Mott Street bustled with lion dances, a parading dragon, and traditional performers to celebrate the mid-autumn harvest season and reap good luck and prosperity. Better Chinatown USA, a volunteer-based organization, hosted the event.
The third annual meatball eating contest took place at the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy. The event was held in memory of Johnny ‘Cha Cha’ Ciarcia, who appeared in movies like “Goodfellas” and the HBO show “The Sopranos.” Ciarcia was also known by many in the community as “the Mayor of Little Italy.” Dramatic Opera singing and messy meatball eating came together to make this an event to remember.
Protesters gathered in Union Square on Sept. 28, 2018 demanding justice for the death of Botham Jean. Jean was killed in his Dallas apartment earlier this month when Officer Amber Guyger mistook his apartment for her own and shot him, believing him to be an intruder. He was 26 years old.
Chants of “no justice, no peace” filled the air as the crowd made the trek from Union Square to 23rd St. Friday evening. The protest was organized by “NYC Shut It Down,” an activist group that shines light on police brutality and racism.
Guyger has been dismissed from her position with the Dallas Police Department, and is being brought up on manslaughter charges. She is currently out on bail.
By Alexandra Mathew
Hundreds of people marched from Madison Square Park, to the Yale Club and Grand Central Station last night in protest of the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
“They don’t get no peace, if we don’t get no justice,” they shouted as the members of the private club for Yale alumni and faculty shut their blinds.
The protest came in the wake of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Kavanaugh’s highly charged hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Despite Blasey Ford’s powerful testimony of being sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh, the committee pushed through his nomination. But they have agreed to allow a one week long FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh.
For the protesters at the Yale Club, this wasn’t enough.
“They’re just trying to ram the nomination through still,” said Susan Ryan, 48. “They’re pretending to appease the public and adhere to procedure, but in actuality this is a Republican interest agenda, it’s a corporate agenda. That’s all they care about.”
Many of the protesters shared their anger at how the treatment of Blasey Ford during the hearing was a direct example of how women are treated in America.
“We are being confronted with misogyny everywhere,” said Katie Cooney, 37. “Our radar for trouble is always on, we are always on guard and we see the direct psychological effects of how sexual assault ruins your life with Dr. Ford. We need to change the culture.”
The credibility of Blasey Ford’s statements 36 years after the alleged assault is what was most commonly called into question by Republicans during her hearing. But other sexual assault survivors said lapses in memory are common for survivors.
“She was 100 percent credible in her statement,” said Kathy Hayes, 44. “Being a survivor of sexual assault I remember what she remembers. I remember the laughter.”
Ryan expressed her anger at how sexual assault victims are left as the one’s suffering while their assailants never face repercussions for their actions.
“He thinks he’s entitled to this position,” said Ryan. “And it doesn’t matter what he did, it doesn’t matter that he lied under oath, their going to push him through. It just speaks so clearly to how we blame victims and don’t take their allegations seriously as a country.”
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No meat. No dairy. No guilt.
Vegan diets are on the rise, and for good reason. Whether it’s for health, the planet, or simply for ethical reasons, consuming an all plant-based diet can reap numerous benefits, as studies have shown. Despite its reputation of being bland, boring and expensive, when done right, vegan diets can actually be good: good for you, good for the Earth, and even good for your wallet. If you’re thinking of going vegan and need tips on different foods to eat and restaurants to try, or simply don’t know where to begin, this guide has you covered.
Meet Izzy Perez, an NYU student and proud vegan. After doing a week-long juice cleanse, Perez realized that veganism started to look not only easy, but desirable — especially considering that she was already vegetarian. She loves taking trips to the Union Square Farmer’s Market for local, organic produce, and looks out for street vendors who sell ripe fruit at a fraction of the cost at other stores. Still, she also shops at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s for other vegan finds. Watch the video to learn more about her life as a vegan.
What Should I Even Include In My Diet?
People can be hesitant to go vegan due to worries about a lack of flavor and a lack of nutrients. American diets have grown so meat-centric that this concern is somewhat understandable — but by incorporating these foods into your diet, you’ll have nothing to worry about.
Non-Vegan Food: Transformed
The transition isn’t always so easy and quick for everyone. Think you love your animal-centric meals too much to give up? In a way, you don’t have to. Most non-vegan meals can be transformed into 100% plant-based versions. Here are a few of them.
With brands like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, vegan burgers taste almost exactly like their cow-meat rivals — sans cruelty. The Impossible Burger even emits 87% less greenhouse gases than cows, according to their website. Many restaurants are starting to incorporate Impossible burgers in their menus, like BareBurger, but you can make your own with this veggie burger recipe.
Arrabbiata, alla vodka, pomodoro — the meatless pasta options are almost endless, but if you’re a bolognese fanatic, you’re not out of luck. Ground veggies, like mushrooms, are excellent substitutes to ground beef; this recipe from Delicious Everyday is a testament to that. Worried about not packing in enough protein? Pastas from Eat Banza, made from chickpeas, come in at around 20 grams per serving, and can be found in most major grocery stores, like Whole Foods, Morton Williams or Trader Joe’s.
Seafood may be nutritious, but with all the pollutants destroying our oceans, along with their high mercury levels, sushi can be a hazard. Eliminate the risk while still savoring the taste with vegan sushi. The possibilities are endless, and it’s also super easy to make. Craving a spicy vegan scallop roll? Or want to embrace, not mask, the veggie lifestyle and go for a tempura sweet potato roll? Have one then — and with equal amounts of satisfaction.
Chicken Caesar Salad:
Salads are certainly not uncommon in vegan diets, but caesar salads, with their mayo-based dressing and common pairing with chicken, may be. Savor the flavor, but ditch the animal products with vegan caesar salad! Dressings are usually made with ground nuts, mustard, lemon and other ingredients, like this recipe. Substitute chicken with tempeh or tofu for added protein.
Some find that abandoning meat can be harder than abandoning dairy, but for others it can be the exact opposite. Cheese, especially when melted, may be flavorful, but it’s oftentimes packed with saturated fat, which, in high amounts, can seriously harm your health. Thankfully, for all the cheese-lovers out there, vegan cheese does exist, and it’s just as tasty. Load it atop of chips and let it melt, just as this recipe from Serious Eats does, for a plant-based spin on a classic, fatty, junk-food dish.
NYC’s Best Vegan Eats
If you’re not much of a chef, New York City’s restaurant scene will always have your back — even when you’re vegan. These restaurants are guaranteed to satisfy and nourish.
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Lisa Kidd, a native of Tunbridge Wells, England, said that her experience on New York Media Boat’s “Adventure Sightseeing Tour” was exhilarating. “New York has so many highlights, but this [tour] may top it,” Kidd said.
Michael DeVoll said that his husband freaked out when he realized how close the U.S. Navy-style boat would put him to the Hudson River. But the Houston, Texas resident said that the tour was a “mystical experience” due to the warm and bleak weather. DeVoll said he appreciated the tour guide’s vast knowledge, improvisation and personalization.
Barri Arnold Thompson enjoyed her family adventure tour so much that she traveled from her home in Columbia, S.C. to do the tour a second time with her employees. She said, “we did it again because it was so awesome.”
Due to business from serial clients like Thompson and word-of-mouth referrals, like those DeVoll and Kidd received, New York Media Boat was able to purchase a 30-foot boat in early October that will nearly triple the number of people they may have on board.
The vessel, which seats 15 passengers, is the newest addition to the five-boat fleet. The boat can reach 600 horsepower. CEO Bjoern Kils said the boat’s dual engines increase its dependability and power. Kils said the purchase will allow the company to take tourists out on the Hudson and East Rivers in larger groups. They were only allowed six passengers previously.
Kils launched New York Media Boat in 2010 to take film and television crews around New York Harbor. Kils said he noticed that the city was being covered both on land and from the air, but that no one was reporting from the water. The Emmy-Award-nominated photojournalist purchased a single boat and first chartered it to media connections he made during his journalism career.
New York Media Boat launched its tourism arm in 2012. Kils said that since then, the company’s growth has been exponential. He attributes the increase in business to word-of-mouth and a visible online presence. “Last year there was a whale in the harbor that got 100,000 hits on our website,” Kils said.
The addition of the new vessel resulted in an uptick in charters for large groups and company outings, Kils said.
Kils said the company has done television shoots for CNN, “The Bachelorette,” and “America’s Got Talent.” Vogue Magazine chartered a New York Media Boat vessel to shoot the September issue; Jennifer Lawrence was the cover model.
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