A high school dropout that grew up in the Queensbridge projects, Nas preached to the world what the reality was like in his universe. Now, 20 years later, Illmatic is regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.
Since leaving Argentina, Cecilia Gentili has embarked on an incredible journey of transformation, ultimately turning her into a widely respected advocate for trans rights in New York City. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Cecilia and hearing first hand how her story has unfolded.
New York has been an extremely well-run city for more than a decade due to Bloomberg's considerable management skills. And, while there is room for criticism, Bloomberg has done an enormous amount of good for the city while taking home only $1 in salary each year.
The events I had just witnessed, combined with my own exhausted state, and the triumph of finishing my first marathon were almost too much. What a glorious world we live in and how thankful I am to be alive to experience days like this.
Perhaps no city block takes Halloween more seriously than East 91st Street. On this ghostly, otherworldly day, people from all over the region descend on this two-block stretch lined by beautiful limestone townhouses and apartment buildings.
A bona fide politician actually put down his fork mid-air to listen to me. Not one minute was spent on fundraising or self-promotion. Nope. Instead, Adolfo Carrion, running on the Independent Party ticket, concentrated on us -- all young independent artists struggling to survive in New York City.