Hurricane Sandy’s Lingering Threat to the Small Businesses of South Street Seaport

It’s been six months since Hurricane Sandy. New York City and New Jersey were hit hardest and communities are still rebuilding. People are still struggling to get their lives back on track. It has been particularly difficult for small businesses. The South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan, a hub for shops, restaurants, and entertainment, was […]

“The Hotbed of Imminent Danger”: Sri Lankan Writer Sonali Samarasinghe

After the death of her husband, writer Sonali Samarasinghe has worked to change the climate of free speech in Sri Lanka from miles away. Sampsonia Way writer Rachel Webber brings her story to The Narrator. Sri Lankan journalist Sonali Samarasinghe has been hooked on investigative reporting ever since she experienced the frustration of working as a human […]

Performance Art Review: Heard*NY is the Emperor’s New Horses

I was intrigued when I read glowing references to Heard*NY,  a new performance art piece in Grand Central Terminal, sponsored by the innovative arts organization Creative Time. Artist Nick Cave designed a herd of 30 shaggy, colorful life-size horses that twice- daily prance across Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall.  Periodically the herd breaks into choreographed […]

Narrator Film Review: Tina Fey in ‘Admission’

This week is spring break for New York City Public Schools.  In a half-hearted wish that the city’s teens are using this time to wrap up those pesky college applications, The Narrator’s Ann Lewinson brings you a review of Tina Fey’s recent release: Admission. Ann reviews films for the Boston Phoenix, The Kansas City Star, and other publications and is a member […]

Whole Foods and Living Wage

The Huffington Post has reported that Costco‘s profits jumped over $100 million dollars less than a week after its CEO Craig Jelinek pronounced publicly that he supported proposals to increase the minimum wage. This result brings into question most of what we have been taught about the ways in which bottom lines and worker salaries coexist. […]

Abram Himelstein and the New Orleans’ Neighborhood Story Project

In 2004, Abram Himelstein was teaching high school in New Orleans’ Seventh Ward and thinking about how people didn’t know enough about their neighbors. The time that once was spent on the porch telling stories and playing dominoes had been largely replaced by staying indoors and watching TV. So he and fellow teacher Rachel Bruelin […]

85th Academy Awards: The Narrator’s Oscar Picks (And some wishful thinking)

We couldn’t wrap up Oscar Week on The Narrator without throwing our two-cents in the ring for who we think will win (or should win) big at tomorrow’s 85th Academy Awards show — all with a little help from our resident expert, writer and film critic Ann Lewinson.  Ann reviews films for the Boston Phoenix, The Kansas City Star, and […]

Register Now for Barnard’s Scholar & Feminist Conference

Barnard College’s Center for Research on Women will hold its annual Scholar & Feminist Conference beginning March 1st. The two day event filled with lectures, discussions, and screenings will center around the conference’s theme of ‘utopia’  as the feminist envisioning of space and change.  The varied presentations are curated around the idea of  “confronting our […]

Artist Q&A: Charlotte Mia Rose and A Nude a Day Project

Today’s artist Q&A comes from Giovannah Phillipeaux, a writer, editor, artisan, and entrepreneur. She received her Bachelor’s degree in anthropology and is currently working as a freelancer.  To learn more about Giovannah and her work, visit Gigi’s Little Shop. In celebration of the authentic female form in all of its curve and glory, Charlotte Mia Rose has […]

Happy Birthday, Toni Morrison!

I’m perhaps the most under-read English major in these parts of Brooklyn, but even I have an appreciation for the body of work Toni Morrison has contributed to the literary canon. Today, we celebrate Morrison’s 82nd birthday — and gratefully so. In that alternate, Toni-less universe how else might we  have been touched by the […]