Author Archives: adamlucente

Meet the Azerbaijani journalist turned Brooklynite restaurant owner

Ramel Huseynov ran a talk show back in Azerbaijan, but it got shut down after he started discussing revenues at the state-controlled oil company in the energy-rich country. Unable to find work after that, he recently moved to Brooklyn, where … Continue reading

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Gender-segregated beaches in New York City

A councilman has proposed having two beach days, one solely for men and one solely for women, at a public college this summer to accommodate observant Jewish and Muslim swimmers who don’t go to beaches with members of the opposite … Continue reading

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Brooklyn marches for Palestine

Activists held a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Bay Ridge – a heavily Palestinian neighborhood in Brooklyn – for “Nakba” day. Hours earlier, the U.S. opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. https://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/41/20/all-bay-ridge-palestine-nakba-protest-2018-05-18-bk.html

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Syria in drawings

This article is on the “Syria In Ink” exhibit at Brooklyn Public Library, which is based on the upcoming illustrated memoir by Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple. Hisham wrote about his life under ISIS rule in Raqqa and Mosul, while … Continue reading

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The faltering of the Kurdish experiment in Kirkuk

My first piece for Middle East Center for Research and Analysis looks at the disputed city of Kirkuk, specifically how the Kurds miscalculated Iraq’s military strength, ISIS’ renewed activity, and differing Kurdish and Turkmen views on who should rule the … Continue reading

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My interview with Ariana and the Rose

I spoke to Ariana and the Rose’s frontwoman Ariana DiLorenzo about her space-themed music and dance show at House of Yes, where partiers can dance with interactive characters dressed as aliens: https://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/41/16/24-three-day-synth-pop-2018-04-20-bk.html

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BC Studio celebrates 35th anniversary

My article on the iconic BC Studio in Brooklyn. I interviewed its founder Martin Bisi and some of the punk, experimental and avant garde acts that have recorded there over the years. https://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/41/15/24-gowanus-studio-martin-bisi-2018-04-13-bk.html

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