May 2019

[caption id="attachment_21327" align="alignnone" width="1168"] Clinton Shabazz in his kitchen space (Emma Vickers/NY City Lens)[/caption] The arrival of Whole Foods in East Harlem has been something of a double-edged sword, signaling gentrification and rising rents on the one hand, jobs and fresh food on the other. But for Clinton Shabazz, the Harlem Pie Man, it has been an opportunity all the way. Shabazz has lived in Harlem for 40 years, and he’s been feeding the neighborhood for 27 of them. He is warm and affable, someone in the habit of working with the public and having a good time doing it. In those

Two years ago when River Gallo began writing the script for his graduate thesis at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, he was surprised to learn he would be a trailblazer: he would become the first intersex director to make a film about an intersex individual. “It was interesting to me that this is the first time,” said Gallo, whose short film, “Ponyboi,” premiered last weekend at one of the industry’s most revered gatherings—the Tribeca Film Festival. “A year ago today we wrapped filming,” he told NYCityLens on Saturday. “It’s so surreal that I’m here now.” The Tribeca Film Festival

[caption id="attachment_21283" align="aligncenter" width="1164"] Image courtesy of UpDating[/caption] A couple years ago, Harrison Forman was living and working in San Francisco and dating around, as many twenty-somethings do, but he was doing it differently: he was broadcasting his dates via Facebook live. Forman, who was working at Facebook at the time, was using the company’s new technology to date in a new way. He would go live before the date, often using the “selfie-cam,” considering outfit options, give a “Halftime Report” from the bathroom (not so different from the mid-date text report we millennials so often share with our friends), and a “Recap