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Upcycling in NYC

Upcycling in NYC

Rayiah Ross, Staff Writer

March 16, 2020

Starting on March 1st, New York became the third state to ban the distribution of single-use plastic shopping bags to consumers. California, Oregon, and now New York, are the only three states with a ban on plastic bag distribution, while many other states that have passed laws banning disposable bags ar...

NY Plastic Ban

NY Plastic Ban

Neil Gunnion, Staff Writer

March 16, 2020

On the 1st of March, 2020, the state of New York officially enacted a ban on single-use plastic bags. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation says the state circulates at least 23 Billion plastic bags every year. The DEC’s website cites the effects of plastic bags on the environment as a ke...

The Rise of the Face Mask

The Rise of the Face Mask

Rayiah Ross, Staff Writer

February 18, 2020

Within the past few years, American culture has seen a rise in what is considered “HypeBeast” Streetwear. This sense of fashion being loosely defined as a person that follows a specific trend in fashion to stay in style and/or make a statement. In The Development of Streetwear and the Role Of...

Dog Culture in New York City

Dog Culture in New York City

Averee Nelson, Staff Writer

December 16, 2019

Man’s best friend is brought into an art form at The American Kennel Club’s Museum of the Dog, where faux barking echoes off of the elevated ceilings and where not a single real dog is in sight. Shadows of dogs are projected around the walls, drawing focus to the wide collection of tiny dog statues....

Reveal of the Next Met Gala Theme

Reveal of the Next Met Gala Theme

Gwen Attridge, Staff Writer

December 7, 2019

The Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute has been bathed in the luscious pink of Camp: Notes on Fashion for the past five months. The Met Gala this past May churned out some of the best looks the event has ever seen. While we are still taking in all of the amazing content that Camp had to o...

A Guide to New York’s Museums

A Guide to New York’s Museums

Ariana contreras

November 11, 2019

Living in NYC can be exciting but how many of us actually make the effort to visit the different areas that the city has to offer. The Monitor is here to help give you that push by letting you in on some of the lesser known yet still equally as great  museums in each borough.   Trying to exp...

Artistic Value Questioned with Practice of Graffiti

Artistic Value Questioned with Practice of Graffiti

Rayiah Ross, Staff Writer

November 2, 2019

Graffiti is an artistic concept that is constantly being scrutinized by neighborhoods and businesses. While many people consider it vandalism by law, others consider it a form of artistic expression and art. From a legal standpoint, the only distinction between street art and graffiti is permission....

Mount Vernon Museum Entices Attendees with Murder Mystery

Mount Vernon Museum Entices Attendees with Murder Mystery

Aryana Lee, Staff Writer

November 2, 2019

Halloween is just around the corner and many places have already begun to set the scene for the spookiest and most candy-filled holiday. Living in New York, it can be extremely difficult to find fun and safe activities to do for the holiday, especially while also living on a strict budget.  Many p...

Gentrification Continues to Impose On New York Locals

Gentrification Continues to Impose On New York Locals

Gabrielle Fiorella, Staff Writer

November 2, 2019

Gentrification has been an ongoing issue in the city for quite a few years now. By definition, gentrification is “the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste.” Gentrification is happening as you’re reading this, in most areas of the city...

Kennedy’s Top Five Halloween Events

Kennedy’s Top Five Halloween Events

Kennedy Blankenship, Staff Writer

November 2, 2019

There is no better place to be for the spooky season than the city that never sleeps. This year there are many events that will leave you shrieking in terror and joy. Whether you are in the mood for a trick or a treat, the city has plenty to offer... 1) The 29th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog ...

Secret Events in The City: A Guide to The New York Underground

Secret Events in The City: A Guide to The New York Underground

Gabrielle Fiorella, Staff Writer

November 2, 2019

Welcome to New York City! A place in continuous hustle and bustle that never sleeps. Everything upon everything is happening here every day, especially secret events that not many people know about! From concerts, museum tours, walking tours, and wine tasting (for ages 21+ of course), the city offers even...

San Gennaro Celebrates Italian Culture

San Gennaro Celebrates Italian Culture

Gwen Attridge, Staff Writer

November 2, 2019

The first few weeks of September in New York City: the last drops of the summer sun, the introduction of temperate fall, back to school shopping, New York Fashion Week, and the list goes on and on. However, while most are mourning the end of beach days and relaxing, the party is just getting started f...

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