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Todd Fine


Hurricane Sandy Hits Little Syria: Worrying about Buildings and Brothers

[An image of Little Syria post-Sandy. Image taken by Todd Fine.]

The cliché always reasserts itself as a truth: “as long as you are safe, that is all that matters.” In the wake of a disaster, material things – buildings, possessions, money – fade away in importance, and we first worry about the safety of our friends and loved ones. Yet, as Hurricane Sandy approached New York City, my initial, frenzied concern was for things material, yet valued in symbolic abstraction: the last historic structures of Washington Street in Lower Manhattan, ...

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Todd Fine



Todd Fine is the co-founder of the “Save Washington Street” campaign and the Director of the “Project Khalid” effort to educate about Ameen Rihani and his work. He is the author of the afterword of Rihani's The Book of Khalid for Melville House Publishing and is the editor of a new critical edition of the work.