The unflinching, prodigious Andrea Elliott New York Times story on child homelessness in NYC is generating a lot of talk already and I bet you've all seen it already, but in case you haven't, here it is. The story is centered on an 11-year-old girl:
Her name, Dasani, speaks of a certain reach. The bottled water had come to Brooklyn’s bodegas just before she was born, catching the fancy of her mother, who could not afford such indulgences. It hinted at a different, upwardly mobile clientele, a set of newcomers who over the next decade would transform the borough.
Dasani’s own neighborhood, Fort Greene, is now one of gentrification’s gems. [...]
If you are in Manhattan tonight or tomorrow night and if the sky clears before 2014, you can see "Manhattanhenge," which is when the sunset is directly aligned with the city's street grid. It looks like this, allegedly! If you're not in Manhattan or if you will only go outside to get your delivery food, then you can read all about it on your friends' Instagrams, I'm sure. It's scheduled to go down at about 8:15 p.m.
Photo via 4rilla/flickr.
1. Michael Keaton, entering a 25 cent public restroom as I was leaving: My dog and I were leaving a 25 cent public restroom outside of Madison Square Park, and the guy waiting to come in said, “Hey! Dog!” as we were leaving. As I walked away I was like, “I think that was Michael Keaton.” Something about it was just very Mr. Mom. I thought about it for about four more days and came to the conclusion that it probably wasn’t him.
2. Richard Gere, walking a large black Poodle: I don’t think it was him, as he was wearing a Bluetooth.
3. Timothy Hutton, walking down the street with [...]