Before she was a punchline, she was a 24-year-old Ecuadorean immigrant who was subject to years of domestic violence, including rape, at her husband’s hands.
A young transplant is drawn to the lively and fast-changing New York neighborhood a great-great-grandfather left behind.
Cringe if you want, but we wouldn’t have been the first to turn a shiva into an open house. We’d all like to believe that our legacies are larger than a rent-controlled apartment, but this is New York, where mortality and mortgages are intrinsically linked. The sad truth is when your lease on life is up, your family members will whisper, possibly over your cold, dead body, about what will happen to that Brooklyn Heights brownstone you purchased in the 1960s for $80,000.