Renting in NYC: How the Economy is Making it Tough

The housing market has always been a large indicator of economic standing. When the economy is doing well, real estate value goes up, rent increases and residents are expected to keep up. However, when the economy is doing poorly, rent prices do not follow the decreasing trend, and for those with stagnant wages, finding affordable housing in big cities is not made any easier.… [Read more]

Greetings From The End Of The World

If what all those unscrupulous “new age” authors and their acid-casualty devotees say is true, we are only a week away from the end of the world as we know it. As much as I want to believe that this nightmare known as civilization is about to get put out if its misery, I can’t quite convince myself of it.… [Read more]

Aimless in America

James Michael Haitchwai is back in black and ready to talk smack once again. I just spent the past few weeks slummin’ it down south and a little ways out west, partly to take my crappy music on tour but mostly just to cut myself a break from the inhospitably expensive and divisive confines of post-gentrification D.C.… [Read more]

The New Oppression

The other day, a walk down the block went awry. While heading to the corner store, I passed a man standing on his front steps 3 or 4 doors down from mine and, trying to be neighborly, I nodded towards him and said “how you doin’?” He responded with an unfriendly glare and a barrage of questions about where I was going, where I’m from and the like.… [Read more]

It’s a Wrap – Week In Review, January 22, 2012

What a week! We started the week with a national holiday, the annual celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have A Dream reminds us that we have come so far as a nation but we still have a long way to go.  When we take time to look at how far we have to push forward in order to make that “more perfect Union”, we have to take a step back to see where we went wrong.… [Read more]

Divided City: The Dark Underbelly of Urban Renewal

Everyone’s talking about how nice this city has become. But has it? Sure, going to a show and grabbing some greasy takeout food no longer means gathering 5 friends and watching each others’ backs each step of the way, but in neighborhoods where I once had to keep my distance from hard-asses throwing death stares my way, I‘m now subjected to yuppies keeping their distance from me when they see my multi-colored hair, ratty black clothes, and uncouth demeanor, with a look on their faces that says, “I thought we got rid of those people![Read more]