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219 Magazine Edited and published in Times Square, New York City, by writers in the City University of New York's J-School community. Visit us at http://219mag.com and @219Magazine. (Cover photo by Skyler Reid)
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If a pregnant woman is on drugs, should that be grounds for putting her newborn in foster care? An important policy inve...
07/26/2015
Fatal Foster Care — 219 Magazine

If a pregnant woman is on drugs, should that be grounds for putting her newborn in foster care? An important policy investigation by Rachael Levy.

When newborns exposed to drugs in the womb are taken from their mothers, the results can be deadly

Singers on the edge: The story of indie music entrepreneurs determined to find fame on their own.
06/26/2015
Indie or Bust

Singers on the edge: The story of indie music entrepreneurs determined to find fame on their own.

The frenetic, exhilarating world of go-it-alone music

The indie music world is ... crazy ... overwhelming ... powerful ... . Supply your own adjective after reading Chinwe On...
06/24/2015
Indie or Bust

The indie music world is ... crazy ... overwhelming ... powerful ... . Supply your own adjective after reading Chinwe Oniah's fast-paced profile - because this is the future.

The frenetic, exhilarating world of go-it-alone music

The story of incarceration through the lives of twin brothers - one of whom didn't make it out alive.
06/01/2015
John and Ken

The story of incarceration through the lives of twin brothers - one of whom didn't make it out alive.

One twin became a guard, the second a prisoner. Their story is a parable of the mistreatment and neglect on New York Cit…

Big award winner! Julie Strickland gets SPJ regional award for best non-fiction magazine article. This also happens to b...
03/05/2015
Real Milk

Big award winner! Julie Strickland gets SPJ regional award for best non-fiction magazine article. This also happens to be the best-read article ever published in 219 Magazine, with nearly 8,000 views. Congrats Julie!

Fragrant, raw and often illegal. Try some?

"When we re-enact the past in the new Brooklyn, sipping a lime rickey at a ’50s style lunch counter, we pretend history ...
02/18/2015
Brooklyn’s Artisanal Schmaltz

"When we re-enact the past in the new Brooklyn, sipping a lime rickey at a ’50s style lunch counter, we pretend history doesn’t matter, or that we can have a re-do."

How our love of quaint old stuff whitewashes history

Artisanal Brooklyn. Quaint Brooklyn. Renovated Brooklyn. Whitewashed Brooklyn? A tough piece on BK history by @RosaGolde...
02/16/2015
Brooklyn’s Artisanal Schmaltz

Artisanal Brooklyn. Quaint Brooklyn. Renovated Brooklyn. Whitewashed Brooklyn? A tough piece on BK history by @RosaGoldensohn.

How our love of quaint old stuff whitewashes history

Gotham Market has been marinating for a year, so our reviewers swarmed in to check it out. A fast guide to fast food.
11/26/2014
Gotham West Turns 1

Gotham Market has been marinating for a year, so our reviewers swarmed in to check it out. A fast guide to fast food.

Eating quick and classy in Hell’s Kitchen

Deerhoof's 'La Isla Bonita' - smoke, blood and ... a tribute to Madonna? See our probing review by Oresti Tsonopoulos.
11/17/2014
The Apocalypse, Deerhoof Style

Deerhoof's 'La Isla Bonita' - smoke, blood and ... a tribute to Madonna? See our probing review by Oresti Tsonopoulos.

“La Isla Bonita” continues the group’s two-decade trajectory with an abundance of energy and occasional comfort.

Maya Angelou reads her poems with strength and defiance in an album released posthumously. But do her producers meet tho...
11/16/2014
Does the Caged Bird Sing a Good Tune?

Maya Angelou reads her poems with strength and defiance in an album released posthumously. But do her producers meet those standards? Our review.

Our reviewer thinks Willy Wonka would approve of this darker-chocolate version of his 1971 film.
11/10/2014
A Semisweet Tribute to Willy Wonka

Our reviewer thinks Willy Wonka would approve of this darker-chocolate version of his 1971 film.

‘Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble’ chews up and spits out the sugary 1971 movie score to reveal a …

Glasses that correct for colorblindness? Our author tries them out in Times Square. Miracles, anyone?
10/23/2014
Seeing Red

Glasses that correct for colorblindness? Our author tries them out in Times Square. Miracles, anyone?

I am colorblind, totally lacking in red pigments. When I got a pair of glasses offering "color for the colorblind," I decided to try them out in Times Square. Do you believe in miracles?

An important story about anti-gay attacks in Jamaica - a serious human rights issue.
10/07/2014
The Trials of Jamaican Gays

An important story about anti-gay attacks in Jamaica - a serious human rights issue.

Can the national culture move toward tolerance?

A wide-ranging investigation of anti-gay attacks in Jamaica.
09/29/2014
The Trials of Jamaican Gays

A wide-ranging investigation of anti-gay attacks in Jamaica.

Jamaica is famous for its Caribbean beaches and relaxed attitudes, with tourism ads featuring Bob Marley’s “One Love.” But it has also gained a reputation as a hostile home for gays.

Speaking of moving: We have a travel piece this week - and we also have set up a companion site over on Medium.com, a si...
07/17/2014
219 Magazine

Speaking of moving: We have a travel piece this week - and we also have set up a companion site over on Medium.com, a site designed for great tablet and mobile reading. Check it out!

Stories shared by writers at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, located at 219 West 40th Street in Times Square, New York City

We have a great piece by Mirva Lempiainen on traveling with cats. Well, not really. It's about the particular discipline...
07/17/2014
On the Road Again

We have a great piece by Mirva Lempiainen on traveling with cats. Well, not really. It's about the particular disciplines of travel writing - but there are cat pictures, too.

From the Sahara to Siberia, Brooklyn to Nicaragua, I always get the same question: How do you become a travel writer? I only know how I did it - the hard way. But I can bust some myths and tell you a few truths about what it's like to be a globetrotting journalist.

07/07/2014
All Work, No Pay?

Where's the money? The drive to end unpaid student internships.

Universities and corporations are quietly recognizing that offering student internships for no pay is unfair, and these institutions have begun to change their policies.

Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and the comic-book writer with a taste for his work.
04/29/2014
Watch Out, Wabbit

Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and the comic-book writer with a taste for his work.

David Gerstein seeks inspiration for his art in the food he eats. He writes comic books. And he eats ... funny things.

The Granny Diet. Does it work? Look at Granny!
04/12/2014
The Granny Diet

The Granny Diet. Does it work? Look at Granny!

She has creamy olive skin, bright almond eyes, cheekbones to die for - and she's 91 years old. How does she do it?

Into the heart of bball madness. "Would I pass for a ’Cuse native, make it through the Orange crush and get past those g...
03/24/2014
Orange Crush

Into the heart of bball madness. "Would I pass for a ’Cuse native, make it through the Orange crush and get past those gates?"

I was determined to join the Syracuse fans crowding into the Carrier Dome for the Duke game - but could I pass for one of them?

Milk like you never knew it. The good stuff. Lots of bacteria!
01/31/2014
Real Milk

Milk like you never knew it. The good stuff. Lots of bacteria!

Raw-milk foodies say unpasteurized milk is a tonic of good bacteria with the power to ward off poor digestion and ill health.

"It’s easy to get lost in the vast, computer-animated space that director Alfonso Cuarón creates" in his hit film "Gravi...
10/25/2013
Reflections in a Teardrop

"It’s easy to get lost in the vast, computer-animated space that director Alfonso Cuarón creates" in his hit film "Gravity."

It’s easy to get lost in the vast, computer-animated space created by director Alfonso Cuarón.

New York City makes no special effort to compensate victims accidentally shot by the NYPD; it’s up to the innocent victi...
09/18/2013
In the Line of Fire

New York City makes no special effort to compensate victims accidentally shot by the NYPD; it’s up to the innocent victim to take the initiative.

TAMMY JOHNSON WILL NEVER FORGET the Memorial Day weekend of May 2005, when she stood on a Harlem sidewalk, bouncing a ball with her 17-month-old daughter. When the ball rolled into the road, Johnson scooped up her daughter to pick it up. That’s when she “heard some pops” exploding on 1

“You can’t just go into a neighborhood and shoot,” the dead woman's brother said. “[They can’t] just come in with guns b...
09/17/2013
In the Line of Fire

“You can’t just go into a neighborhood and shoot,” the dead woman's brother said. “[They can’t] just come in with guns blazing, like the wild, wild, West.”

TAMMY JOHNSON WILL NEVER FORGET the Memorial Day weekend of May 2005, when she stood on a Harlem sidewalk, bouncing a ball with her 17-month-old daughter. When the ball rolled into the road, Johnson scooped up her daughter to pick it up. That’s when she “heard some pops” exploding ...

When the NYPD shot two bystanders in Times Square, it made the front pages. Here's the bigger story: How tough it is for...
09/16/2013
In the Line of Fire

When the NYPD shot two bystanders in Times Square, it made the front pages. Here's the bigger story: How tough it is for innocent victims to get any compensation from the city.

TAMMY JOHNSON WILL NEVER FORGET the Memorial Day weekend of May 2005, when she stood on a Harlem sidewalk, bouncing a ball with her 17-month-old daughter. When the ball rolled into the road, Johnson scooped up her daughter to pick it up. That’s when she “heard some pops” exploding on 1

06/28/2013
The Agony of an Egyptian Journalist

An Egyptian editor in exile for the "crime" of helping a U.S. NGO train journalists.

Egyptian editor Yehia Ghanem was hired to train journalists in post-revolutionary Egypt. Instead he ended up in exile, convicted of a felony in a political trial and wondering if he will ever see his family again.

The new media technologies, as dazzling as they seem, are but a means to an overriding end. And that end is journalism.
05/21/2013
Boy, Was I Wrong

The new media technologies, as dazzling as they seem, are but a means to an overriding end. And that end is journalism.

After a nine-year tenure as the founding dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Stephen B. Shepard has announced that he will step down from the post at the end of the year. Shepard was honored at the J-School gala on May 15. Here is an excerpt of the remarks he delivered on that occasion.

05/20/2013
Boy, Was I Wrong

Steve Shepard, CUNY J-School Dean, on the rude shock of digital journalism.

When I first considered taking on the role of founding dean of a brand new journalism school, I initially thought of it as a personal capstone – the culmination of a lifetime in journalism and a chance to pass on my experience to the next generation. Boy, was I wrong.

04/12/2013
Haves and Have-Nots

Drug trials "are closely monitored and fully supplied, according to researchers, creating a dilemma for Ugandan patients: to opt for proven treatments that may be in short supply, or to sign up for a possibly risky clinical trial and at least be assured of a full course of treatments."

Foreign donors, medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies have come in to help an isolated region located in the heart of Uganda’s HIV/AIDS zone, but the campaign is raising painful questions.

04/11/2013
Haves and Have-Nots

A clinic's dual role creates two tracks for fighting HIV/AIDS in northern Uganda – or, as some critics call it, a system of haves and have-nots.

Foreign donors, medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies have come in to help an isolated region located in the heart of Uganda’s HIV/AIDS zone, but the campaign is raising painful questions.

"It’s always nicer to think there is an angel on your shoulder. Everyone wants to believe that someone out there in the ...
03/28/2013
Adventures in Mutual Fund Land

"It’s always nicer to think there is an angel on your shoulder. Everyone wants to believe that someone out there in the skies of Manhattan is answering their prayers for a secure retirement. I don’t need angels."

Invest in what? A savings account is out of the question. The Federal Reserve pushed interest rates down so low that a boring CD offers 0.3 percent return on investment. I have $2,000 to play with. My yearly return would be worth a side of frites ($6) at a French restaurant.

"It’s always nicer to think there is an angel on your shoulder. Everyone wants to believe that someone out there in the ...
03/28/2013
Adventures in Mutual Fund Land

"It’s always nicer to think there is an angel on your shoulder. Everyone wants to believe that someone out there in the skies of Manhattan is answering their prayers for a secure retirement. I don’t need angels."

Invest in what? A savings account is out of the question. The Federal Reserve pushed interest rates down so low that a boring CD offers 0.3 percent return on investment. I have $2,000 to play with. My yearly return would be worth a side of frites ($6) at a French restaurant.

"I am frustrated and financially illiterate. I am a money cripple. I am Dorothy looking to escape to the green lands of ...
03/27/2013
Adventures in Mutual Fund Land

"I am frustrated and financially illiterate. I am a money cripple. I am Dorothy looking to escape to the green lands of Oz.

And I am not alone. Strewn across the world are hundreds of thousands of investors, which is to say middle managers yearning to build an extension on their kitchen or schoolteachers vacationing at Ocean City or construction workers in need of shoulder surgery. The problem is that these people are just like me: They have no idea what they are doing with their money, and they are scared to death"

Invest in what? A savings account is out of the question. The Federal Reserve pushed interest rates down so low that a boring CD offers 0.3 percent return on investment. I have $2,000 to play with. My yearly return would be worth a side of frites ($6) at a French restaurant.

" I want more than 7 percent a year. I want as much money as possible. Besides, there’s no glory in doing as well as the...
03/27/2013
Adventures in Mutual Fund Land

" I want more than 7 percent a year. I want as much money as possible. Besides, there’s no glory in doing as well as the S&P. Anyone can do that. I want to be special."

Invest in what? A savings account is out of the question. The Federal Reserve pushed interest rates down so low that a boring CD offers 0.3 percent return on investment. I have $2,000 to play with. My yearly return would be worth a side of frites ($6) at a French restaurant.

Taylor Tepper on how to turn $2,000 into a fortune - or not.
03/26/2013
Adventures in Mutual Fund Land

Taylor Tepper on how to turn $2,000 into a fortune - or not.

Invest in what? A savings account is out of the question. The Federal Reserve pushed interest rates down so low that a boring CD offers 0.3 percent return on investment. I have $2,000 to play with. My yearly return would be worth a side of frites ($6) at a French restaurant.

"I don’t have the studio and I don’t have the staff working with me for the most part, but instead I have my Twitter fol...
02/02/2013
Cauldron of Creation

"I don’t have the studio and I don’t have the staff working with me for the most part, but instead I have my Twitter followers and they work with me as volunteers to help me figure out what’s going on." - Andy Carvin on his role as an "Information DJ."

As the Arab Spring swept through North Africa and the Middle East, Andy Carvin (@acarvin), the senior social media strategist for NPR, tweeted the news from his home near Washington almost without rest. His Twitter feed covered the breakout rebellions in Tunisia and Egypt, their spread to Bahrai

See our Andy Carvin interview - nerve-wracking journalism by way of social media. Nobody does it better.
02/01/2013
Cauldron of Creation

See our Andy Carvin interview - nerve-wracking journalism by way of social media. Nobody does it better.

As the Arab Spring swept through North Africa and the Middle East, Andy Carvin (@acarvin), the senior social media strategist for NPR, tweeted the news from his home near Washington almost without rest. His Twitter feed covered the breakout rebellions in Tunisia and Egypt, their spread to Bahrai

The twirling object solidified into a silver .22 revolver. Two quick shots were fired - and the agony of a notorious Man...
12/07/2012
Unfair Fate

The twirling object solidified into a silver .22 revolver. Two quick shots were fired - and the agony of a notorious Manhattan murder case began to take its endless toll.

On November 2, 1981, John Chase Wood Jr. stepped out of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital for the last time into the mild autumn evening, wearing his white doctor’s coat. His life would end that night, but his story goes on.

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