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On April 6, 1712, a group of slaves gathered in Manhattan, setting fire to a building on Maiden Lane, near Broadway. When whites gathered to put out the fire, the slaves attacked with hatchets, guns, and swords. This brief incident of violence as the New York Slave Revolt of 1712, one of the earliest slave […]
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This is the grave of Fiorello LaGuardia. Born in 1882 in Greenwich Village to a half-Italian, half-Jewish family, LaGuardia was raised Episcopalian because America. His father was in the military and he spent his several years in Arizona and then in Trieste when his father left the military. Quite the experiences for a late-19th century […]

Surprise Scheduling

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On July 24, 2017

One of the many indignities low wage workers suffer is with their schedules. Whether the constant shift of their schedules week to week, reporting to work and being sent home after an hour if business

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On May 30, 1741, Quack and Cuffee, two slaves convicted of a conspiracy to burn New York and start a slave rebellion, were burned to death. Part of the New York Slave Conspiracy, the events of the spring of 1741 demonstrated both the racial and class tensions in New York, as well as the dependency […]

Affordable Housing

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On April 19, 2017

Affordable housing lotteries in New York are really a sign of just how woeful the housing situation is in that city for the poor, not to mention the middle class. In a January press message, the devel

Waste Workers

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On May 29, 2016

Tonight, I put out my trash and my recycling. What will happen to it tomorrow morning when the workers come pick it up? Almost no one thinks about this. Especially when it comes to recycling, we are c

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