It’s the golden age of TV. And writers are paying the toll. Last year, while working 2 jobs, Kirk Moore was getting by on 3 hours of sleep (at most). During his all-night writing binges for @americancrimeabc and @13reasonswhy, he was also sipping on Applejack Crown Royal. Plus lots of Gummy Worms and caffeine. The result: a panic attack that sent him to the emergency room. “I remember I was at urgent care, working on my script because I was on deadline and I didn’t want to tell them I was sick,” Kirk said of an episode he wrote for @americancrimeabc.@andrewwhitey photographed Kirk on his balcony in Valley Village, California. His hospital stay may be an extreme manifestation of the stresses of the TV writing life, but the profession’s possible pitfalls are willingly accepted by a growing number of writers. They’re enticed by the increased prestige of writing for a medium long disdained as a vast wasteland. We’re in the era of #PeakTV, when streaming services do battle with the broadcast and cable networks to win the allegiances of audiences. The writer @alexsuskind talked to 3 of them about what it’s like to work in this golden age. Visit the link in our profile to read more.
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“It cannot be said too often that all other dancers can learn from watching the Indian forms: the power and subtlety of gesture, the focus of eyes, the complexity of phrase,” writes NYT critic @alastair.macaulay. “Indian dance, though often addressing the divine and the formal, is also superlatively human.” On Tuesday night, @alastair.macaulay attended the outdoor Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, along with our photographer @andrea_mohin. The event — part of the Battery Dance Company’s yearly outdoor festival — took place alongside the harbor in Lower Manhattan as a dreary day cleared up. “Clouds lifted on the horizon; they joined light, water and sunset to create a background worthy of a Turner painting,” he writes. “And the diversity, color and vitality of Indian dance itself made the foreground spellbinding.” @andrea_mohin took this photo of the dancer Sruthi Mohan. Visit the link in our profile to see more photos and read the full review. (The short version: “Watching at the end of a stressful day, I kept thinking, ‘This is one of the great evenings of my life.’”)
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@fremson took this photo of the Grewink #Glacier, near the fishing and tourism town of Homer, Alaska. In recent years, vast physical distances have become less limiting, bringing conveniences. But what does that mean for the state’s identity? Senator Lisa Murkowski’s recent votes against repeal of the Affordable Care Act reinforced the perception that people in #Alaska are go-it-alone independent thinkers, shaped by their far remove from the more settled, politically divided lower 48. But many longtime residents, writers and business people in Alaska said that the sense of “only in Alaska” exceptionalism is fading. High-speed internet is reaching tiny villages, opening communities to greater connection with the outside world. Dan Fischer, an artist in Homer, has long depended on tourists for a living in selling art. Amazon upended all that, he said, by connecting him and other artists with new supply lines and buyers around world. About 70% of Mr. Fischer’s art lamps, made from local beach stones, now ship out through Amazon, he said — up from 0 less than 2 years ago. Homer as an art colony, he said, is not the same. “We gained access, but lost some of our uniqueness,” he said. Visit the link in our profile to read more.
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Is the next great New York crime movie set in Flushing? To make the new drama @goodtimemov, which harks back to the gritty streets of “The French Connection” and “After Hours,” the filmmaking brothers Josh and Benny Safdie (@booger_nose and @bowedtie) looked to less obvious neighborhoods in the NYC area. They shot the movie, which stars Robert Pattinson and @bowedtie as small-time bank robbers, in all 5 boroughs as well as Westchester and Suffolk counties. “We actually wanted to call the movie ‘Rego Park’ at one point,” Josh said, referring to the Queens neighborhood just west of the brothers’ native Forest Hills. Recently, the pair took our reporter Ben Kenigsberg on a tour of locations they used — “a trip that felt a bit like being in a Safdie film myself, down to visiting a bail bondsman who was actually in the movie,” Ben writes. First stop: #Adventureland, in Farmingdale, New York, where @vincenttullo took this photo of the brothers on the miniature train tracks. The amusement park is the site of a late-night caper in the movie. Calling it a “personal landmark for us” from childhood summers, Josh added, “We restaged a very violent scene in ‘Good Time’ at the exact place where I saw my first brawl.” Visit the link in our profile to continue the tour.
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#Spain was hit by its worst terrorist attack in more than a decade yesterday. Just before 6 p.m., a van jumped a curb and began speeding down the pedestrian walkway at the center of Barcelona’s most famous street, Las Ramblas. The van came to a halt on top of a tile mosaic by the Spanish artist Joan Miró, and the driver escaped on foot. 13 people died and scores were injured in the assault. Hours later, 5 suspects in a car killed one person and injured 6 in the seaside town of Cambrils, 70 miles to the southwest. The police fatally shot the suspects, who were wearing vests with fake explosives. ISIS claimed responsibility for the #Barcelona attack, but the authorities have not yet confirmed the group’s involvement. Today, Prime Minister @marianorajoy declared 3 days of mourning, and a moment of silence was held across the country at noon. @samuel_aranda13 photographed these flowers at the site of the attack in Barcelona. Swipe left to see 2 more images from #LasRamblas today and visit the link in our profile to get updated information on the attacks in Spain.
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Struggling with your morning commute? Consider this: Sheila James starts her Monday at 2:15 a.m. This might be normal for a baker, but Sheila, 62, is a standard American office worker. She works in public health and makes $81,000 a year. She used to live about 15 miles across San Francisco Bay from her office. But 3 years ago, after a developer bought her building, she moved to Stockton, about 80 miles away. She can work from home some of the time, so she now has a home office. But when she heads into work, she takes 2 trains and a bus. Long commutes are, of course, not unique to Northern California. But the phenomenon is even more evident in the Bay Area. On a (very) early recent morning, @cocodigs and @andrewburton11 — who took this photo — accompanied Sheila on her commute. “2:15 is early enough that some people are still having their evening,” she said. But she likes to take her time. “I just can’t rush like that,” she said. When her second alarm goes off at 3:45, her morning shifts from leisure to precision. @andrewburton11 took this photo of Sheila, who's on the right, around 6:30 a.m., near the end of her journey. Just before 7 a.m., over 80 miles later, she arrives in downtown San Francisco, where the median home price is now $1.2 million. Then, facing the day ahead, she’s mindful that she still has a 3-hour reverse commute home.
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@melissalyttle took this photo of the tennis player Claire Liu (@cliu2000) at home with her 2-year-old German shepherd, Buddy. @cliu2000, 17, recently became the first American since 1992 to win the @wimbledon girls’ championship. But she’s pushing back against the typical narrative of a rising teenage #tennis player. Now, at a crucial point in her development — choosing between going to college and turning pro — she has kept college in her sights. “My family, we value education, and I think I’d get a lot from college,” she said. Claire’s story differs in many ways from her peers’. Unlike a majority of top juniors, she’s never attended a tennis academy. She grew up in Thousand Oaks, California, and spent the last 8 years training at the @usta site, 51 miles away. Her parents, both Chinese immigrants, are chemists. “I never felt pressure to follow everyone else,” she said. “My coaches and parents were really supportive in letting me make my own decisions, and not pressuring anything.” Visit the link in our profile to read more. #🎾 #🐶
After 25 years of talk about turning the main post office in Manhattan into an extension of Pennsylvania Station, construction is about to get underway. Next week, workers will shift from demolishing sections of the 105-year-old James A. Farley Building to transforming it into a grand train hall for passengers of @amtrak and the @mtalirr. The $1.6 billion project is one of several high-cost improvements to New York’s transportation system championed by @nygovcuomo, who has made transforming the region’s infrastructure into a central focus of his tenure. On a tour of the building this week — photographed here by @hollypickettpix — the governor compared it favorably to Grand Central Terminal, which is generally considered one of the country’s most awe-inspiring public spaces. “Architecturally, you could argue this is going to be even more powerful than Grand Central,” he said. Critics may not agree, but there’s little doubt that it would be an improvement. “That shouldn’t be the first thing you see of New York, coming through the old Penn Station,” @nygovcuomo said. When the new train hall opens, which is expected in late 2020, he said, “This will be an entrance befitting New York.”
@isabellaboylston doesn’t remember the time, years ago, when she and @gemma_bond_dance tried to choreograph a #ballet together. Gemma does, though. “I got so bossy,” she recalled. “I was like, ‘Isabella, this isn’t going to work.’” Now, they’ve found a way to be creative together — and circumstances in which they both can act a little bossy. As the artistic director of a new festival, Ballet Sun Valley, Isabella — a principal #dancer with American Ballet Theater — has commissioned a 25-minute ballet by Gemma. The festival, which begins on Tuesday, is a way for her to bring ballet to her Idaho hometown. Gemma, 35 and from England, is in the ABT corps de ballet; she’s also a choreographer with the company. For her new ballet, she said she was loosely inspired by the solar #eclipse that will take place on Monday. @marcelua plays the moon and Isabella is the sun. Offstage, though, the 30-year-old dancer wants to spark the next generation: She has included an education day consisting of free classes for kids and a choreography workshop. Her hope? “That people will be transported.” @nate_nate took this portrait of #IsabellaBoylston in New York.
#tbt from @nytarchives | In the summer of 1917, before the last of New York City’s horse-drawn trolleys disappeared from its streets, a photographer for @nytimes took this photo of one of the trolleys next to the newfangled thing that had caused its obsolescence: the modern electric car. Horse-drawn cars had been driving on what was known as the Bleecker Street & Fulton Ferry Line — which passed through Greenwich Village — for 53 years before the operators chose to abandon the faltering franchise. The vehicles, a reporter for @nytimes noted, were “dirty old cars” with “faithful horses and husky drivers.” The article went on: “The fact was, nobody would wait for the car, and they wouldn’t ride on it anyway because it was far from clean, comely, or fast, and by walking a short distance in any direction one of the new-fangled cars could be found.” This photo was published in @nytmag a few months after it was taken. By that point, the tracks of the old horse-car line would have been torn up. But as @nytimes wrote in the earlier article: “And the horses — ah! who knows what will becomes of those faithful beasts?” #🐴
Thousands of people gathered on the @uva campus in #Charlottesville last night in the glow of candlelight, striking a peaceful contrast to the torches wielded by white supremacists on Friday. The vigil was largely organized by word of mouth, and its leaders strove to keep the plans off social media. The result: a warm gathering that provided some small measure of relief to a college town left in turmoil by the weekend’s events. The marchers — many of them college students — retraced the steps of Friday’s march. But instead of torches and racist chants, they carried candles and sang songs of peace. A student read Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise,” and the group concluded by singing “Amazing Grace” and the “The Good Old Song,” the university’s traditional alma mater. The vigil capped off a quiet day of community grieving in Charlottesville, coming hours after a memorial for #HeatherHeyer, the woman who was killed on Saturday. Visit the link in our profile to see more photos by @jasonlappa.
Souleymane Porgo still can’t remember the moment when 6 men knocked him to the sidewalk on a busy street in the Bronx in May. The 48-year-old street vendor was selling books, socks and handbags from his regular spot on East 149th Street. Hours earlier, one of the men had tried to steal a handbag. “Sometimes they would try to do stuff and say they’re coming back for you, but they don’t come,” Souleymane said. But the man did return — with 5 others. One of them dropped Souleymane to the ground with a blow to the head, as 2 of his kids and their mother looked on. Then, as he lay motionless, 2 others punched him in the head. When witnesses went to help, the assailants fled. Souleymane’s jaw was dislocated, his face battered — and, most critical, his skull had been fractured and his brain was swelling. Doctors removed a piece of his skull. “We anticipated things would get worse — and anticipated death,” said Dr. Erico Ramos Cardoso, an ER doctor. The man prosecutors say initiated the attack, William Burgess, surrendered to the police 6 days later; 5 others were soon arrested. In the neighborhood, and then online, the news of the attack stirred outrage. But for now, Souleymane is focused on healing. His recovery has been “miraculous,” Dr. Cardoso said. Last month, after @karstenmoran took this photo, Souleymane had the piece of his skull put back in place.