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Birds flying high, you know how I feel. Sun in the sky, you know how I feel. It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. It’s a new life for all of us. And I’m feeling good.
Thank you, associate dean Mendelson, for that introduction.
Thank you, trustee Sunshine; chancellor Milliken; and our guest speaker, Marty Baron of the Washington Post, for celebrating this day with us.
Hola, familia y amigos!
Gracias por acompañar a la generación 2016 hoy en el día de nuestra graduación.
Hello, family and friends! thank you for joining the class of 2016 on our graduation day.
Cuny J School, lemme hear how y’all feeling! Gente de la CUNY J School, ¿Cómo se sienten?
Es para mí un gran honor estar aquí. I am very honored to be here today.
Quiero dedicar este momento — I want to dedicate this moment — a la memoria de dos personas que ojalá estuvieran aquí conmigo hoy: to the memory of two people I wish were here with me today.
Mi tía, my aunt, Graciela, y mi hermano, my brother Guillermo, a quienes extraño todos los días.
JERUSALEM — The streets of the Me’a She’arim neighborhood look like few places in Israel.
Men walk around its narrow streets in black suits and white shirts; pious heads are covered with hats of different material or shape depending on their denomination. Women wear long skirts and sleeves, their hair covered with wigs or the snood, a traditional head covering.
Women in full head-to-toe veils, the Frumqas, seem to carry with them the rejection of the rest of the community who sees them as something taken out of the Islamic world.
The pashkevilim are the posters that cover street walls with the latest news, opinions, obituaries and rabbinical mandates. Me’a She’arim is a traditional Haredi Jewish neighborhood, isolated from the modern world of secular Israel that surrounds it. Continue reading
The demand for justice for the 43 Ayotzinapa students missing for more than a year took to the streets of Boston on Monday when Amado Tlatempa ran the 2016 edition of the prestigious marathon.
“It felt great because I don’t know anybody here but many students showed up through the race and screamed their support for our fight,” Tlatempa said in Spanish in a phone interview after the competition. “And that’s very positive because people know what we’re facing and what we’re doing to keep the issue alive.”
Carlos Llamosa left Colombia thinking his fútbol days were over, but instead he wound up representing the United States in the World Cup.
It was a second chance.
Carlos Llamosa escaped the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center by pure coincidence and thus continued on his improbable path to become a soccer star in the United States.
Llamosa, then 23, was out for lunch when Ramzi Yousef and Eyad Ismoil pulled a yellow Ryder van into the public parking garage beneath the World Trade Center. Llamosa was a janitor at the B2 basement of the tower, the same one where Yousef and Ismoil parked the van.
As it was the custom every Friday, World Trade Center maintenance employees took a two-hour lunch break. The additional 60 minutes allowed them to go to the bank and deposit their checks.
“Any other day, I would have gone back to work. But it was payday and we went out for lunch to enjoy that extra hour,” he recalls. “I was barely walking into a Chinese food restaurant when I heard the bang.”
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Andy Cheng migrated from Taiwan to New York hoping to work in the photo film industry, but he never imagined that his love for photography would develop into a life of learning about unknown rituals, strange languages and bachata.
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Andy Chen runs Best Color, one of the remaining 1-hour photo studios in New York City. With digital photography now being the standard, he knows his business develops its last rolls of film after a 26-year run at 4509 5th Avenue, in Brooklyn.
A Bloomberg report on Census data found last year that there were only 190 one-hour photo shops in 2013, down from 3,066 in 1998.
He is also facing the wave of gentrification that are pushing out the old staples that held together neighborhoods. Yet, he’s not bitter about it. His is more melancholy than anything else.
Because when he closes his Sunset Park shop in May, he will leave behind almost three decades of documenting faces and rituals of this Latino enclave.
“Everything changes,” he says with a smile.
Everything, including him.
Just as Chen, 56, saw this neighborhood go from Puerto Rican to Dominican and then to Mexican, he learned the traditions of these once unknown communities, and even learned their language and how to dance bachata.
“¡Increíble!,” he exclaims in Spanish before bursting into laughter.
For this Taiwanese immigrant, his job became his life; his customers became his friends; his friends became his family. All arranged in a composition that soon will become a memory, just like the photographs that made him.
Head: Memories of a 1-hour photo studio
Sub: Immigrant owner enjoys the last days of his 26-year run snapping photos in Sunset Park.
There Are Only 190 One-Hour Photo Shops Left in the United States http://petapixel.com/2015/05/01/there-are-only-190-one-hour-photo-shops-left-in-the-united-states/
Developers Compete to Shape the Future of Brooklyn’s Sunset Park
What I Learned Processing 164 Rolls of Film After Waiting a Year
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Over here is a Spanish community.
So they love the picture.
You know that’s why i still survive here.
Before it was like they take a picture–I ask them, “why you take a lot of picture?”
“Oh, this for my mom” “Oh they come from Mexico, they come from Ecuador, they come from Guatemala.”
So they was make a lot of picture.
So now it’s totally different.
Technology is very advanced now, you know digital
They put the picture in a in his computer or now its cellular…
Things change, you know.
Yeah, I been doing this my business already 26 years.
That time was 1-day service. There’s no on-hour service, just a little one-hour service.
Before it was dark room like wow!
Very nice, you know. Very good memory.
But now, no more.
Not even no more chemical. Smells different (laughs).
♫ NUPTIAL MARCH ♫
Yeah, I very enjoy this activity, because… they… I catch the moment taking pictures for the history for them.
It’s my responsible to take the very good picture for them, you know.
PRIEST: Puede ir en paz. Demos gracias al señor. ¡Aplauso a los novios y las familias! You can go in peace. Give thanks to the lord. You may go in peace. Applaud bride and groom and their families!
Yeah, I learned Spanish for my business. Yeah, everybody teach me, you know.
So I also learned how they dancing bachata. ¡Increíble!
Over here the rent is very high, you know. If they increase the rent I cannot afford it.
But I’m tired of this. It’s not tired of the picture. I don’t want to print no more.
Because digital… is digital.
When I close I still taking picture outside also.
I still have the schedule for the quinceañera, the boda and then bautizo too.
So that’s why I wanna close also.
They finish the contract in May. Ya finito. Se acabó (laughter).
- Antonio Tizapa ran the New York City Marathon in 3:44:16
- He led the group of at least 12 runners that wore shirts stating support for Ayotzinapa
- Many volunteers showed solidarity displaying photos of the 43 students through the race route
Published in Voices of NY
Antonio Tizapa felt his legs could not take another step when he was just a few yards away from the New York City Marathon finishing line, but then he saw the photo of his son in the crowd.
“I was running very slowly because I had no strength and just then I saw his image; my brother was holding it and he hadn’t seen me. I approached and took it from him,” Tizapa said. “It was wonderful, being able to finish the race with him, with the support of the people, and that made me run faster in those last meters.”
Tizapa, 48, and about a dozen other runners in Sunday’s race were the foot soldiers for a local campaign to extend to the world of sports the call for justice for the 43 Ayotzinapa students forcibly disappeared in México on Sept. 26, 2014.