March 1, 2003 was a Saturday night. I went to the Raven at
9 p.m. to take the pulse of its culture before the ban is
put in place. I spoke with patrons, bouncers and the owner
to find out their thoughts on the looming deadline...
Day the Music Died
Motivated by a "Smoke-Out
Party," and confused by the 30-day grace period allotted
by the City, patrons at the Raven Cafe ashed their butts Saturday
night, March 29, but didn't snuff out the smoke...
Days of Rehab
|Okay, it has finally
happened. New York City has been living smoke free for almost
a whole month. Well, kind of anyway. After Bloomberg's anti-smoking
ban took effect March 30, 2003, most bars and restaurants have
asked their smoking patronage to kindly step outside...
Case Study: The Raven Cafe
There are many ways to cover an event that will have such a great
impact on the laws and culture of New York City. We've decided to
focus our reporting efforts on profiling one bar through a natural
story arc-- the before, during and after of when the Smoke
Free Air Act of 2002 goes into place March 30, 2003.
The Raven Cafe is located on the corner of 12th Street and Avenue
A in the East Village of New York City. It is a typical neighborhood
bar, of which there are thousands throughout the five boroughs.
We feel following the story at this bar will give an accurate representation
of how the Act will affect the majority of businesses affected.
On the right there are three links to the three stages. Each section
will have reporting in text, photography and video. We hope by including
these forms of media, it will help you fully understand and feel
what happens when a city changes so drastically so quickly.