How New Yorkers Marked the Anniversary of George Floyd’s Killing

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A small group stopped visitors close to the Holland Tunnel. Crowds chanted “Whose lives matter? Black lives matter!” at Cadman Plaza Park in Brooklyn. Activists gave emotional speeches exterior the Police Headquarters in Manhattan.

Across the metropolis, New Yorkers on Tuesday marked the anniversary of the homicide of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis. His killing set off a wave of protests throughout the nation, together with a number of weeks of rallies attended by hundreds in New York.

Here’s a have a look at how the metropolis remembered Mr. Floyd:

Taking a knee in Harlem

Attendees at a memorial in Harlem, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, knelt for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, the size of time the Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, held his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck. The room largely fell into silence.

“A conviction of Chauvin is not enough,” Mr. Sharpton stated. “We must have legislation that defines and refines what police excessive force is all about.”

A collection of protests and demonstrations

Protesters together with Shaun Donovan, a Democrat who’s working for mayor, had their arms certain with zip ties by the police close to the Holland Tunnel. The group blocked the tunnel’s entrance for at the least 15 minutes early Tuesday, decrying police misconduct and saying the push for change spurred by Mr. Floyd’s killing wanted to proceed.

At Barclays Center in Brooklyn, relations of individuals who have been fatally shot by the police turned out. They included Eric Vassell, the father of Saheed Vassell, who was killed in Crown Heights in 2018, and Hawa Bah, the mom of Mohamed Bah, who was shot by officers in Harlem in 2012.

And at Foley Square in Manhattan, a number of attendees carried indicators supporting Asian American solidarity with the Black Lives Matter motion, emphasizing the significance of unity after the previous yr.

Mixed reflections on the previous yr

The demonstrations took on diversified tones all through the day, a combination of frustration, celebration and disappointment. To some, it was arduous to really feel a lot had modified over the final 12 months.

“Yes, we got justice for Floyd, but the same day we got justice, a young girl was killed,” stated Nnena Jobe, a lifelong Brooklyn resident, referencing the police capturing of Ma’Khia Bryant in Ohio.

“I don’t feel any different,” she stated. “And I don’t think I’ll feel any different.”

Ali Watkins, Michael Gold, Mihir Zaveri and Téa Kvetenadze contributed reporting.

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And lastly: The metropolis’s latest park attracts crowds

Rising from the Hudson River, Little Island preens atop a bouquet of tulip-shaped columns, begging to be posted on Instagram. As my colleague Michael Kimmelman describes it: Outside, it’s eye sweet. Inside, a charmer, with killer views.

The $260 million, 2.Four-acre mission, close to 13th Street in Hudson River Park, has drawn a number of hundred guests at a time because it opened to the public on Friday, garnering constructive critiques on social media.

The park is open every day from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m., with free entry reservations required after midday. There isn’t any time restrict on how lengthy folks stay in the park as soon as they enter.

[Read more about how the park on the Hudson came to be.]

Opponents battled for years in court docket to cease Little Island. The park-within-the-park was conceived almost a decade in the past to switch Pier 54 on Manhattan’s West Side. A collection of authorized challenges erupted, however a deal brokered by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo finally rescued the mission.

This summer season, a number of performances and kids’s packages are scheduled to start at numerous areas at the park, which incorporates an amphitheater overlooking the water with greater than 600 seats.

Trish Santini, Little Island’s govt director, stated that her workers has been working carefully with neighborhood organizations to make sure that free or cheap tickets get into the arms of underserved teams and neighborhood schoolchildren.

A second stage is customized made for kids and academic occasions. And the major plaza, the place you may seize a chew to eat and sit at cafe tables underneath umbrellas, doubles as a 3rd venue.

It’s Wednesday — get some contemporary air.

Metropolitan Diary: Slim rose

Dear Diary:

On a Saturday morning in the fall of 1963, I and two of my Villanova University freshman mates boarded a prepare from Philadelphia to New York. We have been on our solution to the legendary file store in the subway arcade at the Times Square station.

The store, Times Square Records, was owned by Irving Rose, who was referred to as Slim. It had change into a mecca for teenage boys and younger males in cities alongside the East Coast who have been followers of what’s at present known as doo-wop music.

Animated and loud in our black leather-based automotive jackets and pompadours, my mates and I irritated the different passengers of the prepare arguing the deserves of our favourite singing teams and composing need lists of the data we hoped to purchase after we received to New York.

After the prepare arrived at Grand Central, we made our solution to 42nd Street and Broadway, solely to seek out that the retailer didn’t open for an hour.

We went to Grant’s cafeteria in Times Square and, seated at the lunch counter, we continued to debate doo-wop music and our need lists.

A tall, slender man with thick glasses who was sitting to our proper regarded us wearily as he learn the newspaper and ate a sandwich.

At 10 minutes to the hour, he received up and made a movement indicating to the counterman that he was paying for our lunches.

“Follow me,” he stated listlessly.

When we reached the door, the counterman shouted.

“Thanks, Slim,” he stated. “See you tomorrow.”

— Craig Long

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