December 2, 2013
Photo from the Occupy Wall Street protest in Times Square in October 2011.

The New York Times ran an indepth story on what it’s like to live on $7.25 an hour in New York. There are more than 55,000 fast-food workers in New York and the number of fast-food jobs increased by more than 50 percent since 2000 — 10 times as fast as any other private job.


  On a recent Friday evening, Eduardo Shoy left work at 6 p.m. Mr. Shoy, a deliveryman for KFC and Pizza Hut, was coming off an eight-hour shift of driving three-cheese pies and crispy chicken fingers, in an automotive blur, to private homes and businesses in central Queens.
  
  If Mr. Shoy were differently employed, he might have remained that way till morning. But as a fast-food worker paid the minimum wage — $7.25 an hour in New York — he didn’t have the luxury. At 10 p.m., he was up again and back in his car, this time driving to his second job, as a forklift operator at Kennedy International Airport, where he makes $13 an hour. Having worked all day, he was about to work all night: from 11 p.m. until 7:30 a.m. At 3 that afternoon, he would return to his deliveries at the restaurant. Then, at 11, he would once again drive to the airport.
  
  Altogether, on the weekend before Thanksgiving, Mr. Shoy would sleep for 13 hours and work for 44. “Tired?” he asked, sounding puzzled by the question. “I’m too busy to be tired.”


Read the rest of the story here.

Photo from the Occupy Wall Street protest in Times Square in October 2011.

The New York Times ran an indepth story on what it’s like to live on $7.25 an hour in New York. There are more than 55,000 fast-food workers in New York and the number of fast-food jobs increased by more than 50 percent since 2000 — 10 times as fast as any other private job.

On a recent Friday evening, Eduardo Shoy left work at 6 p.m. Mr. Shoy, a deliveryman for KFC and Pizza Hut, was coming off an eight-hour shift of driving three-cheese pies and crispy chicken fingers, in an automotive blur, to private homes and businesses in central Queens.

If Mr. Shoy were differently employed, he might have remained that way till morning. But as a fast-food worker paid the minimum wage — $7.25 an hour in New York — he didn’t have the luxury. At 10 p.m., he was up again and back in his car, this time driving to his second job, as a forklift operator at Kennedy International Airport, where he makes $13 an hour. Having worked all day, he was about to work all night: from 11 p.m. until 7:30 a.m. At 3 that afternoon, he would return to his deliveries at the restaurant. Then, at 11, he would once again drive to the airport.

Altogether, on the weekend before Thanksgiving, Mr. Shoy would sleep for 13 hours and work for 44. “Tired?” he asked, sounding puzzled by the question. “I’m too busy to be tired.”

Read the rest of the story here.

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November 27, 2013

Scenes from last year’s Nor’easter

(Source: Flickr / zokuga)


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November 24, 2013
It’s so damn cold out right now that it might as well be snowing. Photo in Midtown from last year’s snowstorm.

It’s so damn cold out right now that it might as well be snowing. Photo in Midtown from last year’s snowstorm.

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November 21, 2013
A request from Big Gay Ice Cream

A request from Big Gay Ice Cream

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November 19, 2013

The demolition of the 5Pointz graffiti mecca has reportedly begun: the building was in the process of being white-washed. I was lucky to take a tour a few months ago and was hoping to see it again in the winter, but the deconstruction apparently couldn’t wait.

Here are the photos I’ve taken of 5Pointz over the years. RIP.


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November 19, 2013
Low sun down Broadway

Low sun down Broadway

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November 18, 2013
Dog walking in Madison Square Park

Dog walking in Madison Square Park

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November 15, 2013

High Line Park in the fall


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November 14, 2013
miss-fotos:

Snowing today

miss-fotos:

Snowing today

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November 13, 2013
The Flatiron Building on Friday evening…a couple of people with weekend deadlines, apparently

The Flatiron Building on Friday evening…a couple of people with weekend deadlines, apparently

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November 11, 2013
For Veterans Day today, the Wounded Warrior Project comes to town. As seen on Broadway near 28th

For Veterans Day today, the Wounded Warrior Project comes to town. As seen on Broadway near 28th

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October 31, 2013
Empire State Halloween

Empire State Halloween

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October 29, 2013
Around this time last year, this is what the East Village looked like. See more of my Sandy photos in this post.

Around this time last year, this is what the East Village looked like. See more of my Sandy photos in this post.

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October 29, 2013
What the Empire State Building looked like after the Hurricane Sandy blackout last year. You can see my complete set of Sandy photos at Flickr.

What the Empire State Building looked like after the Hurricane Sandy blackout last year. You can see my complete set of Sandy photos at Flickr.

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October 29, 2013
In remembrance of Hurricane Sandy, here’s the photos I took during and after Sandy hit, mostly in lower and midtown Manhattan.

In remembrance of Hurricane Sandy, here’s the photos I took during and after Sandy hit, mostly in lower and midtown Manhattan.

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