or actors trying to play comics, as seen in Folk Hero and Funny Guy. Mike Birbiglia’s new...
Photos by Rachel Feierman Cyrus McGoldrick on Atlantic Avenue, in front of the Fertile Crescent Islamic Library (UPSTAIRS) and a Halal Grocery On the morning of 9/11, Hasiba Rashid was in class at the Al-Noor School in Greenwood Heights. She saw the Twin Towers collapse from her school’s second-story windows, ash and debris floating over the East River and landing in the yard and on the blacktop basketball court. The school closed early that day, Rashid recalls,...

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