Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
The sandwich chain Au Bon Pain blocks Manhattan customers who use their wireless internet from seeing websites about gay advocacy, family planning and other hot-button issues.
Attempts to use the WiFi on Monday to search the internet for GLAAD.com, the official website for a well-known gay and lesbian rights organization, were met with an error message that read, “This website is not allowed. This website is categorized as Sexual Orientation and is blocked as part of this networks web content filtering policy.”
The same thing happened when a reporter tried to log on websites covering both sides of the abortion debate — as Au Bon Pain’s filtering software shut down the website ProLife.com with the message, “This website is categorized as Abortion and is blocked.”
Monday, January 13th, 2014
Pragati Sawhney flashes a deep smile as she gets ready to make chocolate in the kitchen of her East Village apartment.
She stands barefoot in front of a table piled with flower and fruit extracts. She puts the chocolate chips in a saucepan and sets them on the fire, occasionally stirring. Once the chips melt, she pours the chocolate on a marble counter and spreads it with a plastic spatula.
Her home smells like chocolate and her dress is no longer white.
Thursday, December 19th, 2013
He’s a man with a van — and a mission.
Construction worker Carlos Vargas, who started a mobile food pantry four years ago, and his volunteer crew feed up to 150 people a week in the Bronx and Manhattan, at a time when the city’s homeless population is the highest since the Great Depression.