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Manhattan Snaps: Shoeshine boy in ’24

A young bootblack, with his shoeshine equipment at City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan, gave a direct look to the camera on July 25, 1924. The photographer, Lewis Hine, was also a sociologist who used photography to advocate for reforming child labor laws. Hine was an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee from […]

BY MICAELA MACAGNONE |   MUSEUM “Basquiat’s ‘Defacement’: The Untold Story”: This exhibition takes as its starting point the painting “The Death of Michael Stewart,” informally known as “Defacement,” created by Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1983. The work commemorates the fate of the young black artist Michael Stewart at the hands of New York City Transit […]

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BY TEQUILA MINSKY | The renovated Chase bank on 125th St. buzzed with excitement a few weeks ago when, meeting each other for the first time, 30 young people were about to embark on a remarkable experience. They hailed from New York, Detroit, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Oakland. During a 72-hour road trip to New Orleans […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Beware of aggressive squirrels in Rockefeller Park.  On Aug. 9, the Battery Park City Authority published a warning on its Web site stating that it has received reports of aggressive squirrels biting visitors around the playground in Rockefeller Park. According to ABC7 Eyewitness News, the New York City Health Department receives about […]

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BY COREY JOHNSON | A budget is more than just numbers. It is a reflection of values. While the current White House administration is trying to kick 3.1 million people off food stamps, New York City is making unprecedented investments in programs that serve the most vulnerable, including those who are food insecure. While the federal […]

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BY MICAELA MACAGNONE |   POETRY Poets House Showcase: The 27th Annual Poets House Showcase runs until Sat., Aug 17, at Poets House’s Battery Park City home. The Showcase is a free exhibit featuring more than 3,300 books of poetry published by more than 800 presses over the previous 18 months. At Poets House, Elizabeth […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Chelsea has opened its first new community park in 40 years, welcoming Chelsea Green on W. 20th St. between Sixth and Seventh Aves. At the July 25 ribbon-cutting, Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who represents the West Side district, said, “We need parks. Many New Yorkers aren’t able to afford to leave […]

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BY SCOTT STRINGER | For too many New Yorkers, the American Dream is slipping further and further away. The affordability crisis we’re currently facing is fueled by many factors. But the cost of childcare — which can be more than $21,000 a year for an infant — is one major driver that must be tackled with […]

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BY MICHELE HERMAN | Vacant 5.5-acre chunks of prime Manhattan landfill with river views on three sides don’t come along often. I went to a Community Board 2 presentation at the Greenwich Village Middle School, at 75 Morton St., last week to learn more about what’s in store for the one at Gansevoort Peninsula near the […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Poor drainage in the Upper East Side’s John Jay Park is worrying some community members. At the July 17 Community Board 8 full-board meeting, during the meeting’s public session, a frequent user of the park spoke about about the flooding problem, and said he hoped that the city would “do the […]

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