Tired of being the 20th person in your office in a FUTURE IS FEMALE shirt? Does that pink pussyhat seem so last protest? Need something to go with that NOT MY PRESIDENT harness? No worries, The Protest T-Shirt Show will offer plenty of new items for your Social Justice Warrior wardrobe.
“We asked our favorite NYC artists to design a t-shirt that captures the chaotic political climate around them,” reads the announcement from our friends over at Hester Street Fair, which is hosting the week-long show at its new Project Space at 142 Henry Street.
For weeks now I’ve been getting emails with the subject line “DONALD CRIED” and opening them to find out that, alas, they aren’t about our new president finally showing some humility. Donald, in this case, is the lead character of a new movie backed by the producers of Eastbound and Down and Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture.
Deli on Franklin Avenue in Greenpoint (Photo: Nicole Disser)
Last week, our Seattle-bred writer told New Yorkers to stop being babies about the five-cent fee that the City Council had voted to impose for the use of plastic takeout bags. That plea fell on deaf ears, because on Tuesday, Governor Cuomo blocked implementation of the Bring Your Own Bag Law for at least a year. The Lower East Side’s own Margaret Chin was among those who dropped a W-T-F bomb, insisting that “carryout bag fees are the right policy” and that Cuomo’s move had quashed a measure that she and her colleagues in City Council had “democratically adopted” after slogging through “two years of hearings, reviewing evidence, reusable bag giveaways, and public debate.”
Uniting under #adaywithoutimmigrants, businesses across the nation remained closed today in powerful defiance of Trump’s crackdown on immigration. The protesters, enraged that Immigration and Customs officials reportedly arrested 680 immigrants last week, have been urging immigrant workers to stay home from work and school, and refrain from buying anything. The idea is to highlight how integral immigrants are to the backbone of the country by stalling economic contribution for one day. Close on the heels of Washington D.C., which became the epicenter of the strike/boycott, dozens of businesses across NYC will remain closed today. Most are, fittingly, restaurants– an industry largely dependent on immigrant employees.
Suddenly, there’s a lot happening in the normally staid world of Papayas. Papaya King, the uptown institution that opened a St. Marks location a few years ago, is celebrating its 85th anniversary on March 3 and 4. For the occasion, they’re instituting “throwback prices” of 32 cents for tropical drinks and hot dogs (with sauerkraut, onions, or relish). There’ll be giveaways as well. Just one thing: The East Village location isn’t participating, so you’ll have to hit up the locations at 179 East 86th Street in Manhattan or 6 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.
Let’s face it. Your dog is sick of being chained up outside of coffee shops. Sick of being left out in the cold, fastened to a light post to stare through the window as you consider buying a scone. Your dog didn’t sign up for your caffeine dependence.
Good news: You may soon be getting less calls from flustered delivery boys asking you where the hell your building is. A new law puts stiffer fines on landlords who fail to clearly display street addresses. Never again will you arrive 15 minutes late to a job interview or audition because the building was too cool for a number and, damn, there goes your dream gig at Hunkamania.
Residents, activists, community groups and their elected representatives gathered at the steps of City Hall yesterday afternoon with a Valentine’s Day message for Mayor de Blasio. Their request – to convert the long vacant P.S. 64 building in the East Village into a community center and disallow owner Gregg Singer from developing it into a college dorm.
Local politicians are condemning the “reprehensible symbolism” of swastikas that appeared in a South Williamsburg apartment building, and are calling on the Trump administration to denounce what they say is a result of “the politics of hatred and fear.”
A statement released this afternoon speaks out against the anti-semitic graffiti that appeared last week in the Schaefer Landing apartment building on Kent Street, home to a large number of Orthodox Jews.