What does it say about a man if he dedicates his entire life to taking a massive amount of money and resources away from the poor and middle class and handing it to the world’s wealthiest people — especially when the nation’s richest 1% own 38.6% of the country’s wealth and the top 0.1% have aboutthe same amount of wealth as the bottom 90%?Read More
But the problem with the stupid new fad of drinking unfiltered water is not that a handful of wealthy, post-science, anti-vaxxer loons will pay big bucks for repackaged, sewage-infused pond water. Sure, they are misguided narcissists (these random conspiracy theorists somehow know better than a century of science?), but these relative few will have easy access to cholera treatment when they inevitably drink shit.Read More
Earlier this week, I read a Thrillist listicle about the best under-the-radar holiday activities to do in New York City, each entry an alternative to an overdone Christmas traditions. The list suggests visiting Staten Island’s Winter Wonderland instead of the Bryant Park Winter Village or checking out Gingerbread Lane in the Queens Hall of Science rather than maneuvering through crowds at the New York Botanical Garden’s holiday train show.Read More
I spent several days at Bialoweiza Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that spans parts of Poland and Belarus. Since the Polish government endorsed logging in its portion of the forest – just outside the UNESCO site – the forest has become a flashpoint in the worldwide clash between conservative nationalists (who see logging as a way to assert national autonomy) and progressive multiculturalists who value international community (and who see logging as an environmental crisis and a threat to rare wildlife).
A reddit user in Madrid DM’d me to say he would like to help. He and I continued the conversation through email and he offered to work his connections among season-ticket holders to get a pair of tickets. He found a friend who couldn’t go and actually bought the tickets. Even before I sent him money through Paypal (no charge for exchanging dollars to euros!).Read More
No love for the stability-ball sitters huh? Tryna to work on their posture and core strength as they analyze the shit out of some hardcore customer data. Blastin those key demos, thrilling that high-value client, gunnin for that promotion, turbochargin that LinkedIn profile, snatching that bonus and splurging on those ankle weights like a salesforce superstar.Read More
Several distinct soccer cultures converge in Ridgewood, a little triangle along the Brooklyn border hemmed in by the industrial zone north of Metropolitan Ave and the freighter tracks to the east. Yesterday, I saw a guy walking on Fresh Pond Road in a Lewandowski jersey (representative of the neighborhood’s large Polish population) and a little kid in a Barcelona SC kit – the yellow one cluttered with more ads than an XVideos page – kicking a ball against his garage (an example of the Ecuadorian set). Meanwhile, my Albanian landlord is obsessed with Real Madrid, Serie A, Albanian SuperLiga and seemingly every other world league. There are also Romanian-American cultural and soccer centers, minivans decked out in Chivas paraphernalia and a growing footy hipster contingent who visit local bars to brunch with the Premier League.Read More
Hey Yankee fans, Vote GG for the final spot in the Major League Baseball All Star Game presented by Carfax !
happy fourth of july
from a hundred-year-old, parapet-less rooftop where we're all pretty high and hammered up here holding our flaming sticks while lighting explosives in the dark watching drunk neighbors fly remote control helicopters – henceforth known as drones – at roughly eyeball level to get a better Instagram story of the professional fireworks only slightly further away.
A group of young artists working with the Bronx's DreamYard are painting a mural on the Step Street near East 165th St. and Third Ave yesterday afternoon.
According to the Dreamyard website, the organization "collaborates with Bronx youth, families and schools to build pathways to equity and opportunity through the arts."
The young people told me this mural, which will feature a honeycomb design, represents the Blue Winged Warbler, a BX native.Read More