• New York


The headline for the Jan. 14 article “Leave the gun, bring ‘takoyaki’: East Village” baffles me. Is this an off-color reference to the recent gun violence in America? Or was the editor just at a loss for words? Is the headline supposed to mean that it is safe in the East Village (Manhattan, N.Y.) because ethnic food, especially Japanese food, abounds? Except for a mention of drug dealers, the author of the story wrote only that the East Village is known as a counterculture capital, so how exactly is that related to safety or guns?

brent sutcliff

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