“I’m a sculptor. It’s hard to find space for loud, noisy, creative types. I came to Industry City just prior to it being bought out [by the developer Jamestown]. The price was reasonable, so I set up studios and figured I could make a little money helping other artists in the same situation, creative people doing noisy things. Before, it was very industrial and gritty. The owners were tenants as well and did not have a lot of money to invest in the buildings. The biggest transition is that the new owners seem to be keener on creative types rather than the old-school people here, like this import-export textile company and a cabinetry manufacturer. I thought the grittiness was fine. I didn’t pick this place because I needed any amenities, I just needed cheap space to work. Now the rent is in contention. I see it as a constant worry of artists, trying to find a cheap place to work.” —Gary Oshust, founder of SPark Workshop Brooklyn … [Read more...] about These Are the Cities Within New York City
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Cuba Gooding Jr. has pleaded not guilty to new charges in his sexual misconduct case in New York City. Prosecutors at Thursday’s arraignment said they’ve also heard from several more women who could testify that the 51-year-old actor has had a habit of groping women over the years.Web Extra: Cuba Gooding, Jr. Superseding Indictment (.pdf) … [Read more...] about Cuba Gooding Jr. Pleads Not Guilty To New Charge From Third Accuser In Sexual Misconduct Case
This is where the brand-new Socialist Majority Caucus, which seeks to be more inclusive, comes in. Beyond that, there are the libertarian socialists, or anarchists, who are skeptical of electoral work. There is the North Star Caucus, which is holding down the old “left wing of the possible” line. At the Verso party, I ran into a libertarian-socialist guy whom I hadn’t seen since college, and who told me that “North Star is the worst thing you can call someone in DSA.” Then there are disbanded groups like the ReFoundation caucus, which was populated by Fidel Castro sympathizers and Stalinoid tankies. Finally, there are all the nondenominational socialists, who couldn’t care less and just want to do the work. And while the sheer amount of random stuff going on every night can feel like leftist self-parody — “eco-socialist working group”; “North Brooklyn Night School Session 19 — The Lenin Controversy” — … [Read more...] about Pinkos Have More Fun
Looking through the wreckage of any breakup, one comes across the broken pieces of the original, good parts. In Judith’s telling, an Eisenhower-era, mom-and-pop worldview was the fuselage. Both raised in modest Italian-American families, they bonded on “pledging the flag every day, eating dinner with our grandmothers.” They bonded, too, in 2000, when Rudy was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and her background as a nurse helped her to help him. Then came 9/11, which she describes in romantic terms: He came every time she called him to counsel a family at the bereavement center. She got him a Cipro prescription in case the white powder falling from the sky turned out to be anthrax and not, as it was, asbestos. A few anecdotes in and you realize: As 9/11 hit, Rudy was just emerging from cancer, and the couple was just emerging from hiding. New York’s worst time may have been their best. “I wouldn’t let him get out of that truck without a mask,” … [Read more...] about The Giulianis Break Up
But McClendon argued that for people in urban areas, the cost of Ubering was beginning to make as much financial sense as owning a car, especially if riders were willing to use Uber Pool, a service that matches riders traveling to and from similar locations to share a car and split the cost. Uber says that Pool now makes up a quarter of all rides in New York, and it hopes that Pool will one day become a majority of its business, which is the most winning argument for not only its alleged environmentalism and corporate citizenship — a study by transit expert Bruce Schaller found that Uber and other ride-hailing services accounted for 600 million miles driven in New York City alone last year, likely contributing to the city’s congestion and pollution and sapping resources from public transit — but also its ultimate profitability. If Uber can put more people into a car and pay only one driver, margins go up. Ronak Trivedi, a product manager for Uber Pool, told me the … [Read more...] about Is Uber Evil, or Just Doomed?