Hoodies For Trayvon

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Congregants bow their heads in prayer during a service at Middle Collegiate Church in New York, Sunday, March 25, 2012. Church-goers were invited to wear hoodies to services to show their support for justice in the case of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was wearing a hoodie on the night he was killed by a neighborhood watch captain in Florida. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

 

 

When I Look At Manhattan. . .

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From a work in progress currently titled From Mountain Road to Easy Street, a brief passage:

I walked towards my neighborhood up the Fourteenth Street Viaduct, its steep angle rising towards Union City matching the increasing elevating effect the pot had on my mood, as I walked on. When I reached the traffic light at the top of the bridge I turned around to look at the island of Manhattan below me, the live version of a black and white photograph from the nineteen fifties, taken around the time I was born, pressed into my memory. The skyline had grown new skyscrapers since I had arrived, like the newer trees in a jungle, they had sprouted, changing the outline but the basic premise remained. She was lit up from the edge of the water to the highest penthouse, permanently awake, as alluring still as the first time I had seen her. On this night, my existence, with all of the unconquerable problems it owned, was dwarfed by the magnitude of the man-made landscape before me. . .

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I took the photos of the New York skyline on the slideshow above over the last few years. These are just a few of the hundreds of images I’ve taken since arriving in Hudson County, New Jersey, in 1970. It’s impossible to ignore the view when you’re on this side of the Hudson. To some of us who, as kids, imagined living here, it’s the physical manifestation of dreams realized.

Good Riddance Day

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Just in case you wanted to get rid of something, today is the day:

The co-organizers of New Year’s Eve in Times Square (Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment) invite the public to say goodbye, once and for all, to those bad memories of 2009 at the Third Annual GOOD RIDDANCE DAY.  On Monday, December 28, 2009 from 12pm – 1pm, a dumpster,shredder and sledge hammer will be stationed on the Broadway Plaza between 46th and 47th Streets to discard any distasteful, embarrassing and downright depressing memories from 2009.

and a prize will be awarded for the most creative entry:

Participants are also invited to write their bad memories on stationery available on-site and watch as those awful recollections get sliced into shreds. A Grand Prize of $250 will be awarded to the Most Creative entry.

The first 100 participants will receive a Special Gift!

You can’t get to Times Square in New York City? No problem!

Good Riddance Day Online!

Can’t make it to Times Square on December 28th to join us in person for Good Riddance Day? Feel free to submit your Good Riddance entries online right here! We will post the best submissions on this site.