It’s June first, and even though Summer doesn’t technically start until later this month, we’re loving this wave of beautiful weather and summer vibes flowing through New York City. In celebration of the season, these five writers shared memories of summers they’ll never forget. Stroll down memory lane with these stories at www.nytimes.com.
With all of the frustrating delays and interrupted service, it can be hard to remember how lovely riding the New York City subway can sometimes be. Where else can you see over-sized dogs stuffed into one-of-a-kind carrying cases, or get an impromptu mid-afternoon alien dance recital?Yes, these are both real life examples. We love this collection of weird, uniquely subway moments put together by the New York Times: www.nytimes.com
Photographer Ethan James Green chronicles the “freewheeling Wild West” of young New York. With portraits of new creative renegades flocking to the city, Green’s subjects are often “in states of transition, whether the transition from youth to adulthood or a gender transition…transitions render people vulnerable, but Green’s subjects are confidently beautiful, masters of style and attitude.” Read more and see his photographs at www.newyorker.com.
We wish it were easier to photograph with black and white film these days (otherwise, we’d still do it!) It’s amazing to see the side by side comparison of how we take pictures today vs. 68 years ago. These photos show how New York’s iconic landmarks, including Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral were photographed in 1951 and now in 2019. Maybe one day our smart phones will look as “vintage” as these old-school cameras. See the photo story at www.nytimes.com.
16-year-old Kaleif Browder was held at Rikers for three years on Rikers without a trial for allegedly stealing a backpack because his family couldn’t afford to pay $3,000 in bail. He later died by suicide after his release.
Bail unfairly targets the poor, and sometimes keeps those accused of crimes in jail for years. In 2017, 33,000 criminal defendants spent time in jail in New York State because they didn’t have the money to post bail.
While prosecutors generally think of setting bail as a minor decision, research has shown that even a small stint in jail can cost defendants their jobs, and strongly impact their case’s outcome. Also, mental-health and housing issues often play a role in landing “frequent fliers” in criminal court. By setting bail and sending them to jail, these issues are only made worse.
However, New York State has recently made moves to reduce the practice of setting bail in criminal cases, and lawmakers in Albany are working on a bill that would abolish money bail.
New York City prosecutors have already reduced the frequency that bail is set, and defendants are still showing up in court. In fact, the return-to-court rate is higher than the national average at 86%. New York City has become the least incarcerated major city in the United states, with a decrease in jail population from 22,000 in 1991 to about 7,800 this year.
Eliminating bail would be a great step forward in criminal justice reform, and would prevent the unjust suffering of defendants in jail without a trial without compromising the safety of the public. Read more about bail and how it plays a role in larger efforts for criminal justice reform at www.themarshallproject.org.
This photo essay by Christopher Payne beautifully captures the process of making pencils. Of course, making something so simple is anything but. We love the detail that these photographs capture, and learning about the story behind this Jersey City pencil factory. Check it out for yourself at nytimes.com.
Despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s mission to diversity specialized high schools, the elite public high schools in New York City continue to admit very few black students. At Stuyvesant High School, only 10 black students were admitted last year, and only 13 the year before. There’s still so much work to be done in ensuring equal access to education in this country - a problem that hits home here in New York City. To learn more, read the full story at nytimes.com.
New York City continues to draw new tech talent, for companies as big as Google and Amazon all the way down to a booming startup culture. We love being at the center of it all. Read the whole story from Medium.com.
These photographs by Adam Pape show a side of New York City we know and love. It’s not all flashy lights and yellow taxi-cabs … “It is a portrait of New York that natives know, that curious netherworld between day and night where nothing is quite what it seems. Here Pape takes us on a journey into the heart and soul of Manhattan’s outer limits.” Check out the whole story on feature shoot.