Category: Life

NYC Has “A Long Way To Go” To End The Illegal Stop-And-Frisk Era

As 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has struggled to answer for his role in defending the NYPD’s widespread and racially discriminatory stop-and-frisk policy, Mayor Bill de Blasio has used the controversy to contrast his own tenure with the billionaire’s. “Not only did we get rid of the broken use of stop-and-frisk, but we have — there are 150,000 fewer arrests in 2018 than five years earlier,” de Blasio told WNYC’s Brian Lehrer in December. “I mean, it’s the antithesis of what we saw with Mike Bloomberg and Ray Kelly where young people were affronted constantly by the NYPD, whether innocent ... Read more

MUKZIN OPENS AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK 2020 – Mukzin Designer Brand

MUKZIN NYFW HANDMADE ACCESSORY — WICKER BASKETS Mukzin’s runway show opened at New York Fashion Week in February 2020. After presenting fashion collections “The Theater of Mao’er” at Shanghai, “The Jade in the Shadow” at Paris Fashion Week, and “Daan” at London Fashion Week, Designer Kate Han of MUKZIN revealed the 2020AW collection last Thursday. But the whole process was quite tough according to designer Kate Han. “The day before President Donald Trump’s coronavirus travel ban took effect, Mukzin’s team of four arrived in New York for their first runway show in the city. Short Staffed and jetlagged, Kate Han ... Read more

[Update] Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty Of Two Counts Of Rape & Sexual Assault

Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of two counts of rape and sexual assault in his rape trial. After a week of deliberations, the seven-man, five-woman jury found Weinstein guilty of a criminal sexual act in the first degree against Miriam Haley, and rape in the third degree against Jessica Mann. A criminal sexual act in the first-degree carries a minimum sentence of 5 years in prison and a maximum of 25; third-degree rape carries a maximum sentence of four. Weinstein has been remanded straight to jail to await sentencing on March 11th. Weinstein was found not guilty of the ... Read more

How an Airbnb Design Lead brought a Berlin-based Product Studio’s brand to life?

Meet Sebastian! Sebastian Speier (aka startfinish) is a Creative Director and Product Designer in New York. He is currently an Experience Design Lead at Airbnb focusing on Luxury. Before that he was a Design Lead at Instagram, and prior to that he was the Global Design Director on the Nike SNKRS app. To get a better picture on his design legacy check out this great interview with him on Interface Lovers here. Our friend and strategist, Riwa Harfoush, (from our previous article) brought Sebastian on board as her collaborator in bringing TrueNode’s brand identity to life visually. Sebastian Speier (http://sspeier.com/) ... Read more

City Council Recommends Replacing Part Of Crumbling BQE With $11 Billion Tunnel

As the BQE continues to crumble, politicians, neighborhood groups, and design firms have all come to the table with a plan to fix it—these solutions put forth have ranged from the controversial (building a temporary highway on top of the historic Brooklyn Heights Promenade) to the compromising (a truck-only highway with a “linear park” on top). A day ahead of a public hearing on the future of the BQE, the City Council is the latest to toss ideas into the ring, one of which delivers the most utopian vision yet: a complete teardown, with an underground tunnel to support traffic. ... Read more

‘A Real Victory For The Prosecution And The #MeToo Movement’ – Breaking News, Sports, Weather, Traffic And The Best of NY

New York Weather: CBS2 Forecast At 11 p.m.CBS2’s Lonnie Quinn is tracking some wet weather that will hit our area on Tuesday. Here’s your 11 p.m. forecast. 3 hours ago Possible Solution To GCT Homeless Crisis DiscussedThe owner of a restaurant tells CBS2’s Jessica Layton he has a suggestion to alleviate the homeless issue inside Grand Central Terminal. 3 hours ago Thousands Attend Kobe Bryant TributeThousands of fans and luminaries from all over the sports and entertainment world were on hand Monday for a memorial service for Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, who were killed in a ... Read more

Multiple Babies Infected With Herpes From Ritual Circumcisions In Recent Months

At least four babies in NYC have been infected with herpes from mohels performing the metzitzah b’peh ritual since September 2019. According to a report from the CDC, three of those babies have been infected since December; all three have been admitted to the hospital and are reportedly recovering now. Herpes can cause severe infection in babies resulting in brain damage and death. The “metzitzah b’peh” ritual is the circumcision practice in which a mohel sucks the blood from a freshly snipped foreskin of a baby boy. Outside of the ultra-Orthodox community, the ritual is shunned by Jews, and is ... Read more

Grand Central Terminal Restaurant Owner Suggests Turning Sidecar Seating Area Into Designated Space For Homeless – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The homeless crisis has manifested itself inside Grand Central Terminal. CBS2 was the first to highlight the complaints from restaurant owners, who fear they may be forced out of business because of it. But now, a possible solution is being tossed around, Jessica Layton reported Monday. Under the lavish roof of the historic transit hub, the city’s homeless spend their days fishing through garbage cans, slumped over on staircases, and there are stories — even surveillance video — of stealing. When asked if his workers ever feel unsafe, restaurant owner Joe Germanotta said, “Oh yeah. It’s ... Read more

FIT Administrators Suspended Amid Backlash Over Fashion Show Evoking Racist Stereotypes

Responding to a backlash against the use of seemingly racist oversized lips and ears at a fashion show this month, the Fashion Institute of Technology has placed two administrators on leave. Earlier this month, the graduate program’s fashion show featured models wearing bright red oversized lips and what appear to be monkey ears, evoking racist caricatures of Black people seen throughout American history. Mary Davis, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, and Jonathan Kyle Farmer, the Chair of the MFA Fashion Design Department, have been placed on leave while an external law firm conducts an investigation into what ... Read more

Mayor De Blasio Under Fire For Using App That Hides His Communications – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio found a new way to hide his communications, and now finds himself in hot water. His actions have raised legal and ethical questions. He campaigned on the promise of being the most transparent mayor in the history of life, then broke the vow even before he took the oath of office by trying to bar the media from his private swearing in. It was a road into the rabbit hole of secrecy — confidential emails with so-called “agents of the city” that he fought to keep private, limiting public press conferences to ... Read more