By Terry Baynes Agunah Hannah Nagila’s sons are 3 and 5 years old, and they already know what an agunah is. They have told their mother what their father tells them: “Daddy says you’re going to be an agunah until you pay back every cent.” Agunah is the term for a Jewish woman chained to […]
Brooklyn Adventures in Taxidermy. A Sunday night in the Gowanus Bell House.
Popular indie drummer Jerry Fuchs died after a harrowing fall down an elevator shaft early Sunday morning at a party in Williamsburg. Almost a week later, it is still unclear why no one was operating it.
By Terry Baynes She was hard to miss, sitting on the bench in front of the New York State Supreme Court on Court Street. She crooned along to the gospel music coming from the round portable stereo player in the seat next to her. A reusable plastic grocery back stood by her feet. On her […]
By Terry Baynes A young black woman cradled her pregnant belly in her lap, partly exposed by her tight blue T-shirt. “He didn’t touch you, did he?” her mother asked with a thick Caribbean accent. “No,” the girl whimpered in between gasps. She had the sound of someone who’s been crying for hours, whose breathing […]
Army Specialist Kevin O. Hill was laid to rest at Cypress Hills Cemetery on Saturday morning, the day after his family, friends and fellow soldiers gathered at a quiet ceremony to bid him farewell.
The minute Olsen Hill saw the uniforms at his door, he knew. He had served in the military. No words were necessary. His son, Kevin O. Hill, was dead. He was a 23-year-old soldier from Brooklyn deployed in Afghanistan.