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  • ‘A Lot of Bars Are Saying F– This,’ Says Owner Smacked With K in Covid Fines
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    ‘A Lot of Bars Are Saying F– This,’ Says Owner Smacked With $25K in Covid Fines

    (Photo: @stdymphnas on Instagram) When Governor Cuomo announced on Aug. 29 the suspension of six additional New York State liquor licenses due to alleged violations of Covid-19 regulations, St. Dymphna’s, a long-running bar in East Village, was on the list. “With a heavy heart I have to announce to you all that St. Dymphna’s will […] More

  • Pandemic Splits 9/11 Ceremony in Two
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    Pandemic Splits 9/11 Ceremony in Two

    The pandemic in New York brought many inequalities to light and created many divisions, and this morning’s commemoration of 9/11 was no exception. The usual ceremony was divided into two due to safety concerns: one at the Sept. 11 memorial plaza, and the other at the corner of Church and Liberty Streets, near Zuccotti Park. […] More

  • 'An Open Window's Not Gonna Cut It': Ventilation Expert Warns Teachers About Classroom COVID Risks
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    'An Open Window's Not Gonna Cut It': Ventilation Expert Warns Teachers About Classroom COVID Risks

    Parents, teachers, students, and community members hold a protest on September 4th in front New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's private home calling for safer protocols for the reopening of New York City's public schools in Brooklyn. "You have to bring in enough fresh air and you have to change it rapidly enough that […] More

  • As Museums Reopen, Some Workers Feel Like Relics
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    As Museums Reopen, Some Workers Feel Like Relics

    Many rejoiced when New York’s museums were allowed to reopen last week, but not everyone was thrilled. As museum operations came to a halt or moved to the virtual sphere during the five-month shutdown, thousands of workers nationwide were laid off or furloughed. Freelancers and contractual workers, including art handlers, educators, and curators, also saw […] More

  • “Cuties,” the Extraordinary Netflix Début That Became the #CancelNetflix Trending Topic
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    “Cuties,” the Extraordinary Netflix Début That Became the #CancelNetflix Trending Topic (www.newyorker.com)

    On Wednesday, Netflix releases “Cuties” (“Mignonnes”), the remarkable first feature from the French filmmaker Maïmouna Doucouré. Unfortunately, the platform’s misleading advertising has given rise to a scurrilous campaign against the film itself. The promotional image, showing young girls in bikini-like clothing dancing in provocative ways, matched with an inaccurate description, has been taken to suggest that the film celebrates children’s sexualized behavior. In fact, the subject of the film is exactly the opposite: it dramatizes the difficulties of growing up female in a sexualized and commercialized media culture. I doubt that the scandal-mongers (who include some well-known figures of the far right) have actually seen “Cuties,” but some elements of the film that weren’t presented in the advertising would surely prove irritating to them: it’s the story of a girl’s outrage at, and defiance of, a patriarchal order.

  • Cafe That Sued SLA Over ‘Pandemic Parties’ Won’t Win Back Liquor License Just Yet
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    Cafe That Sued SLA Over ‘Pandemic Parties’ Won’t Win Back Liquor License Just Yet

    An East Village hookah lounge that reportedly hosted “pandemic parties” has failed to secure a temporary injunction requiring the State Liquor Authority to reinstate its liquor license, and will now petition the New York Supreme Court. Cloister Cafe sued the New York State Liquor Authority on August 17, arguing that its rights to due process […] More

  • The Police Say CompStat Saved NYC, So Why Do NYPD Captains Want to Pull the Plug?
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    The Police Say CompStat Saved NYC, So Why Do NYPD Captains Want to Pull the Plug?

    Bill Bratton (left), Bill de Blasio (second from left) and others after an active shooter training exercise in 2015. One day in 1995, two officers from the New York Police Department walked up to a podium at Harvard University’s Ash Center. Louis Anemone and John Yohe were representing the department as a finalist in the […] More

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