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Things Are Good: A Playground Where Kids Play With Tools

Kids need places to play, and those playgrounds need to encourage community, exploration, and more. Designing a good playground can be harder than it sounds, it’s not as easy as putting a slide in a park and hoping that’s enough. A good playground has risk and challenges the players. In New York City there is […]

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wmtc: in which the death of a rock legend makes me think about how our world has changed

When this came out, I hung the cover on my bedroom wall. Sharing memories of David Bowie, as so many of us were after his too-early death this week, led me to think a lot about the world I lived in when I was a big Bowie fan.My world thenI saw Bow… . . . → Read More: wmtc: in which the death of a rock legend makes me think about how our world has changed

Alberta Politics: Fast food and fair wages: What happens when a good idea from Alberta hits the big time in New York?

PHOTOS: New York, New York … You gotta love it! Below: Fast food, New York City style. Below that: New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Alberta’s New Democratic Party government got a powerful boost from an unexpected quarter yesterday for its plan, which is controversial among certain well-heeled interest groups, . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Fast food and fair wages: What happens when a good idea from Alberta hits the big time in New York?

wmtc: joseph mitchell, master writer of the master city

My desire is to get the reader, well, first of all to read it. That story [“The Bottom of the Harbor”] was hard to write because I had to wonder how long can I keep developing it before the reader’s going to get tired of this. Here and there, as I think a fiction writer . . . → Read More: wmtc: joseph mitchell, master writer of the master city

wmtc: subway tokens, greek coffee cups, and me: missing nyc

This week I received email from my friend Alan, formerly known in this blog as Alan with one L, or AW1L. Subject line: Re: 34th Street/Penn Station Just Now

Out-of-Towner [leaning into packed Uptown Express [2 or 3] train]: “Does anybody know if this goes to Times Square?”

About 10 Passengers [as one–all with exactly . . . → Read More: wmtc: subway tokens, greek coffee cups, and me: missing nyc

Cowichan Conversations: Taking a Call for Climate Change to the Streets of New York City

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Read Lisa W. Foderaro’s comprehensive New York Times report that saw 100,000 demonstrators that hit the streets of New York city calling for action on ‘Climate Change.’

Leaders from throughout the world attended the Summit Meeting on Climate Change. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper underlined his indifference and irresponsibility by . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Taking a Call for Climate Change to the Streets of New York City

350 or bust: Climate Disruption: Why Do We Do So Little When We Know So Much?

* This weekend in New York City, and at solidarity events around the globe, the People’s Climate March:

wmtc: tommy ramone, and how can it be the ramones are gone from this world?

Back-to-back obituaries again. Obits are taking up a large percentage of wmtc real estate these days, yet another indication of how little I’m writing.

The passing of Thomas Erdelyi this week, better known as Tommy Ramone, brings an uncomfortable reminder of mortality for people my age and younger: the last surviving original Ramone.

Like a . . . → Read More: wmtc: tommy ramone, and how can it be the ramones are gone from this world?

wmtc: ruby dee, 1922-2014

Ruby Dee was a towering figure in the American theatre. She was a great actor, a poet, playwright, and screenwriter, and a steadfast voice for equality. Along with the actor Ossie Davis, her husband of nearly 60 years, Dee never stopped campaigning for full civil rights for all people.

Dee and . . . → Read More: wmtc: ruby dee, 1922-2014

wmtc: memo to porter airlines passenger who needs lessons in new york city

Dear suburban GTA resident flying on Porter Airlines from Newark to Toronto:

Since you were not talking to me, I was unable to respond to your erroneous statements. But since you were speaking loud enough for the entire plane to hear, I was easily able to determine that you have no idea what you are . . . → Read More: wmtc: memo to porter airlines passenger who needs lessons in new york city

wmtc: what i’m reading: just kids by patti smith

Just Kids is a memoir by the artist and musician Patti Smith, about her life and relationship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe. The book is a memoir of both Smith’s and Mapplethorpe’s coming of age as artists, and of the path of their relationships, both with each other and with other people who were formative in . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: just kids by patti smith

wmtc: before the onion, before the yes men, there was the post new york post

One day, as I was getting off the subway on my way from Brooklyn to my workplace on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, people were handing out these tabloids. I never learned who made them, where they came from, or where they went. But I’m so glad I saved my copy all these years.

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wmtc: you know her life was saved by rock and roll: lou reed, 1942-2013

Lou Reed, 1942-2013Songwriter, Musician, New Yorker

“One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.” – Lou Reed

“The first Velvet Underground album only sold 30,000 copies, but everyone who bought it started a band.” – possibly Brian Eno

I was shocked and very saddened to learn of . . . → Read More: wmtc: you know her life was saved by rock and roll: lou reed, 1942-2013

wmtc: what i’m reading, children’s books edition # 9: wonderstruck

Over the summer, I wrote about The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, a children’s book with a suspenseful, convoluted story, lavishly illustrated with Selznick’s beautiful pencil drawings. (I scanned several of those images into my earlier post.)

I’ve just finished Selznick’s most recent book, Wonderstruck. Wonderstruck is filled with drawings in the . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading, children’s books edition # 9: wonderstruck

LeDaro: Anthony Weiner: Surprise, surprise – he ends primary bid for Mayor

His parting speech “middle finger”. You can’t say that he is not steadfast.

“On primary day, Weiner got into an argument with a woman in Harlem who ridiculed him and told him to drop out.“You are all about you,” she said.“Get used to it,” he replied.A few hours later, the returns came in.One last time, . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Anthony Weiner: Surprise, surprise – he ends primary bid for Mayor

wmtc: this thursday, august 29: national strike of low-wage workers

If you are a fast-food worker, go here for more information on the national strike to say: Low Pay Is Not OK.

For the rest of us, on August 29, visit a picket line, send an email, sign a petition. In New York City, join rallying low-wage workers at Union Square at 2:30. All . . . → Read More: wmtc: this thursday, august 29: national strike of low-wage workers

wmtc: nyc action alert: join striking fast-food workers on monday, july 29

If you live in New York City, you have an opportunity to stand beside working people in their struggle for a better life and healthier communities. 84% of New York fast food workers reported experiencing wage theft at some point in the past year and the New York Attorney General and New York City . . . → Read More: wmtc: nyc action alert: join striking fast-food workers on monday, july 29

wmtc: hundreds of nyc fast-food workers walk off the job, demand a living wage (plus: don’t fly porter)

Hundreds of fast-food workers in New York City walked off the job this week, demanding a living wage. This is their second walkout in six months, as this exciting labour movement continues to grow.

The workers, who have organized themselves as Fast Food Forward, are a model for people throughout the US who are employed . . . → Read More: wmtc: hundreds of nyc fast-food workers walk off the job, demand a living wage (plus: don’t fly porter)

wmtc: two great reads from the new yorker, part 1: joseph mitchell on himself

The New Yorker has given us a singularly rare gift: new writing by Joseph Mitchell.

Joseph Mitchell wrote about New York City and the multiplicity of people who inhabit it. Mitchell wrote nonfiction portraits of quirky people, overlooked trades, unknown professions, obsessive collectors. His warm, meticulous prose brought people to life before your eyes. . . . → Read More: wmtc: two great reads from the new yorker, part 1: joseph mitchell on himself

Montreal Simon: Hurricane Sandy and the Twitter Troll

On Tuesday night, as New Yorkers struggled to cope with the fury of Hurricane Sandy.A Twitter account with the handle ComfortablySmug tried to cause even more fear.By sending out a series of alarming false messages.Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Hurricane Sandy and the Twitter Troll

The Disaffected Lib: Sandy May Cut the Big Apple a Huge Break

It looks as though Hurricane Sandy may arrive in New York City well before high tide.   That would be a huge break for the Big Apple.   High tides magnify storm surge flooding driven by powerful onshore winds.   In a city with vast underground infrastructure and so many low-lying, even beneath sea level, areas, a high . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Sandy May Cut the Big Apple a Huge Break

Things Are Good: In New York City Gay Marriage is Worth $259 Million

You read that correctly, a $259 million (USD) boom in New York City’s economy is thanks to respecting human rights! Changing the law to reflect reality and letting homosexuals marry one another has generated some needed economic growth for the local economy. All of this in just one year!

“Marriage equality has made our City . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: In New York City Gay Marriage is Worth $259 Million

wmtc: humans of new york: a photographic census of nyc

Assuming I am not the last person on earth to find this site, you might share my enjoyment of Humans of New York, a photo project by Brandon Stanton, documenting a “photographic census of New York City”.

The Humans of New York website says that updates happen most frequently on Facebook, but I . . . → Read More: wmtc: humans of new york: a photographic census of nyc

wmtc: celeste holm, 1917-2012

A grande dame of American acting died earlier this week. Celeste Holm, New York born and bred, was best known for her Academy Award-winning performance in Gentleman’s Agreement*, her memorable (and Oscar-nominated) role alongside Bette Davis in All About Eve, and for originating the role of Ado Annie in Oklahoma!. But her list of . . . → Read More: wmtc: celeste holm, 1917-2012

wmtc: what i’m reading: "zone one" by colson whitehead

I’m currently reading Zone One, by Colson Whitehead, a book I might never have picked up if it hadn’t been written by one of my favourite authors. Fortunately for me, it was, because I’d hate to have missed this.

Zone One is a zombie book – a literary zombie novel. The action takes place principally . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: "zone one" by colson whitehead