Tag: New York City

J.D. Salinger, Unbound

When J.D. Salinger was 18, unpublished and spending long hours at his typewriter, he received an encouraging letter from an admirer. “I accept your story. Consider it a masterpiece. Check for $1,000 in the mail. Curtis Publishing Co.” It wasn’t really from a publisher — those notices wouldn’t arrive for years. It was from Salinger’s […]

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The Fight to Desegregate New York Schools

Episode 15: ‘Segregated City’ Producer/Director Sweta Vohra Two teenagers — one black, the other white — growing up a few miles apart have had two very different experiences in the New York City public school system. The gap in the quality of their education has likely put them on unequal paths for the rest of […]

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Ocasio-Cortez Will Be Very Tough to Beat. Why Are 11 People Trying?

It is hard to imagine a scenario where Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez loses her seat next year. She has raised more than $3.4 million, is better known than some presidential candidates and handily won a district that is among the bluest in the nation. But that hasn’t stopped people — lots of them — from trying to […]

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Introducing PrEP+, Frank Ocean’s First Foray Into New York City Queer Club Nights

Photo: Jason Merritt (Getty Images) After conquering the Billboard charts, Frank Ocean has set his sights on a new challenge: nightlife. Pitchfork reports that the elusive vocalist will be debuting his own queer club night in New York City on Thursday night as a collaborative effort between his own Blonded brand and the popular Gayletter. […]

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We Need More Government Whistle-Blowers

Over the past few weeks, the country has been riveted by the news of a whistle-blower within the intelligence community who filed a formal complaint alleging wrongdoing by President Trump. In turn, we have watched the whistle-blower defamed by the president and his allies, even accused of treason, despite meticulously following the lawful process to […]

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Why Ocasio-Cortez Is Endorsing Sanders

Weather: Watch out for the wind, which could have dangerously strong gusts. The high temperature might not reach 60. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Monday (Shemini Atzereth). ImageCreditJaime Green/The Wichita Eagle, via Associated Press One of the biggest pieces of political news on Tuesday night did not involve candidates sparring at the Democratic presidential debate […]

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Rikers Would Close in Historic Plan to Remake N.Y. Jail System

Even as New York City has recorded a sharp plunge in crime in recent years, its jail complex on Rikers Island has been plagued by levels of abuse, neglect and mismanagement that have turned it into one of the country’s most notorious correctional facilities. The dismal conditions have set off waves of protests, lawsuits and […]

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A Body in a Manhole, and Other Grisly Finds

Weather: Heavy rainfall could start in the morning, with thundershowers and flash flooding later in the day, and increasing winds through the night. The high may be in the mid- to upper 60s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Monday (Shemini Atzeret). ImageThe corner where a body was discovered wrapped in a carpet outside a Starbucks […]

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New Yorkers Have a Chance to Remake How They Vote

If New Yorkers know one thing, it’s how to choose among a wide array of options: subway routes, pizza parlors, clothing boutiques, Broadway shows. The nice thing about having these choices is that you can rank-order them; if your first isn’t available, you’d probably be O.K. with your second or even your third. But when […]

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A Caribbean Mystery Catches Trump’s Eye

Weather: Crisp and clear, with a high in the low to mid-60s. Alternate-side parking: Suspended today for Sukkot. ImageCreditDennis M. Rivera Pichardo for The New York Times Ever since a Connecticut banker was charged with killing a resort worker while on a family vacation in the Caribbean, he and his wife have been appealing for […]

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‘Racist’ Snub of Mother Cabrini? Cuomo Needles de Blasio

If Mayor Bill de Blasio and the actor Chazz Palminteri got into a dispute, which side do you think Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo would be on? A few hints. Mr. Cuomo and Mr. de Blasio, both Democrats, are New York’s most famous frenemies, and the governor seldom bypasses a juicy opportunity to tweak the mayor. […]

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Debating Historic Monuments, Live on Radio, in Time for Columbus Day

Weather: The sky clears as the day goes on, with a high in the low 70s. Alternate-side parking: Suspended today for Columbus Day and Sukkot. ImageCreditMike Pont/Getty Images for Bronx Children’s Museum The dust-up, on live radio, between an Italian-American actor and a progressive Italian-American mayor over an Italian-American saint, was just in time for […]

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Garbage Fires for Freedom: When Puerto Rican Activists Took Over New York’s Streets

Hiram Maristany laughs when I call to ask him about the famous Garbage Offensive. “Like so many things with the Young Lords, you got to go backward to go forward,” he says as the sounds of East Harlem rise around him: kids yelling, the cackling bochinche of old ladies, the heavy sighs and squealing brakes […]

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At the Empire State Building, a Lure Even for Jaded Natives

Weather: Cloudy and gusty, with a slight chance of rain until about noon and a high around 60. Warmer and drier over the weekend — the sun might peek through. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Monday (Columbus Day and Sukkot). ImageCreditDrew Angerer/Getty Images On Saturday, a glass observatory deck will open on the 102nd floor […]

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How Did Rudy Giuliani Get Here?

Episode 15: ‘Rudy! Rudy?’ Producer/Director John Marks The man once hailed as “America’s Mayor” is now at the center of the most confounding political story of the Trump presidency. Rudy Giuliani’s back-channel efforts to pressure Ukrainian officials on behalf of President Trump has helped prompt the impeachment inquiry that may tarnish both men. It’s a […]

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Cuba Gooding Jr. Hit With New Charge as His NYC Trial on Groping Charges Was Set to Open

On what was to have been the first day of Cuba Gooding Jr.’s trial on charges he groped a woman’s breast without consent, prosecutors had the proceedings delayed after announcing Thursday that the actor has been indicted on a second charge. According to the New York Times, prosecutors did not provide details on the second […]

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