Anna Spivak


New York, NY

Anna Spivak

Motivated editor/reporter actively looking for interesting opportunities in the fields of journalism and digital media



The Croissant Project

it should be entered into with abandon or not at all – Harriet Van Horne. Rockaway’s unmatched sense of community has extended to its food. A bold, new pastry phenomena brainstormed by Rockaway Beach Bakery’s pastry chef extraordinaire Tracy Obolsky, has made its way from “an idea formed over a few beers” to a truly delicious reality.
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Walking The Rockaway Beach Trail

“Today I did almost 11 miles, and it’s all mountains. It gets tiring but I’m looking at a pizza sitting in front of me, so, I’m loving life,” the voice of four-time stroke survivor Mycle Brandy boomed through the phone from somewhere in Wyoming. The 66-year-old is walking across America for the fourth time.
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Staying The Course

Despite reports that at least five NYC Ferry boats were pulled out of service for repairs – and one spare Hornblower vessel ran aground – earlier this week, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President James Patchett says Rockaway’s ferry service isn’t going anywhere. While media pandemonium ensued on Monday, Nov. 27 after a boat named “The Zelinsky” – a spare Hornblower vessel in the NYC Ferry fleet – struck a submerged object shortly after departing Pier 11, the crisp, Tuesday morning NYC Ferry commute from Rockaway to Wall Street showed no signs of disruption.
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Locals, Developer Clash Over Courthouse

Concrete plans for the long-dormant courthouse on Beach Channel Drive hang in the balance as the back-and-forth between local residents and developer Uri Kaufman continues. The historic building, which formerly served as a Municipal and Magistrate’s court, was built in 1932. Save for a brief use by an arts group in the 70s, the 24,000 square-foot building at 90-01 Beach Channel Drive has remained dormant since 1962.
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The Boys From Beach 111th Street

When a newspaper has been around as long as The Wave has, it seems logical that over the years, people have found lost connections simply by flipping through its pages. After 55 years of living on opposite coasts, two long-lost friends – who met at Rockaway’s St. John’s Home for Boys – experienced just that.
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Familiar Face Takes Over Whit’s Space

In just 48 hours, the space at Riis Park Beach Bazaar’s Bay 9 West slot, a brick enclosure that for the past few summers has housed a gargantuan pizza oven and a local legend slinging pies inside, transformed into the outpost of another local legend – Cuisine by Claudette. “Our first move was to call Whitney,” said Yarden Flatow, Claudette’s son and one of the managers at Cuisine by Claudette.
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R you hungry yet? The 8 best brunch deals in Bay Ridge

North Brooklyn doesn’t get the monopoly on brunch. Filled to the brim with sweet deals on bottomless drinks, things like $25 pitchers, (yes, I said pitchers) and crazy delicious menu options, this definitive list of Bay Ridge brunch happenings will be sure to satisfy even the crabbiest of weekenders.
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Rolling with the homecooked meals: Cookbook author Coolio shares his budget cooking tips

I really didn’t think anything could ever top my Bat-Mitzvah as the best night of my life, but that was before I was seated at a table, across from Coolio, with only a plate of barbecued meats between us. He was there for a Q&A and to promote his 2009 book Cookin’ with Coolio, (some chapters of which include: How to Become a Kitchen Pimp, Appetizers for That Ass, Salad-Eatin’ Bitches, It’s Hard Out Here for a Shrimp, and Vegetarians?
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Dining Out: Reimagined classics on Classon

Tucked into a cozy corner storefront on Classon Avenue, the fixings of an all-American eatery with a modern twist provide a powerhouse of rustic ambiance and undeniable farm-to-table freshness at Alice’s Arbor. A just over three-year-old institution in Clinton Hill, the multi-faceted neighborhood spot boasts a little bit of everything, for everyone.

Revisiting Bay Ridge’s 1991 Labor Day explosion after 25 years

Marking the 25 year anniversary of a devastating 86th Street explosion that left three people dead and over 30 others injured on September 2, Labor Day of 1991, we’re going back in time, and back in our archives, to take a look at some of the firsthand accounts from the gas-related blast. In the September 6, 1991 issue of the Home Reporter and Sunset News, “six pages of exclusive news and photos” were dedicated to the story.


Anna Spivak



  • Feature Writing
  • Dining Reviews
  • Food Writing
  • In-depth Reporting
  • Editing
  • Wordpress
  • Photography
  • Final Cut Pro
  • News Writing
  • Photoshop
  • Web Content
  • SEO
  • iMovie
  • long-form journalism