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Candlelight vigil on night of September 15, 2001, after the destruction of the Twin Towers. ©Mark D Phillips

Unity as we cried “Never Again”

Twenty-one years after planes flew into the World Trade Center, crashed into the Pentagon and into a field in Shanksville, Pa., the great promise that we once showed as people has been all but forgotten. Our unity has shattered. We are lost. At war with ourselves

Oscar yi Hou (born Liverpool, UK, 1998). Coolieisms, aka: Sly Son Goku turns 23, 2021. Oil on canvas, 30 × 24 in. (76.2 × 61 cm). Courtesy of James Fuentes LLC. © Oscar yi Hou. (Photo: Jason Mandella, courtesy of James Fuentes LLC)

East of sun, west of moon

East of sun, west of moon is a timely, focused exhibition of new works by UOVO Prize–winner Oscar yi Hou, composed of eleven recent paintings that primarily highlight queer Asian American subjects. The show opens October 14, 2022, shortly after the reopening of the Brooklyn Museum’s Arts of Asia galleries on September 30.

Gowanus Dredgers tour of the Gowanus Canal during the Battle of Brooklyn tour canoe trip passes beneath the world's highest subway station over the waterway. ©Mark D Phillips.

Open House Weekend returns to Gowanus

On October 21-23, 2022, the 20th Annual Open House NY Weekend gives access to places not open to the public including the Gowanus Canal. Each day from 1pm to 6pm, the Gowanus Dredgers will offer exploratory canoe voyages to view post-industrial buildings and abandoned shorelines, now colonized by wildlife and new developments.

Inside the Haleakalā crater, solidified lava flow known as ‘a’a is silhouetted against the Milky Way. The bright white “star” is the planet Jupiter. In this view, we are looking towards the center of our galaxy. ©Stan Honda


INFINITE NIGHT, Photography by STAN HONDA debuts at the Schaefer International Gallery on Maui featuring 25 of Honda’s dynamic night-sky photographs from seven national parks. “I call them night sky landscapes,” said Honda. “At night you actually can see where the earth is in the solar system and our universe and where it’s going on this big voyage. I think people like the pictures because there is a much more human perspective.”

Salt and Green water mark the edges of the shoreline along the Dead Sea near Ein Gedi, Israel, in 2022. ©Mark D Phillips

The Dead Sea in Despair

Andrea Peyser and I had frolicked in the buoyant water at Ein Gedi on the sea’s northern basin in 1992. Now in 2022, the resort is abandoned, a decaying ghost town in the middle of sinkholes — a nightmare scene out of a science fiction novel, fenced off and marked with DANGER signs. When the Ein Gedi Spa resort closed in March 2020, the water had receded 2½ miles away (4 kilometers).

Liza Phillips with Gold Medal

USA Field Hockey takes Gold in double overtime, shootout

Liza Phillips with Gold Medal Liza Phillips and Gianna Duddy The USA Field Hockey team defeated Argentina to bring home GOLD in a nail-biting, TWO overtime, 6-5 shootout victory at the 21st Maccabiah games in Israel. After a scoreless first half, the Americans scored two unanswered goals in the third […]

The American and Israeli flags were projected on the outside wall of the old city of Jerusalem, welcoming President Biden to the country. ©Mark D Phillips

21st Maccabiah: Israel before the games

The American and Israeli flags were projected on the outside wall of the old city of Jerusalem, welcoming President Biden to the country. ©Mark D Phillips Israel is a beautiful land, full of history and misunderstood by all. Arriving a few days prior to the opening ceremonies for the 21st […]