Author: Darnell Jefferson

The Iconic Village Voice Paper Is Back

An iconic New York City paper will get a second life thanks to the parent company of LA Weekly. Street Media announced on Tuesday, the purchase of ‘The Village Voice,’ an iconic newspaper that served the New York community for 63 years. The sale comes after a multi-year effort by the former publisher, Peter Barbey, to create a full digital archive of The Village Voice in order to preserve the paper’s complete historical record. The paper will resume in its digital format in January 2021 and will be published in print quarterly with plans to increase that number over time.

The final print edition was published in September 2017 and featured a 1965 photo of Bob Dylan on the cover. After struggling with economic downturns, the paper ended its print production, but provided daily coverage online until August 2018 when it stopped publishing editorial content altogether.

At the time of the newspaper’s closure, Barbey pledged to digitize the paper’s entire print archive going back to its founding in 1955.

“The importance of being able to digitally search the historical content of the paper cannot be underestimated,” Barbey said. “Literally, the entire history of New York politics, arts and culture resides in its articles, ads, and even classifieds.” The paper archive will be donated to a major New York public institution in the coming months.

FAO Schwarz Offers One-Night Sleepover In NYC Store

For one night only, New York City’s iconic FAO Schwarz is opening its doors to one lucky family of four for an overnight stay in the world-famous toy store — all for 25 bucks.  

For a special promotion in partnership with Airbnb, FAO Schwarz has cleared out its 20,000-square-foot store to give one New York–based family the opportunity to roam the aisles of toys and explore mazes of candy in “FAO Schweetz” without any of the crowds.

The overnight “private room in an apartment” experience is only available on December 21 — and the online lottery is on now via the Airbnb website.

African American Voters in New York Talk About Voting for President Trump

Four years ago, candidate Donald Trump’s pitch to African Americans heading to voting booths was simple: “What do you have to lose?”

While he captured just 8 percent of the black vote in 2016, current polls suggest things could be slightly different this time around.

In November, an Emerson poll reported a 34.5 percent approval rating among black voters, and a January Gallup poll reported a 14 percent increase in satisfaction over race relations among Americans.

WNYC’s Race & Justice Unit wanted to understand what might motivate African Americans to vote for Donald Trump. Here, three Black New Yorkers explain why they’re flipping parties and voting Republican this year.

Have a listen to the link below:

Underwear Company Will Pay $500 Dollars To Be A Couch Potato

If you’re looking to make some extra cash without leaving the house during quarantine an underwear company is looking to hire what it’s calling the “ultimate couch potato.”

Pockies will pay you $500 dollars a day to sit on your sofa in their boxer shorts. The only thing they ask in return is that you relax for five hours and take note of how you feel wearing their products.

The company says applicants must be 18-years of age or older, have no ambition, can snooze up to 10 times in a row, and have worn underwear at least once before.

Applications are available online, the deadline for submission is October 31.

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Michelob Ultra Beer Will Pay You $50K To Explore National Parks

Michelob Ultra Beer is looking for someone willing to travel the country for six months, but there are some qualifications you’ll have to meet to be chosen. On the website, the job description says the ideal candidate will have a “deep appreciation for nature,” and be able to find and take the best photos at national parks to share on the beer brand’s social media. The job is for a chief of exploration officer for Michelob Ultra Pure Gold. The brand touts an office with a great view, lots of travel and beer to go with it. Michelob said the new hire will travel in a camper van that will be equipped with a bathroom and shower, gas money and beer for off days. A “plus one” will also be able to join you for the adventures.

The deadline to apply is 9/30/2020:  Click on the link below.

Refrigerator In Brooklyn Stocked With Free Food For Anyone Who Needs It

During the pandemic, community fridges have proved essential for food-insecure New Yorkers. There is one fridge in Brooklyn that has gone above and beyond. Located at Myrtle Avenue and Adelphi Street, a refrigerator is stocked with free food for anyone who needs it. The refrigerator was put in place last month by Clinton Hill Fort Greene Mutual Aid, a nonprofit group formed during the coronavirus crisis to help provide groceries to homebound residents. Volunteers are in charge of picking up the food donated by local businesses. Then they sort and package the fresh food and place “use by” dates on them. There are also shelves for non-perishable foods, a can opener for those who can’t wait to eat and bags to take items home. They say the most popular items are milk and eggs and they’re doing outreach to get more donors.

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Labor Unions Provide Free Back To School Haircuts for Kids In Queens

With the school year about to begin, labor unions in the city are working together to provide free haircuts to kids so they look and feel fresh as they head back to homeroom.  

Construction Union Laborers Local 79, the Greater New York Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust are partnering with Queensbridge Cutz, a Black and union member-owned barbershop. Together they are handing out 150 vouchers for free haircuts for children 17 and under. The initiative is particularly aimed at kids living at the Queensbridge Houses. Families will have 30 days to use their vouchers to schedule a safe haircut at Queensbridge Cutz.


‘Get Tested Tuesday’ Effort Aims to Keep City Infection Rate Low

There are free COVID-19 tests all around the city, and all you have to do is get one.

Members of the Test + Trace corps set up in the Soundview section of the Bronx, Flushing, Queens; the North Shore of Staten Island and Sunset Park, Brooklyn to provide information about where to get a free COVID-19 test. The goal of this effort is to keep the positive rate of those tested, also known as the infection rate, at no more than one percent, to insure the virus is held at bay. Test and trace leaders said they’re also working with labs to push for faster result; New Yorkers say they’re waiting days or weeks to find out. The test and trace corp plans to hold Testing days of action like this in other neighborhoods across the five boroughs in upcoming weeks to keep urging people to get tested.


Getting New Yorkers To Wear Face Masks Is Not Always Easy, Store Workers Say

A view of long line of people at Costco in Long Island City Queens, New York, USA during Coronavirus pandemic on May 2, 2020. (Photo by John Nacion/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Wearing a mask in public is now required to help stop the spread of COVID-19. WNYC’s Gwynne Hogan reports that store workers are tasked with making sure people comply, but that’s not always easy because ‘People Don’t Listen’


‘People Don’t Listen’: Getting New Yorkers to Wear Face Masks Is Not Always Easy, Store Workers Say

NYC Begins Citywide Coronavirus Testing Day of Action

The city is ramping up coronavirus testing today in an effort to keep a handle on the virus. Wednesday is being called a COVID-19 testing “day of action.” The goal is to test 150,000 people by the end of the week. There are more than 180 testing sites across New York City. Testing is encouraged for everyone, not just those with symptoms. Results take approximately three to five days to return.

Here is a link for testing sites across NYC: