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Hannah Frishberg

Hannah Frishberg is a fourth-generation Brooklynite and journalist. She’s currently working on a book about the Gowanus Batcave, detailing her own experience with the building as well as all the stories — from substation to squatter to soldier burial ground — that have unfolded inside the notorious abandonment.

Stories By Hannah Frishberg

The Vice and Vagrants of Old-School Gowanus

It’s now a seven-million-dollar property, but this one-time electrical substation along Brooklyn’s infamous canal was once a funhouse for runaway teens and renegade punks.

The Man Who Built New York City’s Schools

How a dogged reformer turned around a crumbling, decrepit public school system, creating cathedrals of education that revolutionized life for millions.