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How They Do It – The Carpenter

Friday, January 21, 2011


By Joi-Marie McKenzie Jim Totten walks into City Journey’s workroom wearing construction boots. His shirt is tucked into his teal uniform. It’s important to keep your shirt tucked in, he says, so it won’t get caught [...]

Making It In Bed-Stuy

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


By Joi-Marie Mckenzie & Cambrey Thomas Rapper Ingrid Burley doesn’t get much sleep. The 23-year-old Houston native rarely sleeps past six a.m. on a good day. She refuses to buy a bed – she doesn’t want to [...]

Lunch, a Call, Then a Plea for Leniency

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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By Joi-Marie McKenzie A court officer walks off of the elevator of the Kings County Courthouse onto the 19th floor. "Do you want a table for that," he asks William Martin, a defense attorney. "Oh no. I'm fine. I don't want to get too comfortable," Martin replies. The officer chuckles loudly and walks into a courtroom. At 2 p.m., Martin is finally taking his lunch. Wearing a yellow polka dot bow tie and grey suit, he hunches over, slurping noodle soup. He sneezes and grabs a tissue to wipe his nose. On one end of the hallway is a breathtaking view of the Brooklyn Bridge. Martin sits close to the window to take in the view while reading The New York Times. On the other end of the hallway is the courtroom where his client Marien Theophile Mbossa Kargu, 40, will learn his fate. Kargu, a native of the Republic of Congo, was charged with killing Antonio Guzzardi, 34, in September, 2001 by beating him to death in an apartment they shared with their girlfriends in Sunset Park. He was convicted of manslaughter in the second degree.

Halloween at 313

Friday, October 29, 2010


When a new tenant moves in to 313 Clinton Ave. in Clinton Hill owner Janna Hyten always asks, “Do you like Halloween?” It helps if they do.