Whose team? OUR TEAM!

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The New York Knicks, the outpost of America’s most popular sport in America’s biggest city, hardly live up to that promise of greatness. I propose that can change.

Though New York City is a powerful city—Wall Street, media capital, all that—its people don’t really have that much power. Not only does an ossified but slick machine control much of local politics, but the city itself doesn’t actually have full sovereignty. For reasons stemming from the fiscal crisis in the 1970s, New York City has to run a lot of its policies by the New York state government. For example, it can’t set its own rent laws. It can’t tax the rich (something our mayor, Warren “Bill de Blasio” Wilhelm, ran on to get elected in 2013). It also does not control the MTA, the largest transit system in the country, which runs the city’s subways and commuter rail. …


Who will make the ultimate sacrifice?

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Romantic poet Alfred de Musset’s “The Poet’s Sacrifice” expresses the essential quality of the pelican.

Tired from a long journey, the father pelican returns to his marshy home. His loving children run toward him, shrieking, shaking their hideous goiters (yes, that’s in the text). But he has nothing to feed them. The ocean was empty. The beach was deserted.

Shielding them from the wind with his wing, the father pelican, a melancholy fisherman, sighs. He plunges his sharp beak into his own chest. Their only food will be his heart. He staggers and offers them up this feast of death. But amid his sacrifice, tired of dying too slowly, he lets out such a mournful cry that the seagulls desert the shore and the traveler tarrying on the beach, feeling death pass him by, sends a prayer to God. …


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An employee of a small business on Kingsbridge Road relaxes on his smoke break.

Note: This post is part of a series, written by students of the Spring 2019 Data Journalism I course in the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, in which they share their work and thought process. Each week we have a Data Fest in which two of the class reporters present a data set, along with a brief critique and overview of what they did and discovered.

I was working on a story about the difficulties faced by small businesses in Kingsbridge, a neighborhood in the Northwest Bronx.

One of the businesses, the Capitol Diner, had been put up for sale without the business owner’s knowledge. The space, which sits at the corner of Kingsbridge Road and Jerome Avenue, was described in a real estate ad as a “former restaurant” space that “will be vacant.” I was told that the owner of the restaurant, Jenny Vangelatos, found out about the sale when her son chanced upon it. …


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By John Wilmes, Emily Lever, Mark Macyk, the Grinch, Micah Wimmer, Chris Alarie, Louis Keene, Ribosome Chomsky

Millions of Americans are heading to the polls in four days for the midterm elections. But we weren’t going to…or so we thought.

Voting is the single most important civic duty of American life. There is nothing else we can do, as individuals, to influence politics (and this is true). But the Shocker staff used to be in denial about this fact. We were cyncial. We were irony poisoned. We were apathetic. …


Illusions and Trickery

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orlando magician and mentalist kostya kimlat

The Magic face a long road out of the bottom of the barrel. According to a front-office source, the team’s comeback plan is largely built on trickery: mid-play card tricks, pulling long rainbow scarves out of their mouths, making the ball vanish and then reappear behind a defender’s head, pulling a coin out of someone’s ear when he’s trying to post up, that sort of thing.

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The mysterious Michael Flynn is lying low, possibly nursing some nasty hemorrhoids

By Louis Keene, Chris Alarie, Alex Siquig, Lena Ryan, Damon Agnos, Emily Lever, Jacob Israel Chilton

You remember Michael Flynn, the corn-fed, paranoid, doting disgraced dad who resigned at the behest of the Pentagon after just 24 days as Donald Trump’s national security advisor, presumably so that he could more fully dedicate his life to defending his son, also named Michael Flynn, from bullies on the internet. …


Boy, it’s some hot ones.

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Photo by Louis Keene

By Chris Alarie, Micah Wimmer, Emily Lever, Louis Keene, Willie Fitzgerald, Adithya Pugazhendi, Corbin Smith, Damon Agnos, Kristen Arnett

We know this much is true: Food is an essential part of human survival, and it’s barely even worth eating if it’s not properly seasoned. So by the transitive property, spices are paramount to human life. (Yes, without spices we would still have herbs and aromatics, but these can only go so far.) And yet, after literally thousands of years of spice trading and the colonization of most of humanity to secure European access to commodities which included spices, what was that all for—do you even know what each spice is for? …


Part V: Lost in the Sauce

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Previously : Sam and Meera’s commercial success continues. In the city of Yamasee, however, darker things are afoot: there may be a factory in town that experiments on humans.

I fell asleep and dreamed I was back at my old high school, but as a student. The actual teacher called me up to the board and the other students pelted me with mud that turned into scrambled egg as it hit me. In the back of the classroom my sister, Seema, looked on guiltily. She was dressed to the nines as usual, not a speck of lint on her entire outfit, suede shoes unscuffed, brows freshly threaded, hair flat-ironed into a glistening black curtain. She was trying to tell me something but I couldn’t hear so she took out a dry erase board and wrote: MOM AND DAD SAY HI. …


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By Louis Keene, Emily Lever, Chris Alarie, John Wilmes, Kristen Arnett, Ryan Murtha, Alex Siquig, Ryne Prinz, Micah Wimmer, Katie Heindl, Corbin Smith, Damon Agnos

Throughout the history of the written word, footwear has been a way to showcase a writer’s individual style and personality. Shoes can provide comfort and security on the walk to the kitchen to microwave the same cup of coffee for the fourth time, but whether you’re wearing slippers, sandals, heels, cowboy boots, flats, those shoes with the toes, or just skin, what you have on your soles makes a statement. …


Part IV: Stirring the Pot

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Previously: Business at Meera and Sam’s diner is good, thanks to a mix of alligator meat and sheer luck.

The fact that business was if not booming then at least rolling along made me feel personally worthy, and it felt good to feel personally worthy. The default, after all, is for bad things to happen, and when bad things happen to us we tend to blame ourselves. Or maybe I’m projecting. Anyway, as the alligators kept popping up in our kitchen, Sam and I decided to enjoy our good fortune and “invest” in another bottle of booze, on the house. …

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overhyped for cuteness; clear and relatable attitude problem | words @ Jezebel, Bookforum, NYMag, Esquire, the Awl, Africa Is A Country, Popula, etc

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