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A city council meeting is probably the last place someone would expect to see a child. But for Councilman Andrew Cohen, his colleagues and parents across the country, these periodic drop-ins by their young children walking into a room where their father or mother is connected virtually to the rest of the city’s government are part of the new normal. more
From the warmer months until it starts to get cold, there’s not a Sunday that goes by between May and November where Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy on West 237th Street doesn’t host The Riverdale Y’s Sunday Market. It’s there early-morning shoppers can stroll through to pick up fresh produce, bread, pickles, and even the occasional handmade necklace or bracelet. more
Individuals, couples, families and roommates are now finding themselves stuck in the same spaces — spaces which are becoming their whole physical worlds. Boredom and stress may create tension in any household, and during a pandemic of the coronavirus kind, those emotions may have little outlet. Art, however, is always an outlet for emotion. more
And just like that, it was gone. It was only a few weeks ago that news broke of plans by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to build a 200-bed field hospital in Van Cortlandt Park. more
Spring has sprung, but the parks are empty. The gardens seem abandoned. Trees — whose branches have begun to bloom deep in Spuyten Duyvil Shorefront Park — remain unseen and unappreciated. more
What kind of town hall could bring together state lawmakers, a former presidential candidate, and dozens of New York City workers? One held by One Fair Wage, a national advocacy group focused on ensuring tipped workers across the country make what they say is a full and fair minimum wage more
Navigating the terrains of myth and legend and embellished fact for those who are trying to determine a place for themselves in the world, for queers who search for representation, it is a hard road — a matter of hearsay and imagination. Anthony Parker wanted to change that. more
After the initial panic subsided, Cathy Sanacore knew exactly what she had to do. Since last fall, Sanacore has made weekly trips to a side room to Yo-Burger on Riverdale Avenue. Not because she’s hungry, but because every Tuesday afternoon, Sanacore would gather as many children as she could, helping them use paints to create their best approximations of Leonardo da Vinci. more
Andrew Sandoval-Strausz, a professor of Latino studies at Pennsylvania State University, has a new book, “Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City.” Sandoval-Strausz brought ideas from that to Manhattan College in February, in a lecture based on his book, returning to the borough he grew up in. more
People are stuck at home, many not able to leave, disconnected from things we take for granted, like groceries and medication. It’s the “new normal” as politicians have called it, life during a pandemic. But Rachel Ngu couldn’t sit idly by. more
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