Opulent Obscenity — Classes Clash at Belmont Classic

New America Media, Feature, Published: June 12, 2009 Belmont, New York -- It is the morning of the Belmont Stakes and young souls are preparing for a day of self-indulgence, honoring decades of tradition and rejecting American society’s recent calls for modesty and reason. The landing above Track 18 at Penn Station is a giddy,…Read more Opulent Obscenity — Classes Clash at Belmont Classic

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How to Survive in New York on Mickey D’s Coupons

New America Media, Feature, Published: January 15, 2009 NEW YORK -- I first met Vance way downtown in New York City, standing outside of a club called The Box. At the time, The Box was a big deal in “those” circles—Madonna was on the guest list that night—and we stood on the sidewalk out front…Read more How to Survive in New York on Mickey D’s Coupons

Broken Glass, Broken American Dream: Hip Hop’s Come a Long Way From the South Bronx to Times Square

New America Media, Published December 5, 2008 Editor's Note -- The new art exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York -- Broken Glass -- gives the commentator a shocking view of the South Bronx during the time Hip Hop was making it's first infant cries in the poverty stricken borough. Russell Morse…Read more Broken Glass, Broken American Dream: Hip Hop’s Come a Long Way From the South Bronx to Times Square

Dwindling Hope, Irrelevant Election: Young People Get Their Cynicism Back

New America Media, Published October 8, 2008  Editor’s Note: Walking through the streets of New York City, NAM writer Russell Morse noticed that something had changed: Young people, who weeks ago seemed full of hope, seem to have recovered their cynicism in the face of a spiraling economic decline around them. NEW YORK – Last…Read more Dwindling Hope, Irrelevant Election: Young People Get Their Cynicism Back

Working For Peanuts — Downturn Hits the Streets of New York

New America Media, Published October 1, 2008 NEW YORK -- On a recent afternoon, I passed by one of the nearly ubiquitous Nuts 4 Nuts roasted peanut carts on a Manhattan street corner near Union Square. An older woman was walking away from the cart angrily, grumbling about "these prices". Investigating, I saw a sign…Read more Working For Peanuts — Downturn Hits the Streets of New York

Desperation Moves from Wall Street to Main Street

New America Media, Published September 19, 2008 Editor’s Note: After stocks plummeted earlier this week, the Dow Jones industrials rose more than 785 points Thursday and Friday. New York-based writer Russell Morse chronicles the shifting mood on Wall Street this week, from one of desperation to optimism. But in the rest of the country, where…Read more Desperation Moves from Wall Street to Main Street