Even here in New York City, as I took a walk in Prospect Park, the sounds and sensations of spring seemed even more intense. I can’t recall seeing so many happy robins and bluebirds and cardinals and squirrels roaming the woods and the meadows, jauntily parading around the park as if they own it—which they do, for now, as we all remain trapped within our four walls, waiting for this pandemic to end. (If you do a search for animals in Twitter, the first results are “animals taking over” and “animals returning.”) … [Read more...] about Animals have the cities all to themselves, and they’re loving it
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At the state level in New York, lawmakers are also considering a 90-day rent freeze, which would go further than the existing moratoriums on rent and mortgages in the state, allowing tenants to stop paying rent while providing relief for landlords. “Tenants who don’t have income are obviously not going to be paying rent,” state senator Michael Gianaris, who introduced the bill, told New York Magazine. “Whether we put some kind of regulatory structure around it or not, we have to recognize the reality on the ground.” Gianaris is working to try to pass the bill immediately, though it’s not clear how quickly it can happen. … [Read more...] about How are people supposed to pay April rent if they lost their jobs due to coronavirus?
In San Francisco, meanwhile, the situation appeared wholly chaotic. District Supervisor Matt Haney tweeted Sunday that, “as far as I understand, so far S.F. has moved zero unhoused people into hotel rooms,” despite the apparent availability of 30,000 unused rooms throughout the city. San Francisco’s shelters also have stopped accepting new people. At this point, the city’s estimated 8,000 homeless have few viable options. … [Read more...] about We’re just starting to see the devastating impact that COVID-19 will have on poor Americans
The people in the small Mediterranean town of Sanary-sur-Mer in France have given up going outside to pick up their daily baguettes in the mornings, or risk a fine of 135 Euros. In a country where picking up a baguette from the boulangerie is a daily, almost necessary cultural practice, the sacrifice has become a gesture of solidarity for them. “It’s not a sacrifice. It’s an adaptation,” says the town’s Mayor Ferdinand Bernhard. Let’s make adaptation work for us, too. … [Read more...] about American innovation challenge: Embracing other cultures’ values to fight Covid-19
MOVIES AT HOME How to Fix a Drug Scandal, April 1 on Netflix Cursed Films, April 2 on Shudder Coffee & Kareem, April 3 on Netflix Never Rarely Sometimes Always, April 3 Slay the Dragon, April 3 Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children, April 5 on HBO Tigertail, April 10 on Netflix Trolls World Tour, April 10 Chris D’Elia: No Pain, April 14 on Netflix Earth and Blood, April 17 on Netflix Rising High, April 17 on Netflix Sergio, April 17 on Netflix Circus of Books, April 22 on Netflix The Willoughbys, April 22 on Netflix Extraction, April 24 on Netflix Beastie Boys Story, April 24 on Apple TV Plus Bad Education, April 25 on HBO MUSIC Born Ruffians—JUICE, April 3 Empress Of—I’m Your Empress Of, April 3 Purity Ring—WOMB, April 3 The Monkees—The Mike & Micky Show Live, April 3 Thundercat—It Is What It Is, April 3 M. Ward—Migration Stories, April 3 Joe Satriani—Shapeshifting, April 10 The Strokes—The … [Read more...] about Beastie Boys and Issa Rae headline 88 pop-culture musts to get you through April’s quarantine