Phu Quoc

I heard a Vietnamese woman describe Phu Quoc as the Hawaii of Vietnam. I don’t know whether or not that’s a good comparison – though its tourism industry is certainly picking up since the completion of a new commercial airport in 2012. Riding through the island, there is a lot of construction going on, and…

To Saigon

I was supposed to have an incredible, cinematic story to tell. A story of my risky descent into Tiananmen Square in Beijing during a barely five hour layover en route to Vietnam. I’d get there in a cab and return via public transit. I had screen shots of the exact drop off location for the…

New Shoes!

Shoes talk right? I mean, whether flip flops, Ferragamos, or combat boots, we expect to have a host of assumptions made about us based on footwear. Late Christmas night, I got a kick out of Plainfield hip hop due Negros Americanos exploration of this subject, in a new video called New Shoes, recorded all around Plainfield.

Drake House Christmas ornament now available

A limited-edition Drake House Museum Ornament is available this year for $10. All proceeds will support the mission of the Historical Society of Plainfield. Ornaments, both reserved online or on a walk-in basis, can be picked up from the Drake House Museum at 602 West Front Street on Saturdays between 2 and 4pm.

Black Rebellion in Plainfield, a look back

Between July 14 and July 21, 1967, Plainfield erupted in racially charged violence as part of the “long hot summer” in which at least 159 black rebellions took place nationwide. There were larger disturbances in Newark that same month, and the two remain the biggest in New Jersey history. Only police Officer John Gleason was…