The Scam Albany Won’t Fix <br /> (<b><i>Village Voice</i></b> Cover Story)

The Scam Albany Won’t Fix
(Village Voice Cover Story)

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Investigative/Enterprise, Longform

On a summer day in 2014, Stella So was engrossed in her Korean-language soaps when she heard a knock on her door in Flushing, Queens. She answered it to find a clean-cut young man with a Con Edison badge and a clipboard. She’d been paying too much for her electricity, the man told her, and […]

How a 50s-era Knife Law Sent Thousands of New Yorkers to Jail <br /> (<b><i>Village Voice</i></b> Cover Story)

How a 50s-era Knife Law Sent Thousands of New Yorkers to Jail
(Village Voice Cover Story)

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Investigative/Enterprise, Longform

How a ‘50s-era New York Knife Law Landed Thousands in Jail, Padded Stop and Frisk Numbers, and Brought Right and Left Together   In retrospect, Richard Neal knows he should have just gone home. It was already nearly 4 a.m. on a sticky June night in 2008, and the LaGuardia Houses on the Lower East […]

NYPD Opened Fire on an Unarmed, Mentally Ill Man. Then they Tried to Send Him to Prison <br /> (<b><i>Village Voice</i></b> Cover Story)

NYPD Opened Fire on an Unarmed, Mentally Ill Man. Then they Tried to Send Him to Prison
(Village Voice Cover Story)

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Investigative/Enterprise, Longform

The night of September 14, 2013, began about as unremarkably as it could for Sahar Khoshakhlagh. She had some family in town — two cousins from overseas — and they had unremarkable plans. Dinner at the National near Times Square, catch a movie. A girls’ night out. Around 9 p.m., the Saturday-night crush of humanity […]

Looking for Leatherman <br /> (<b><i>Village Voice</i></b> Cover Story)

Looking for Leatherman
(Village Voice Cover Story)

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in History, Longform

The Sparta Cemetery in Ossining, New York, at the crest of an undulating ridge overlooking the Hudson River, is old enough that many of the marble headstones have been weathered smooth. Most bear dates before 1900. Some have fallen flat against the earth. Others have been swallowed whole by gnarled shrubs or split clean in […]

Mule: Adventures in the Illicit Tobacco Trade <br /> (<b><i>Village Voice</i></b> Cover Story)

Mule: Adventures in the Illicit Tobacco Trade
(Village Voice Cover Story)

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Investigative/Enterprise, Longform

As six armed officers pour out of two unmarked Ford Explorers on a Long Island City street corner, you can see the confusion on the faces of gawkers and passersby. One woman looks up from her phone and does a sitcom-worthy double-take when she notices their windbreakers, embossed with the word “SHERIFF” in big gold […]

The Defense Never Rests<br /> (<b><i>Village Voice</i></b> Cover Story)

The Defense Never Rests
(Village Voice Cover Story)

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Longform, Profile

Mid October, 2014. Stanley Cohen abruptly stops responding to voicemails. When you dial his cell, you hear the telltale sound of an overseas phone call, followed by a hold message in Arabic. Cohen is known to friends and foes alike as an eccentric of the highest order, a foul-mouthed criminal-defense attorney with unruly gray hair, […]

First There is a Mountain (from <em>The Big Roundtable</em>)

First There is a Mountain (from The Big Roundtable)

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in Longform

Leonard Knight spent the better part of the 1970s in Nebraska, living in a trailer by the Platte River and trying to build a hot-air balloon. This is remarkable because Leonard Knight had no idea how to build a hot-air balloon. The thing was 100 feet wide and powered by firewood. And stitched together, as […]

Faking It<br /> (<em><b>Village Voice</b></em> Cover Story)<br />

Faking It
(Village Voice Cover Story)

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in Longform

When you consider how many things can go wrong at a metal foundry, it’s a miracle that anything comes out right. The range of potential catastrophes is almost infinite. Molds crack, wax shatters; molten bronze does strange things at 1,700 degrees. But a great many things came out right at Long Island City’s Empire Bronze […]

‘I Was Choked by the NYPD’ <br />(<b><i>Village Voice</i></b> Cover Story)

‘I Was Choked by the NYPD’
(Village Voice Cover Story)

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Investigative/Enterprise, Longform

New York’s Chokehold Problem Isn’t Going Away As far as Angel Martinez was concerned, the police officer at the front desk that night wasn’t much more than an inconvenience. Sure, he’d refused to take Martinez’s complaint. He was even a little rude about it. But for Martinez, after a night in Queens central booking, with […]