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As the reporter for Chelsea Now, I broke stories on The Related Companies‘ violation of the city’s Inclusionary Housing Program at its Caledonia condo development, and the U.S. Postal Service’s proposed consolidation of Chelsea’s Morgan Distribution Center with a Bronx facility and the ensuing traffic problems it would create. Meanwhile, my stories on dangers at the Chelsea Waterside Park dog run—including dogs leaping over the fence onto 12th Avenue and canines ingesting methamphetamine—led to action by local politicians, the Hudson River Park Trust and Community Board 4.

Below are some of my selected articles and photos from Chelsea Now and The Villager, as well as various freelance articles and reviews.
An exhaustive list of my work dating back to 1996 appears below that in the archives.

SELECTED ARTICLES
& PHOTOGRAPHS

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWS
“Mystery toxin strikes pups at local dog run,” Chelsea Now, Aug. 24–30, 2007
“CB 4 nixes Selldorf at 200 Eleventh Avenue,” Chelsea Now, Apr. 20–26, 2007
“Old Homestead lawsuit highlights wage issues,” Chelsea Now, Feb. 23–Mar. 1, 2007
"Woman killed by truck at dangerous Chelsea intersection” (+ photos), Chelsea Now, Feb. 9–15, 2007
“Politicians give postal truck plan Bronx cheer” (+ photo), Chelsea Now, Jan. 19–25, 2007
“Inclusionary housing project segregates, advocates say,” Ch
elsea Now, Nov. 10–16, 2006

FEATURES
“Realbirth a haven for expectant parents” (+ photos), Chelsea Now, Mar. 30–Apr. 5, 2007
“Offbeat comic strip brings humor home to Chelsea,” Chelsea Now, Jan. 26–Feb. 1, 2007
“Heckle and Jekyll and Hyde: Comics on not ‘going Kramer’” (+ photos), Chelsea Now, Dec. 29, 2006–Jan. 4, 2007
“Rain or shine, Bird Lady tends to her feathered flock” (+ photo), Chelsea Now, Dec. 22–28, 2006
“Chelsea Man rocks the Blues nook every day on 23rd Street” (+ photos), Chelsea Now, Dec. 1–7, 2006
“Dancing with the students: NYU team one of the best” (+ photos), Chelsea Now, Nov. 24–30, 2006

COLUMNS
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On the Street: Bringing affordable Internet access to all New Yorkers,” Chelsea Now, August 10–16, 2007
“On the Street: Sizing up Speaker Quinn’s Renter’s Tax Credit,” Chelsea Now, April 27–May 3, 2007

EDITORIALS
“Fare hike can take a hike for now,” Chelsea Now, Nov. 9–Nov. 15, 2007
“Plugging the hole on illegal hotels,” Chelsea Now, Oct. 5–11, 2007
“Let Pridefest move to Chelsea,” Chelsea Now, May 11–17, 2007

PHOTOGRAPHS & PHOTO ESSAYS
Portrait: Robert Hammond & Josh David (Friends of the High Line co-founders), taken for Chelsea Now, Nov. 2007
“Open House for the High Line,” Chelsea Now, Oct. 12–18, 2007
"Staying positive while living with HIV/AIDS for 15 years," Chelsea Now, Dec. 6-12, 2006
“The evolution of Dee Perez, transgender activist” (text + photo essay), The Villager, June 21–27, 2006

RESTUARANT REVIEWS
Grano Trattoria, Time Out New York Eating & Drinking Guide 2001
Various, Time Out New York Eating & Drinking Guide 2002

MUSIC
“Uncle Moon’s goodbye to Havel' (+ photo), The Villager, Dec. 6–12, 2006
“Blow it Out: Wisconsin group gets horny with hip-hop,” XXL Magazine, August 2005

 


CHELSEA NOW
& THE VILLAGER ARCHIVES
NEWS
Affordable housing & zoning

“City saves affordable housing with $14 million,” Chelsea Now, Aug. 31–Sept. 6, 2007
“Hotel pushes ’hood’s buttons with MTV ‘phone-sex’ ad,” Chelsea Now, May 18–24, 2007
“CB 4 nixes Selldorf at 200 Eleventh Avenue,” Chelsea Now, Apr. 20–26, 2007
“Movin’ on up? Not so likely if developers get their way,” Chelsea Now, Jan. 12–18, 2007
“Inclusionary housing project segregates, advocates say,” Chelsea Now, Nov. 10–16, 2006
“At forum, rezoning concerns still high,” The Villager, Nov. 8–14, 2006

Traffic congestion & pedestrian safety
“Postal Service a step closer to Morgan consolidation,” Chelsea Now, Oct. 5–11, 2007
“Woman killed by truck at dangerous Chelsea intersection” (+ photos), Chelsea Now, Feb. 9–15, 2007
“Politicians give postal truck plan Bronx cheer” (+ photo), Chelsea Now, Jan. 19–25, 2007
“Gansevoort project group told to think ‘big and crazy’” (+ photos), Chelsea Now, Jan. 19–25, 2007

General Theological Seminary
“GTS’s Tutu Center to give jobs to local youths,” Chelsea Now, June 15–21, 2007
“Does new Seminary housing plan have a prayer?” Chelsea Now, Jan. 5–11, 2007
“Seminary prays new project design will convert its critics,” Chelsea Now, Oct. 27–Nov. 7, 2006

The High Line
“Northern exposure: High Line faces threat,” Chelsea Now, Dec. 15–21, 2006

Nightclubs and safety
“Twilight for former Limelight, as owner shops mini-mall idea,” Chelsea Now, Dec. 22–28, 2006
“Board 4 hopes Spirit gives up the ghost,” Chelsea Now, Dec. 15–21, 2006
“Lots of noise about noise at Duane town hall meeting,” Chelsea Now, Nov. 3–9, 2006
“At nightlife summit, atmosphere sometimes got tense” (+ photos), Chelsea Now, Oct. 6–12, 2006

The rest
“New lease in hand, Frying Pan looks to next year,” Chelsea Now, Sept. 14–20, 2007
“Mystery toxin strikes pups at local dog run,” Chelsea Now, Aug. 24–30, 2007
“Quinn brings home the bacon for Fulton Center,” Chelsea Now, July 13–19, 2007
“Bards are ousted at the Chelsea Hotel,” Chelsea Now, June 22–28, 2007
“NYC Condoms campaign is on a roll in Chelsea and beyond,” Chelsea Now, June 15–21, 2007
“Old Homestead lawsuit highlights wage issues,” Chelsea Now, Feb. 23–Mar. 1, 2007
“FIT students decry pattern of injustice against union” (+ photo), Chelsea Now, Nov. 17–23, 2006

 

FEATURES & PROFILES
Education & Health
“Realbirth a haven for expectant parents” (+ photos), Chelsea Now, Mar. 30–Apr. 5, 2007
“Washington Irving students learn from the pros,” The Villager, Nov. 22–28, 2006
“School politics prove popular in state senator’s class,” The Villager, Sept. 6–12, 2006
“Business district, security help shape up school (+ photos), The Villager, May 31–June 6, 2006
“A new approach to the art of energizing schools” (+ photo), The Villager, Apr. 5–11, 2006

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT)
“Offbeat comic strip brings humor home to Chelsea,” Chelsea Now, Jan. 26–Feb. 1, 2007
“First woman hits all the right notes in gay chorus,” Chelsea Now, Dec. 8–14, 2006
“Staying positive while living with HIV/AIDS for 15 years” (+ photo), Chelsea Now, Dec. 8–14, 2006
“In a chorus of their own, gay youth find their voice,” The Villager, July 19–25, 2006
“The evolution of Dee Perez, transgender activist” (text + photo essay), The Villager, June 21–27, 2006

The High Line
“Open House for the High Line” (photo spread + caption), Chelsea Now, Oct. 12–18, 2007
“Camera kids capture High Line and ’hood,” Chelsea Now, Nov. 3–9, 2006
“High Line phone-audio tour connects with park’s fans” (+ photo), Chelsea Now, Oct. 13–19, 2006

NYC Halloween Parade
“Hanging with Spoon Man and Deer Lady on Halloween” (+ photos), Chelsea Now, Nov. 3–9, 2006
“Jack of all trades and jack-o’-lanterns make parade” (+ photos), Chelsea Now, Oct. 27–Nov. 2, 2006
“Photographer is in his element at Halloween Parade” (+ photo), Chelsea Now, Oct. 20–26, 2006

The rest
“Heckle and Jekyll and Hyde: Comics on not ‘going Kramer’” (+ photos), Chelsea Now, Dec. 29–Jan. 4, 2007
“Rain or shine, Bird Lady tends to her feathered flock” (+ photo), Chelsea Now, Dec. 22–28, 2006
“Uncle Moon’s goodbye to Havel,” The Villager, Dec. 6–12, 2006
“Community-supported agriculture is producing results,” Chelsea Now, Dec. 1–7, 2006
“Chelsea Blues Man rocks the nook every day on 23rd Street” (+ photos), Chelsea Now, Dec. 1–7, 2006
“Dancing with the students: NYU team one of the best” (+ photos), Chelsea Now, Nov. 24–30, 2006
“Helping world artists take a bite out of the Big Apple,” Chelsea Now, Nov. 17–23, 2006
“Tenement museum has built a home on Orchard Street,” The Villager, Oct. 25–31, 2006
“Cops on the beat: Club beat goes on,” Chelsea Now, Sept. 29–Oct. 5, 2006 (inaugural issue)

 

EDITORIALS
“Dan Doctoroff reprise,” Chelsea Now, Dec. 21–27, 2007
“Dan Doctoroff: A complex legacy,” Chelsea Now, Dec. 14–20, 2007
“High Line should be part of Hudson Yards,” Chelsea Now, Nov. 30–Dec. 6, 2007
“School report cards a step in the right direction,” Chelsea Now, Nov. 16–Nov. 22, 2007
“Fare hike can take a hike for now,” Chelsea Now, Nov. 9–Nov. 15, 2007
“Vigilance needed on Hudson Yards,” Chelsea Now, Nov. 2–Nov. 8, 2007
“Hudson Yards transparency,” Chelsea Now, Oct. 26–Nov. 1, 2007
“Plugging the hole on illegal hotels,” Chelsea Now, Oct. 5–11, 2007
“Gansevoort traffic heading in right direction,” Chelsea Now, Aug 24–30, 2007
“Hudson Guild and Knox Martin deserve better,” Chelsea Now, July 6–12, 2007
“Let Pridefest move to Chelsea,” Chelsea Now, May 11–17, 2007
“GTS détente a welcome sign for Chelsea,” Chelsea Now, Apr. 6–12, 2007
“Urgent action needed on Chelsea crossing,” Feb. 16–22, 2007

 

PHOTO SPREADS & ESSAYS
“Open House for the High Line,” Chelsea Now, Oct. 12–18, 2007
“Dancing in the streets,” Chelsea Now, May 25–31, 2007
“The evolution of Dee Perez, transgender activist” (text + photo essay), The Villager, June 21–27, 2006

 

COLUMNS
"
On the Street: Bringing affordable Internet access to all New Yorkers,” Chelsea Now, August 10–16, 2007
“On the Street: Sizing up Speaker Quinn’s Renter’s Tax Credit,” Chelsea Now, April 27–May 3, 2007

 

FREELANCE
ARCHIVES

 


“Blow it Out: Wisconsin group gets horny with hip-hop,” XXL Magazine, August 2005
Photos of Public Enemy for: “Still shining: Who says rap doesn’t respect its elders?” XXL Magazine, May 2005
“Whiskey rebellion: The sober spirit gets a new lease on life in Manhattan bars,” Rave SQ magazine, Jan.–Feb. 2005
Theater review: “Korean re-unification takes Off-Broadway bow” (+ photos), OhMyNews.com, Dec. 23, 2004
Restaurant reviews (various), Time Out New York Eating & Drinking Guide 2002
Restaurant review (Grano Trattoria), Time Out New York Eating & Drinking Guide 2001
“Wired unveils ‘Style’: Magazine spawns new editorial guide,” NetGuide Live, Nov. 18, 1996
“No longer quiet: Libraries push for Internet access,” NetGuide Live, Oct. 17, 1996
“Wired to learn: NetDay ’96 gets schools Internet-ready,” NetGuide Live, Oct. 10, 1996