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  • Juneteenth in NYC: Where to March, Mourn, Picnic and Dance
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    Juneteenth in NYC: Where to March, Mourn, Picnic and Dance

    Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900, Texas. (Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.) Dating back to 1865, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Though the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Lincoln in 1863, technically ended slavery, the minimal number of Union soldiers stationed in Texas and the slow pace of […] More

  • Soho’s Boarded-Up Storefronts Have Become Canvases and Sounding Boards
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    Soho’s Boarded-Up Storefronts Have Become Canvases and Sounding Boards

    Earlier this month, over 50 smashed storefronts were boarded up after a night of looting. Two weeks later, Soho has turned into an open-air art gallery.   “Color is not a crime” reads a message painted on the plywood boards covering one store, against a rainbow-hued skyline. “Be safe, NYC,” advises a piece by renowned artist […] More

  • ‘Make It a Little Kinky’: City Updates Its Viral Sex Advice
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    ‘Make It a Little Kinky’: City Updates Its Viral Sex Advice

    As New York was hunkering down for the Covid-19 pandemic on March 21, the city Department of Health released a statement advising New Yorkers on how to have sex while saying safe and healthy. The guide, which advised residents to abstain from rimming and to engage in virtual sex, circulated widely on social media. Now, […] More

  • These Bikers Wear Masks, and Distribute Them
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    These Bikers Wear Masks, and Distribute Them

    (Photos courtesy of Engines for Change) When Kirsten Midura started Engines for Change in 2019, she was merging her love for motorcycle riding and environmental activism. The nonprofit started off hosting beach cleanups. But as times quickly changed and the coronavirus pandemic hit New York City hard, Engines for Change volunteers began using their motorcycles […] More

  • A Push to Make Chinatown’s Shopkeepers Say ‘Black Lives Matter’
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    A Push to Make Chinatown’s Shopkeepers Say ‘Black Lives Matter’

    (Photos courtesy of Chinese For Black Lives) On Sunday, 17 young Chinese people divided into eight teams and walked through the Chinatowns of Manhattan and Flushing, Queens. They visited Chinese vendors, inquired about their businesses in the midst of the pandemic and protests, and encouraged them to display Chinese For Black Lives posters in their […] More

  • During a Day of Protests Without Arrests, Politicians Join in Call For Police Reform
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    During a Day of Protests Without Arrests, Politicians Join in Call For Police Reform

    On the second day without curfew, as thousands gathered in Houston, Texas to mourn the death of George Floyd, protesters once again took to the streets of New York City yesterday to call for an end to police brutality. A movement that was initially marked by clashes with the NYPD has in its second week […] More

  • As More Protesters Are Arrested, NYCLU and Others Threaten to Sue Over Curfew
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    As More Protesters Are Arrested, NYCLU and Others Threaten to Sue Over Curfew

    A protest halted by police at Grand Army Plaza last night. (Photo: Daniel Maurer) Update, June 7: Mayor de Blasio announced Sunday morning that New York City’s curfew has been lifted a day early. “Yesterday and last night we saw the very best of our city,” he tweeted. The NYCLU tweeted, “This would not have […] More

  • Sex Workers Tip-Toe Back to Business, With Renewed Focus On Fighting Oppression
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    Sex Workers Tip-Toe Back to Business, With Renewed Focus On Fighting Oppression

    International Whores’ Day, 2018. (Photo: Mistress Blunt) As thousands protest in the streets against the police killing of George Floyd, sex workers in New York rose in solidarity during a livestream to mark International Whores’ Day. The virtual rally came this afternoon, hours before they were to head to Stonewall Inn to speak out against […] More

  • Looting and Shooting in Manhattan After Peaceful Protest in Brooklyn
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    Looting and Shooting in Manhattan After Peaceful Protest in Brooklyn

    A fourth day of protests against police brutality and the killing of George Floyd devolved into pandemonium Sunday night as a peaceful march from Downtown Brooklyn gave way to widespread looting and destruction in the streets of Manhattan. Dozens were arrested, according to the police, and a man was hospitalized after gunfire erupted in Soho. […] More

  • Photos: Protests Over George Floyd Killing Turn Violent in Brooklyn
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    Photos: Protests Over George Floyd Killing Turn Violent in Brooklyn

    During a third night of nationwide protests following the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man in Minneapolis, New York City protesters gathered at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The demonstrations started peacefully at 6pm, but ended in clashes between protesters and the police. The photos in the above slideshow were taken from 6pm […] More

  • Virtual Shows: Forced Collaborations and Comedic Capers
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    Virtual Shows: Forced Collaborations and Comedic Capers

    THURSDAY (image via DPTV) On 1 Condition: Quarantine QitchenThursday, May 21 on Zoom, 7:30 pm: FREE (donation suggested) Virtual shows inherently lend themselves to some art forms over others. It’s easier to, say, play a virtual concert in a bedroom with an acoustic guitar than it is to organize the logistics of a remote 4-piece […] More

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