BRONX, NEW YORK — For Bruce McIntyre, time seems to have stopped almost eight months ago. A large chalkboard calendar in his kitchen says it’s April 2020, the month that turned his life upside down. Every day, McIntyre, 29, feeds his newborn baby Elias with breast milk from donor women because his partner, Amber Rose Isaac, died after giving birth to their son on April 21.
“If Amber was white she would definitely be here,” McIntyre said.
Isaac, who was 26, died after delivering her baby during an emergency cesarean section. Four days before she died, she tweeted about having to deal with “incompetent doctors” at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, where her mother worked for 25 years. Isaac’s platelet levels started dropping in February, but doctors did not properly assess her condition, McIntyre said. The couple only found out Isaac had HELLP syndrome, a pregnancy complication that affects the blood, on the day she died. …
Until she was 6 years old, Maya Castrejon grew up next to a small deli on Linden Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Then, in the spring of 2019, the cans of beans and bags of rice that once stocked the shelves of the storefront were replaced with colorful book covers that spoke of familiar and foreign histories, Mother Earth, “malcriadas,” and more. The sign above the front entrance read “Mil Mundos,” a thousand worlds.
“I remember Maya walked in and was like ‘oh my god,’” said Maria Herron, founder of Mil Mundos, a community center and Bushwick’s first bilingual bookstore. …
One of New York’s oldest mannequin manufacturers may close its doors after being in business for more than a century. The four years leading up to 2020 were some of the best for Bernstein Display, but since the pandemic shut down the economy in the spring, it has experienced a 74 percent drop in sales, said Mitch Bernstein, the company’s CEO.
“If we don’t make changes, we’re out of business,” Bernstein said.
New York is considered a capital for mannequin business. Companies such as Berstein’s rely on “brick and mortar” clothing stores as clients, and he points to store closures as the reason for the drop in sales. …
By Anna Mutoh
Hundreds of protestors marched along Fifth Avenue Wednesday to demand that every vote be counted, as President Trump moved to halt the vote count in three states.
Former Vice President Joe Biden was ahead of Trump, with four states yet to be called Wednesday night.
“We are here tonight to make certain that the world knows that we’re watching and that we will not allow him to get away with undermining democracy,” said Robert Croonquist, 72, who carried a sign saying, “Defend democracy. Count Every vote!” as his friend Michi Takeuchi pushed him in a wheelchair.
The crowd of around 500 marched from the New York City Public Library at 42nd Street to Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, chanting, “count every vote, every vote counts” and “no hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here.” The protestors were of every age but many walked with canes or were in wheelchairs. …
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New Yorkers stood and sat in lines that wrapped around school buildings and athletic arenas and stretched down city blocks Saturday, waiting to cast early ballots in a presidential election for the first time in state history.
Just after 10 a.m., poll workers inside Columbia University’s Forum building in West Harlem could be seen stirring through the floor-to-ceiling glass walls. A moment later, two uniformed New York City police officers thrust open the door.
“Are you ready?” the senior officer shouted.
“Yeah!” came the reply. Applause broke out as the first voter in line, a gray-haired woman pushing a red and black walker, led the first group of 10 inside. …
By Columbia Journalism School, Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, and THE CITY
By the time journalists from THE CITY and the Columbia Journalism School started discussing an idea to memorialize every New Yorker that died due to the coronavirus, about 3,000 lives had already been lost.
That was early April. It was a number — even at an early stage — that made the project seem too ambitious for a single newsroom to execute.
As the numbers grew daily, it became clear that remembering every New Yorker who died due to the coronavirus would need to embrace collaboration at all levels. …
By Sasha Jones
As COVID-19 spread across the country, lifestyle blogger and Instagram influencer Brittany Benson received a shipment from Vital Proteins. This was her second package during the pandemic from the company, which sells vitamin and nutrition supplements.
“We know that everything is a little crazy in the world right now and wanted to show you that we’re thinking about you, your health and wellness — and we’re of course here if you need anything,” said the April 3 message from the company, which accompanied the package.
Three days later, in exchange for the free shipment and paid partnership with the company, Benson posted a photo on Instagram promoting Vital Proteins’ new Vitality Immune Booster, telling her 103,000 followers that the product “features a one-of-a-kind blend of clinically-proven ingredients that help boost your immune system.” …
Un Sobrino y Tio Enfrentan las Nuevas Reglas de la Vida en Cuarentena
Conocí a mi sobrino a través de una pantalla cuando nos separaban miles de kilómetros. Presencié su crecimiento hasta la actualidad, a través de videos y fotografías que mostraban ese fenómeno interesantísimo de los bebés en donde cambian día a día. Un día se parecen a la mamá y otro día al papá, al abuelo, a la abuela. Sus facciones cambian conforme cambia el clima, el humor, la luna.
Conforme se fueron acercando los meses de enero y febrero, la idea de conocernos comenzó a hacer eco. Nació en 2019 en el Reino Uindo y su vida en el viejo continente terminaba. Migraría de vuelta a Costa Rica ya con seis meses y finalmente, yo podría jugar con mi sobrino. O, al menos, quedarme quieto mientras él juega con mis anteojos. …
Dr. Beverly Winikoff sits in her glass-walled office on 42nd Street overlooking Midtown, Manhattan, figuring out how women can get abortions at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has led some states to declare them a nonessential medical procedure.
On the walls and on the shelves are mementos of her four decades of work helping women get better access to abortions and reproductive health. Prototype pill bottles and a plaque commemorating the FDA approval of mifepristone, dated September 28, 2000, sit on bookshelves, among biology textbooks and photographs of her daughters.
Throughout her career she’s conducted clinical trials, developed AIDS testing and prevention and researched the abuse of medical technology against women’s autonomy. …