On Sunday, June 26, dozens of restaurant workers in tall paper toques and flimsy plastic aprons charged into the Taste of Chicago.
Much attention has been paid to Walmarts latest attempt to set up shop in New York City. In recent months, much of the coverage has mentioned a site called Gateway II in East New York, Brooklyn, that the company is supposedly eyeing.
Eugene Gadsden usually speaks haltingly, but ask him about the indignities facing cannersthe approximately 10,000 New Yorkers who support themselves by picking aluminum cans and glass and plastic bottles off city streetsand he becomes loud and impassioned.
In New York City nothing symbolizes the hangover experienced from the real estate frenzy of the aughts better than the debacle that is the Atlantic Yards. Critics have long believed that Forest City Ratner Chairman and CEO Bruce Ratners high-flying promises of jobs, starchitecuture, affordable housing, high-rises, and sports were cynically calculated to sell his intention to control the rail yards at Atlantic Avenue.
Theres no money, city officials keep condescendingly insisting, as battles over Bloombergs austerity budget continue to raise tempers this muggy New York summer.
I didnt even hear him coming. Perched on the side of the steps leading into Fort Greene Park on Willoughby, I was too busy tapping away on my iPhone like the dopamine junkie that I am.
Deep down I wanted to re-experience the feeling of being a newcomer, to suspend what Id learned as a resident and see New York like I had my first time, when everything had the sheen and sparkle of novelty.