Amir Khafagy

Amir Khafagy is a New York City-based journalist. He has contributed to such publications as Shelterforce, Curbed, City Limits, and In These Times.

Why I Found My Community in a Starbucks

I was reluctant to support a corporate chain. But in my neighborhood, it’s one of the only places I could have formed a relationship with someone like Sammy.

People with megaphones and signs.

Sex Work Is a Hot and Messy 2020 Political Issue

This week, New York legislators introduced bills to effectively decriminalize sex work. The topic has become a campaign issue in the 2020 presidential election.

Men leading dogs to race at Palm Beach Kennel Club.

At Palm Beach Kennel Club, a Vilified Sport and a Way of Life End

Florida was home to most of the remaining greyhound tracks left in the U.S. But Amendment 13, banning dog racing, passed last year and the tracks are closing.

A "People's Court" takes place just beyond a Queens Neighborhoods United sign

The Battle for Queens, New York, Is Not Just About Amazon

Queens Neighborhoods United says a plan to build a Target in Jackson Heights violates zoning restrictions and will strain infrastructure.