Not surprisingly, rats of a feather nibble together. Gothamist has a map that shows the concentration, by neighborhood, of restaurants that have a C letter grade and have rodent violations. In some parts of the city, it’s a majority of restaurants.
-Jody, BL Show-
While declining tax revenues and increasing costs mean that many municipalities have slashed spending on quality-of-life programs for people, domesticated canines fared quite well: The number of dog parks in the country’s 100 most populous cities surged from 353 in 2008 to 617 in 2013, according to new data provided to Newsweek.
“It’s just growing by leaps and bounds,” Peter Harnik, who directs the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence and compiled these statistics, told Newsweek.
There has been a steady increase in these recreation areas since Berkeley, California’s Ohlone Dog Park (billed as the world’s first) opened in 1979, but this recent surge reflects a shift in American attitudes about canines, who are often perceived as members of the family rather than mere pets.
The latest U.S. Census figures indicate that more households have dogs than kids – 43 million compared to 38 million, respectively– and the American Pet Products Association estimates that spending on pets hit at least $55 billion in 2013, a 4.1 percent increase from 2012.
Says Harnick: “It’s becoming like France.” [The rest of the story.]
Ray Bradbury, to Newsweek, Nov 12, 1995. We’re totally going to borrow this page from the Book of Bradbury.
I snapped this pic of a protester at New York’s “emergency meetup” outside Senator Gillibrand and Senator Schumer’s midtown offices. Then I ran home to write this story.
One of your tumblrs had quite the adventure today!
Niagara Falls Goes Rainbow
The falls hosted what is believed to be New York’s first gay marriage early this morning, presided over by the city’s mayor.
(photo via lgbtqnation)
Elliott Erwitt - New York, 1956 (@ newyorker.com)
B&W photos + old school New York + plumage. What’s not to love?