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06.03.15 Prachi Gupta

As a runaway orphan with magical powers, Lucy is not a typical teenager. And when she meets MOJO, a 7-foot-tall enchanted statue of cement, she embarks on a dangerous quest to determine the source of MOJO’s powers and to reunite her with her own father — all while evading a group of shadowy figures who […]

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04.29.15 Prachi Gupta

If you’re interested in gaming, art and coding but find most tech conferences to be too expensive, intimidating or unwelcoming, then FACETS might be the enrichment opportunity you’ve been waiting for. The idea for the FACETS, an “un-conference” in Brooklyn that will feature artists like Ramsey Nasser and Addie Wagenknecht, prioritizes women, people of color, […]

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04.20.15 Prachi Gupta

For years, the Soul Glo Project was a regular production at Upright Citizens Brigade, championed by longtime improvisor Keisha Zollar. However, the next few shows will be in Harlem, where Zollar hopes to foster an indie improv scene similar to those in parts of Brooklyn, Queens and Lower Manhattan. “I’m trying to develop the comedy […]

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03.04.15 Prachi Gupta

The city is working with an independent group to survey the diversity — or lack thereof — within New York’s cultural institutions. Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl has noticed that cultural organizations across the country are overwhelmingly white. But “if you’re living in a city like we are in New York — with […]

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12.10.14 Prachi Gupta

DNAinfo has kicked off a series that examines diversity (and lackthereof) in New York City’s public schools with a map that illustrates the breakdown of the schools by race — and the contrast is startling. In March, UCLA’s Civil Rights Project found that New York City, which boasts an incredibly diverse population and has the […]

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10.09.14 Rhett Jones

A study of Central Park’s soil has found 167,000 different microbial life forms. Such a wide variety of distinct soil communities is usually found among many, different geographical areas around the world, but they’re all here, in a 843-acre park. Central Park soils harbored nearly as many distinct soil microbial phylotypes and types of soil communities as we found in […]

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07.01.14 Sophie Weiner

The Museum of Art and Design’s biennial show NYC Makers, opening tomorrow, includes a recently conducted study showing that “New York’s art world” is twice as white as the city’s population. With the recent protests against the lack of diversity at the Whitey Biennial and causal racism by attendees at the Kara Walker exhibit, this study […]

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02.21.13 Julia Dawidowicz

Aren’t you loving Twitter’s ability to turn your life into a statistic? Yes? So, here’s an interactive map that the Gothamist found, depicting a vast diversity of languages tweeted throughout New York City, as detected by Google Translate. See the density of each language is visualized by neighborhood: English (grey), Spanish (second-most-tweeted language: blue), Portuguese (red), etc. The resulting infographic […]

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02.05.13 Samer Kalaf

In the spirit of promoting “geographic diversity,” NYU will not allow incoming freshmen to choose their roommates, starting with the 2013-14 class. In fact, they’re completely changing the method used to place first-year students. Rather than taking potential compatibility into account, the school’s new housing policy will match up classmates in the seven first-year residence […]

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10.13.11 Tabatha McGurr

Lips of Babel is videographer Elle Muliarchyk’s latest short and it’s composed entirely of models’ painted lips as they utter tounge-twisters in their native languages. […]

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