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Yemeni bodega workers in New York rally around being American, Muslim and proud

  • An estimated 1,000 Yemeni-American-run businesses, restaurants and bodegas in New York’s five boroughs shut their doors at noon Thursday for eight hours in an act of protest against Trump’s recently imposed travel restrictions.
  • And as night fell on the rally at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall scheduled to take place in tandem with Thursday’s bodega closings, show up they did — by the thousands, waving American flags and bearing signs that declared “We need justice.” Read more

i saw a similar post about writing tips when it comes to having paris as a setting, so i thought it would be helpful to have the same thing except for……new york city! as a native new yorker i love seeing my home appearing in fics, because lbr nyc is pretty awesome. so if you’re looking to make nyc your setting, here are some tips when writing about it. these can help establish if your character is a native or non-native.

—first off, nyc is technically not one city. it’s five cities. the boroughs of manhattan, queens, staten island, bronx, and brooklyn are all part of nyc. however, the nyc that’s always on tv/movies is manhattan.

—if you live in any of the four other boroughs, manhattan is always referred to as “the city”. so if your character lives in brooklyn but is heading out to central park, they’re going to the city.

—public transportation is the way to go. unless it’s staten island, where cars are the easiest way to go. mta fare is $2.75 and we use metrocards. trains are divided by uptown and downtown, and some are express and some are local. we do not refer to the train lines by their color—only by their number or letter. buses are designated by their borough; a manhattan bus would have M in front of the number.

—taxis are mad expensive and sometimes public transportation can be too when you need to take a combo of buses and trains. many new yorkers walk a lot. the reason we walk fast is bc it makes it easier to get to your destination. walking up ten blocks can only take ten minutes if you speedwalk basically. which is why slow walkers annoy us, especially when they stop suddenly.

—trains run slower during weekends and nights so your character might be in for quite a wait. bus generally take 10 minutes to come, unless it’s a popular route. then buses come every five minutes.

—except for the very southern part of manhattan, the roads are numbered. so areas such as greenwich village, wall street, little italy, and chinatown do not have streets with numbers. streets run from east to west; avenues run from south to north. the east & west streets are separated by 5th Avenue. numbers increase as you move north and/or to the west.

—you can always find pizza and hot dogs for a dollar. busy areas such as times square and central park will try to overcharge you. no new yorker would be gullible enough to pay $2 for a pizza slice. for cheap $1 pizza, the chain 2Bros is good. speaking of pizza, we fold it in half bc it is easier to eat and walk then.

—a distinctly new yorker thing is saying “on the line”. such as asking someone “are you on the line?” no other state says this. drive into new jersey and they’ll say “in the line”.

—there is one international airport and one domestic airport for nyc, which are both in queens. there’s JFK (international) and La Guardia (domestic). a third option is newark airport (also international) in new jersey.

—smoking is not allowed in nyc parks nor in most public spaces whatsoever. also the legal age for smoking and drinking is 21.

—if your character is a college student, all public colleges are branded as CUNY (City University of New York). every borough has at least one CUNY college. public colleges have “cheap” tuition rates, which are usually around $5000-$8000. the “famous” colleges in NYC are not public. NYU and Columbia are both private and are ridiculously expensive. Wagner College (private) in Staten Island has a really good performing arts/music program.

—new yorkers avoid many of the sightseeing places bc they’re expensive and overcrowded. i have lived my whole life in nyc (almost 20 years) and have only visited the Empire State Building for the first time this summer—and that’s only bc my internship covers the expense of my tickets to such places.

—speaking of expenses, most of the homes in the boroughs are apartments. Staten Island however is suburban and residential. houses are abundant there. in manhattan, houses which are really just townhouses, are super expensive. we’re talking millions here.

—manhattan is an island. so is staten island. the only ways off manhattan are by cars/buses over bridges or tunnels, or by trains. the only way off staten island is by car, bus, or the Staten Island Ferry. the ferry is free of charge, running 24/7 between SI and Manhattan. all bridges have tolls, where ezpass holders have lower rates.

—yes we’re the city that never sleeps, but we do sleep. some areas like times square don’t appear to. i’ve shopped at the forever 21 in times square at 1 AM. it was still crowded.

—SI has a predominant Italian and Sri Lankan community. Queens has a predominant Indian community, most especially in the Jackson Heights neighborhood.

—coney island is in brooklyn. the rides are fun but expensive. the beach is crowded and dirty. brighton beach and rockaway beach are better choices. staten island has a more calmer (and actually fourth longest in the usa) boardwalk.

—if you’re mailing something to manhattan, the address should be written as new york, new york. it would not be manhattan, new york.

this got really long but if your heart is set on writing within new york, i think it’s really important to get your setting right. like i said before, these tips can really help your character stand out or not as someone who is or isn’t from new york. i hope this helps for all the fabulous writers out there!

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BOOK OF THE DAY:

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

“No spoilers here, but we will say that the book–which includes a number of photographs and some eccentric typography–ends with what is undoubtedly the most beautiful and heartbreaking flip book in all of literature.” –Booklist

Oskar Schell is unlike any nine-year-old you will ever meet. Bright and quirky, it is safe to say he is a little weird. He makes jewelry, he speaks French, he plays the tambourine, he is a Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist, vegan, historian and correspondent with Stephen Hawking and Ringo Starr. When his father passes away in the September 11th attacks, Oskar is left depressed until he finds a mysterious envelope with a key, titled, “Black” in his father’s closet. Filled with inspiration and hope, Oskar embarks on an adventure to find the lock of the key. During his journey, he travels through the five boroughs of New York, where he meets interesting characters with their own survival stories. What begins as an innocent, heartfelt testimonial of loyalty to his father, ends up as a heartbreakingly beautiful climax, which leads to his father’s grave.

Although the plot seems rather thin, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is far quirkier than you believe. Reflecting Oskar’s intellectualism, Foer’s writing is experimental. With several back stories, including the Hiroshima and Dresden bombing, as well as others’ stories of trauma, Foer’s writing is intuitive: it lacks punctuation and shifts narrative. It contains eccentric, illegible typography (where the words are mounted on top of each other) blank pages, pages with one liners, sweet monologs, illustrations and scribbles. Although it may be perceived as gimmicky, it is highly stylistic and unique.

Without a doubt, Foer’s delicate style adds to the sentimentality of the novel. Make no reservations here, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close will make the coldest heart shed a tear. Foer has created a prose on the exploration of grief and healing. As a result of the highly sensitive topic and young narrator, there are no mild feelings procured here, you will feel a gut-wrenching beautiful ache or a bitter taste in your mouth. Note, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Closenavigates two extremes of the spectrum, between beautiful sadness and manipulation.

Read excerpts from the book here!

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Yemeni-Americans to shut down New York City bodegas in protest of Trump’s Muslim ban

  • New York City’s Yemeni-American bodega owners will shutter their shops at noon Thursday in an act of protest against Trump’s travel ban.
  • According to a Facebook page associated with the protest, an estimated 1,000 stores are expected to close across all five New York boroughs from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday.
  • “Originally, we considered starting the shutdown at 8 a.m., but the grocers they made it clear they wouldn’t be willing to close if that meant their regulars wouldn’t get their morning coffee,” Debbie Almontaser, board member of the Muslim Community Network and one of the rally organizers, said in a press release. Read more
Rockefeller

Pairing: Anthony x Reader

Words: 1.5k+

Prompt: Anthony has never been to Rockefeller Center. It’s up to you to correct this horrible mistake.

A/N: Andddd we are back! Here’s my Worldwide Day fic! Also my first Anthony imagine, he deserves so many imagines I love Anthony. Thank you to @helplesslylins and @secretschuylersister for being the best proofreaders ever. Enjoy!

Originally posted by unimarshpig


“So you’re from Bushwick, literally one borough over, and you’ve never been to Rockefeller Center?” You lifted your head from Anthony’s chest to look at him, eyes wide in disbelief.

“I just never felt a need to go.” He shrugged, looking down at you.

“Nope. No. Unacceptable. Get up.” You left his warm embrace and got up from the couch though Anthony protested.

“Babe, we said it would be a chill day indoors, it’s so cold outside. Can’t we just stay in?” Anthony whined as you pulled him off the sofa and down the hall to his room.

“Dress warm, we are going right now.” You commanded, crossing your arms over your chest. Anthony could tell you weren’t going to budge so he went through his drawers and pulled on a few extra layers of clothing. Once he was sure he would be warm, he walked into the living room where you were sitting on your phone.

“There’s nothing I can say to change your mind?” He tried once more to bargain with you but you shook your head no, pulling on your beanie.

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Queens has more languages than anywhere in the world — here's where they're found

There are as many as 800 languages spoken in New York City, and nowhere in the world has more than Queens, according to the Endangered Language Alliance (ELA).

“The capital of linguistic diversity, not just for the five boroughs, but for the human species, is Queens,” Solnit and Jelly-Schapiro write.

Hundreds of public school teachers in New York City have landed tickets to the hottest show on Broadway.


Some 400 teachers from schools in all five boroughs will attend Wednesday night’s performance of the sold-out, Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton.”


The teachers were selected by the city’s Department of Education and via a lottery held by Teach For America-New York, a nonprofit educational organization. Barclays is also involved in the performance for educators through a partnership with the organization and the Education Department.


The Broadway show’s organizers hope the musical’s message of diversity and inclusiveness will resonate with educators and their students. […]

This craft brewer names her beers after hilariously awful bad dates

  • Kat Martinez lives in New York City, that urban metropolis where dating can be a rollercoaster of Tinder swiping, first dates, good dates, scary dates and unexpected ghosting
  • Martinez also happens to be an award-winning home brewer who recently opened Lineup Brewery in Brooklyn, New York.
  • When it came time to name her hoppy creations, her encounters with the men of the five boroughs of New York City provided plenty of inspiration. Read more. (3/31/17, 1:31PM)

anonymous asked:

HI so i recently read far from you, can you give me some of your favorite lgbt books please? thank you!!!

I love Far From You so much, if you’re looking for a book that has the same vein I highly suggest History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera! Though, this one has an uplifting ending.

YA:

Romance/NA:

Notes:

* - to be released

** - homophobic/transphobic slurs

I’m sorry it took me so long to reply. It’s difficult for me to curate a list during week days, but if you have any book related questions, my twitter is @sueyahollywood. I reply faster and I can link you easier.

anonymous asked:

I keep thinking about jimon + jace's cheesy pick up lines(even though they're already dating) its the cutest I'm crying

i think the sweetest part about this is that jace normally doesn’t have to resort to silly pickup lines to actually pick up because as we saw on 2x07 jace is just naturally confident, beautiful and cool and smooth - except it all flies out the window the second he falls for simon because all he wants to do is make simon smile even if its at his own expense?? 

consider the following teeny scenario (although this concept deserves MUCH MORE):

  • friday nights are date nights and today’s just supposed to be curling up in bed together with Chinese take-out and watching the latest mission: impossible in jace’s laptop. simon’s exhausted though, and it’s all he can do to change into a different t-shirt and drag himself over to the institute. he ends up falling asleep which his cheek smushed against jace’s shoulder, body aching, and only jolts awake when his phone goes off. 
  • “sorry, sorry,” he says, fretting over the drool darkening jace’s shirt. “this is so uncool - i’m just, i think i got thrown against three different brick walls because that coven from connecticut just does not know how to play nice and i’ve zoomed across all five boroughs today including staten island which, let me tell you-”
  • jace does what he always does when simon gets like this: he leans in and presses kiss after kiss against simon’s mouth, swallowing up the panicked words until simon sighs and kisses him back, bones becoming liquid under jace’s hands. simon’s eyes are still closed when jace pulls away and says, “i thought your legs were hurting from running through my head all day, not running after some new england vampires.”
  • “next time i’ll stick to just your head,” says simon, voice rough with sleep and sweet with laughter. “pretty sure things turned out better for me in there.”

The girls streamed into what once served as a dining room at a Sleep Inn in Queens, ready to begin their meeting with a roll call.

One by one came the names: “Jessica. Luz,” recited Karina, a fifth grader. “Carmen?”

The room was small enough that Karina could easily see who was there and who was not. But this was a meeting of Girl Scout Troop 6000, where girls learn to be leaders, and protocol is to be followed.

Troop 6000 is the first in New York City designated solely for homeless girls. All of the members live at the Sleep Inn, where the city has taken over all 10 floors to accommodate about 100 homeless families.

In a way, the troop, created in February, is a reflection of the state of homelessness in the city. Within the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, troop numbers are determined by the city’s five boroughs, with the 1000s in the Bronx, 2000s in Brooklyn and so on. But the members of Troop 6000 would not necessarily identify Queens as their home, so Girl Scout leaders extended the numerical sequence.

“We’re the O.G.!” one of the girls shouted. The slang, short for original gangster, can take on a nefarious connotation, but in this case simply means being the first of its type, one that commands respect.

Alright, so based on the texts I got, messages received, and forty-two anons (I GOT THE ARISTOTLE ONE YEESH :)) I made a list of all the books mentioned. 

• Song of Achilles
• Captive Prince Series
• The Rifter series by Ginn Hale
• magpie lord by K J Charles
• Him by sarina Bowell
• Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander
• Stockholm Syndrome by Richard Rider
• Roads series by garrett leigh
• Five Boroughs series by Santino Hassell
• Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda  by becky albertalli
• how to repair a mechanical heart by j c lillis
• The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley
• nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling
• Temptation series Try, Take, Trust
• Alexander the Nice guy series
• Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

• don’t let me go by J.H Trumble

• cut and run series- Madeline Urban
• Hope Cove Series- Cate Ashwood
• SSU Boys-Maris Black
• Ivy Years Series-Sarina Bowen
• Southern Scrimmage Series-Mercy Celeste
• Aidan and Ethan-Delvin and Garrick-Cameron Dane
• Black Reek Series-Riley Hart
• Better Than Series-Layne Hayes
• Straight Guy Series-Alessandra Hazard
• First and Forever Series-Alexa Land
• Firehouse Six Series-Draven St. James
• Nothing Special Series-A.E. Via
• Chase the Storm-V.M. Waitt
• Fated Heart Series-Aimee Nicole Walker
• The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
• Dancer of the Dance-Andrew Holleran
• Carry On (and series)- Rainbow Rowell
• Ask the Passengers
• All for the game series. first one is the foxhole court and its free on iBooks
• Freakboy is a novel written in verse about a genderqueer teen and a trans woman of color
• The Tameness of The Wolf
• Brothers of the Wild North Sea
• The Cranberry Hush
• Beauty Queens-Libba Bray
• Afterworlds-Scott Westerfeld
authors:
• Sarina Bowen
• Ella Frank
• Mary Calmes
• A.M. Arthur
• Eli Easton
• M.J. O’Shea
• Felice Stevens
• L.A. Witt
• Lisa Worrall
• cordelia kingsbridge

Blogs for more lists: 

weneeddiversebooks 
yainterrobang.com


….lets go read!

Good Things Come in Threes

Requested by @widow-made-me-do-it

12 and 27 from this list - bondage/restraints/collars and exhibitionism with Bucky x Steve x Reader

A/N: Reposting this because pornbots decided to commandeer it earlier. I’ve mostly sorted that problem and now know how to handle it going forward, so here’s the smut for y’all again. Thank you for the request, darling. Hope you like it!

Warnings: explicit smut, 18+ only please. double penetration, oral sex (female and male receiving), unprotected sex (wrap it up people)

Originally posted by skylerlockerbie


“A sex club? Those are still a thing?”

You stared at Bucky Barnes, who was draped casually across your bed, in nothing but boxers. Steve Rogers was seated at the foot of the bed, pulling a worn, gray t-shirt over his head.

“What do you mean, ‘still?’” you asked, offended. When Bucky had asked you to consider doing something out of the box, you’d immediately dived into researching the sex club scene in New York City. You’d found an invitation-only underground organization that ran several pop-up clubs all over the five boroughs and excitedly signed yourself and your two lovers up. The “for-your-eyes-only” email response had just arrived with the address for the party and you were excited to show Bucky and Steve what you’d found.

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anonymous asked:

I just really need some LGBT romances please. Just pure romance. Help!

NO PROBLEM. You can find a list here: https://lgbtqreads.com/romanceadult/ or find them split up by trope here! https://lgbtqreads.com/romanceadult/by-tropearchetype/

My personal faves: The Five Boroughs series by Santino Hassell (all m/m), the Cyberlove series by Santino Hassell and Megan Erickson (all m/m), Roller Girl by Vanessa North (f/f w/trans protag), Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon (f/f), Off Campus by AJ Cousins (m/m), Coffee Boy by Austin Chant (m/m w/trans protag), Take Me Home by Lorelie Brown (f/f), Hold Me by Courtney Milan (m/f w/a trans woman), and the Sucre Coeur series by Lissa Reed (first is m/m, second is f/f).

If you’re into YA, too, check out Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (m/m), How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by JC Lillis (m/m), The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (m/m out May 16), How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake (f/f), Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown (f/f), Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour (f/f), and When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (m/f with a trans guy).

(Also, I don’t get to say they’re my favorites because obvious bias, but I wrote two: Under the Lights and Out on Good Behavior - both are f/f)

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Today Yemeni bodega and restaurant owners across the five boroughs closed up shop in protest. My little corner of Brooklyn has many Arab and Muslim-owned businesses—especially Syrian, Lebanese, and Yemeni (shout-out to my beloved Damascus Bakery!)—so I wasn’t surprised to see several of them shut today, including the one I go to most frequently.

But the streets in my neighborhood were bustling this afternoon: I passed big groups of people holding flags and signs and heading towards Borough Hall, where a solidarity rally would be held this evening. I showed up before the official start time and hundreds of people were already there, packing the steps of Borough Hall and waving American flags. I saw someone say later that they’d never seen so many American flags at a protest, and I’d say the same. It was an endless sea of red, white, and blue.

I’ve always had the privilege to scoff at flag-waving patriotism. Two generations removed from immigration to this country, it’s something I could always take for granted. But I’m hard-pressed to remember a moment where I’ve watched people chant “USA! USA!” and wave American flags and felt so moved. It doesn’t take much for me to cry these days, but still. To embrace a country whose government is actively trying to reject you—to cheer for it wholeheartedly—takes an extraordinary amount of courage.

A man held a sign that said: “Brooklyn my home. Brooklynites my family. United we stand.” Fellow New Yorkers: let’s make sure we fight like hell to let him know that we feel the same way about him.