Posts tagged "NYC"


September 4th, 2013

When political candidates in New York City appeal to unionized workers, they are reaching out for the most part to minorities and women, according to a study released on Tuesday. White men account for less than one-fourth of the city’s union members, according to the study, written by Ruth Milkman, a sociology professor at the CUNY Graduate Center, and a colleague, Stephanie Luce. Fully 60 percent of all union members in the city identify themselves as either black or Latino; women who do not identify themselves as black or Latino make up an additional 17 percent of the city’s union members. “We all carry around in our heads this stereotype of a union member as a white male hard hat,” said Ms. Milkman, who tracks trends in labor. She said she was “shocked” that white males were only 23 percent of the membership. The decline of white male union membership has many causes, including the near-wipeout of manufacturing in the city and the sharp decline in unionization in the private sector, labor experts say. Meanwhile, the fastest-growing sectors of the economy have included health care and education, female-dominated industries that have attracted large numbers of minorities.

New York City’s Unionized Workers Are Mostly Minorities, a Study Shows - NYTimes.com (via dendroica)

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April 10th, 2013

I don’t have this burning, overriding desire to go out and run for office. It’s not the single animating force in my life as it was for quite some time. But I do recognize, to some degree, it’s now or maybe never for me, in terms of running for something. I’m trying to gauge not only what’s right and what feels comfortable right this second, but I’m also thinking, How will I feel in a year or two years or five years? Is this the time that I should be doing it? And then there’s the other side of the coin, which is … am I still the same person who I thought would make a good mayor?

So Anthony Weiner is thinking of running for mayor of New York City, complete with New York Times Magazine profile announcing his political ambitions. Can he pull off the big comeback? (via shortformblog)

When he first made his announcement known, my sister said, “He should sit down and stay home so that he can keep it in his pants,” as if politics was the reason that he cheated in the first place.  It’s not.  Plenty of powerful men on Wall Street cheat, as do men in all types of professional fields.  

What I think is forgotten about Weiner in his terrific scandal, is the fact that this man stood up for progressive values.  He stood up, where we have so few voices do and so many others that typically say either, “please sir, may I have some more,” with all the politeness of Oliver Twist or “don’t hurt me”, because I’m asking you to help out your fellow common man.   (Harry Reid comes to mind there.) 

As a liberal and a Democrat, I welcome Weiner to public office, with this thought and what I replied to my sister with: you don’t have to approve or disapprove of what he does or does not do in his public life, unless it directly affects you.  How he votes, how he or she represents the people is all that matters when someone holds public office.   The Europeans are light years ahead of us on this.  I sometimes think the worst thing we inherited from the puritanical forefathers of this country is this judgmental microscope that is completely unfair.  I love how they and the rest of the Christian populace conveniently forget, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.”  The only one that can judge Anthony Weiner for his private affairs are those that it directly affected and God, if he so chooses to believe in one.  

Since I don’t have to marry the guy, I don’t care what he does in his personal life as long as it didn’t involve illegal activity.  Now as for that judgment, there are plenty in Washington and state and local governments that have far more skeletons in their closet than Anthony Weiner.  

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January 18th, 2013

sosuperawesome:

Photographer Imagines What World Cities Would Look Like Without Lights

French photographer Thierry Cohen wants to show you what the cities might look like if they went dark on a clear day, and if the photographer focused on bringing out the stars. His project Darkened Cities shows recognizable cityscapes in darkness under the night sky.

To create the images, Cohen first traveled to locations that are untainted by the light pollution of large urban areas, capturing beautiful night shots of the Milky Way floating overhead.

He then combined these photographs with manipulated photographs of various cities (e.g. San Francisco, New York City, Tokyo, Rio de Janerio) to complete the effect.

(via dendroica)

paxmachina:

Only in NY does reality defy Onion.

College Student Knocked Out By Falling Futon Mattress Just Has To Laugh
This afternoon a freshman at Kings College was walking to the Broad Street J/Z station when a futon mattress fell from the sky and knocked him unconscious. Two witnesses say the mattress toppled off the top of a building some 30 stories up. Considering how heavy those futon mattresses can be, this guy’s lucky he didn’t break his neck—and he knows it. Jesse Scott Owen, the victim, is out of the hospital and tells us he’s grateful to be alive.
Owen, who just moved to NYC from Florida three weeks ago, says he was on his way to catch the subway to school when near-death came from above. “I was walking on the left side of the street—which I never do—and as I’m walking I get hit on the head with something. I was knocked out, I don’t know for how long. I was awoken by people were putting me up on the mattress, including one man who I think worked for the Stock Exchange.”
According to Owen, this man was his Guardian Angel. ”I was wondering why I was on the mattress and they explained it had fallen on me and knocked me out! I thought that was kind of hysterical. But everyone’s telling me not to move, and this one man in particular kept his arm on me and would not take it off, as you can see in the picture. He took my wallet and phone and called my mother and gave my information to the police.”
Owen says two of his classmates happened to be walking by and joined him in the ambulance to New York Downtown hospital, where he got X-Rays, CAT Scans, and pain medication. “My neck still hurts pretty bad,” says Owen, who suffered a sprained neck and possibly a herniated disc. And then there’s the monetary pain. “Everyone’s asking me if I’m going to sue, but I have honestly no clue,” Owen insists. “I really don’t want to pay these medical bills along with my college tuition.”
The NYPD told Owen’s mother the mattress might have blown off of the roof of a spa during today’s high winds. And one woman who witnessed the incident told Owen’s friends that she saw it fall from very high up. (Another witness told us earlier, “It must have flown off a rooftop terrace at least 30 floors up as I work on the 24th floor and saw it come down from above.”) However, no police report was filled out, according to Owen’s mother. As it happens, this rooftop spa at the Setai Wall Street on 40 Broad appears to have mattresses that look just like the one that fell on Owen.
But all things considered, Owen seems to be taking it in stride. “It was an experience,” Owen tells us. “And I am really happy I am not dead.” From his point of view, it was almost a rite of passage. “When I first Googled it to see if anyone had written about this I tried searching ‘boy hit by mattress wall street’ and that didn’t work,” Owen recalls. “So I tried ‘man hit by mattress’ and your story came up. I was psyched. ’That’s right, I’m a man now! They said it was a man knocked out on the sidewalk.’ “


The best line… is the last line…. I need to show this to my nephew… ;o) 
September 19th, 2012

paxmachina:

Only in NY does reality defy Onion.

College Student Knocked Out By Falling Futon Mattress Just Has To Laugh


This afternoon a freshman at Kings College was walking to the Broad Street J/Z station when a futon mattress fell from the sky and knocked him unconscious. Two witnesses say the mattress toppled off the top of a building some 30 stories up. Considering how heavy those futon mattresses can be, this guy’s lucky he didn’t break his neck—and he knows it. Jesse Scott Owen, the victim, is out of the hospital and tells us he’s grateful to be alive.

Owen, who just moved to NYC from Florida three weeks ago, says he was on his way to catch the subway to school when near-death came from above. “I was walking on the left side of the street—which I never do—and as I’m walking I get hit on the head with something. I was knocked out, I don’t know for how long. I was awoken by people were putting me up on the mattress, including one man who I think worked for the Stock Exchange.”

According to Owen, this man was his Guardian Angel. ”I was wondering why I was on the mattress and they explained it had fallen on me and knocked me out! I thought that was kind of hysterical. But everyone’s telling me not to move, and this one man in particular kept his arm on me and would not take it off, as you can see in the picture. He took my wallet and phone and called my mother and gave my information to the police.”

Owen says two of his classmates happened to be walking by and joined him in the ambulance to New York Downtown hospital, where he got X-Rays, CAT Scans, and pain medication. “My neck still hurts pretty bad,” says Owen, who suffered a sprained neck and possibly a herniated disc. And then there’s the monetary pain. “Everyone’s asking me if I’m going to sue, but I have honestly no clue,” Owen insists. “I really don’t want to pay these medical bills along with my college tuition.”

The NYPD told Owen’s mother the mattress might have blown off of the roof of a spa during today’s high winds. And one woman who witnessed the incident told Owen’s friends that she saw it fall from very high up. (Another witness told us earlier, “It must have flown off a rooftop terrace at least 30 floors up as I work on the 24th floor and saw it come down from above.”) However, no police report was filled out, according to Owen’s mother. As it happens, this rooftop spa at the Setai Wall Street on 40 Broad appears to have mattresses that look just like the one that fell on Owen.

But all things considered, Owen seems to be taking it in stride. “It was an experience,” Owen tells us. “And I am really happy I am not dead.” From his point of view, it was almost a rite of passage. “When I first Googled it to see if anyone had written about this I tried searching ‘boy hit by mattress wall street’ and that didn’t work,” Owen recalls. “So I tried ‘man hit by mattress’ and your story came up. I was psyched. ’That’s right, I’m a man now! They said it was a man knocked out on the sidewalk.’ “

The best line… is the last line…. I need to show this to my nephew… ;o)