Cue the carrots! Strike up the squash! The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra plays instruments made entirely from #vegetables. It was created more than a decade ago by Dale Stuckenbruck, who teaches music on Long Island. But it’s not the first of its kind. There’s also a vegetable orchestra in London. And the Viennese Vegetable Orchestra has been around for years; Dale stumbled across it on YouTube. “Everything looks easy on YouTube,” he said. Over the years, he has added more instruments to his list. Broccoli and potatoes made melodious flutes. A daikon made a deep, honking sound like an oboe. Peppers, with their seeds, were natural maracas. Because the instruments don’t last, though, fresh ones have to be made every time they play. When our reporter @correality visited recently, the musicians spent an hour drilling into carrots and hollowing out squashes with an ice cream scoop. “I went through 7 before getting 1,” said one of the carrot flutists, David Elyaho. The instruments are then kept in ice water so they stay crisp. But with the temperature hovering around 90 that day, it was a race against time. Swipe left to see a photo of the makings of the instruments, by @grief. #🥕🌶️
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 so the brain could have more room to swell. “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, and 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. Visit the link in our profile to read the full story.
Like other South Floridians, @chefniven of @gheemiami has access to fresh, locally grown, exceptionally flavorful varieties of bananas and mangoes he can ripen to perfection. Elsewhere in the U.S., that’s not the case: In fact, @chefniven said, most Indian restaurants use a canned ripe Indian mango purée to remedy that problem. But by roasting the mangoes or bananas first with sugar and warm spices, you can get good flavor from fruit of any quality or ripeness. He also makes his own yogurt, which gives this lassi a complex tartness that balances the sweet spiced fruit. Visit the link in our profile to get the #NYTCooking recipe for this roasted #mangolassi, which @jessica___marx photographed. #regram from @nytfood
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Teejay with her adorable baby girl. Love her chubby cheeks, so cute 😘