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Steve Rosenbaum

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Balloon Inflation

Steve Rosenbaum | November 25, 2015 | New York
The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade balloons takes a lot of helium. On Wednesday evening -- Macy's Parade Balloon Inflation took place on the Upper West Side.
Riley Arthur

Behind the Scenes: The Magic of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Riley Arthur | November 25, 2015 | Good News
There are few things more American than the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. There is a reason magicians don't reveal their tricks. Going behind the scenes and seeing how the parade is created ended up not in any way spoiling the magic. Instead, it gave me a greater appreciation for the work that goes into it.
Linda Sarsour

Islamophobia and Donald Trump Are No Laughing Matter. This Is Real Life

Linda Sarsour | November 25, 2015 | Religion
I am trying to stay above water. Trying not to drown in the poisonous pool of hate and ignorance. I am doing what I can, writing the op-eds, making sure the media hears our voices and continuing my daily work in pursuit of justice not only for my own community but for my sister communities.
Michelangelo Signorile

How These Gay and Bisexual Members of Congress Sold Out Desperate LGBT Syrian Refugees

Michelangelo Signorile | November 25, 2015 | Gay Voices
Equality should be the standard for anyone in the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. And Polis, Sinema and Maloney failed miserably at meeting that standard.
Jennifer S. Hirsch

What's Missing From Our Thanksgiving Menus? Justice for Farm Workers

Jennifer S. Hirsch | November 26, 2015 | Business
How we eat is one of the central ways we show who we are and what we care about, but what's almost entirely impossible is to put food on the table that was produced by workers who enjoy the same rights as almost every other laborer in America.
Hugh Hogan

Standing up to Our Fears in the Face of Extremism

Hugh Hogan | November 25, 2015 | Politics
These dismal, cowardly responses by our nation's leadership are reverberations of precisely what the perpetrators of the Paris attacks have sought: to trigger terror in the hearts and minds of ordinary people.
Josmar Trujillo

Dying and Buying Black

Josmar Trujillo | November 25, 2015 | New York
Timothy Ford, a longtime activist and organizer, is pushing a boycott of Black Friday, the after-Thanksgiving shopping extravaganza where people literally kill themselves over merchandise. He says that stopping the dollar is one of the only things that can gut check a capitalist society.
Jim Hill

What Goes On Behind the Scenes at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Jim Hill | November 25, 2015 | Entertainment
Well, as busy as you may be, I'm betting that your Thanksgiving to-do list looks like a Post-it note compared to all of the tasks that the talented folks who work for Macy's Parade and Entertainment Group have to accomplish before 12 noon ET on Thursday arrives.
Glenn Martin

It's Time to Close Rikers

Glenn Martin | November 24, 2015 | New York
I know this culture of brutality and violence firsthand. In 1987, I was detained on Rikers Island. A group of young men in the holding cell tried to steal my jacket. Guards watched but did nothing as I defended myself against five other people. I kept my jacket, but was stabbed four times.
Michele Willens

FACE IT: A View From the Audience

Michele Willens | November 24, 2015 | Arts
The most talked about new production on Broadway -- no, I haven't forgotten Hamilton, but it's been up for five months -- is A View From The Bridge , the audacious and pared-down version of the Arthur Miller play.
Indra Heerkens

The Next Chapter

Indra Heerkens | November 24, 2015 | New York
Last week I had the privilege of participating in a circle of events in New York City that the DOEN Foundation, the company I work for, is involved with: the Cradle to Cradle Symposium and a round table discussion on New Economic Models by the Guardian Sustainable Business....
Devin E. Haqq

Black Characters Matter

Devin E. Haqq | November 24, 2015 | Black Voices
If a young person of color is fed a steady diet of movies, television shows, and plays in which characters that look like her exist only on the margins, how can we expect her to dream of taking center stage in school or work?

What the Paris Attacks Mean For Worried New Yorkers

Quora | November 24, 2015 | New York
This question reflects understandable anxiety following a major terrorist attack, not just in New York and Washington. Americans are apprehensive, so it's worth examining this detail. The short answer is that New York and Washington are more likely to be attacked by terrorists than other American cities.
Nancy Ruhling

Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Plays the Toy Piano

Nancy Ruhling | November 24, 2015 | New York
There's a baby grand in the living room, but when Phyllis Chen sits down to play, it's at the child-size cherry-red toy piano.
David Finkle

First Nighter: Nick Jones's 'Important Hats of the Twentieth Century' an Important Comedy of the Twenty-First

David Finkle | November 23, 2015 | Arts
Granted, Nick Jones's latest should probably be played in one act instead of two and goes a bit wilder than it needs to in the second half. None of that, however, detracts significantly from one of the most delightfully original comedies to show up in these parts for far too long a stretch.
Skye Cleary

Where to Philosophize in New York City

Skye Cleary | November 23, 2015 | New York
New York City moves fast and aspirations soar higher than skyscrapers. The philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre described it as a place for people who can focus to infinity and whenever he stopped walking quickly, he felt anxious.
Rep. Charles Rangel

Our Chat on Improving Education

Rep. Charles Rangel | November 23, 2015 | Education
[View the story "Our Chat on Improving Education" on Storify]
Tom Falco

Will the Real King Tut Please Stand Up

Tom Falco | November 23, 2015 | New York
As I moved on, assuming that everything else was real, one of the other patrons asked about the whole exhibit, and to our horror, we were told that everything was a reproduction! Everything!
Thanos Dimadis

Supporting Children in Greece Suffering From Cancer

Thanos Dimadis | November 23, 2015 | New York
On Monday night, a big charity event took place in Manhattan. Spiros Menegatos, a young Greek-American entrepreneur and owner of the famous Nerai Restaurant undertook an initiative to support children suffering from cancer in Greece. His selfless effort employed a unique approach.
Allison Sesso

Investing in New York's Human Capital

Allison Sesso | November 23, 2015 | New York
Recently, New York's Governor Cuomo announced he will establish a mandatory $15 minimum wage for all state workers. New York has one of the largest income gaps in the nation, so it's particularly meaningful that this is the first time a governor has increased mandatory pay to at least $15...
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