VietNamNet Bridge - Brandon Stanton, American photographer and blogger, most known for his photo blog "Humans of New York", which has inspired a worldwide movement "Humans of ..." , visited Vietnam on September 20 as part of a around-the-world trip. . On his blog, Stanton posted his first photos taken in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Beginning August 7, Stanton started his 50-day trip with the assistance of the United Nations. During the trip, Stanton will pass through 10 countries to take photos of portraits and record stories along the way. The 10 countries that he will visit during this journey include Iraq, Jordan, the Congo, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Ukraine, India and Vietnam. "Humans of New York" is a blog featuring street portraits of people in New York City, along with snippets of conversations. In October 2013, Stanton's first book, Humans of New York, was released; it soon became a bestseller. By May 2014, his blog had over 9 million followers on Facebook and around … [Read more...] about American famed for “Humans of New York” series visits Vietnam
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NEW YORK, Sept 4 - New York City's police commissioner unveiled body cameras on Thursday that his department will start testing soon, demonstrating the equipment by playing a short video showing a notably good-natured traffic stop from an officer's perspective. "I'm going to issue you a summons for that red light, OK??" the unseen officer can be heard politely telling the driver he has just pulled over. "Give me a second, OK??" the officer adds in a reassuring voice, which the driver appears to think is fair enough. "I'll be right back." It is the sort of genteel encounter between an officer and a civilian that Bill Bratton, the city's police commissioner since January, said he hoped would become more common if both parties know they are being recorded. Other departments already using the cameras have found they tend to bring out the best behavior on both sides and "de-escalate" encounters with police, Bratton said at a news conference at the headquarters of the nation's largest … [Read more...] about New York City police to test wearable cameras in coming months
The New York City Opera said Tuesday it would close and file for bankruptcy after 70 years, having failed to secure desperately needed millions through an emergency fund-raising appeal. But the deadline on an emergency appeal expired at midnight Monday with the company collecting only $2 million of the $7 million it needed to keep its doors open. "New York City Opera did not achieve the goal of its emergency appeal," spokeswoman Risa Heller said in a statement. "Today, the board and management will begin the necessary financial and operational steps to wind down the company including initiating the Chapter 11 process," she added. The company's board decided last week to file for bankruptcy if the sum was not met. NYCO has helped launch the careers of several thousand young singers, including greats Placido Domingo and American soprano Beverly Sills. But it has suffered financial difficulties for a number of years. In 2010, the company was forced to move out of the Lincoln … [Read more...] about New York City Opera to close after 70 years
Sandy, one of the biggest storms to hit the United States, pounded the east coast on Tuesday, flooding large parts of New York City, bringing transport to a halt and interrupting the presidential campaign. Photo: Reuters >> Massive storm Sandy in pictures More than 5.5 million people were left without electrical power by the storm, which crashed ashore late on Monday near the gambling resort of Atlantic City, New Jersey. More than one million people across a dozen states were ordered to evacuate. Heavy snows threatened mountainous regions inland, and huge population centers of Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. lay in the storm's path. "We have not seen the kind of flooding problems that certainly could have happened thus far, but we've still got a long ways to go to get through this storm," Washington Mayor Vincent Gray said on local television. Streets of New York City filled with floodwater, raising fears that the city's subway tunnels could be … [Read more...] about Floods across New York as Sandy slams into eastern U.S.
New York City has long been a destination of choice for young up-and-comers, but a new population analysis suggests that, at least for the last decade, the Big Apple has not had the same appeal as a place to grow older. Photo: Reuters Since 1990, New York has seen an influx of adults aged 20 to 34. But many of those young adults who arrived in the 1990s left once they hit middle age, said a report issued on Thursday by the Empire Center for New York State Policy. As a state, New York experienced the most significant exodus, relative to population, of any U.S. state, losing nearly 3 million residents over the last two decades. An influx of immigrants reduced the net loss to about 800,000 residents. While New York City has been a magnet for young adults, other parts of the state, including upstate New York, the Hudson Valley and Long Island, have seen that population drop sharply, the report said. "The relative youthfulness of a region's population is in many ways an … [Read more...] about New York City a magnet for the young, for a time