Posted inPolitics

The rise of surveillance in New York City

New Yorkers walking down the street are likely to be dimly aware that they are being surveilled, in some way, by a mixture of private and public entities. It’s part of the trade-off that we’ve made as a society, a kind of persistent monitoring in exchange for a sense of security and convenience.

The shift has been accelerated by the twin engines of post-9/11 cultural shifts and the growing primacy of social media and targeted advertising, and elicited relatively little pushback as the technologies have grown more sophisticated while receding out of sight.

Posted inSchools

Paid White House Internship Program 

Applications for the new White House Internship program are now open and will close on Friday, June 24. The program is a public service leadership and development program, and this year will be the first time in history that interns will be paid. This will help provide an equal opportunity for low income and first-generation professionals.

Posted inSchools

Students threaten violence at Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens schools

Last week, Robert Kennedy School on the Upper East Side went on lockdown after a 12-year- old made threats in a group chat. A parent of one of the members of the group chat found the conversation where the 12-year-old girl threatened to “shoot up the teacher and the school.” It also included a photo of a gun. The student was not charged, but sent for evaluation at a nearby hospital.

Posted inSmall Biz Spotlight

Nicole Zïzi Studio makes stylish, earth-friendly clothing

Nicole Zïzi, 24, began her career as a fashion designer in 2015 when she was attending Parsons School of Design in New York City. She spent three years learning and practicing her craft and also gained hands-on experience in various aspects of design. She wanted to design furniture at the time, with the goal of having her own line of sustainably made furniture. However, school was expensive and it was becoming difficult to continue her education. In 2018, she decided to pause her studies and explore her creativity by launching the furniture line. The venture was proved unsuccessful due to high overhead costs. So she tried something new. 

Posted inPolitics

Opinionated New Yorkers need to keep that same energy by voting

Voting rights have come a long way since New York City first began holding elections in the 1800s. Obstacles that prevented New Yorkers from voting, like the requirement to own land, are long gone. Yet, some New Yorkers still find it difficult to cast their ballots. Long and time-consuming poll lines, malfunctioning voting machines and language barriers can discourage New Yorkers from voting. However, some recent legislation will make it easier for everyone’s voice to be heard. 

Posted inClimate

Summer in the city can look different depending on where you live 

There’s nothing like summer in the city — ice cream trucks on every corner, swimsuit-clad New Yorkers lounging in Central Park and for once, the subway (granted the air conditioning is working) provides a sense of relief. However, not all city dwellers experience summertime in the same way. The heat feels different depending on your housing situation and  which neighborhood you live in. The lack of green space and accessible cooling spots like pools and beaches can make your summers hotter. For some, it can be deadly.

Posted inFeatures

What Emmett Till still teaches us about the images of murdered children

What do assault weapons do to the bodies of children? Do we want to know? Media pundits ponder whether showing more gruesome images might finally change public policy on the right to bear arms. Cognizant of another time a child’s body became an icon, we turned to Jessie Jaynes-Diming, a Civil Rights tour guide and Emmett Till Memorial Commission member, for her thoughts on Uvalde, Texas. We asked her to contextualize the murder of 14-year-old Till — and his mother Mamie Till’s decision to display his mutilated corpse in an open-casket funeral — to glean some perspective.