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Why Runway Models Are Almost Always White

Sunday, February 17, 2013

New York Fashion Week, which just concluded, celebrates designers of color like Jason Wu and Tracy Reese, and the crowds are pretty mixed. But the runways are pretty homogenous: About 4 out of 5 runway models are white. Why?

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Micropolis: Mystery of the Chinese Double Menu

Monday, January 21, 2013

Why, in this era of foodie hordes, Instagramming their way across the five boroughs, do some Chinese restaurants in New York City still have double menus?

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For this Santa Doppleganger, the Holidays are Intense

Monday, December 24, 2012

Some hefty men dress up as Santa Claus because it’s a nice way to make a little extra cash,  this time of year. But for others it's more a state of mind. 

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Micropolis: Dinner with West Africans

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Before immigrating from West Africa to the Bronx, Rouguiatou Tounkara and her husband, Cisse Siaka, lived the kind of lives that remind you just how ferocious racial bigotry is in some parts of the world. Even for Africans living in Africa.

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Micropolis: NYC Street Workout Goes Global

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Is Street Calisthenics the most extreme workout in New York? That’s what some (highly-ripped) practitioners claim, although boot campers and P90Xers may vehemently disagree.

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Meet the Guardians of Fashion Week: Behind the Scenes With a NYFW Security Guard

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

When Matt Hogan is not stopping gatecrashers, he’s protecting naked models from illicit backstage photos and keeping the chi flowing around Anna Wintour. WNYC’s Arun Venugopal spent time with a security guard who protects the complex world around the runway. 

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Thousands Fill MetLife Stadium to Study the Talmud

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Around 90,000 attendees filled MetLife stadium on Wednesday for the 12th Siyum Hashas, an event held every seven and a half years for Jewish men who have completed their study of the Talmud. The previous event, held in 2005, was attended by 50,000 people. To see more pictures from the event, go to Micropolis' Tumblr site.

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Why the Great White Way Is Whiter Than Ever

Thursday, May 24, 2012

During a recent church service, hundreds of worshipers looked on from the pews at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Zion Cathedral in Jamaica, Queens, as Rev. Floyd Flake made an announcement.

"We have guests in the house," he said. 

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A Look at the Least Diverse Neighborhood in the City

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Brooklyn, known for its multitude of ethnic enclaves, also has the distinction of being home to the city’s least diverse neighborhood.

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Pro-Muslim Groups and Critics Mount a 'Propaganda War' (VIDEO)

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

A few weeks ago, Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch and one of the most outspoken critics of Islamic groups, said the debate among Muslim organizations, their allies and their opponents was to a large degree "a propaganda war in the information battle space."

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Manhattan Street Grid System Turns 200

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Today marks the bicentennial of the Manhattan street grid system, a latice-work of streets created during a time when the city's population exploded and the streets needed to be ordered in a "regular way," according to NYU professor and curator of an upcoming museum exhibit, Hilary Ballon.

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A Street Artist Interprets Gadhafi With a Nod to Obama

Monday, March 21, 2011

The last time world affairs found their way into artist Samuel Mark's work, bed bugs were taking over the city. Mark channeled the collective panic of New Yorkers into a series of works that depicted the critters swarming over mattresses, sofas and other discarded furniture. The series earned the street artist instant notoriety and widespread media coverage.

 

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Look | An Illustrator Takes on All the City's Buildings

Friday, March 18, 2011

For a certain segment of the population, the promise to draw every building in town may sound familiar, not unlike Sufjan Stevens' initially audacious, then outlandish and ultimately forgotten bid to make an album about all 50 states (final count: two states).

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Snapshot | Nice Brides Take the No. 4 Train

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Foley Square, Downtown.

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Snapshot | Leghead Spotting, Soho

Monday, March 14, 2011

The artist Leghead in Soho on March 14, 2011.

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A Shifting Urban Landscape Embraces the Solar Panel

Monday, March 07, 2011

Two-by-five foot solar panels have been appearing on telephone poles throughout Hudson and Bergen Counties as a New Jersey-based power company attempts to green its energy sources by installing roughly 200,000 panels in the area.

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Snapshot | Jackson Heights: He Loves Allah

Friday, February 25, 2011

After the furor over Park 51, many Muslims said they were afraid to profess their faith publicly. Not so, apparently, at this Bangladeshi halal butcher in Jackson Heights, Queens.

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Cell Phone Service in the Subways: Be Very Afraid

Monday, February 14, 2011

Multiply the volubility of this guy by 20, maybe 50 on a crowded day, when the subways are completely wired and everyone's got his or her phones out. Now imagine your normally placid commute being disrupted, daily, by the sound of TMI.

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Marty Markowitz Eating. And Eating.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

There is no New York City public official better suited to the spectacle of food -- whom the citizenry wants to see eating -- than Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

This is not simply an issue of body type, although that certainly factors in. The fact is, Marty exudes a certain jocularity, a game-ness that's very old-school. Have a baby that needs to be held? Give it to Marty! Have a catchphrase that bears repeating, such as "Fuhgeddaboutit!"? Marty'll say it!

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Innocent Graffiti: Jennifer Aniston's Moustache

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Street art isn't what it used to be. And for a lot of New Yorkers, that's probably a good thing. Gone are the days when entire subway trains were coated in spray paint.

That isn't to say that street art is irrelevant.

Check out "Exit Through the Gift Shop," the documentary that at once celebrates and hilariously sends up the significance (and the very definition) of street art. The movie, directed by the ever-mysterious artist Banksy, is up for an Oscar this year.

So, who are the newest street artists making their mark in (and on) the city?

One of them has been penning "moustache" on the upper lips of various actresses, at least their two-dimensional selves (Reese's moustache here). The penmanship isn't anything to write home about, but still, there's a certain Gallic charm to the enterprise, and an impishness. These days, it's striking just how innocent and inoffensive so much subway graffiti is. Sure, you get the predictable assortment of four-letter words and body parts and all-around disfigurement. But not all that often. To a much greater extent subway posters seem to have been defaced by really happy, well-adjusted people. Whatever became of urban rage?

 

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