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from The New York Times:

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A plaque honoring the comedian Rodney Dangerfield, a Queens native, being installed in a garden next to the Kew Gardens station on the Long Island Rail Road. Its official unveiling is scheduled for Friday during the opening events of the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema. Credit Will Glaser/The New York Times

As a boy growing up in Kew Gardens, Queens, Jacob Cohen got no respect.

His many menial jobs included delivering groceries to wealthy neighbors. He

endured anti-Semitism. He played baseball for a shabbily outfitted team against a team from against a team from the more celebrated Forest Hills neighborhood next door, said Carl Ballenas, a local historian.

That disadvantaged boy became Rodney Dangerfield, a stand-up comedian with a self-deprecating style based on his woeful upbringing in Kew Gardens.

Go ahead now, reader, and fidget with your imaginary necktie, mop your beleaguered brow and stammer it, the way Rodney did: No respect, no respect at all, all right?

“The whole ‘no respect’ theme came from his environment,” Mr. Ballenas said. “Kew Gardens was the birthplace, the formation of his themed monologues and catchphrase.”

Eager to confer a measure of respect upon Mr. Dangerfield and upon Kew Gardens, Mr. Ballenas and some of the students at the school where he teaches helped get a memorial plaque made to honor Mr. Dangerfield, who died in 2004 at 82.

Mr. Ballenas watched it being installed last Friday in a small green space next to the Kew Gardens station for the Long Island Rail Road. Mr. Dangerfield lived in the neighborhood with his mother and sister in an apartment above what is now Austin’s Ale House, one of the best-known bars in Queens.

As workers installed the memorial in anticipation of its formal unveiling this Friday, onlookers were eager to recall one-liners from the King of No Respect, often zingers based on uncaring parents, a poor upbringing and other aspects of a troubled life.

The plaque, which bore the comic’s youthful image from his 1939 yearbook from Richmond Hill High School, lists three of his top film appearances: “Caddyshack,” “Easy Money” and “Back to School.”

Also listed are his 1981 Grammy-winning comedy record, “No Respect,” and his 1983 hip-hop single, “Rappin’ Rodney,” which, the plaque noted, reached No. 83 on the Billboard charts.

Mr. Dangerfield was born on Long Island and lived in several New York City neighborhoods before moving with his mother and sister to Kew Gardens in the early 1930s when he was 10. He remained there throughout his teens.

His father abandoned the family and Mr. Dangerfield grew up “unloved and unwanted,” with a mother who withheld affection and kindness, said his widow, Joan Dangerfield.

“His mother convinced him to open a saving account one summer so he could save up for a football uniform,” she said, sounding like a Dangerfield joke setup. “Then she stole his money.”

Ms.…

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Tuesday, 11th October 2016

From 7:00pm to 9:28pm

This is a free event

Rough Trade NYC

Tim Lawrence, author of Life and Death on the Dancefloor, will be hosting a book event in support of the book with special guests Bruce Forest (Better Days), Will Socolov (Sleeping Bag), Steven Harvey (New York Rocker), and Tom Silverman.

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from The New York Times:

World-Class Photojournalism, at Home in the South Bronx

By JAMES ESTRIN

When Eugene Richards opens his next exhibit, it will not be at a Chelsea gallery or a major Midtown museum. It will be at a location that he much prefers: the Bronx Documentary Center.

It is a fitting location for an exhibition of images of poverty in America from the 1980s. If the show were in downtown Manhattan, he said, the audience “might not be that interested and see it as ‘urban archaeology’,” he said. But at the B.D.C., poverty is not an abstract concept, since it is in Melrose, a South Bronx neighborhood that has been among the country’s poorest urban communities.

“The audience in the Bronx will come in and have a different read to the pictures and many will have a closer relation to them,” Mr. Richards, 72, said.

His exhibit, “Below the Line: Living Poor in America by Eugene Richards,” (slides 1 – 4) on view Oct. 1st through Nov. 6th, marks the fifth anniversary of the B.D.C., an unlikely institution that combines exhibitions of famous and emerging photographers, film screenings, community-based educational programs and free photography workshops intended to create the next generation of documentarians from diverse racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds.

Mr. Richards may be one of the best-known photographers, but he is a fairly solitary figure who is not a member of a collective, or a photo agency. He tends to keep to himself and his family when he is not exhibiting his long-term projects or teaching workshops.

But the B.D.C., where he often speaks with students, is where he finds a much-needed sense of community that reflects the city’s diversity.

“It’s the total opposite of the usual photographic experience,” he said. “It’s like getting into a room full of friends. It’s important to me because it’s the only place I can go in New York that is diverse and where we’re all there to talk about photography and issues. It feels like a homecoming.”

The B.D.C. was born out of long conversations between two close friends, Michael Kamber and Tim Hetherington, both of whom were experienced conflict photographers. They yearned to create a space that would feature the kind of serious, long-term, issue-oriented photography that was anathema to galleries in SoHo and Chelsea, while also educating new visual storytellers.

Mr. Kamber saved money from his many years of covering the Iraq war for The New York Times and purchased a renovated 19th century landmark brick building on 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue in the Bronx in 2010. Mr. Hetherington, who was also an Oscar-nominated filmmaker, was killed while photographing in Libya four months later.

Mr. Kamber was devastated, but continued to work on the B.D.C., maxing out five credit cards to buy supplies as he and a group of volunteers laid down floors, built walls and installed wiring. Danielle Jackson, who had been in charge of exhibitions at Magnum Photos in New York, helped found the B.D.C.

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