Fast forward to 2006, when the Stonewall Inn was facing permanent closure. She quickly joined a team of investors to rescue and renew the historic site in its current form, becoming a co owner and the property s only lesbian investor. Since then, her LGBTQ rights activism has taken off she has participated in organizing hundreds of events and fundraisers for LGBTQ organizations such as GLAAD, Marriage Equality USA, the Hetrick Martin Institute, HRC, the New York City Anti Violence Project, Sylvia s Place, Lambda Legal, and SAGE. In 2017, she launched the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, a nonprofit charitable organization inspired by the struggles and ideals of the LGBTQ rights movement from the Stonewall Inn Uprising. She has also partnered with Heritage of Pride to produce some of the largest events during its annual NYC Pride Week, which attracts more than two million visitors from across the world.That is, under normal circumstances. As with almost all bars and restaurants across the five boroughs, the Stonewall Inn was forced to shutter when New York became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic earlier in the spring, calling the tavern s future into question. (A GoFundMe page, launched on June 13, has since raised more than $300,000 to keep Stonewall s doors open.)
With the ongoing global pandemic, businesses are shuttering left and right. The social distancing guidelines have had an outsized impact on queer and trans night life in particular. And for the most intersectional of those spaces: the pandemic has been a death knell. In New York City, there has been one Black owned LGBTQ nightlife space, Alibi, after the 2019 closing of Langston''s. Alibi, which was saved from closure last month by crowdfunding, was set to be joined before quarantine by a Lambda Lounge. And though the new Harlem based spot had to delay its opening, this month it finally opened in a limited capacity.Here, we talked to the married couple behind Lambda Lounge, Charles Hughes and Richard Solomon, about getting into the business and the importance of the space.
Trump tweeted Thursday that de Blasio "wants to paint the fabled beautiful Fifth Avenue, right in front of Trump Tower Tiffany, with a big yellow Black Lives Matter sign."""Pigs in a Blanket, Fry 'Em Like Bacon", referring to killing Police, is their chant. NYC Police are furious " his tweet said.
Trump tweeted Thursday that de Blasio wants to paint the fabled amp; beautiful Fifth Avenue, right in front of Trump Tower Tiffany, with a big yellow Black Lives Matter sign. Pigs in a Blanket, Fry Em Like Bacon , referring to killing Police, is their chant. NYC Police are furious his tweet said.
Trump took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to rip into May Bill de Blasio for urging the city to target the Fifth Avenue block of Trump Tower for a mural. The site is one of seven New York City streets that will be decorated with a large yellow mural reading "Black Lives Matter.""Told that Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to paint the fabled amp; beautiful Fifth Avenue, right in front of Trump Tower Tiffany, with a big yellow Black Lives Matter sign. 'Pigs in a Blanket, Fry 'Em Like Bacon,' referring to killing Police, is their chant. NYC Police are furious " Trump wrote in the tweet.
Movie theaters in Los Angeles and New York City hope to reopen on July 10 in a key development for the return of the box office after an unprecedented hiatus.The country #39;s two largest moviegoing markets are crucial for Hollywood studios as they gear up to release big budget tentpoles Mulan on July 24 and Tenet on July 31 (the latter was originally set to open on July 17, but moved last week).
America s police are out of control. This is news to you? White America hires cops to control blacks. This is called racism. The Minneapolis cop did not murder Floyd. It was manslaughter. The prosecutor mangled it, but did he have the police union s endorsement? Why didn t he charge the driver in the Justine Damond shooting? The city will suffer a humiliation when the four Minneapolis cops are restored. Their firings were illegal. Due process was sacrificed on the altar of expedience. Did they murder Floyd? No. They were teaching Floyd a lesson. Have there been any attempts to control the thumpers in the ranks? Our leaders have covered themselves in glory. The cops were fired in violation of law. The union will emerge as heroes as they get the cops restored, arrange for their defense, make bail and secure a reversal. Later much later the cops will be convicted and legally fired. Leaders will posture and declaim. Lawyers, family and other members of the litigation industry will garner windfalls. Talleyrand once said, It is worse than a tragedy, it is a mistake. The tergiversations now underway mask some simple truths: The cops have their hero in the White House. Racism is alive and well and the cops make sure it is. Black leaders ride this wave cynically. Mayors are clueless. No police chief in America could be labeled a reformer or seek to be. One did exist in NYC, but he lasted 30 months (Murphy, 1970 73). So, let s get real. Yes, change will emerge. Incremental, grudgingly and piecemeal. After all, we have abolished slavery, right. Ask any black you know are we a racist society? I ll rest on the answer. And who controls and executes the unspoken instruments of racism? Socrates suggested questionings. The Bible enjoins us to get wisdom and, with all thy getting, get understanding. Cassandra had the gift of prophecy and the curse of not being believed. Editor s note: Tony Bouza built the 3rd Precinct station house. He consolidated the six former precinct stations to four because, Buildings eat people. When I was talking to the architect I said, I want a light, airy, welcoming building. And that s what it was. But, he admitted to me, it had become a place with swastikas on the wall.
The phrases will now get replaced with ;noncitizen;, the Daily Mail studies.NYC City Council handed the invoice on Thursday that can do away with the phrases "alien ", "illegal immigrant " and "illegal migrant " from native legal guidelines, guidelines, orders, metropolis paperwork and different supplies.
New York City officials and law enforcement will no longer be able to use the terms "alien" and "illegal immigrant" to refer to undocumented immigrants.The NYC Council voted Thursday to ban the "dehumanizing and offensive" words in local laws, rules and documents, said Speaker Corey Johnson. The term that officials will use going forward will be "noncitizen."
The holding to ransom of a business that very few people have ever heard of rarely makes the mid afternoon news bulletin on BBC Radio 2, but the mainstream media was prepared to make an exception in the case of NYC based law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas and Sacks, which has been attacked by Gold Southfield, the cyber crime group behind the ReVIL Sodinokibi ransomware strain. Why might this be?The facts of this ransomware case are quite mundane. The attack on Grubman s network saw 756GB of documents on multiple clients stolen, including contracts, non disclosure agreements, phone numbers and email addresses. As is becoming quite normal, the attack bears some hallmarks of a double extortion attempt, as some documents have been posted on a dark web forum as proof that the hack is genuine, and as a threat to encourage the victim to pay up.
Henrietta Hudson, the country''s longest operating bar for queer women, is pleading for financial help from the LGBTQ community after requests for government aid went unanswered. Over the years we have seen it all 911, the 2008 recession and Super Storm Sandy in 2012. We rose above all of these obstacles, but never could have anticipated or prepared for the onerous burden of a pandemic that threatens our very survival, Henrietta Hudson co owner Lisa Cannistraci said in a statement. Although we have applied for federal and local disaster and payment protection loans, we have been ignored. And it has been extremely disheartening to see news reports showing bigger businesses prioritized for assistance.
The 113th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will take place in NYC;s Madison Square Garden on February 10 and 11, and you can bet your kibble that owners and pups are setting into high gear as they approach the big day. The reality is that an enormous amount of time and money is spent by competitors all with the hope of walking away with that glorious Best in Show ribbon. But how much, exactly, does the winner take home? You;d be surprised. The National Dog Show hosts share their most interesting memories throughout the years.Drumroll please the first place champion of the Westminster Dog Show earns a whopping $0. Instead of a juicy cash prize, the esteemed pooch crowned Best in Show receives an array of glimmering trophies and ribbons that their owner can proudly display. According to the Westminster Kennel Club official site, those are as follows:
We ve passed Thanksgiving and are racing toward Christmas. Island author Phil Reppert has transformed the traditional telling of the Nativity into a modern day tale. He locates Nativity on East 7th: A New York City Christmas squarely in Manhattan s Lower East Side, which harbors his main characters. Reppert explains about the inspiration for his book, Many years ago I heard a Catholic sister give a wonderful Advent talk on the Christmas story. She said that each year we should approach the traditional spiritual story with fresh eyes and an open heart, seeing new and deeper layers of meaning in the characters and events of the first Christmas. She said, Listen to the story with your heart, place yourself in the story, and find out what it means to you today The book is a coming of age story for the 20 year old Joseph, the protagonist (an aspiring woodworker) and teller of the story. His journey leads him to discover that relationships and connection with others are what he is seeking. His bonding starts off with the Boys of Benny s an odd assortment of rough and tumble local bar characters from a Vietnam vet to an aging hippie to an EMT, who will come in handy for the birth scene in a night blizzard. The Boys of Benny s, the Shepherds, are the ordinary, everyday working folks, just trying to make it in life, Reppert says. But Joseph is soon drawn across the street to St. Francis Parish and the extraordinary couple who cook meals for the homeless, and the elderly activist priest, Father Jasper. Reppert found inspiration for this wise and compassionate man in a minister he heard preach one Sunday in New York City, the well known social activist the Rev. William Sloane Coffin. Reppert says, This was the first time I heard a minister speak so boldly on the unjust treatment of the poor and homeless in New York City, and the church s duty to speak out and act on their part, Reppert says. I must admit, Rev. Coffin, along with other theologians I read, had a great influence on the development of Father Jasper s character and mystique. One of the characters in the book says of Father Jasper, He is an addiction, he makes you high on love. Reppert completes his trio of wise men with a rabbi and an imam who show up at various times in the book. Reppert situates his story in Manhattan because, I love NYC for the cultural diversity, the energy, and the distinct neighborhoods. As a 20 year old, I spent a great amount of time in Greenwich Village, more in the East Village. And yes, on Friday nights I frequented a local neighborhood bar on East 7th Street, where old men sat alone at the bar drinking their whiskey and we kids played countless games of pool while drinking countless juice size glasses of beer. East 7th Street was a neighborhood made up of locals and newbies, working and professional classes, and people from all ethnic backgrounds. Reppert casts Mary as Maria, pregnant and alone in the world until she becomes involved in the parish. But as Reppert says, although outcast from her family, she approaches her challenging life situation with maturity, acceptance, hopefulness, and unshaken faith. He explained that his initial intention was to write a short, modern day Christmas story. I wanted to try something different for this particular Christmas because I d heard our kids complaints from last Christmas: Must we read it again? We know the story. The story I started to write was not a warm and fuzzy sentimental story, but a modern day story about the outcast, the persecuted foreigner, the poor and homeless, the working class, the politically oppressed. As I started writing, it morphed into something bigger, until the characters took a life of their own and I had no idea where the story was headed. The author continues, I started writing this composition just prior to the last presidential election, and it is an understatement to say that I was greatly affected by the lack of civility and ugliness in our country. Writing this novel was my form of journaling, not only a way to deal with my own anger and disgust, but to look deeply into my own complicity in the matter, my prejudices and egotistical tendencies. I have never before used fictional characters and scenes to imagine a world that could be different, a story where a new love is born into. In A Note from the Author at the end of the novel, Reppert writes, Christmas is the time where we are called to look deeper, rededicate ourselves, stretch our hearts open a little farther, reawaken ourselves to the divine love born into this world, incarnate in a little peasant baby, found in a manger, for Love never fails, Love never ends. Where there is love, there is hope. Nativity on East 7th: A New York City Christmas by Phil Reppert. Available at Bunch of Grapes in Vineyard Haven, Edgartown Books, Cronig s Market, and online. You can learn more about the author at philreppert.com.