Posts By Gordon Donovan

Mourning the presidency: A mock funeral for Presidents’ Day

A New Orleans-style funeral in New York’s Washington Square Park hosted by Rise and Resist and GAG Is Watching on Saturday gave young New Yorkers the chance to grieve, march, sing, wail and ultimately “demand the rebirth of a presidency dedicated to the service of all peoples.”

LGBT Solidarity Rally in NYC’s Greenwich Village

To support those affected by President Trump’s recent executive orders on immigration and to protest his selection of “anti-LGBT nominees and appointees,” an LGBT Solidarity Rally took place Saturday at New York’s Stonewall National Monument in the area surrounding the Stonewall Inn, the famous gay bar.

Winter snow storm smacks Northeast U.S.

The biggest storm to hit the Northeast this winter dropped a foot or more of snow along the New York-to-Boston corridor Thursday, turning roads treacherous, grounding flights and giving millions of people weather whiplash a day after temperatures soared into the 50s and 60s.

Protests against Trump’s travel ban hit the streets of NYC

Protests resulting from President Trump’s executive order barring visitors, refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries to the United States left airports and hit the streets of lower Manhattan, as demonstrators yelled anti-Trump chants such as “No bans, no walls” and carried signs that read, “All Americans are immigrants.”

Discarded protest signs from the Women’s March in NYC

Following the march in New York City, protesters left behind thousands of signs around Fifth Avenue near Trump Tower. Many signs left near a construction site were taken home by admirers as souvenirs. One group of placards was made into an art installation on East 57th Street, while many of these great signs were discarded near receptacles along Fifth Avenue waiting for sanitation.

No Pants Subway Ride

The No Pants Subway Ride was held in dozens of cities on Jan. 8, 2017. It began as a stunt in 2002 in New York and has taken place in cities around the world ever since. Organizers call it “an international celebration of silliness.”

It’s beginning to look like Christmas in the Big Apple

Every year around Christmastime, New York City transforms into a veritable winter wonderland, with charming and elegant decorations that outshine the typical holiday tinsel. Enormous red ornaments outside Radio City Music Hall, tall nutcrackers outside offices on Park Avenue and tastefully adorned Christmas trees throughout Manhattan lend world-famous sights the extra touch of magic that keeps visitors returning to the Big Apple each December. (Michael Walsh/Yahoo News)

The 2016 MLB Season at Citi Field

The New York Mets opened the 2016 season as the defending National League champions at home with a 7-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The season started slowly, but the Mets picked up momentum in late April and early May, going 17-6 in one stretch with the offense clicking on all cylinders. But injuries to key starting players David Wright and Lucas Duda caught up with the team in June, and the Mets found themselves hovering six games above .500 at the All-Star break as the offense struggled.
Matt Harvey’s inconsistencies were a big question from the beginning of season. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder pain on July 4 and later opted to have season-ending surgery to resolve a condition called thoracic outlet syndrome. He finished the year 4-10, with a 4.86 ERA.
The Mets acquired Reds slugger Jay Bruce at the trade deadline for top 2B prospect Dilson Herrera. But the Bruce pickup was not quite as impactful as the Yoenis Céspedes acquisition the year before: Bruce totaled just eight home runs and 19 RBI in 50 games as a Met. The Mets did get a spark out of former star José Reyes, who was brought in to fill the void at 3B and in the leadoff spot. But in late August, they fell two games under .500, third place in the division and 2 1/2 games out of the wildcard.
The Mets finished the last 40 games 27-13 despite losing 2B Neil Walker and starting pitchers Jacob DeGrom and Steven Matz to the injury bug. They clinched the first wildcard spot on the second-to-last game of the season only to lose the wildcard game at Citi Field to the Giants and Madison Bumgarner.

The 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Since its origin in 1924, the Macy’s parade has marked the official start of the holiday season, introducing a cherished march of magic that has dazzled generations of fans. For the 90th edition, the famed spectacle will feature 16 giant character balloons; 27 novelty ornament balloons, balloonicles and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; and 16 marching bands and performance groups.