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In the Wake of 9/11: Labib's Cafe

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2509 Steinway St Queens NY 11103 USA

After the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Egyptian cafe owner Labib Salama didn't think things could get much worse. That was before a bunch of guys came one night and smashed up his cafe on Steinway Street in Astoria. He shares his story with Judith Sloan, who co-produced it with Warren Lehrer. Sloan and Lehrer are the creators of "Crossing the BLVD; strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America," a multimedia work-in-progress on immigrants in Queens. Queens Boulevard, the main thoroughfare in Queens, NY, is known as the Boulevard of Death because of all the traffic accidents that happen there. To Judith Sloan and Warren Lehrer, the boulevard represents something more vibrant and complex - a character in the many stories they've collected from the neighborhood's new immigrants. From those stories they've made theater, text, music, and sometimes all of the above - their CD and book, Crossing the BLVD was published by W. W. Norton.

Credits: From "Labib's Cafe: Sharing the Bad Times." Broadcast on "The Next Big Thing" for WNYC, September 2001, January 2002, March 2002. Photographs by Warren Lehrer. Sound produced by Judith Sloan. (6:40)