How Book Vending Machines Can Help Those Living In America’s Book Deserts

Low-income neighborhoods in major cities across America have book deserts — a limited access to children’s books negatively impacts children’s vocabulary and reading comprehension. Book vending machines, installed in high-trafficked areas within these book deserts by NYC’s JetBlue airline, might be able to combat the problem.

In 2016, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development led a study in partnership with JetBlue. The results shed a light on the lack of children’s books in low-income neighborhoods across the three major cities of Detroit, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Those living in concentrated poverty, the study holds, have a much more limited access to print: They live in book deserts. The socioeconomic inequalities can be stark and they come at a cost, given that reading books as a child can have an out-sized impact on someone’s reading skills across the rest of their life.

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NYC children and teens learn analog photography


NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) – The International Center of Photography, or ICP, began collaborating with THE POINT, a community center in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx more than 20 years ago.

THE POINT executive managing director Daney Peralta called it the Super Bowl of photography.

In a snapshot, the night is a celebration of art and finding a voice. Each day, preteen and teen students learn photography and darkroom skills. But along their journey, they also learn about themselves.

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The Best Places to Eat in NYC for Summer Restaurant Week

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The summer edition of NYC Restaurant Week has arrived. You can make reservations now for deals at 386 participating restaurants from July 23rd through August 17th. How can a ravenous New Yorker whittle down the choices? Depends on what you like. Among this year’s offerings are nearly a hundred American Traditional spots, followed by 86 Italian restaurants, dozens of steakhouses and French bistros and brasseries, nearly as many Mexican joints, a smattering of Chinese, Greek, Indian, seafood, soul food, vegetarian, and Vietnamese options, and two places with the nerve to identify as “eclectic.”

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Graffiti In Its Glory: NYC Real Estate Benefits From Street Art

This year, Corcoran real estate broker Daniel Romero was hired to sell an apartment in Bushwick, but there was one visible problem for the building: The outside was heavily splattered with graffiti. Instead of calling the city to come scrub it off — a bureaucratic process that can take months — or asking the owner of the property at 38 Wilson Ave. to fix it, Romero set out to turn the beastly facade into a beauty.

He commissioned two popular artists, Lauren Asta and Adam Kiyoshi Fujita, aka Adam Fu, to paint over the scribbles of spray paint. Now the building’s exterior wall displays a 3-D black-and-white cartoon mural from Asta, and its garage door is covered with old-school hand-style spray paint that reads, “No Regrets,” by Fujita.

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Will the Retail Apocalypse Be Good for the Arts?

New York City’s brick-and-mortar shops are adapting to the age of Amazon by experimenting with turning stores into Instagram sets, community centers, hi-tech playgrounds and supercharged concierges. But what about more radical uses for the hundreds of city storefronts that now sit empty, sometimes for years? Eva Franch i Gilabert, who until recently ran the Storefront for Art and Architecture on Kenmare Street in Soho, suggests thinking about life after retail: she’s a visionary by temperament, and the loss of the traditional realm of the high street doesn’t give her much pause. “I am really glad that retail is moving to an app,” she says, given how the “city had been kidnapped” by chain stores and corporate brands. Something like this has happened before, of course: the obsolete industrial infrastructure of Soho was colonized by artists, and Storefront’s storefront was, before they arrived thirty years ago, a tire-repair shop. Can something like that happen again, reusing the city’s retail infrastructure?

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An Affordable Boutique Hotel In New York City Is Not An Oxymoron

The Bernic (Credit: Tapestry Collection by Hilton)

Just in time for the busy summer travel season, The Bernic Hotel will be joining Hilton’s Tapestry Collection in June 2018. The hotel will be the first New York City property in the growing collection of boutique hotels, each with a unique identity and décor shaped by its respective setting and location. All must meet consistent quality standards established by Hilton across the brand.

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New York kids stand against prejudice with art

<p>Art featuring the faces of many people of different backgrounds on the “Being accepted” table in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>

New York City schoolchildren went to Union Square Park in Manhattan to showcase their artwork and stand for causes they believe in. The students painted tables and benches with kaleidoscopic colors and heartfelt messages, taking a stand against bullying, xenophobia, sexual harassment, prejudice and gun violence.

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