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from The Great Debate:

Life in New York in the time of Ebola

Commuters depart an L train during the morning commute a day after an announcement that the subway system had been used by a doctor now testing positive for Ebola in New York

New York is a disgusting place. There are strange, unpleasant smells that greet you every morning as you leave your apartment and walk to the subway on your way to work. Often, you can’t even identify the lingering foulness.

As you walk, you’re likely to step in puddles of godknowswhat that appear days after the last rain. Always the same gray, brownish color, with hints of oily iridescence. Maybe that’s where the smell is coming from, but maybe not.

Arrive at the subway station at rush hour and everybody is touching everyone as you make your way down the stairs. Now you smell perfume, hair products, sweat and often damp wool. The stairs themselves are covered with the grime of a century and gum that might first have been chewed by a flapper on her way to a night at Delmonico’s.

Stand on a crowded platform, breathing in the breath of strangers, waiting for a train that was cleaned once by someone who wished they were doing anything else. Cram yourself in and grab a pole that’s been grabbed in that exact same spot a million times before by people of every nation and creed. Some were fastidious, others had just vomited, while still others had sneezed into their palms and lurched to get a grip.

from Alison Frankel:

Why the Arab Bank terror-finance trial matters

Last week, on the evening of Sept. 11, a lawyer named Mark Werbner stood outside his hotel in Brooklyn and looked across the East River at the blue lights commemorating the collapse of the World Trade Center in 2001. Werbner, who is from Dallas, was in New York because he represents American victims of Hamas bombings and shootings during the second Palestinian Intifada. Since early August, he and his co-counsel have been trying the victims' claims against Jordan's Arab Bank, which they accuse of financing the Hamas terror operations. As he looked at the blue lights, Werbner told jurors Thursday during closing arguments in the Arab Bank trial, he stepped back and asked himself whether the 10 years of work he'd put into the case had accomplished anything.

"What am I doing here? What difference will it make?" he told jurors. "You know what's going on in the world since then. It's not any better. You know what we're facing."

from Stories I’d like to see:

Just how strange is Governor Andrew Cuomo?

New York Governor M. Cuomo stands during a news conference following a bi-state meeting on regional security and preparedness in New York

1. What’s the matter with Andrew Cuomo?

By now I assume New Yorker editor David Remnick has assigned someone to do a profile of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is fast becoming the Howard Hughes of big-time politicians.

But just in case he hasn’t, here’s a reminder for him or any other smart editor why it’s time to take a long look at the governor: The New York Times report in late July detailing how Cuomo interfered with his supposedly independent corruption commission was great stuff. Even better were subsequent accounts in the Times and elsewhere about the governor’s clumsy attempts to explain things once he got caught.

from Blogs Dashboard:

Fashion Lookout: NYFW Spring 2015 Coverage, Social Media

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from jharonnemartis:

DESIGNERS KORS AND KATE COMPETING FOR FANS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

New York Fashion Week featured a new runway star – glamorous, trendy and not affiliated with any one designer. Social media arrived as a marketing tool, with the potential to boost the bottom line of design firms that get it right. We look at two players to see who might pull ahead in the race for online dominance.

In New York, Facebook, Twitter and e-commerce tools instantly brought the latest styles to fans around the world, even giving customers the chance to buy them immediately.

from Blogs Dashboard:

DESIGNERS KORS AND KATE COMPETING FOR FANS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

New York Fashion Week featured a new runway star – glamorous, trendy and not affiliated with any one designer. Social media arrived as a marketing tool, with the potential to boost the bottom line of design firms that get it right. We look at two players to see who might pull ahead in the race for online dominance.

In New York, Facebook, Twitter and e-commerce tools instantly brought the latest styles to fans around the world, even giving customers the chance to buy them immediately.

from The Great Debate:

Not one woman gets her own pedestal among Central Park’s statues

The Central Park statue of Dr. James Marion Sims is pictured along 5th Ave in the Manhattan borough of New York

There are 50 statues in New York’s Central Park, one of the world’s most visited spots. Not one of them is of a woman who exists outside of fiction.

There are marble monuments to dozens of men, most of them real, but not a single statue commemorating the life or contributions of a real-life woman. Even the fictional female characters – Alice in Wonderland, Juliet Capulet and Mother Goose – were created by men.

from The Great Debate:

You can’t blame immigrants for gun violence

A pile of handguns are placed in a trash bin after they were surrendered during a gun buyback program in Los Angeles, California

The eruption of anti-immigrant fury over the federal government’s plans to temporarily relocate undocumented Latino children to shelters and Border Patrol facilities in Murietta, California, and other cities, is largely founded on the expressed belief that immigrants bring drugs and crime, threatening the safety of communities.

Yet as figures from the Murietta Police Department show, Latinos commit fewer crimes, especially drug offenses, compared to whites in their respective proportions of the city’s population.  Racially diverse areas with rapidly growing, younger immigrant populations are also becoming dramatically safer from gun violence, according to surprising new figures from the Centers for Disease Control.

from The Human Impact:

Do gender and sexuality really matter anymore?

Contestants wait for the start of the annual race on high heels during Gay Pride celebrations in the quarter of Chueca in Madrid

Contestants wait for the start of the annual race on high heels during Gay Pride celebrations in the quarter of Chueca in Madrid

When I sat down with directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini to discuss “Mala Mala,” their documentary which premiered last month at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, I took out my laptop and went over my questions one more time, as I always do.

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