An important project I’ve been producing for NJ.com.
New Jersey is a place much maligned and pigeonholed by those who look on, askance, as they pass by on the Turnpike or watch through the contorted prism of reality television. And we have done plenty to invite these perceptions. But drive along the highways framed on either side by rows of chain stores and fields of parking lot, never stopping, and you will miss the pockets of color tucked away inside. Take, for example, this straight edge hardcore show, where young people coalesce into a throbbing, sweaty mass of pent up energy and volunteer, willingly, to get clocked in the fucking head by friends and strangers. This, I would argue, is the most interesting place on earth.
Hardcore show, GameChangerWorld, Howell, NJ.
This guy wants to put a bunch of casinos in the Meadowlands.
My dispatch from a ride-along on New Jersey’s longest river, a 17-mile Superfund site.
For the Sunday Star-Ledger: A look at the challenges — and opportunities — facing Atlantic City in light of some looming casino closures.