Matthew Kassel

In a 17th-century stone farmhouse, holiday shopping, done differently:

Among the eight or so tables set up throughout the second floor of the building—which is part community function-house, part information center about Brooklyn's role in the history of the Revolutionary War—there was a lot to be engrossed by: art tomes, pocket-sized poetry books, aged reference guides, religious tracts, cheesy paperbacks.

Bio: Matthew Kassel is a freelance writer. His work has been published by The Wall Street Journal, NPR Music, The Forward, and The New York City Jazz Record, among other publications.

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In a 17th-century stone farmhouse, holiday shopping, done differently

Among the eight or so tables set up throughout the second floor of the building—which is part community function-house, part information center about Brooklyn's role in the history of the Revolutionary War—there was a lot to be engrossed by: art tomes, pocket-sized poetry books, aged reference guides, religious tracts, cheesy paperbacks.

Dec. 3, 2012

 
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In the Garment district, a milliners' parade declares that hats still matter

On St. Catharine's Day members of the Millener's Guild gathered in their finest hats, were blessed in a synagogue, and paraded from the garment district up to Grand Central.

Nov. 16, 2012

 
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A tour of Central Park with jazz around every corner

The Jazz & Colors festival this weekend saw some 30 jazz bands spread around Central Park, and surprises waiting around every bend. 

Nov. 12, 2012

 
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‘Rats with wings’: The uneasy deal between New Yorkers and our pigeons

Colin Jerolmack, an assistant professor at New York Universtity, has been researching the rather vexed relationship between urban dwellers and the pigeon.

Oct. 18, 2012

 
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Saxophonist Roy Nathanson melds jazz and poetry this month at The Stone

At The Stone this month, saxophonist Roy Nathanson has gathered some of the best jazz players and poets together to examine the confluence of the two art forms.

Sep. 21, 2012

 
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Jazz legend Lou Donaldson moves a little slower, but plays as hard and fast as ever

This weekend provides a good chance to see jazz legend Lou Donaldson, recently named a 'Jazz Master' by the NEA.

Aug. 3, 2012