Mark Jacobson

10 articles
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An ode to aging.

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A profile of the saxophone player at 82.

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A profile of Frank Lucas, whose life was the basis for the film American Gangster, decades after his days as a kingpin.

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On New York City’s housing projects.

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A young woman’s attempt to flee from the most religiously conservative community in America, and to take her daughter with her:

The critical battleground in the War Between the Grunwalds would prove to be niddah, or “separation,” i.e., when the menstruating female is considered “impure” and kept apart from her husband. “It isn’t just your period,” Gitty says. After a woman stops bleeding, she has to wear white underwear for seven days, checking constantly to see if there’s any discharge. Should spotting occur, the woman takes her underwear to a special rabbi who examines the color, shape, and density of the stain. It is he who divines when it is safe for the woman to immerse herself in the mikvah (ritual bath) and be reunited with her husband.

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A look at the artists and writers who drive for a New York cab company. The story that inspired Taxi.

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On the complete corruption of Paul Bergin, a federal attorney turned high-priced defense lawyer now awaiting trial on a host of charges.

If Paul is guilty of half the things they say, he’d be the craziest, most evil lawyer in the history of the State of New Jersey. That is saying something.

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Nicky Louie and the Ghost Shadows.

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The rise and fall of a boom-era escort agency in New York City.

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A Holocaust detective story: could a lampshade pulled from the ruins of Katrina really be Buchenwald artifact made of human remains?