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How Manhattan Could Lose Its Iconic Garment District

The Fashion Walk of Fame in Manhattan’s garment district adorns the sidewalks with gold plates honoring the legacy of American fashion designers like Oscar de la Renta and Calvin Klein. A giant button and needle sculpture stands on West 38th street and Seventh Ave as a symbol of the neighborhood’s main industrial force: fashion. The garment district has been New York City’s main fashion hub since the early 20th century. But now, a new proposal by Mayor Bill De Blasio and the New York City Economic Development Corporation could threaten its existence. Last February, De Blasio announced a $135 million investment on a “Made in NY” hub in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where Bush Terminal would be converted into a space for fashion, food and film production. The announcement has raised questions for the already established garment industry, who are skeptical the city will attempt to attract higher-paying tenants in Midtown’s underused buildings by creating cheaper space in Brooklyn, which could decentralize the industry as a whole. “We are the only city in the world that …

A Different Kind of Street Art in El Barrio- No Politics Included

As Naomi Lawrence walked along 102nd Street in East Harlem carrying one of her twin 4-month-old girls on a harness, she passed a fence adorned with yarn in red, orange and yellow hues that formed a hibiscus flower. It was one of Lawrence’s yarn bombs, a street art technique that uses yarn instead of paint to adorn fences, lampposts and other city objects. It’s not uncommon to see vivid colors around the neighborhood. The streets are notorious for politically charged art that display the multicultural roots of its residents. But Lawrence says her work has no politics. “I’m decorating the urban jungle with color and texture,” said Lawrence. “I love that I can bring the flowers we see in the park to the streets.” She uses yarn bombing — a street art technique that substitutes paint for yarn — to adorn streets, fences and trees mostly with flowers, an initiative that she describes as “random acts of generosity.” It’s no coincidence that Lawrence, 39, opted for a floral theme. She worked as a florist in …

East Harlem Puerto Ricans Take Island To Polls

MANHATTAN — Roberto de Jesús did not care about U.S. politics before he moved from Puerto Rico to New York in 2011. After two years of living in East Harlem, De Jesús, 31, registered to vote for the first time in the 2016 presidential elections. “I’ve started to create a life in New York,” he said. “There is not much hope back home.” De Jesús is one of 5.3 million Puerto Ricans who reside on the mainland. More than 80,000 people left the island in 2014 in the wake of an economic crisis, and an average of 230 people have moved to the mainland every day this year. Many will take the island’s current economic crisis to the polls in November, residents of East Harlem said. Puerto Ricans make up 24.5 percent of the population in East Harlem, but turnout in the 2012 election for Puerto Ricans only reached 52.8 percent. “Puerto Ricans migrating now are more educated and don’t behave like a minority as much as previous generations,” said Sandra Suárez, a professor of …

De cómo no viajar en el subway

¿Cuántas veces no ha pasado? Subes, bajas, te mueves de lado a lado. Entras por una esquina y sales por la otra sólo para darte cuenta que te bajaste donde no era. Respiras hondo y piensasFrances, tienes que aprenderte esto. ¿Quieres vivir aquí? Pues, dale. Vamos. Buscas ayuda y preguntas: “Hi, can you help me? I’m trying to get to the Museum of Natural History.” Te responde un neoyorkino con sus términos nativos, que si Uptown y Downtown, que si coge el L hasta la octava y de ahí te cambias al C y subes hasta la 81. ¡Qué ciudad más confusa! Te das cuenta que puedes coger el L desde la estación más cercana: 14th Street-Union Square. Caminas desde tu hospedaje en la Quinta Avenida hasta la estación en University Place. Bajas las escaleras y te aproximas a comprar un boleto. Haz tomado el tren antes, haz comprado la tarjeta antes, esto no debe ser tan difícil. La maquinita tiene un pequeño parecido con la del Tren Urbano en Puerto Rico; te da un …