Twitter / @DanLevitan It's officially out with the old, and in with the new for NYC ... cause the Big Apple's last public payphone booth is unplugged. Officials removed the historic gem Monday morning -- located on 7th Ave. and 50th St. in Midtown Manhattan -- and it was truly the last of its kind. And, just like that, no one will be asking for a dime to make a phone call anymore. This marks the end of the New York City public payphone era. There are still 4 full-length so-called "Superman booths" in Manhattan's Upper West Side -- and, as you might expect, they're essentially museum pieces ... where kids use 'em for Instagram photoshoots. There is it goes … pic.twitter.com/88L3KEvNcT — Dan Levitan (@DanLevitan) May 23, 2022 @DanLevitan The city started taking thousands of payphones off the streets, across all five boroughs back in 2015 ... and switched them out for public Wi-Fi hotspots. The Wi-Fi hotspots allow folks to have free Wi-Fi, along … [Read more...] about Last New York City Public Payphone Removed
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A fresh outbreak of monkeypox in Europe and the United States in recent weeks isn’t just a threat to public health. It’s also a warning sign. More and more dangerous viruses, having evolved in animal populations, are jumping to the human population. Bird flu. MERS. SARS-CoV-1. And of course SARS-CoV-2, which has killed 6.3 million people since the very first infection in Wuhan, China, 30 months ago. It’s not hard to see why these animal-to-human “zoonotic” viral outbreaks are getting more severe and more frequent. We’re chopping down more of the forests where animals live, exposing them to us and us to them. Climate change and the illicit wildlife trade only make the problem worse. As deforestation surges, so does the risk of viral outbreaks. “The combination of climate change, population density and urban expansion is worrisome because I think we will continue to see novel viruses with the capacity to cause human disease,” said Stephanie James, the head of … [Read more...] about Is Monkeypox Just the Beginning?
Not everyone was as excited for Kanye West 's new music video as Kanye West ... especially cops in Houston, TX who SHUT DOWN a public screening of " New Slaves " before it even started, this according to local reports. Kanye's been screening the video in various cities across the U.S. at random times by projecting it on the sides of buildings. On Friday, via Twitter, KW announced three new locations in Houston ... but things didn't go as planned. The screening set to go down at the Rothko Chapel Friday night was shut down by cops before getting off the ground, according to the Houston Chronicle . Police reportedly broke up the "upbeat, respectful" crowd by demanding they disperse ASAP or risk being arrested for trespassing. The other two Houston screenings didn't fare any better -- one was reportedly cancelled due to technical difficulties and the other simply never happened. … [Read more...] about Kanye West — ‘New Slaves’ Screening Shut Down By Cops
EXCLUSIVE: Italian actress Margherita Mazzucco , best known for her starring role as Elena in HBO and Rai’s My Brilliant Friend , has signed with ICM Partners for representation. Mazzuco landed the lead role of Elena Greco in My Brilliant Friend in a school and city-wide audition when she was 16. Created by Saverio Costanzo, the Neapolitan drama based on Elena Ferrante’s bestselling series of books, takes place in the 1950s and beyond. The series wrapped its third season last month and has been renewed for a fourth and final season, which will be based on Ferrante’s The Story of the Lost Child , the fourth book in her quadrilogy. Mazzucco can next be seen starring in the film Chiara, directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli for Vivi film and Rai 101. Mazzucco also is repped by Gioia Levi of Carol Levi and Company in Rome. … [Read more...] about ‘My Brilliant Friend’s Margherita Mazzucco Signs With ICM Partners