Margot Adler http://wnku.org en Eccentric Heiress's Untouched Treasures Head For The Auction Block http://wnku.org/post/eccentric-heiress-untouched-treasures-head-auction-block She had three apartments on New York's Fifth Avenue, all filled with treasures worth millions, not to mention a mansion in Connecticut and a house in California. But the enigmatic heiress Huguette Clark lived her last 20 years in a plainly decorated hospital room — even though she wasn't sick.<p>It's just one of many curiosities about Clark, the late heiress to the fortune of copper magnate Sen. Andrew Williams Clark. For years, even friends and family thought she was living on Fifth Avenue. Her lavish gifts to her nurse prompted a police investigation. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:40:00 +0000 Margot Adler 36932 at http://wnku.org Eccentric Heiress's Untouched Treasures Head For The Auction Block A Beer Backlash To LGBT Exclusion In St. Patrick's Parades http://wnku.org/post/beer-backlash-lgbt-exclusion-st-patricks-parades Beer makers Guinness and Sam Adams withdrew sponsorship from New York and Boston's St. Patrick Day parades, respectively, over the exclusion of openly gay, lesbian and transgender participants. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Margot Adler 33507 at http://wnku.org A Plan To Eliminate Wild Mute Swans Draws Vocal Opposition http://wnku.org/post/plan-eliminate-wild-mute-swans-draws-vocal-opposition A plan in New York state to <a href="http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/muteswanmgmtpln2013.pdf">eliminate all wild mute swans there by 2025</a> has drawn protests and petitions on all sides. While some see elegant white birds gliding across the water, others see a dangerous aggressor destroying the local ecosystem.<p>According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the swans — which don't honk but make hoarse, froglike grunts — are not native, and they destroy and attack native species. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Margot Adler 33281 at http://wnku.org A Plan To Eliminate Wild Mute Swans Draws Vocal Opposition New York's Medical Marijuana Experiment Begins With Caution http://wnku.org/post/new-yorks-medical-marijuana-experiment-begins-caution New York is one of the only states in the Northeast without a medical marijuana program.<p>Gov. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:57:00 +0000 Margot Adler 31472 at http://wnku.org Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task http://wnku.org/post/assessing-bloombergs-legacy-complex-task At the end of this month, Michael Bloomberg ends his three terms as mayor of New York City. Assessing Bloomberg's legacy, a man who went from Republican to Independent, is not a simple thing to do. His 12 years in office were groundbreaking, locally and even globally.<p>But at the same time, many New Yorkers found him arrogant and insensitive to the poor. It's a vein that was tapped successfully by Democratic Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who described New York as a city of haves and have nots. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:42:00 +0000 Margot Adler 30833 at http://wnku.org Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task Cellphones As Radios: Immigrants Dial In To Native Stations http://wnku.org/post/cellphones-radios-immigrants-dial-native-stations A year and half ago, Baruch Herzfeld, an entrepreneur in New York City, had a novel idea: connect immigrants in the U.S. with radio stations in their home country using nothing more than a cheap cellphone.<p>The result is <a href="http://zenoradio.com/en/">ZenoRadio</a>.<p>ZenoRadio employee Atif Enin, who's from Egypt, points to a list of countries, each with a U.S. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:27:00 +0000 Margot Adler 29414 at http://wnku.org Cellphones As Radios: Immigrants Dial In To Native Stations Can Starbucks Do For Tea What It Has Done For Coffee? http://wnku.org/post/can-starbucks-do-tea-what-it-has-done-coffee Starbucks, which revolutionized the coffee industry, is now taking on tea. It has opened its first tea bar, and it's creating mixed tea beverages, some even more complex and customized than the coffee beverages we all know.<p>This first store, on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, has minimalist decor: gray soft seats, charcoals, chestnut browns. Teavana teas line one wall. Beakers filled with colored liquids greet you at the entrance.<p>The cococaramel sea salt tea latte is delicious, but at 350 calories it's not an everyday drink. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 07:17:00 +0000 Margot Adler 28856 at http://wnku.org Can Starbucks Do For Tea What It Has Done For Coffee? Does Capitalism Work? A True/False Quiz In Times Square http://wnku.org/post/does-capitalism-work-truefalse-quiz-times-square I'm walking through Times Square, the crossroads of the world. Just when I reach the line for cheap Broadway tickets, I see it: a giant billboard with the word "capitalism" in bright white lights and the words "works for me!" in cursive below. There's a podium and two buttons where you can vote whether the statement is "true" or "false."<p>Peggy Demitrack, a tourist from Cleveland, is adamant when she pushes the "true" button. She says capitalism works for anyone who strives and educates themselves.<p>When asked whether she has money for retirement, she adds: "Something! Yes. Sat, 05 Oct 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Margot Adler 27964 at http://wnku.org Does Capitalism Work? A True/False Quiz In Times Square This Elegant, Whimsical Pop-Up Dinner Party Had 4,000 Guests http://wnku.org/post/elegant-whimsical-pop-dinner-party-had-4000-guests On a gorgeous night, some 4,000 people, dressed all in white, have come to dine in a public, yet secret place in New York's Bryant Park.<p>They have come for <a href="http://dinerenblanc.info/">Diner en Blanc</a>, an unusual pop-up event that takes place in 20 countries. The guests eat in splendor at a location they only learn about minutes before they arrive. The thousands wave white napkins to signal the beginning of the event.<p>They arrived at 6:30 in the evening last Wednesday, carting white tables and chairs, china, food, wine glasses and cutlery. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 07:59:00 +0000 Margot Adler 27567 at http://wnku.org This Elegant, Whimsical Pop-Up Dinner Party Had 4,000 Guests The Occupy Movement At 2: Many Voices, Many Messages http://wnku.org/post/occupy-movement-two-many-voices-many-messages By 10 a.m. Tuesday, several hundred people had already gathered in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park to mark the second anniversary of the movement known as Occupy Wall Street.<p>With many people coming and going, heading for actions like a McDonald's protest or a march on Washington Square Park, it was difficult to assess actual numbers. Much like Occupy itself, groups changed and reformed all morning.<p>At 10:30 a.m., Sumumba Sobukwe, a spokesman for the group Occupy Evolve, mounted the Zuccotti Park steps for a news conference. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Margot Adler 27355 at http://wnku.org The Occupy Movement At 2: Many Voices, Many Messages