I am a passive consumer of the Rock and yet he is inescapable in my Year of Living Dwaynegerously.Read More
For the past month, I have focused a lot of my attention on my website SoccerInNYC.com, which I started just before the 2014 World Cup. I plan to again embark on my World Cup Tour of NYC by visiting a different bar, restaurant, viewing party or cultural center every day of the tournament.
In the meantime, I've been writing about various issues and people related to New York City soccer.
The Cristiano Ronaldo jersey seems to have replaced the guayabera as the smartest shirt in Havana. They were so common, in fact, that my friend Meg — who has zero interest in soccer — began pointing out polyester CR7 shirts in wooded parks, in crowded bars and along the quiet calles.Read More
This data was obtained by Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP) from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. It is available here.
The 2017 Estimated Census data is available here on the US Census Bureau's website.
"While virtually all the numbers demonstrate that NYPD arrest practices are marked by waste and racial bias, the statistics that stand out involve arrests for marijuana possession," said PROP director Robert Gangi in a statement. "Arrests for marijuana remain in the thousands every year & are now the 3rd most common NYPD arrest. The racial bias grows more stark: 93% of these arrests this year have involved NYers of color, this despite research and experience demonstrating that white people use and sell marijuana in proportions and numbers equal to or greater than African-Americans & Latinos."
Soccer leagues have kicked off across the city and that means it’s new-boot season for thousands of New Yorkers. Sure, you can buy from Soccer.com or Amazon, but nothing beats browsing irl.
Especially since soccer shops look like Spongebob the Musical.
About 90% of the boots are neon, the balls are Patrick Star pink and there are more bright yellow kits dominating the racks than ever.Read More
Rusty Staub died this morning, Opening Day for his old club the Mets.
Le Grand Orange had the best, most lyrical nickname in baseball history and one of the most underrated careers of the 1970s. Maybe he made his biggest impact with the Montreal Expos, but they don't exist anymore so Rusty's legacy lies with the Mets.
Baseball Reference list his most similar batters as Hall of Famers Tony Perez and Brooks Robinson and borderline HOF stars Luis Gonzalez, Steve Garvet and Torii Hunter.
Despite his impressive stats, I didn't realize what he meant to middle-aged Mets fans until I met Rusty inside Cityfield during my wife's work outing. Rusty sat by himself in the Verizon store in centerfield signing oversized baseball cards. I was the only one in the store aside from a few Verizon employees. He chatted with me a for a couple minutes and I went back to our seats.
My wife's boss was a big Mets fan in his 50s — I think a bit too young to truly remember the '69 team — so the 70s clubs were his sweet spot. He was a tough guy, not easily impressed and reluctant to show emotion, but when I showed him the signed card, his demeanor changed.
"Rusty?" he said with awe. His eyes widened and I caught a glimpse of what he must have been like as a kid in the 70s.
Then he took the card out of my hand, chewed it up and swallowed it.
This month, I've been working on a few cool design projects for Global Citizen that combine reporting with multimedia design. I did a lot of the work in photo with public domain photographs and added handwritten text.
Here are the links:
The pieces combine reporting and design for a unique visual experience. Check them out at Global Citizen. Here are a few sample images:
There's a petition circulating one of the world's many petition sites — this one is just called thepetitionsite.com — that urges Tinder, OK Cupid and Hinge to follow Bumble by banning images of guns in users' profile pictures.
"Guns are designed to kill. That is their only function," the petition says. "Should we be so desensitized to the sight of a killing machine that we think it's normal to see them while looking for love?"Read More
This is a zine I put together a few months ago with poems and art based on my travels throughout The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Newark. The poems are inspired by observations and one in particular, The Rationale, is based on common justifications for not helping the homeless. It's about how we turn our discomfort into anger and prejudice when we see a street-homeless person whose existence forces us to confront injustice.
Made some construction paper pals for a tropical party
I hate to give this stupid, reckless notion any more oxygen, but look how fucking ridiculous this is:
From the natural gas refinery to the factory to the wholesaler to the vendor to that wadded up bundle under your sink (and beyond): The WILD Journey of a plastic bag
I learned a lot about how plastic bags are made, from the very beginning as a byproduct of natural gas production, to how cities and corporate behemoths try to recycle them. It's an in-depth 'How It's Made' article full of fun gifs.
In less than a week, the story received nearly 500,000 engagements across the Global Citizen website and social media. The massive interest in the story demonstrates how compelling and personal WASH for women are for so many people in the US and around the world. Period-health seems particularly important.Read More
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