Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
Gazing out of floor-to-ceiling glass windows onto Poe Park, Isabel Colon said she couldn’t imagine her week without her Thursday morning fitness class at the park’s new visitor center.
“My body needs it. And I feel great,” said Colon.
One of the things that keeps her coming back, Colon said, is the class’ convenience. Almost every day, she said, she walks to Poe Park to get her day started right.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Days after a gay man was killed on a West Village corner, shaken local residents questioned the safety of their streets.
Known as a bastion of acceptance and a symbol of the gay rights movement, the neighborhood has long been a place where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people live and socialize. Even amid an increase in gay-related hate crimes in recent months, many were shocked by the fatal shooting of Mark Carson, 32, just steps from the Stonewall Inn, a landmark for the LGBT community.
Nearly 2,000 people took to the streets May 20th to protest the violence, marching from the LGBT Center on West 13th Street to the site of the killing blocks away. Amid chants of “Hey hey, ho ho, homophobia’s got to go,” some marchers spoke of the victim and reflected on how his death changes they way they see the city.
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
Chin up and chest puffed out, Adam Chlor swaggered through the double doors of Modell’s Sporting Goods and onto Flatbush Avenue, decked out in newly-bought black and white garb – Brooklyn Nets snapback, Deron Williams jersey, skinny jeans and matching high-top Chuck Taylor’s.
The 26-year-old Fort Greene native crossed the street toward the Nets’ $1 billion arena, then suddenly hooked a left and walked right by.
“You’ll never get me in Barclays Center to see a game,” Mr. Chlor said. “I love the Nets new design and the colors are hot, but I’m a Knicks fan at heart. I’ll support the Brooklyn Nets, because I’m from Brooklyn, but that’s it.”
Mr. Chlor isn’t alone.