Mostly, I chose these cities for their potential to fit into new paradigms of what Millennials want for the future: fulfilling jobs; affordability; creative and diverse communities; and a sense of ownership and influence.
as one lady once told me, “New York is not the be all, end all” and I am seeing that - in a very in your face way - every day.
But the Citi Bike safety stands in contrast with several recent pedestrian fatalities, including the death of a nine-year old in Brooklyn last weekend struck by a driver who jumped a curb after going the wrong way down a one-way street. Although traffic fatalities have been on the decline overall, they are almost intersecting with the city’s homicide rate. As of the end of September, there were 203 traffic fatalities in the five boroughs — just 39 fewer than the number of murders in the same period. White says this points to a need to rethink policing priorities to focus on cars that speed and fail to yield to pedestrians. “We need a sea change at the NYPD,” he said. “They must enforce more against reckless driving.” (There’s one big reason that enforcement doesn’t happen at the rate some advocates would like to see: as TN reported last week, one former city official laid the blame at the feet of ticket revenue. New York City keeps all of the revenue from parking tickets
also, NYPD is the worst.
Part of that infatuation is a willingness to consider New York from a cinematic distance, overlooking the city’s many irritants except insofar as they add grit and drama to your story. This seems like the general approach of many New York evangelists, who complain vigorously about little things like subway hardships and bedbug plagues, and then post Instagram photos of the skyline at sunset. A not-insignificant number of the vehement New York lovers I know — especially the young twentysomethings — are actually pretty unhappy day to day. I picture the prom king’s girlfriend sitting near him at the party, ignored but still kind of proud to be in the room and on his arm — and incredibly defensive should you suggest she break up with him for someone who dotes on her more.
dude, I will absolutely take sunshine and avocados over drama and grit!
For my latest poster, I sat down with Leilani - a lovely media-making, union-organizing, activist - in her home in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Below is an excerpt from our conversation on her experiences with street harassment. I’ll soon post the final portrait and poster design that came from talking with her."You know, I was talking to my roommate. I came home and I was so frustrated. I was like, ‘you know, I feel like sometimes women - specifically women of color in this city - we open the door ready to go to work, or start our day, and I feel like we open the door ready to confront a fucking a war.’ It’s that serious.And, then people are like, ‘Oh, you’re blowing it out of proportion.’ And the whole defense of ‘Oh, well they didn’t mean it that way.’ But, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what the perpetrator means or doesn’t mean, it’s about how it affects me as a woman, walking down the street. I don’t care if you had no ill intention. It’s like the whole concept of what makes a person a racist or not. ‘Oh, I didn’t mean it that way.’ No! You don’t get to decide what is sexist and what is not. How it affects me - my heart, my spirit - how it simply affects my day… And people wonder why you walk around with a chip on your shoulder. And it’s like, you walk in my shoes for a few days.”
this series is incredibly important to me. and should be to any girl.
does anyone have advice for a n00b biker who wants to make it up to that red lighthouse under the GW Bridge without fainting in 80-degree weather today? or should I just like pit stop for beer all along the piers til I can’t move anymore?
(I’m always overestimating my biking stamina)