1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival 2019.

Monday, June 24, 2019. New York City – The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival was Yesterday, Sunday, June 23, 2019. People celebrated Bronx World Pride, Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion.

The rally was at 161st Street and Grand Concourse. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Congresswoman for New York’s 14th congressional district: Bronx – Queens, was one of the speakers. AOC (often referred to by her initials) marched from 161st Street and Grand Concourse to 149th Street and 3rd Ave.

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Organizers said: “The 1 Bronx World Pride promotes inclusion, community, and dialogue and works toward a future without discrimination where all people have equal rights under the law. We do this by producing Pride events that inspire, educate, and celebrate our diverse Bronx community. The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival brings together over 20,000 Bronxites working toward a more inclusive future for our community.”

New York City – The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival was Yesterday, Sunday, June 23, 2019. People celebrated Bronx World Pride, Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion.  The rally was at 161st Street and Grand Concourse. After the rally people marched the festival at 149th Street and 3rd Ave.  This handsome Latino man was one of the attendees who came to celebrate Bronx World Pride.
New York City – The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival was Yesterday, Sunday, June 23, 2019. People celebrated Bronx World Pride, Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. The rally was at 161st Street and Grand Concourse. After the rally people marched the festival at 149th Street and 3rd Ave. This handsome Latino man was one of the attendees who came to celebrate Bronx World Pride.

“The Bronx is the northernmost of the five boroughs of New York City, in the U.S. state of New York. It is south of Westchester County; northeast and east of Manhattan, across the Harlem River; and north of Queens, across the East River. Since 1914, the borough has had the same boundaries as Bronx County, the third-most densely populated county in the United States.

The Bronx is divided by the Bronx River into a hillier section in the west, and a flatter eastern section. East and west street names are divided by Jerome Avenue. The West Bronx was annexed to New York City in 1874, and the areas east of the Bronx River in 1895. Bronx County was separated from New York County in 1914. About a quarter of the Bronx’s area is open space, including Woodlawn Cemetery, Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Bronx Zoo in the borough’s north and center. These open spaces are situated primarily on land deliberately reserved in the late 19th century as urban development progressed north and east from Manhattan.

The name Bronx originated with Swedish-born Jonas Bronck, who established the first settlement in the area as part of the New Netherland colony in 1639. The native Lenape were displaced after 1643 by settlers. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the Bronx received many immigrant and migrant groups as it was transformed into an urban community, first from various European countries (particularly Ireland, Germany, and Italy) and later from the Caribbean region (particularly Puerto Rico, Haiti, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic), as well as African American migrants from the southern United States. This cultural mix has made The Bronx a wellspring of Latin music, hip hop and rock.”_Wikipedia.org

New York City – The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival was Yesterday, Sunday, June 23, 2019. People celebrated Bronx World Pride, Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. The rally was at 161st Street and Grand Concourse. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Congresswoman for New York’s 14th congressional district: Bronx – Queens, was one of the speakers. AOC (often referred to by her initials) marched from 161st Street and Grand Concourse to 149th Street and 3rd Ave.
New York City – The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival was Yesterday, Sunday, June 23, 2019. People celebrated Bronx World Pride, Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. The rally was at 161st Street and Grand Concourse. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Congresswoman for New York’s 14th congressional district: Bronx – Queens, was one of the speakers. AOC (often referred to by her initials) marched from 161st Street and Grand Concourse to 149th Street and 3rd Ave.

On Saturday, June 8th, 2019, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March.

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Brooklyn Pride is the only New York City night time parade/march. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com.

Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City - Man and his dog at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City – Man and his dog at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

THE 15TH ANNUAL TRANS DAY OF ACTION will be on Friday, June 28, 2019. The rally starts at 4 PM. March Kick-Off at 5:00 PM from Washington Square Park Garibaldi Plaza.

Organizers say on their website alp.org, “Bring your rattles, maracas, and revolutionary spirit! We will take up time and space together in a rally and march for gender liberation. Join TransJustice in uplifting our New York City Communities of Color as we champion policy goals for advancing housing equity for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming in New York City.”

Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City - Man wearing a beautiful costume at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City – Man wearing a beautiful costume at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

Harlem Pride is on Saturday, June 29, 2019. 12:00PM – 6:00PM. 12th Avenue and West 135th Street.

Organizers say on their website www.HarlemPride.org, “It’s 2019 and we are celebrating several things this year. First of all, 2019 marks our Harlem Pride 10th Anniversary. It’s also the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance and on top of that we’ll celebrate World Pride coming to NYC and Harlem as well as the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. This month we’re expecting over 20,000 attendees who will visit Harlem to participate in our festivities. We look forward to hosting each one of them and we hope you’ll join us!”

6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Caribbean Black man with a beautiful costume. Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com
6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Caribbean Black man with a beautiful costume.

The 27th Annual NYC Dyke March will be on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at 5PM. Meet at Bryant Park, corner of 6th Ave and 42nd Street. The culmination of the protest will be in Washington Square Park.

Organizers say on their website nycdykemarch.com, “The New York City Dyke March is a protest march, not a parade.

The March is a demonstration of our First Amendment right to protest and takes place without permits or sponsors. We recognize that we must organize among ourselves to fight for our rights, safety, and visibility.”

6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Cynthia Nixon and people watching the March. People were very happy to see her. Cynthia is a “Lifelong New Yorker, actor, and progressive advocate running for governor to fight for a better, more fair New York.” Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com
6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Cynthia Nixon and people watching the March. People were very happy to see her. Cynthia is a “Lifelong New Yorker, actor, and progressive advocate running for governor to fight for a better, more fair New York.”

On Sunday, June 30th is the Queer Liberation March and Pride March in Manhattan. People will celebrate Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion.

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Organizers of the Queer Liberation March say on their website reclaimpridenyc.org, “The Queer Liberation March is a people’s political march—no corporate floats, and no police in our march. Please see our statement on Why We March. We honor the powerful legacy of the Stonewall Rebellion by highlighting the most marginalized members of our community, as we commit to addressing the ongoing struggles that we face.

Retracing the steps of the original Christopher Street Liberation Day March of 1970, the Reclaim Pride Coalition will gather in Sheridan Square, march all the way up 6th Avenue, and end with a rally in Central Park’s Great Lawn.”

Organizers of the Pride March in Manhattan say on their website NYCPride.org, “The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect.

The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. In 2018, we were joined by over 550 unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of non-profits, community organizations, corporate sponsors, small businesses, political candidates and activists! With over 100 floats making the trek along the route, last year’s March was one of the largest and most exciting in history.”

6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Semi nude man. His sign says: "LOVE." Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com
6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. The sign of this semi-nude man says: “LOVE.”

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Rally for elephant Happy’s Freedom in front of the Bronx Zoo. Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Bronx, New York City. Wednesday, June 12, 2019 – On Saturday, June 1, 2019, there was a rally in support of Happy’s freedom in front of the Bronx Zoo. Happy is a wild-born elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo.

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The rally was organized by the Nonhuman Rights Project and it was joined by Change.org, CompassionWorks International, Voters For Animal Rights, In Defense of Animals, and Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund. Activists called for recognition of Happy’s fundamental rights and her transfer to sanctuary. During the rally, NhRP attorney gave updates on their litigation on behalf of Happy and other efforts to obtain rights for autonomous nonhuman animals.

Bronx, New York City. Saturday, June 1, 2019 - Rally in support of Happy's freedom. Happy is a wild-born elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo. The rally was organized by the Nonhuman Rights Project and it was joined by Change.org, CompassionWorks International, Voters For Animal Rights, In Defense of Animals, and Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund. Activists called for recognition of Happy's fundamental rights and her transfer to sanctuary. During the rally, NhRP attorney gave updates on their litigation on behalf of Happy and other efforts to obtain rights for autonomous nonhuman animals. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Bronx, New York City. Saturday, June 1, 2019 – Rally in support of Happy’s freedom. Happy is a wild-born elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo. The rally was organized by the Nonhuman Rights Project and it was joined by Change.org, CompassionWorks International, Voters For Animal Rights, In Defense of Animals, and Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund. Activists called for recognition of Happy’s fundamental rights and her transfer to sanctuary. During the rally, NhRP attorney gave updates on their litigation on behalf of Happy and other efforts to obtain rights for autonomous nonhuman animals. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

The Nonhuman Rights Project, the organizers said on Facebook before the event: “Please join the Nonhuman Rights Project on June 1st as we rally in support of freedom for our elephant client Happy, a wild-born elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo.

We will be joined by Change.org, CompassionWorks International, Voters For Animal Rights, In Defense of Animals, and Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund as we call for recognition of Happy’s fundamental rights and her transfer to sanctuary.

During the rally, NhRP attorneys and staff will give updates on our litigation on behalf of Happy and other efforts to obtain rights for autonomous nonhuman animals. Representatives from supporting organizations will also speak about the work they are doing on behalf of nonhuman animals.

We’ll provide signs for attendees but feel free to bring your own. Please remember that this is a peaceful and respectful demonstration. This is an event where we band together to advocate for the end of Happy’s imprisonment.

INFORMATION ON HAPPY AND NHRP’S LITIGATION

With the NhRP’s landmark elephant rights litigation on Happy’s behalf headed to Bronx County, home of the Bronx Zoo, we are calling for recognition of Happy’s right to liberty and her release to an elephant sanctuary.

As we have argued in court with the support of world-renowned elephant experts, elephants are autonomous beings who suffer deeply when deprived of their freedom and prevented from interacting with other elephants (https://www.nonhumanrights.org/client-happy/). Thirteen years after the Bronx Zoo and the entity that operates it, the Wildlife Conservation Society, acknowledged it would be “inhumane to sustain an exhibit with a single elephant,” Happy still spends every day alone. In the winter months, she lives in a cage in a holding facility (https://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/07/nyregion/bronx-zoo-plans-to-endelephant-exhibit.html).

Happy is the first elephant in the world to demonstrate self-awareness via the mirror self-recognition test (https://www.livescience.com/4272-elephant-awareness-mirrors-humans.html). In December of 2018, two months after the NhRP filed a habeas corpus petition on her behalf, she became the first elephant in the world to have a habeas corpus hearing to determine the lawfulness of her imprisonment (https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/12/happy-elephant-personhood/578818/). Happy’s court case is ongoing, and we hope the Bronx County Supreme Court will promptly order a hearing to consider the injustice being visited on her as an imprisoned autonomous being.

In February, the Orleans County Supreme Court decided to transfer Happy’s case to Bronx County, which we continue to view as a serious legal error; we make clear in our court filings that, according to New York habeas corpus procedure, we had the right to file in any county in the state and that we filed suit in Orleans County because the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department of which the Supreme Court is a part had correctly rejected tying legal personhood to being human.

In April, the Fourth Judicial Department denied appellate review on the issue of venue in Happy’s case, meaning the transfer will move forward and the ball is now in the Bronx County Supreme Court.

As with all our clients, we are fully confident in the justice of our arguments and prepared to continue the fight for Happy’s right to liberty and her release to a sanctuary wherever it takes us.

Whether through litigation or mounting public pressure, the Bronx Zoo must do the right thing for Happy and release her to one of the two operational sanctuaries in the US: the Performing Animal Welfare Society or the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

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Bronx, New York City. Saturday, June 1, 2019 - Rally in support of Happy's freedom. Happy is a wild-born elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo. The rally was organized by the Nonhuman Rights Project and it was joined by Change.org, CompassionWorks International, Voters For Animal Rights, In Defense of Animals, and Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund. Activists called for recognition of Happy's fundamental rights and her transfer to sanctuary. During the rally, NhRP attorney gave updates on their litigation on behalf of Happy and other efforts to obtain rights for autonomous nonhuman animals. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Bronx, New York City. Saturday, June 1, 2019 – Rally in support of Happy’s freedom. Happy is a wild-born elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo. The rally was organized by the Nonhuman Rights Project and it was joined by Change.org, CompassionWorks International, Voters For Animal Rights, In Defense of Animals, and Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund. Activists called for recognition of Happy’s fundamental rights and her transfer to sanctuary. During the rally, NhRP attorney gave updates on their litigation on behalf of Happy and other efforts to obtain rights for autonomous nonhuman animals. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

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High court judges in Botswana have ruled that laws criminalizing LGBTQ+ people are unconstitutional.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019. New York City – Victory for the LGBTQ+ community in Botswana after judges rule laws are unconstitutional.

6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Cynthia Nixon and people watching the March. People were very happy to see her. Cynthia is a “Lifelong New Yorker, actor, and progressive advocate running for governor to fight for a better, more fair New York.” Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com
6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Cynthia Nixon and people watching the March. People were very happy to see her. Cynthia is a “Lifelong New Yorker, actor, and progressive advocate running for governor to fight for a better, more fair New York.” Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com

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High court judges in Botswana ruled that laws criminalizing same-sex relations are unconstitutional and should be struck down. Homosexuality is illegal in most countries in the African continent. In some countries, LGBTQ+ people face life imprisonment or the death penalty. LGBTQ+ people in many countries face persecution, forcing them into hiding.

“Human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalized. Sexual orientation is not a fashion statement. It is an important attribute of one’s personality. A democratic nation is one that embraces tolerance, diversity, and open-mindedness … societal inclusion is central to ending poverty and fostering shared prosperity … The state cannot be a sheriff in people’s bedrooms.” _Justice Michael Leburu

“This is a historic ruling for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Botswana. It restores privacy, respect and dignity to the country’s LGBT people, and it is a day to celebrate pride, compassion and love.”_Gunilla Carlsson, executive director of UNAids.

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Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City - Man wearing a beautiful costume at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City – Man wearing a beautiful costume at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

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Brooklyn Pride Parade/March 2019.

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Sunday, June 9th, 2019. New York City – On Saturday, June 8th, 2019, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March.

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This is the only New York City night time parade/march. The parade started at Lincoln Place and 5th Ave and ended at 9th Street and 5th Avenue.

Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution.

Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City -  Man wearing a beautiful costume at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution.  Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City – Man wearing a beautiful costume at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival will be on Sunday, June 23rd, 2019. Rally/March: 161st and Grand Concourse. Festival: 149th Street and Third Avenue.

Organizers say: “The 1 Bronx World Pride Festival promotes inclusion, community, and dialogue and works toward a future without discrimination where all people have equal rights under the law. We do this by producing Pride events that inspire, educate, and celebrate our diverse Bronx community.

Celebrate our diversity together with the 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival, bringing together over 20,000 Bronxites working toward a more inclusive future for our community.”

6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Caribbean Black man with a beautiful costume. Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com
6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Caribbean Black man with a beautiful costume. Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com

The 27th Annual NYC Dyke March will be on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at 5PM. Meet at Bryant Park, corner of 6th Ave and 42nd Street. The culmination of the protest will be in Washington Square Park.

Organizers say on their website nycdykemarch.com, “The New York City Dyke March is a protest march, not a parade.

The March is a demonstration of our First Amendment right to protest and takes place without permits or sponsors. We recognize that we must organize among ourselves to fight for our rights, safety, and visibility.

Thousands of Dykes take the streets each year in celebration of our beautiful and diverse Dyke lives, to highlight the presence of Dykes within our community, and in protest of the discrimination, harassment, and violence we face in schools, on the job, and in our communities.

Any person who identifies as a dyke is welcome to march regardless of gender expression or identity, sex assigned at birth, sexual orientation, race, age, political affiliation, religious identity, ability, class, or immigration status.

We ask that our allies respect the march as a space for self identified dykes by supporting us from the sidewalks, or by celebrating with us at the culmination of our protest in Washington Square Park.”

6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Cynthia Nixon and people watching the March. People were very happy to see her. Cynthia is a “Lifelong New Yorker, actor, and progressive advocate running for governor to fight for a better, more fair New York.” Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com
6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Cynthia Nixon and people watching the March. People were very happy to see her. Cynthia is a “Lifelong New Yorker, actor, and progressive advocate running for governor to fight for a better, more fair New York.” Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com

On June 30th is the #PrideMarch in Manhattan. This year there will be a #QueerLiberationMarch and rally on the same day.

Organizers of the Pride March in Manhattan say on their website NYCPride.org, “The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect.

The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. In 2018, we were joined by over 550 unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of non-profits, community organizations, corporate sponsors, small businesses, political candidates and activists! With over 100 floats making the trek along the route, last year’s March was one of the largest and most exciting in history.

MEET OUR 2019 LGBTQIA+ NYC PRIDE MARCH GRAND MARSHALS

POSE is a dance musical, set in the 1980s, that explores the juxtaposition of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the Trump era, and the downtown social and literary scene. Cast members Dominique Jackson (Elektra), Indya Moore (Angel), and MJ Rodriguez (Blanca) will represent the show.

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah is the nucleus of the award-winning celebration and protest that is UK Black Pride.

Gay Liberation Front was the very first LGBTQ activist organization formed after the Stonewall Rebellion.

The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people.

Monica Helms is a transgender activist, author, and veteran of the United States Navy, having served on two submarines. She is also the creator of the Transgender Pride Flag, in 1999, and subsequently donated the original flag to the Smithsonian Institution in 2014.”

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6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Semi nude man. His sign says: "LOVE." Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com
6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Semi nude man. His sign says: “LOVE.” Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com

Organizers of the Queer Liberation March say on their website reclaimpridenyc.org, “The Queer Liberation March is a people’s political march—no corporate floats, and no police in our march. Please see our statement on Why We March. We honor the powerful legacy of the Stonewall Rebellion by highlighting the most marginalized members of our community, as we commit to addressing the ongoing struggles that we face.

Retracing the steps of the original Christopher Street Liberation Day March of 1970, the Reclaim Pride Coalition will gather in Sheridan Square, march all the way up 6th Avenue, and end with a rally in Central Park’s Great Lawn.

Everyone is welcome to join the march at any point. No pre-registration or wristbands are required.

We will gather on 7th Ave south of Christopher Street before stepping off at 9:30am.

We will march one block up 7th Avenue, take a right on West 10th Street over to 6th Avenue and then all the way up 6th Avenue into Central Park.

There will be a midpoint gathering in Bryant Park at 11am where we encourage folks who cannot make the early step off to join the march.

You can join the march at any point by stepping off of the sidewalks into the streets anywhere north of West 23rd Street on 6th Ave. (Below this point it might not be possible due to street blocking for the HOP Pride Parade).

The march will end with a Rally in Central Park’s Great Lawn with disability access on the corner of East 85th Street & 5th Ave. You are welcome to join us here.”

Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City - Man and his dog at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City – Man and his dog at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

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Sunday, June 24, 2018. New York City – New Yorkers celebrated the biggest LGBTQ Pride March in the United States of America. This year, the NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Sunday, June 24, 2018. New York City – New Yorkers celebrated the biggest LGBTQ Pride March in the United States of America. This year, the NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

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2nd Global Climate Strike in New York City.

Sunday, May 26th, 2019. New York City – On Friday, May 24th, 2019, it was the 2nd Global Climate Strike. Hundreds of students, some teachers, parents and other people gathered at Columbus Circle and then marched to Times Square in Manhattan. They demanded that “NYC Mayor (and U. S. presidential candidate) Bill de Blasio follow the UK, Ireland and countless cities around the world who have declared a Climate Emergency.”

More than 1 million students, teachers, parents, politicians and other people from around the world went on strike in protest of the climate crisis.

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Organizers said on Facebook before the event: “THIS IS A CLIMATE EMERGENCY. On May 24th, New York City students will join countries around the world in the 2nd ever Global Climate Strike. We are demanding that NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio follow the UK, Ireland and countless cities around the world who have declared a Climate Emergency.

You may have heard about the first event March 15th. The first Global Climate Strike was held on March 15th with over 1 million students striking school in 125 different countries around the world. The protests called for politicians to take immediate action to combat climate change and New York City students agreed. At 2pm on March 15th, five thousand students rallied at Columbus Circle, walking out of their classes to demand that New York City take action.

On May 24th we will rally at Columbus Circle at 2PM and then March to Time Square because TIME. IS. UP.

The March 15th Youth Climate Strike: During the week of March 15, there were at least 1.6 million strikers on all 7 continents, in more than 125 countries and in well over 2000 places. The 1.6million strikers is data gathered by FFF for 40% of countries.

About Fridays for Future Global: #FridaysForFuture is a movement that began in August 2018, after 15 years old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every school day for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. She posted what she was doing on Instagram and Twitter and it soon went viral.

On the 8th of September, Greta decided to continue striking every Friday until the Swedish policies provided a safe pathway well under 2-degree C, i.e. in line with the Paris agreement.

The hashtags #FridaysForFuture and #Climatestrike spread and many students and adults began to protest outside of their parliaments and local city halls all over the world. This has also inspired the Belgium Thursday school strikes.”

Friday, May 24th, 2019. New York City - Today was the 2nd Global Climate Strike. Hundreds of students, some teachers, parents and other people gathered at Columbus Circle and then marched to Times Square in Manhattan. They demanded that “NYC Mayor (and U. S. presidential candidate) Bill de Blasio follow the UK, Ireland and countless cities around the world who have declared a Climate Emergency.” More than 1 million students, teachers, parents, politicians and other people from around the world went on strike in protest of the climate crisis. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Friday, May 24th, 2019. New York City – Today was the 2nd Global Climate Strike. Hundreds of students, some teachers, parents and other people gathered at Columbus Circle and then marched to Times Square in Manhattan. They demanded that “NYC Mayor (and U. S. presidential candidate) Bill de Blasio follow the UK, Ireland and countless cities around the world who have declared a Climate Emergency.”
More than 1 million students, teachers, parents, politicians and other people from around the world went on strike in protest of the climate crisis.
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According to the website earth-strike.com/en/united-states. Their demands are:

Enact energy systems of community-led renewable energies.
Wind-down and end all fossil fuel extraction, and become totally carbon neutral by 2035.
End all pipeline projects.
Guarantee the sovereignty of indigenous lands with regards to government and government sponsored projects involving their land.
Democratically determine and allocate community led renewable energy initiatives.
Fund and expand carbon neutral and fare-free public transit.

Prepare for Climate Change and protect those most harmed.
Aid communities displaced by climate catastrophes with a focus on rebuilding sustainable infrastructure, including providing state-level aid to United States territories for natural disasters.
Increase funding for FEMA by at least 50%.
Offer a grant program to people who lose their means of survival due to energy transition.
Improve FEMA to better serve the needs of communities.
End the FEMA 50% rule and all regulations that base community aid on market values of property.
Train FEMA and other disaster response personnel to work with low income and homeless, people of color, and other marginalized communities
End the use of military/police forces in disaster relief programs.
Provide transportation and lodging in evacuation situations for everyone, prioritizing at-risk communities.

Protect workers by repealing the Taft-Hartley Act.
Include climate change and environmental safety in collective bargaining and union negotiations with employers.
Retrofit buildings for energy efficiency and disaster resilience.
Build climate-adaptive infrastructure.

Improve sustainability of agricultural processes.
End all subsidies to the meat industry.
Regulate large-scale agriculture to reduce methane emissions, limit hazardous runoff, and preserve biodiversity.
End factory farming and create significantly stricter regulations in regard to quality of life for livestock.
Further research and development on addressing dairy and other animal agriculture related environmental concerns.
Cattle must be fed diet of at least 50% grass grazing and the rest will be supplemented with grain and forages with less than 10% corn
Enact non-retaliation policies to limit large company’s control over individual farmers’ agricultural practices.
End seed patents on genetically modified crops.
Incentivize planting native/food gardens on residential properties.
In conjunction with the above, ban lawn grass.
Incentivize local production/consumption of food.

Sustainably manage resources.
Mindfully manage potable water resources, and the inclusion of rainwater into irrigation and waste systems.
Limit logging to only what can be replanted in the span of 1 year and enforce that replanting occurs.
Deprivatize and municipalize all water supplies.

Friday, May 24th, 2019. New York City - Today was the 2nd Global Climate Strike. Hundreds of students, some teachers, parents and other people gathered at Columbus Circle and then marched to Times Square in Manhattan. They demanded that “NYC Mayor (and U. S. presidential candidate) Bill de Blasio follow the UK, Ireland and countless cities around the world who have declared a Climate Emergency.” More than 1 million students, teachers, parents, politicians and other people from around the world went on strike in protest of the climate crisis. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Friday, May 24th, 2019. New York City – Today was the 2nd Global Climate Strike. Hundreds of students, some teachers, parents and other people gathered at Columbus Circle and then marched to Times Square in Manhattan. They demanded that “NYC Mayor (and U. S. presidential candidate) Bill de Blasio follow the UK, Ireland and countless cities around the world who have declared a Climate Emergency.”
More than 1 million students, teachers, parents, politicians and other people from around the world went on strike in protest of the climate crisis.
Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

The Guardian says, “Students from 1,800 towns and cities in more than 110 countries stretching from India to Australia and the UK to South Africa, walked out of lessons on Friday, the organisers of the action said.

This is the latest school climate strike, inspired by teenager Greta Thunberg, who has become a global figurehead since protesting outside Sweden’s parliament in 2018. The young people are demanding politicians take urgent action to avoid catastrophic ecological breakdown.

The school protests come amid growing evidence of the scale of the climate crisis. Last year, the UN’s leading scientists warned that there were just 12 years to limit climate catastrophe. Earlier this month, another UN report warned that the widespread collapse of ecosystems was putting humanity itself at risk. And just last week it emerged that the Antarctic ice is melting much faster than previously feared and global atmospheric CO2 emissions reached a record level of 415ppm.

The school strike movement started last August when Thunberg, then 15, held her solo protest in Stockholm. Since then it has snowballed to be one of the most significant climate movements in history.

On Friday Thunberg, and leading youth strikers across the world, called for all adults to join the protests and stage a global general strike on 20 September.

Writing in the Guardian they said: “We’re asking adults to step up alongside us … today, so many of our parents are busy discussing whether our grades are good, or a new diet or the Game of Thrones finale – whilst the planet burns,” they write. “But to change everything, we need everyone. It is time for all of us to unleash mass resistance … if we [demand change] in numbers we have a chance.”

Before Friday’s strikes, organisers said the number of young people taking part would top the 1.4 million people who participated in the last global day of strikes in March.”

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Friday, May 24th, 2019. New York City - Today was the 2nd Global Climate Strike. Hundreds of students, some teachers, parents and other people gathered at Columbus Circle and then marched to Times Square in Manhattan. They demanded that “NYC Mayor (and U. S. presidential candidate) Bill de Blasio follow the UK, Ireland and countless cities around the world who have declared a Climate Emergency.” More than 1 million students, teachers, parents, politicians and other people from around the world went on strike in protest of the climate crisis. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Friday, May 24th, 2019. New York City – Today was the 2nd Global Climate Strike. Hundreds of students, some teachers, parents and other people gathered at Columbus Circle and then marched to Times Square in Manhattan. They demanded that “NYC Mayor (and U. S. presidential candidate) Bill de Blasio follow the UK, Ireland and countless cities around the world who have declared a Climate Emergency.”
More than 1 million students, teachers, parents, politicians and other people from around the world went on strike in protest of the climate crisis.
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Rally “#StopTheBans” in New York City.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019. New York City – Today, over 500 “Stop The Bans” rallies took place across the United States of America.

Women and men gathered at Foley Square Park in Manhattan, New York City, to demand Republicans stop attacking women’s rights.

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Planned Parenthood Action Fund, one of the organizers said, “An increasing number of states across the country are introducing unconstitutional bills that would ban abortion at six weeks of pregnancy — before most women even know they’re pregnant. In just the first three months of 2019, 16 states filed, moved, or enacted six-week abortion bans.

Each of these bills would become the most extreme abortion ban in the country if enacted and enforced. The politicians behind these bans have one goal: to push abortion out of reach, outlawing it in all but name.

Six-week abortion bans are nothing new — but in 2019, their number has increased at an unprecedented pace.

In 2011, Ohio politicians introduced the nation’s first six-week ban (and have since proposed four similar bills). Ohio’s initial attempts never went into effect, but they paved the way for other states to push equally dangerous copycat laws.

North Dakota was the first state to enact a six-week ban in 2013. Iowa became the second in 2018. Courts blocked both laws for being unconstitutional, but the six-week bans have kept coming — and their numbers have skyrocketed.

Some of these bills also criminalize abortion providers, and would keep women from accessing abortion in instances of rape and incest, without exceptions. Other six-week bans, like the one in Georgia, would require women to undergo a medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound — and would require sexual-assault survivors to obtain and provide an official police report. Moreover, the Georgia bill would subject all people who experience the termination of a pregnancy to criminal liability, exposing any woman who has a miscarriage to the risk of criminal charges.”

Rally "#StopTheBans" in New York City. 5/21/2019.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019. New York City – Today, over 500 “Stop The Bans” rallies took place across the United States of America. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

Bernie Sanders in Brooklyn, New York City.

Saturday, March 2, 2019. New York City – Today was the first event of Senator Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign.

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Excerpts from his speech today: “I want to thank all of you for being part of a campaign which is not only going to win the Democratic nomination, which is not only going to defeat Donald Trump, who is the most dangerous president in modern American history, but with your help we are going to transform this country and, finally, create an economy and a government which works for all of us, and not just the one percent. Today, at our very first rally, I want to welcome you to a campaign which says, loudly and clearly, that the underlying principles of our government will not be greed, hatred and lies. It will not be racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia and religious bigotry. It will not be tax breaks for billionaires and efforts to trough millions off their health care that they currently have. This campaign is going to end all of that. The principles of our government will be based on justice: on economic justice, on social justice, on racial justice, on environmental justice. Today, I welcome you to a campaign which tells the powerful special interests who control so much of our economic and political life that we will no longer tolerate the greed of corporate America and the billionaire class – greed which has resulted in this country having more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth.

Today, we say to the American people that instead of demonizing the undocumented immigrants in this country, we’re going to pass comprehensive immigration reform and provide a path toward citizenship. We’re going to provide legal status to the 1.8 million young people eligible for the DACA program, and develop a humane border policy for those who seek asylum. The United States will not longer snatched babies from the arms of their mothers.

Donald Trump wants to divide us up based on the color of our skin, based on where we were born, based on our gender, based on our religion and our sexual orientation. What we are about is doing exactly the opposite. We are going to bring our people together – black and white, Latino, Asian-American, Native-American, gay and straight, young and old, men and women, native born and immigrant. We are together and together we will transform this country.

I did not come from a family of privilege that prepared me to entertain people on television by telling workers: “You’re fired.” I came from a family who knew all too well the frightening power employers can have over everyday workers.

I did not come from a family that could afford to send my brother and me to an elite boarding school. In fact, I was educated proudly in high quality public schools here in Brooklyn and began my higher education right here on this campus. I should also mention that my brother Larry graduated from Brooklyn College.

We’re going to win this election because we will put together the strongest grassroots coalition in the history of American politics. Donald Trump wants to divide us up by the color of our skin, where we born, our gender, our religion and our sexual orientation. We are going to do exactly the opposite.

We’re going to win this election because we are putting together the strongest grassroots campaign in the history of American politics.

Donald Trump wants to divide us up based on the color of our skin, based on where we were born, based on our gender, based on our religion and our sexual orientation. What we are about is doing exactly the opposite. We are going to bring our people together – black and white, Latino, Asian-American, Native-American, gay and straight, young and old, men and women, native born and immigrant. We are together and together we will transform this country.

My father was a paint salesman who worked hard his entire life, but never made much money. And my mother raised my brother and me.

I am not going to tell you that I grew up in a home of desperate poverty. That would not be true. But what I will tell you is that coming from a lower middle class family I will never forget about how money – or really lack of money – was always a point of stress in our family. My mother’s dream was that someday our family would move out of that rent-controlled apartment to a home of our own. That dream was never fulfilled. She died young while we were still living in that rent-controlled apartment.

I learned a great deal about immigration as a child because my father came to this country from Poland at the age of 17, without a nickel in his pocket. Without knowing one word of English. He came to the United States to escape the crushing poverty that existed in his community, and to escape widespread anti-Semitism. And, it was a good thing that he came to this country because virtually his entire family was wiped out by Hitler and Nazi barbarism.

Brothers and sisters: We have an enormous amount of work in front of us. And the path forward will not be easy. The wealthy and powerful elite who decade after decade have gotten everything they want will do all that they can to defend their finance interest. And they have an unlimited amount of money at their disposal but we have something that they do not have. We have the people together. So this what I believe. This is what I believe from the bottom of my heart. If we do not allow Trump and his friends to divide us up, if we stand together Black and White and Latino, Asian America, Native America. If we stand together urban and rural, north, south, east and west. If we stand together not as red state or blue state, but as working people fighting for dignity. If we stand together believing in justice and human dignity, if we stand together believing in love and compassion, if we stand together brothers and sisters, the future of this country is extraordinary and there is nothing we will not be able to accomplish.”

Saturday, March 2, 2019. New York City - United States of America Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his supporters. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
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11th Annual Indigenous Day of Remembrance 2018.

Monday, October 8th, 2018. Manhattan, New York City – Yesterday, Sunday, October 7th, 2018 was the 11th Annual Indigenous Day of Remembrance. The event was at Columbus Circle (West 59th Street and Central Park West).

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Organizers say on Facebook: “The NYC Indigenous Day of Remembrance is an Inter-tribal Annual Event at Columbus Circle to honor our First Nations/Indigenous Ancestors. We will never forget the genocide inflicted on our ancestors beginning in 1492. We Are Still Here to honor and celebrate Indigenous culture. This event is sponsored by local NYC indigenous volunteers.”

11th Annual Indigenous Day of Remembrance was hosted at four different locations: Columbus Circle NYC Merchants Gate; Arecibo Puerto Rico Columbus Monument; and at the “Alcázar de Colon” in Dominican Republic.

Dee Doval, Tina Johnson, and Maritza Feliciano-Potter leaded the NYC memorial service; Naguake in Arecibo PR, and Taino tribal community: Yukayeke Taiguabo Kiskeya, in Santo Domingo, DR- led by Behike Boynayel Mota.

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Sunday, October 7th, 2018. Columbus Circle. West 59th Street and Central Park West. Manhattan, New York City - 11th Annual Indigenous Day of Remembrance. Ceremony: Burning sage and tobacco. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
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Brooklyn Bridge Park. Brooklyn, New York City.

Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre (34 ha) park on the Brooklyn side of the East River in New York City. Designed by landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the park has revitalized 1.3-mile (2.1 km) of Brooklyn’s post-industrial waterfront from Atlantic Avenue in the south, under the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and past the Brooklyn Bridge, to Jay Street north of the Manhattan Bridge. The site includes Brooklyn Piers 1–6, the historic Fulton Ferry Landing, and the preexisting Empire–Fulton Ferry and Main Street Parks. Two Civil War-era structures, Empire Stores and the Tobacco Warehouse, will also be integrated into the park. After the city and state signed a joint agreement in 2002, site planning and project funding proceeded, with construction started in 2008 using land reclaimed using soil from the new World Trade Center site.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park is overseen by Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, a not-for-profit entity responsible for the planning, construction, maintenance, and operation of the park. The Corporation’s mission is to “create and maintain a world class park that is a recreational, environmental and cultural destination enjoyed by residents of, and visitors to, New York City.”

The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City and is one of the oldest roadway bridges in the United States. Started in 1869 and completed fourteen years later in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, spanning the East River. It has a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m) and was the first steel-wire suspension bridge constructed. It was originally called the New York and Brooklyn Bridge and the East River Bridge, but it was later dubbed the Brooklyn Bridge, a name coming from an earlier January 25, 1867, letter to the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and formally so named by the city government in 1915. Since opening, it has become an icon of New York City and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1972.

In 1642 the first ferry landing opened on the land that is now Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Empire Fulton Ferry section. Soon after a thriving trading economy developed into a small town called “het Veer,” meaning “the Ferry”. As het Veer grew throughout the 17th century, it became known as the “Road to the Ferry”.

On August 29, 1776, het Veer served as a crucial strategic location for George Washington and the Continental Army in the American Revolution’s Battle of Long Island. In the middle of the night, George Washington and his men evaded the British Army, who were quickly gaining upon the Continental Army, by escaping across the East River to Manhattan.

As the 18th century came to a close, additional ferry services were added to this waterfront community, including docking points for the “Catherine Street Ferry” and the first steamboat ferry landing that was created by Robert Fulton, which eventually became known as the Fulton Ferry Landing. The community continued to grow into the 19th century as Brooklyn Heights developed into a residential neighborhood. By the 1850s, Brooklyn City Railroad rail lines were installed at the Fulton Ferry Landing. During this boom period, brick warehouse development proliferated along the waterfront. In fact, the area soon became known as “the walled city”. In addition to the warehouses, the Empire Stores were constructed between 1870 and 1885.

In 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was opened after being constructed for 13 years. While the Brooklyn Bridge formed a needed link between Manhattan and Brooklyn, it also disrupted ferry traffic. The Manhattan Bridge, developed in 1909, further disrupted trade to this section of the East River. The addition of these two crucial bridges resulted in the demise of this waterfront and the closing of the Fulton Ferry Landing in 1924. The construction of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in 1950 and 1954, respectively, separated Brooklyn Heights from the waterfront.

Throughout the 1950s, over 130 warehouses and 25 smaller “finger piers” were demolished along Brooklyn’s waterfront. In order to accommodate larger ships and cargo, the New York Dock Company built 13 new piers between 1956 and 1964—this development includes Piers 1–3 and 5–6 of what is currently Brooklyn Bridge Park. Pier 2 was not developed until 1958. However, as trade technology advanced, so did trade routes. By the 1970 much of the Brooklyn waterfront developments were largely barren and decrepit, causing the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to end cargo ship operations in 1983. Many of these warehouses were demolished by the end of the 20th century. However, the warehouses on the piers comprising Brooklyn Bridge Park were not demolished until the park began its construction in 2008.

Brooklyn Bridge Park spans 85 acres of the East River waterfront in the Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo neighborhoods of Brooklyn. The park is divided into eleven sections: Piers 1 through 6; Fulton Ferry Landing; Brooklyn Bridge Plaza; Empire Fulton Ferry; Main Street; and John Street. Each of these sections features unique topographies, plantings, amenities, and cultural artifacts and installations. All of the sections are currently open to the public; the Brooklyn–Queens Greenway, spanning the park, is also open. According to landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., the park’s design is “guided by the concept of ‘post-industrial nature…[and] uses unabashedly man-made landscapes to kick-start new site ecologies that can thrive and evolve in a heavy-use urban setting.” Above all, the park is meant to serve as a vital threshold connecting the city and the East River. “We realized this park wasn’t about scenery,” Van Valkenburgh said, “The nature of this park is the river.

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9/22/2018 Manhattan Bridge. Brooklyn Bridge Park. Brooklyn, NYC. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
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New York City subways (metro/train).

9/20/2018 – The New York City Subway is the largest rapid transit system in the world by number of stations, with 472 stations in operation (424 if stations connected by transfers are counted as single stations). Stations are located throughout the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. The Staten Island Railway is not officially considered part of the subway, as it lacks a rail link with the subway system, so passengers traveling between Staten Island and another borough must take the Staten Island Ferry or an MTA bus; free transfers are allowed to the subway and bus systems. The PATH in Manhattan and New Jersey and the AirTrain JFK in Queens[18] both accept the subway’s MetroCard but are not operated by the MTA and do not allow free transfers. However, the Roosevelt Island Tramway does allow free transfers to the MTA and bus systems, even though it is also not operated by the MTA.

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The system is also one of the world’s longest. Overall, the system contains 236 miles (380 km) of routes, translating into 665 miles (1,070 km) of revenue track; and a total of 850 miles (1,370 km) including non-revenue trackage.

By annual ridership, the New York City Subway is the busiest rapid transit rail system in both the Western Hemisphere and the Western world, as well as the eighth busiest rapid transit rail system in the world; only the metro (subway) systems in Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Guangzhou, Tokyo, Moscow, and Hong Kong record higher annual ridership. In 2017, the subway delivered over 1.72 billion rides, averaging approximately 5.6 million daily rides on weekdays and a combined 5.7 million rides each weekend (3.2 million on Saturdays; 2.5 million on Sundays). On September 23, 2014, more than 6.1 million people rode the subway system, establishing the highest single-day ridership since ridership was regularly monitored in 1985.

Of the system’s 25 services, 22 pass through Manhattan, the exceptions being the G train, the Franklin Avenue Shuttle, and the Rockaway Park Shuttle. Large portions of the subway outside Manhattan are elevated, on embankments, or in open cuts, and a few stretches of track run at ground level. In total, 40% of track is above ground, despite the “subway” moniker. Many lines and stations have both express and local services. These lines have three or four tracks. Normally, the outer two are used for local trains, while the inner one or two are used for express trains. Stations served by express trains are typically major transfer points or destinations.

Lines and routes

Many rapid transit systems run relatively static routings, so that a train “line” is more or less synonymous with a train “route”. In New York City, however, routings change often because of changes in the availability of connections or the setup of service patterns. Within the nomenclature of the subway, the “line” describes the physical railroad track or series of tracks that a train “route” uses on its way from one terminal to another. “Routes” (also called “services”) are distinguished by a letter or a number and “Lines” have names. They are also designations for trains, as exemplified in the Billy Strayhorn song “Take the “A” Train”.

There are 25 train services in the subway system, including three short shuttles. Each route has a color and a local or express designation representing the Manhattan trunk line of the particular service. The color light green is exclusively assigned to the Crosstown Line route, which operates entirely outside Manhattan, while the shuttles are all assigned dark gray. The lines and services are not referred to by color (e.g., Blue Line or Green Line) by native New Yorkers or by most New York City residents, but out-of-towners and tourists often refer to the subway lines by color.

The 1, C, G, L, M, R, and W trains are fully local and make all stops. The 2, 3, 4, 5, A, B, D, E, F, N and Q trains have portions of express and local service. The J train normally operates local, but during rush hours it is joined by the Z train in the peak direction; both the J and Z run local, express or skip-stop on different parts of their shared route. The 6 and 7 are also fully local, but during rush-hours, express variants of the routes, designated by diamond-shaped route markers, are operated alongside the locals. The letter S is used for three shuttle services: Franklin Avenue Shuttle, Rockaway Park Shuttle, and 42nd Street Shuttle.

Though the subway system operates on a 24-hour basis, during late night hours some of the designated routes do not run, run as a shorter route (often referred to as the ‘shuttle train’ version of its full-length counterpart) or run with a different stopping pattern. These are usually indicated by smaller, secondary route signage on station platforms. Because there is no nightly system shutdown for maintenance, tracks and stations must be maintained while the system is operating. This work sometimes necessitates service changes during midday, overnight hours, and weekends.

When parts of lines are temporarily shut down for construction purposes, the transit authority can substitute free shuttle buses (using MTA Regional Bus Operations bus fleet) to replace the routes that would normally run on these lines. The Transit Authority announces planned service changes through its website (travel.mtanyct.info/serviceadvisory) , via placards that are posted on station and interior subway-car walls, and through its Twitter page (“NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway).

Metrocard

In November 1993, the subway system introduced a fare system called the MetroCard, which allows riders to use cards that store the value equal to the amount paid to a station booth clerk or vending machine. The MetroCard was enhanced in 1997 to allow passengers to make free transfers between subways and buses within two hours; several MetroCard-only transfers between subway stations were added in 2001. With the addition of unlimited-ride MetroCards in 1998 (for 7-day and 30-day periods, later 1-day “Fun Pass” and 14-day periods, both of which have been discontinued), the New York City Transit system was the last major transit system in the United States with the exception of BART in San Francisco to introduce passes for unlimited bus and rapid transit travel.

In April 2016, MTA solicited proposals for a contactless “New Fare Payment System” to replace the MetroCard by 2022. On October 23, 2017, it was announced that the MetroCard would be phased out and replaced by a contactless fare payment system also by Cubic, with fare payment being made using Apple Pay, Google Pay, debit/credit cards with near-field communication technology, or radio-frequency identification cards. The October 23 announcement calls for the expansion of this system to a general-use electronic fare payment system at 500 subway turnstiles and 600 buses by late 2018, with all buses and subway stations using electronic fare collection by 2020. However, support of the MetroCard is slated to remain until 2023.

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9/5/2018 Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue subway station. Brooklyn, New York City. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
9/5/2018 Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue subway station. Brooklyn, New York City.
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