Mark Jacobson

  1. Urban RenewalHoofing it from Van Cortland Park to Coney Island in the company of Whitman, Hawthorne, and James P. Johnson. How one man lost himself to find t […]
  2. Youth Culture in the Age of ColumbineFrom Pokemon to goths.
  3. The Generation Gap in My Living RoomWhat happens when the modern world – goth style, Pokémon, God knows what – takes hold of your children? Well, of course, you worry.
  4. Matt Shipp’s OutWhat happens when a great piano player makes music and no one’s there to record it? That’s what Lower East Side free-jazz legend Matt Shipp inte […]
  5. Life in the CloudsIn a Chelsea storefront, the good life comes down to essentials: a hand-rolled cigar, a drop of Scotch, and a spot on the most comfortable couch […]
  6. 1999: A Bronx OdysseyJoe DiMaggio embodied mid-century American values; Stanley Kubrick savagely satirized them. But the two Bronx geniuses were more alike than meet […]
  7. Win, Place, SnowFar from Saratoga and Churchill Downs – but right here in South Ozone Park – thousands of hard-core horse players routinely brave the elements […]
  8. Mom’s Place in HistoryWhen Mom sold the house in Flushing, Queens, you could see the sweep of the immigrant saga – and New York changing hands.
  9. Battered City SyndromeIn a city buckling under the weight of its own history, the question is: What’s going to break and when? A guide to urban decay.