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After the US election of November 8, an artist named  Matthew “Levee” Chavez  set up what he called a “Therapy Wall” in the Union Square Subway station. Passersby left sticky notes with their fears and concerns following the election of NYC’s least favorite son. (While the state of NY went blue at about 60%, the City itself was closer to 80% for Clinton.)

On Tuesday (November 29, 2016), many of the notes were taken down, however, making way for advertisements paid for by Sonos–the speaker company. But after several tweets protesting the removal of the Therapy Wall, Sonos decided it’d rather not get in the way of millions of New Yorkers’ therapy this holiday season. The company backed down, and allowed the stickys to stay up. 

Today I went to Union Square, to make sure everything was ship shape. While there are some obvious blank spots, the wall continues to thrive. Several other spots (outside the turnstiles) have sticky notes now too. 

I took some photos of notes that struck me. And was handed a “How to Resist” flier by a man organizing protests and demonstrations. 

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NYC launches campaign to fight anti-Muslim violence.

On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s Commission on Human Rights launched an expansive social media campaign aimed at stopping instances of Islamophobia. The campaign consists of five banner ads featuring Muslim New Yorkers.

Cumulatively, the ads seek to remind New Yorkers that religious-based harassment and discrimination is illegal in the city. As well as the fact that, “Muslims are hardworking New Yorkers … They are our police, our teachers, our small business owners and our neighbors and they deserve the same respect as everyone else.”

The digital campaign will be paired with a promising series of real-world events as well.

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New York Speak

by New York Explorer

Repeat After Me…

1. What to say when you get in a taxi: “I’m going to 76th and 5th,” give your cross streets, not the actual address of your destination.

2. It’s called “the Met” not the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

3. You’re from “the city,” because New York City is the only relevant place to you now.

4. You don’t take the “train” anymore. You take the “subway.”

5. That little corner shop that sells food, flowers and gum is called a “bodega” or a “deli.”

6. Houston is pronounced like “How-ston,” not “Hue-ston.”

7. There is only “uptown” and “downtown.” Specifics not needed unless otherwise asked.

8. Most things outside the city we call “the country” or, if you’re lucky enough to have a house outside N.Y.C., we call it a “country house.”

9. The term “Bridge-and-Tunnel” refers to people who migrate to the city from outside certain suburban areas for a night out.

10. Williamsburg is a place in Brooklyn, not Virginia.

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An American Tragedy - The New Yorker
The electorate has, in its plurality, decided to live in Trump’s world of vanity, hate, arrogance, untruth, and recklessness.

“The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogny, and racism. Trump’s shocking victory, his ascension to the Presidency, is a sickening event in the history of the United States and liberal democracy. On January 20, 2017, we will bid farewell to the first African-American President – a man of integrity, dignity, and generous spirit – and witness the inauguration of a con who did little to spurn endorsement by forces of xenophobia and white supremacy. It is impossible to react to this moment with anything less than revulsion and profound anxiety.”

Go read the rest of this article by David Remnick right now, America. This is everything I want to say, but can’t find the will to fight through my anger and disappointment and disgust to locate the words.

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Attention, New Yorkers! Book lovers! Fairy Tale enthusiasts! People of Tumblr! You all need to hear about this amazing place in New York City called Books of Wonder.
It’s a children’s bookstore in Chelsea that has an amazing collection of Children’s literature from the Wizard of Oz to new releases. I was most obsessed with their Classics and Fairy Tale sections which are absolutely phenomenal! If you are in the city, planning a trip, or even halfway around the world, I highly recommend that you check this place out.