I’m now in my 14th year of living in this city and can’t say I’ve grown any closer to the winter.
The cold weather, it dries my mouth and numbs my fingers and piles wads of tissue deep into my pockets.
It makes me expend far too much energy on clothing options, all of which will either suffocate or chafe, unless of course they are remotely fashionable, in which case I’ll simply freeze.
You born-and-bred Northerners like to go on about how great it is to have 4 seasons. But this is of course one of those great rationalizations, a coping mechanism.
Because even if the winter does make the summer that much more glorious — and I’ll admit, it does — that doesn’t make the winter itself any less lousy.
From a distance, this Falun Gong demonstrator appeared to be taking a nap or perhaps deeply meditating while the rest of her cohorts protested nearby. Until I got closer and realized, no, she’s just checking out her camera. I wonder whether Chinese censors will be cool with this Tumblr post.
—Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, near the U.N.
NYC Street Workout Goes Global
Like rap, the street workout, aka “street calisthenics,” aka the “thug workout,” is Made in NYC, but has taken off in Russia, Israel, Spain and other countries. All thanks to the eye-popping moves and physical rigor of New Yorkers like Hannibal for King, the Bartendaz, Barstarzz and other local workout crews.
Me and my co-worker Walyce Almeida spent a lot of time at Wingate Park, in Brooklyn, and elsewhere, exploring the appeal of street calisthenics, along with the debate over whether this emerged from the streets of New York, or the prison system.
We also explored the question of why street workouts are getting international attention but are largely ignored here in New York. For all those answers and much, much more, listen to WNYC!