“Well I vote for every election cycle but today felt especially important with the energy, and social media and the news…. I hope to see the largest voter turnout for a midterm election, especially for the youth.” – Dustin, 27, graphic designer, Lower East Side.
At 6 a.m. almost daily for six years, Sean Baez, 37-year-old Bronx native and marathon runner has grabbed a pair of running shoes from his collection and trained. He enjoys running shirtless through shady parks like Orchard Beach to show off his stomach tattoo; his name in flaming graffiti font. However, his favorite place to test his mettle is on the street where he takes pleasure in out-racing traffic.
People in his neighborhood have come to recognize him. Baez says he loves running helps him interact with people like the man and his dog who tried to keep up with him or the little boy who yelled out, “Daddy look! He’s so fast!”
In order to squeeze in more miles throughout the week, Baez turns his daily commute from the Bronx to Manhattan into training and, “another opportunity for growth.”
Baez often runs with the Brooklyn Track Club. “I wanted to push my limits, push my speed, but also hang out with people who have similar interests to keep me focused,” he said. Baez works around New York as a beer salesman.
In 2002 he joined the Bridge Runner Club to ensure, as he says, that he keep ‘going the distance’. Together he and his fellow club members have travelled to cities like Chicago and Atlanta all in the name of running bridges. Baez says he enjoyed the experience, but found constant travel exhausting.
Baez’s commitment to a runner’s lifestyle is not without sacrifice. First and foremost, he has had to withhold from the array of Hispanic-food classics his mother pushes on him. And of course a runner has no time for late nights out with friends.
Baez says his sense of self-discipline was instilled back in 1999 while serving in the US Army. Baez and his squad were made to run five miles every day and although he hated every step, he put his head down and kept at it.
Today, Baez has learned the importance of mental toughness especially in long distance. “A marathon is a different beast—you’re thinking more, your body is telling you to stop, your mind has to be stronger,” he said. “If I have to be tired, I’ll be tired.”
There’s always another marathon and he plans to work harder for next time, but for this marathon Sunday at least he can finally fill up on his mother’s pork tacos.
Baez had hoped to get a time under three hours for the marathon instead his time was 3:33:29. He says that he is completely happy with the time although he blames himself. “I didn’t train for the pace I was going. After mile 17 it was all downhill.”
Baez says that all he can do is start again and work harder for next time, but for the time being he can finally fill up on his mother’s pork tacos.
“I was not about to be a jock,” said Scott Chow, about resisting his parents efforts to join a high school team sport. Originally drawn to the ultimate frisbee, Chow decided to join the track team to condition, deciding to pursue long distance.
And he’s never looked back. Six years later Chow, 20, ran a time of 2:52:19 in Sunday’s TCS New York City Marathon. Chow is a Computer Science Major at the University of California Santa Barbara
Chow, who wants to see the world through running, has a goal to run the six major world marathons: Tokyo, Berlin, Chicago, Boston, London, and New York City. So far he has run the Boston Marathon and the Los Angeles Marathon twice.
At his high school in a San Francisco suburb, he was hooked on running from the first day. “I was absolutely enthralled with it, it was addictive.” said Chow. He was obsessed with the feeling of accomplishment after a run and with watching his time drop.
However he cautions against chasing faster and faster times.“People who usually chase the time don’t last as long because they tend to hit a plateau and lose interest or get injured” Chow said.
Boston was a hard race for Chow. “I absolutely exploded, I broke on heartbreak hill,” Chow said. Heartbreak hill is a series of hills between miles 17-21 and it breaks a lot of people. He remembers thinking in the moment that he couldn’t go any more and began to walk. “It still haunts me.” said Chow.
His goal is never to simply to finish a race but to excel. Boston tested that, “I was just telling myself, I have put way too much into this, I have done way too much work, spent too much money, too much time, blood, sweat and tears to get to this point and not finish.” said Chow.
Chow finished Boston with a time of 3:16:32.
Chow starts his morning off with a run, getting up at around eight a.m to run before morning classes. He feels that it allows him to pay his health dues for the day so to speak, and then he can do what he wants, eat what he wants, for the rest of the day. Running in the morning makes everything else seem like small potatoes, Chow said.
Chow begins training for a marathon around 20 weeks before. There is the daily mileage which is to build up aerobic and anaerobic resiliency as well as resiliency One day a week is the long run which is to build endurance, usually from 20-24 miles.
People always tell him that 26.2 miles is an intimidating number, he doesn’t see it that way when put in perspective. “It’s hard but when you think of the 800-900 miles you run before that, 26.2 is a victory lap.” Chow said.
What drives him is the question of how far can he take his passion. “I think I’ve only scratched the surface of what I can do.” Chow said
For Bobby Gonzalez, embracing his Taíno heritage means preserving a part of the past often forgotten by many. For over twenty years, the Bronx native has been hosting and organizing Native American pow wows, including the Bronx Native American Festival, in the hopes of reconnecting people to their indigenous roots.
This year, hundreds gathered at Pelham Bay Park to honor and experience the vibrant spirit of the tribes that first traversed this land.
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Adrianne Wright is the co-Founder of women’s action group called I Will Not Be Quiet. Wright aims to create an intimate and sacred place for women to discuss the current political and social justice issues. Wright held a rally with the group on Mon., Oct. 1 called #WHYIDIDNTREPORTIT.
Adrianne Wright, on the right, met with the co-founder of I Will Not Be Quiet, Chelsea Schuster, at Washington Square Park to set up their talking circle on Oct. 1.
Wright co-founded the women’s action group with Schuster in Brooklyn, N.Y. “I wanted to create an intimate and sacred place for women to learn political and social justice issues,” Wright said and continued, “And discuss the challenges or experiences they’ve had, without apology or interruption.”
The rally began with chanting “I will not be quiet” with the crowd and “It’s not your fault, we believe you.” The rally also included readings of anonymous accounts from women who experienced sexual misconduct and assault. Wright hopes that the group will help women feel empowered by the knowledge that they have.
Wright met up with two other women who had volunteered to share their own experiences with sexual abuse. Wright believes that most important thing about hosting a talking circle is to have an open and supportive discussion. Attendees were encouraged to step up and share their own experiences if, they felt comfortable enough to do so. By openly discussing past experiences, Wright wanted to demand belief in these accounts. “We are demanding to be believed,” Wright said and continued, “So that when we do report it, they do support it.”
A crowd began to form around Wright as she recounted the details of how she was raped at 16-years-old. Wright explained that she had been knocked unconscious by her attacker in the lobby of a hotel she was staying at. Wright was then raped by her attacker and another man. “I’m angry that I reported it and they [police officers] distorted it,” Wright said and continued, “They didn’t believe me.”
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.
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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