If you're not convinced that the economic downturn is a crisis writ large, walk down any commercial street in Brooklyn and count the vacant storefronts or signs advertising 70%-off sales.
With more than eight million people packed into just 300 square miles, New York relies on resources from other areas to sustain its population. We pump our drinking water in from the cool streams of the Catskill Mountainsa billion gallons per day of water so clean it doesnt even need to be filtered. The electricity we use is also generated many miles outside the cityfar enough away that its difficult to mentally connect power plant to light switch.
Night cab driving, says Malik, the first three hours is important. Malik, 46, is at ease in the drivers seat of his yellow cab cruising over the Triborough Bridge. He drives with one hand on the wheel, one hand on the gearshift, and talks about life as a taxi driver. As he talks, he glances up in the rearview mirror, a practiced cab driver routine that enables him to see whats on the road as well as whos in his cab. His large molasses brown eyes look kind, rather like the eyes a child might draw if asked to make a picture of friendly eyes.
The trailer for Lisa Russells newest film opens with Ethiopian b-roll layered against ethereal chanting and birdsonga boy drives a donkey cart, pelicans lounge in a scruffy lagoon. The camera pans from a pair of green flip-flops up a long orange skirt, to a teenage girls pink-and-white jacket. She strolls away, towards a thatch-fenced village. My name is Tigist, she tells us in Amharic.