Tag: Central Park (Manhattan, NY)

How 2 Lives Collided in Central Park, Rattling the Nation

Christian Cooper began his Memorial Day like most of his May mornings, searching for blackburnian warblers, scarlet tanagers and other songbirds that wing their way into Central Park. In his Lower East Side apartment, Mr. Cooper, 57, slung on his prize possession, his Swarovski binoculars — a pricey 50th birthday present from his late father. […]

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Christo, Artist Who Wrapped and Festooned on an Epic Scale, Dies at 84

Christo, the Bulgarian-born conceptual artist who turned to epic-scale environmental works in the late 1960s, stringing a giant curtain across a mountain pass in Colorado, wrapping the Pont Neuf in Paris and the Reichstag in Berlin and zigzagging thousands of saffron-curtained gates throughout Central Park, died on Sunday at his home in New York City. […]

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Coronavirus, Racism and Injustice: No One Is Coming to Save Us

After Donald Trump maligned the developing world in 2018, with the dismissive phrase “shithole countries,” I wrote that no one was coming to save us from the president. Now, in the midst of a pandemic, we see exactly what that means. The economy is shattered. Unemployment continues to climb, steeply. There is no coherent federal […]

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The Central Park Video and #LivingWhileBlack in New York City

Samuel Roberts, a professor at Columbia University, remembered being stopped by the police as he walked his Rottweiler along Morningside Drive after someone reported that a black man was robbing people with a dog in tow. Tamiesha Parris Flatts, a nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, recalled how once, when she was slow to […]

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Why Amy Cooper’s Use of ‘African-American’ Stung

Of all the ways Amy Cooper might have expressed her exasperation during a dispute with a birder in Central Park — rolling her eyes as she agreed to restrain her cocker spaniel, railing against avian life-forms, giving him the finger and moving on — she instead chose a potentially lethal option. Confronting her adversary, Christian […]

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Why Amy Cooper’s Use of ‘African-American’ Stung

Of all the ways Amy Cooper might have expressed her exasperation during a dispute with a birder in Central Park — rolling her eyes as she agreed to restrain her cocker spaniel, railing against avian life-forms, giving him the finger and moving on — she instead chose a potentially lethal option. Confronting her adversary, Christian […]

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Amy Cooper and Christian Cooper: A Confrontation in the Park

An image of Amy Cooper from a video that went viral on Tuesday.Credit…Christian Cooper Christian Cooper in Central Park on Wednesday.Credit…Brittainy Newman/The New York Times To the Editor: Re “White Woman Fired After Calling Police on Black Man in Central Park” (news article, May 27): Amy Cooper is surely a Karen (an entitled white woman), […]

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How White Women Use Themselves as Instruments of Terror

At a time of so much death and suffering in this country and around the world from the Covid-19 pandemic, it can be easy, I suppose, to take any incidents that don’t result in death as minor occurrences. But they aren’t. The continued public assault on black people, particularly black men, by the white public […]

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Amy Cooper Leveraged Racial Power and Failed

The symbolism is almost too much to bear. The antagonist stares down the barrel of the camera, removing her surgical face mask at the same moment she takes off her figurative mask and offers the audience a glimpse into what lies beneath. The woman, Amy Cooper, points her finger at the stranger behind the camera, […]

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Christian Cooper, That Central Park Incident and His Feelings About Her Fate

His binoculars around his neck, Christian Cooper, an avid birder, was back in his happy place on Wednesday: Central Park during migration season. He was trying to focus on the olive-sided flycatchers and red-bellied woodpeckers — not on what had happened there two days earlier. That was when Mr. Cooper, who is black, asked a […]

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Amy Cooper Represents the Racism I Haven’t Missed During Quarantine

During a recent session conducted over Zoom, my therapist told me I was “glowing.” In the middle of a pandemic. I struggled to explain why until she prodded, “No crazy experiences with white people this month?” “Not that I can immediately recall,” I replied. That’s when it became clear: I’m doing better these days because […]

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White Woman Calls Police on Black Bird Watcher in Central Park

The encounter appears to have begun as one of those banal and brusque dust-ups between two New Yorkers. A black man, an avid birder, said he asked a white woman to leash her dog in Central Park. She refused. Then it took an uglier turn. As the man, Christian Cooper, filmed on his phone, the […]

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Fulfilling the Promise of Our Cities in This Time of Coronavirus

It turns out that New York does sleep, or, at least, that it can be induced to. Through the collective efforts of its people, its racing pulse has been slowed to a deep, muffled beat, one they strain to hear as they walk by padlocked playgrounds, down emptied streets. With other diversions closed off to […]

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Evangelical Leader Franklin Graham Responds to Critics of Samaritan’s Purse Central Park Field Hospital

The last patients have been discharged from the Central Park field hospital run by Samaritan’s Purse, the evangelical organization led by the Rev. Franklin Graham. Its white tents will soon be dismantled and sent to new makeshift coronavirus wards as far away as Ecuador and Alaska. Doctors and nurses from Samaritan’s Purse treated more than […]

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Chicago Bans Horse-Drawn Carriages Starting in 2021

The steady sounds of clip-clopping hooves pulling creaking carriages will be absent from the streets in Chicago starting next year after the City Council on Friday voted to ban horse-drawn carriages. Under the ordinance, which is effective Jan. 1, 2021, operators will be unable to renew their licenses, and the city will stop issuing new […]

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Treating Coronavirus in a Central Park ‘Hot Zone’

Rubber boots hung from a tree of wooden pegs in soggy Central Park after being sterilized with chlorine. Workers observed a one-way flow into and out of what they referred to as “the hot zone” of patient treatment tents. Step by step, they removed their isolation suits in a designated area, as a monitor barked […]

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Franklin Graham Says He Is Being Harassed Over Central Park Hospital

The Rev. Franklin Graham on Tuesday accused elected officials and others in New York of harassment over their criticism of his medical organization, which is operating a field hospital in Central Park for coronavirus patients that requires workers to sign a pledge that they are Christians who oppose same-sex marriage. Mr. Graham posted his accusation […]

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N.Y.’s New Normal: Hospital Tents, Abandoned Gloves, Refrigerated Trucks

NEW YORK SHUTTERED Makeshift hospitals and morgues, some in unexpected places, make the consequences of coronavirus unescapable. April 9, 2020 ImageThe Office of the Medical Examiner’s temporary morgue in Manhattan. The sirens seem endless. Even for New York. They cut through the silent streets, reminding us that the crisis we are facing is no longer […]

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Our ‘Digital Selves’ Are No Less Real

Last week, I went to the opera with a few friends. We dressed up, exchanged pleasantries, and toasted with prosecco at intermission. A day later I went to my favorite queer singalong piano bar, Marie’s Crisis, in the West Village, tipping my favorite pianist, the regular Friday bartender. I planned a workout class with a […]

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How Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece Spends Her Sundays

In 1985, Marie-Chantal Miller was a sophisticated high school student who had just started interning with Andy Warhol, when a family friend introduced her to Prince Pavlos of Greece. Ten years later, they married. She became Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece. Although the Greek Monarchy officially ended in the 1970s, the couple kept their titles, […]

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Coronavirus Will Overwhelm N.Y. Health Care System, Cuomo Says: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImageOutside the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building on 125th Street on Wednesday.Credit…Juan Arredondo for The New York Times Governor Cuomo says the health care system will soon be overwhelmed. On Thursday morning, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo repeated that New York’s hospitals would soon be swamped by patients […]

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‘It Sort of Gives You Hope’: One Place New Yorkers Go to Escape Shutdown

Antsy children, frazzled mothers, seniors strolling on paved paths and young families with newfound free time all shared the familiar green spaces of New York this week as the city shut down around them as a result of the coronavirus spread. Being in a park felt both liberating and subversive, and a public statement of […]

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An N.Y.C. Carriage Horse Died. Video of Its Collapse Stirred Outrage.

The large brown horse stumbled multiple times in Central Park on Saturday before collapsing onto the pavement. It lay on the ground for minutes, apparently unable to stand, as multiple men trussed its legs together and hauled it into a trailer. DISTURBING. This carriage horse from Clinton Park Stables is seen stumbling and unable to […]

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Central Park Races to Save a Rare Duck Gagging on a Piece of Plastic

Initially, birders rejoiced at the rare New York City sighting of a common merganser, an elegant-looking duck with a regal auburn crest, in Central Park. But as photos of the duck spread quickly on social media, so did concern: a piece of discarded plastic appeared jammed in the duck’s distinctive narrow bill, preventing it from […]

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There’s a Coyote in Central Park. Don’t Panic.

Weather: Sunny by the afternoon, but with a biting wind; high in the low 40s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Feb. 12 (Lincoln’s Birthday). ImageA different wily coyote running through Central Park in 2006.Credit…Dima Gavrysh/Associated Press “Do not feed coyotes,” the police implored people heading into Central Park this week. If you see one, they […]

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