Going forward…we do have to anticipate these extreme types of weather patterns…And we have to start to think about how do we redesign the system so this doesn’t happen again. After what happened, what has been happening in the last few years, I don’t think anyone can sit back anymore and say ‘Well, I’m shocked at that weather pattern.’ There is no weather pattern that can shock me at this point. And I think that has to be our attitude. And how do we redesign our system and our infrastructure assuming that? You did not have ocean water, salt water, breaching the banks the way you’ve had it in Manhattan, you know, in my lifetime…This is of a generation…Obviously…we did not anticipate water coming over the Hudson River, coming over the banks, being five feet deep on the West Side Highway, and filling subway grates and every opening and filling that massive infrastructure we have below ground…There has been a series of extreme weather incidents. That is not a political statement, that is a factual statement…Anyone who says there is not a dramatic change in weather patterns is denying reality.
In Manhattan, the disparity was even starker. The lowest fifth made $9,681, while the highest took home $391,022. The wealthiest fifth of Manhattanites made more than 40 times what the lowest fifth reported, a widening gap (it was 38 times, the year before) surpassed by only a few developing countries, including Namibia and Sierra Leone.
The first rules of basketball, as set down by Dr. James Naismith, don’t look bad for age 119...The heirloom was handed by James Naismith to his son Jimmy and then to Jimmy’s son Ian and his siblings. Ian has displayed it at Final Fours andAll-Star Games as a vehicle to promote a family foundation that preaches sportsmanship…Now, it is safeguarded at Sotheby’s, which will auction it in Manhattan on Dec. 10. Sotheby’s expects it to sell for at least $2 million.
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“I’m not going to Brooklyn,” he quoted him as saying.
“You just said you would,” Shaneyfelt insisted.
art: by Stephen Wiltshire, 2010
[how it used to be in downtown #NYC]
… the fragrance of strong coffee in the air, of sweet figs and tart lemons, of pastries that remind buyers of childhoods in Damascus and Beirut. Bazaars abound with handmade rugs and brass lamps and water pipes. Men wear fezzes. A few women retire behind veils. Al-Hoda is the leading newspaper. Business signs — at least those legible to a non-Arabic speaker — proclaim “Rahaim & Malhami,” “Noor & Maloof” and “Sahadi Bros.”
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