Photographer Ann SophieLindström spent several months documenting a group of horsemen in North Philadelphia who have been countering crime through their love for horses. For more riveting photos of the equestrians of North Philly, here’s this week’s Spotlight essay from Emily Anne Epstein.
A stallion named Dusty rears up as Jamil Prattis, 25, leads him to the lot across from the Fletcher Street Stables, October 19, 2013. Jamil became involved with the horses when he was 12 years old, after he saw a group of urban cowboys riding through the streets of North Philadelphia. (Ann Sophie Lindström)
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!
The day is April 23rd, 2017. It’s an ordinary Sunday afternoon in London.
The crowd bustles, trains whirr, birds chirp.
Life in the city is business as usual.
Three teenage girls take photographs outside 187 North Gower Street, soaking in the ambiance of the Sherlock set. They step into Speedy’s for a cup of coffee.
The women lament over the loss of their favorite show. On March 8th, the BBC announced Sherlock would not be returning for a fifth series, and cowriters Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss were quick to assure their fans that it was time to lay the beloved program to rest.
But what the women saw next changed their lives forever.
Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to tired college freshman in his moose pajamas, Neil Armstrong. The dorms were full that year, so he ended up living in a house in North street with a few other guys. In the top image, he has what appears to be a ripped piece of construction paper in a slide rule that he is flying around like an airplane. The second and third are pretty self explanatory, and are absolutely adorable.
Photos courtesy of the amazing folks at the Purdue Archives and Special Collections.
Aries- This mailbox
Taurus- this instrumental break
Gemini- The month of June
Cancer- That birdie’s tweets
Leo- Everything that I see
Virgo- The floor and ceiling
Libra- That blue balloon
Scorpio- All your feelings
Sagittarius- The city streets
North, south, east and west
Capricorn- both your feet
Aquarius- this triagonal sign
Pisces- Ziggy’s sweets
1978- Murdered Steven Mark Hicks (remains found in a crawlspace under his
home and his bones found in woodland behind Jeffrey’s home)
Jeffrey enlisted in the U.S. Army
March 1981- Formally
discharged from the Army due to his alcohol abuse
1982 – Jeffrey exposed himself to a crowd of 25 women and children at
Wisconsin State Fair Park.
August 1986 –
Arrested for masturbating in front of two 12-year-old boys
1987- The charge was changed to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to one
November 20th- Murdered Steven Tuomi in a rented room at the Ambassador Hotel (remains
1988- Murdered James Doxtator (remains never located)
Murdered Richard Guerrero (remains never located)
1989- Murdered Anthony Sears (His preserved skull and genitals found in a
filing cabinet at 924 North 25th Street)
1990- Murdered Raymond Smith *The
first victim to be murdered at Jeffrey’s North 25th Street apartment*
(Bones were around his apartment as ornaments and his sjull was painted
grey and placed in his fridge)
– Murdered Edward Smith (remains never located)
– Murdered Ernest Miller (His entire skeleton was found in the bottom drawer of
a filing cabinet)
– Murdered David Thomas (remains never located)
1991- Murdered Curtis Straughter (Skull was found in his apartment)
Murdered Errol Lindsey (Skull found in his apartment)
– Murdered Tony Hughes (Skull found in his apartment)
– Murdered Konerak Sinthasomphone (Skull located in the freezer)
Murdered Matt Turner (Head and internal organs found in the freezer and his
torso was in a 57-gallon drum)
– Murdered Jeremiah Weinberger (Torso located in the 57-gallon drum)
-Murdered Oliver Lacy (Skeleton was found in his apartment and his heart
was in the fridge)
July 19th –
Murdered Joseph Bradehoft (Head was found in the refrigerator and torso
found in the 57-gallon drum)
– Persuaded Tracy Edwards to accompany him back his apartment. Tracy escaped
his apartment and flagged down Milwaukee police. Jeffrey was then arrested.
After admitting to the murders, Jeffrey was charged with four counts of murder.
Charged with a further 11 murders.
– Charged with the murder of Steven Hicks
1992 – Jeffrey pleaded guilty but insane to 15 counts of murder at a
His trial began
– The verdict was made, on the first two counts, Dahmer was sentenced to life imprisonment
plus ten years, with the remaining 13 counts carrying a mandatory sentence of
life imprisonment plus 70 years.
May 1st –
Jeffrey was extradited to Ohio to be tried for the murder of Steven Hicks. He
was sentenced to a 16th term of life imprisonment.
July 1994- While
in prison, Jeffrey was attacked by Osvaldo Durruthy and his throat was
attempted to be slashed with a razor embedded toothbrush. Jeffrey was not
seriously hurt in this incident.
1994- Jeffrey was attacked by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver while in
the showers. He had been bludgeoned over his head and face by a metal bar.
Jeffrey was later pronounced dead at hospital.
Do you really doubt my love for you?” He asked me as I sat in front of him.
“No,” I reply as I wipe my tears. “I don’t doubt your love for me. But every day, every moment that you’re gone, I fear that I’m going to lose you. I fear that someone much smarter and more beautiful than I am will stumble into that coffee shop you love on North 30th Street and I’ll lose you. I fear that one day, you will wake up and lie in bed and wonder why the hell you’re still with me. I fear that maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but one day you’ll wake up and not want me.
“Because, you see, you changed everything. You changed my sight, from the way I see the tree outside my bedroom window to the way that I see myself. You changed the colors of the red bricks on the sidewalk, you changed the sounds of leaves and tennis shoes scraping the ground. You changed my life.
“As you sit there with your extra order of hash browns and your light brown coffee, 1,806 miles away from me, I’m afraid that you will no longer love me. And I know, I sound like a fucking lunatic, but damn it I’m in too deep now to let you go.
"So, no, I don’t doubt your love for me. But I will always have the fear of losing you until the moment I am back in your arms.”