COMMUNITY

The Piano is His Living Room

One of the most wonderful releases for New Yorkers emerging from shelter-in-place has been the joy of entering pianist Collin Huggins’s “living room” in Washington Square Park. Each morning, the slender Huggins wrestles his 900-pound piano from its storeroom at the Judson Memorial Church at the north end of the park, places it on a dolly and moves it onto center stage.

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The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Hailed at Sundance, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a loving exploration of black male identity, wounded masculinity, and the healing power of friendship, family, and art. The film allows us to hang out with two sensitive and gentle men, Jimmie and Montgomery, two artists in their thirties, life-long friends, searching for a sense of meaning and belonging.

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Away We Go

If you’re trying to find an affordable house and a community of like-minded folks to help you raise your kids, every second-tier city in North America is up for grabs. In Away We Go, Burt and Verona are looking for a town that feels homey and familiar, friends who are kind and supportive, and a house that fits them like a glove.

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These Wilds Beyond Our Fences

They say that when you’re about to die your life flashes before you, you see those you love…I need no private cinematic bursts of my life and my loved ones. I can see them already and they are about to be murdered by the gun of a Zairian child soldier who stands at the doorway watching us.

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Rebuilding a Chicago Neighborhood

History professor turned small-scale affordable housing developer Jovita Baber believes everyone deserves to live in a beautiful environment. Her company, Historic Homes is reviving some of Chicago’s great buildings in neglected neighborhoods.

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A Lifeboat in Uncertain Times

What to do when the news is too much to bear? This summer ended with two mass shootings in a single day. These events left Americans feeling lost and helpless, wondering what we could to do to set things right. Here’s how home can be a lifeboat in uncertain times, providing comfort and serenity — and a place to gather strength.

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Restoring Things, Renewing Lives

My interest in R & R (restoring and repurposing) along with my prior experience as an executive coach, led me to volunteer at the Restoration Project, a retail shop and vocational rehabilitation program for adolescents and adults with emotional and neurological challenges.

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Knowing Where You Live

Wendell Berry says, “Part of manners used to be to say to somebody you just met, Where are you from?” I quit asking because so many people say… everywhere and nowhere.”

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