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Introducing KHOLE – Korean Insult Punk

By Roxanna Asgarian June 6, 2014 on Brooklyn Based Kheedim Oh is a DJ and maker of Mama O’s Premium Kimchi, an artisanal brand of the Korean delicacy inspired by his mother’s recipe. Oh’s kimchi business is booming, with New York and New Jersey locations of Whole Foods selling the product, as well as retailers in […]

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Oakland Librarian Documents Notes Found in Library Books

By Roxanna Asgarian on January 10, 2014 in Library Journal Images Courtesy Oakland Public Library. Of the items librarian Sharon McKellar has found over her years at the Oakland Public Library, CA, she stumbled across one of her favorites pretty recently. It’s a film photograph, dated 3-26-98, of a chicken. “Gender’s class to Tilden,” someone has scribbled on the […]

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My Bronx Cherry

Roxanna Asgarian on her first time in the northernmost borough First published June 15, 2011 in the New York Press I stood alone in a long line in front of the Tropicana, wearing a white lace baby doll dress, black, heeled boots and a studded denim vest. I was hot. My face was sticky and […]

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The View from the Street

First published in The Local blog of the New York Times May 26, 2011 and a longer version appeared on Changing NYC, a website of the New York City News Service. Most nights, you can find Gilbert Kelly sweeping the sidewalks of Grand Avenue on the block between Putnam and Gates. As he sweeps, he […]

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Beating Around the Bush

ROXANNA ASGARIAN wanted a relaxing experience. Instead, she received a massage with no happy ending. By Roxanna Asgarian Published Wednesday, February 16,2011 in New York Press I WAS HAVING A hell of a week. The muscles of my body had been gripping my insides even as I slept, so I decide to splurge and get […]

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Sparta!

American Gladiators-esque race to invade Brooklyn By Roxanna Asgarian Published August 11, 2010 in The Brooklyn Paper/24sevenbrooklyn.com This race is epic. On Aug. 15, spears will be wielded and mud will fly when the Spartan Race invades Floyd Bennett Field. The extreme contest — think “American Gladiator” meets Navy SEAL training — draws 1,500 competitors […]

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