Tim Golding

In(ve)stigative reporting

Karen Iris Tucker's "Mutant Bike Gangs of New York" [March 22–28] presents a skewed perspective of the bike incident that occurred at our stores a few weeks ago. We at Brooklyn Industries designed and displayed bikes in our window as a way to promote bicycling as an alternative form of transportation in the city not because it is "cool" or "underground," but because it makes environmental sense. We endorsed this belief by giving away a percentage of each messenger bag to Recycle-a-Bicycle, a Brooklyn based nonprofit that rebuilds bikes for teenagers. The response to this effort? Concerted, organized vandalism to all of our store windows that amounted to $14,000 in damages and a criminal investigation by four police precincts. Now an article by The Village Voice has pitted our company against an elusive, destructive "gang" whose cause célébre, according to Tucker, is to be anti-consumerist by dumpster diving. Meanwhile, the article ignores the point behind the bike displays. My partner and I founded and built this small design com-pany in an effort to change our commoditized culture by making a difference in the communities where we have stores.

Lexy Funk
Founder and Co-Owner
Brooklyn Industries

Master of art

For almost eight years, Village Voice art critic Jerry Saltz has been thrilling readers with what the Pulitzer Prize committee last week called his "fresh, down-to-earth pieces on the visual arts and other cultural topics." From his sharp takes on sacred cows—the cold eye he cast on the new MOMA is just one example—to his poignant dissections of downtown icons like Nan Goldin—Saltz offers breathtaking, no-holds-barred prose in a field that is all too often cursed with stuffy, academic writing. The Voice is thrilled that he has been named a Pulitzer finalist in the field of criticism. Congratulations, Jerry.

And the pitch . . .

The Voice has an immediate opening for a staff writer. We're looking for journalists who understand the difference between magazine-style reporting and the hurried factoid-finding of daily papers. The ideal candidate must have the ability to create in-depth and compelling stories that explore issues, events, and people. We'd like to see examples of not only your past work but also your current ideas. That means we'd like to see your story pitches.

We offer competitive salaries and benefits. Send cover letter, résumé, clips, and pitches to:

Ward Harkavy
Interim Editor in Chief

The Village Voice
36 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003

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