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Friday, April 15, 2016


For First Time Ever, Female Firefighters Get Their Own FDNY Calendar

By Nicole Levy | April 15, 2016 12:30pm
 Jackie-Michelle Martinez, Marilyn Arroyo Jennifer Quinones and Michelle Campbell grace the cover of the first-ever all-women FDNY Calendar of Heroes.
Jackie-Michelle Martinez, Marilyn Arroyo Jennifer Quinones and Michelle Campbell grace the cover of the first-ever all-women FDNY Calendar of Heroes. 
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Make way for the ladies, gentlemen.
Male firefighters aren't the only public servants burning up the pages of the FDNY's Annual Calendar of Heroes this year.
For the first time, the city agency is selling two calendars as one pack: inside you'll find the standard version featuring 12 hunky men of the fire department and a new one featuring 12 crush-worthy women.
(Note: this isn't to say the FDNY calendar has never included any female employees: in 2014, then-11-year veteran Danae Mines was the first woman to claim a month for herself.) 
The 2017 calendars are also the first to include emergency medical technicians and paramedics among the usual firefighting models.
If you want to meet some of the models when you pick up your copy, you have until 2 p.m. to stop by Herald Square in Midtown this Friday.
You can also buy your calendar, for $17.95, online here
Proceeds from the sales support the FDNY Foundation, the agency's non-profit outfit working to educate city residents about fire safety and offer FDNY employees professional development, training and education.  
Before you make your purchase, you can check out some of the ladies making their calendar debuts below:
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More beautiful firefighters and EMTs for your viewing pleasure (credit: FDNY) 
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Straphanger Spotted Snacking on Endive 'Leaf by Leaf' on the Subway 

By Gwynne Hogan | April 15, 2016 5:26pm
A woman eating an endive "leaf by leaf," on the subway so perplexed her fellow straphanger that the observer took to Craiglist Rants and Raves section hoping to reconnect with her.
"I have so many questions for you. Did you have that in your purse all day...Did you grow up on a farm, and the endive is the one food that takes you to your happy place," the post, which went live Thursday night, reads.
 Frances Calandra hurriedly snapped this picture of the endive eater on the left.
Frances Calandra hurriedly snapped this picture of the endive eater on the left. 
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"Anyway, I don't need to meet you, I just want to understand, why? Why an endive?"
Frances Calandra, 35, the author of the post, said it was the first time ever she'd been moved enough to resort to Craiglist for answers about the perplexities of the city around her.
She first thought that she'd seen the woman on the L train, though she later remembered the woman was riding south on the F train just before she got off at 14th street, she said. 
"I've lived in New York for 16 years and I've seen everything that could possibly be," Calandra. "It was an endive. I was not ready for it."
The leafy snack triggered a flurry of questions for Calandra, she said.
"Is she anorexic? No, that's sad. She's not that tiny. Is it a trend that I don't know about? Is it as good as a chip and we don't know," she wondered.
After ten or fifteen minutes the woman was still, "chomping and looking at her phone just one by one peeling [leaves] off."
"It just seems like the most sad food you could possibly eat from a train ride home from anywhere." Calandra said, who works for Microsoft. "Am I crazy?"
Calandra snapped a quick picture on her way off the train. She got back to her East Williamsburg home and posted a Craiglist ad just before midnight. By Friday afternoon she'd gotten a few troll responses but no endive woman.
More than actually trying to find the mysterious woman with the endive, Calandra said she hoped to open up a conversation about the pros and cons of endive eating on the subway.
"It was sort of like 'boom,' mic drop," Calandra said. "That's it, I've seen everything."
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Which Candidate is Winning Over New York City's Street Artists?

Four Bernie Sanders posters hang above the words "Post No Hillarys," spray-painted on construction fencing in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. (Photo credit: DNAinfo/Rachel Holliday Smith)
With a few days to go until the New York presidential primary, candidate Hillary Clinton has a 98 percent chance of winning the Democratic vote, according to the latest polling analysis by FiveThirtyEight.
But on the ground — and walls, lamp posts, construction fencing and bridges of New York — her opponent Bernie Sanders seems to have a lock on the street artist vote.
Murals, stickers and scrawled slogans for the Vermont senator have popped up all over the city leading up to the April 19 primary, from a pro-Sanders message that takes up a full wall of a Greenpoint warehouse to a Bernie-as-Muhammad-Ali wheatpaste on the Lower East Side.
But, certainly, Sanders isn’t the only candidate showing up on the street. Hillary Clinton’s image has popped up on trees in Prospect Heights and as a Rosie the Riveter look-alike in Washington Square Park; she’s also shown up in a fair share of negative imagery as well, most often in artwork that criticizes her record on Wall Street.
Republican front-runner Donald Trump, too, is an extremely popular subject and something of an anti-muse for those who loathe him. In fact, in all the artwork dedicated to him — from wood cutouts to graffiti walls to fake campaign posters — we couldn’t find a single piece that favored him.
(And — not due to a lack of trying — we also couldn’t find artwork for or against John Kasich. But we welcome any tips on the existence of such a thing in the comments below.)
To give you a glimpse of what the campaign looks like on the streets of the city, DNAinfo New York rounded up election-related public artwork. Enjoy:
This mural by Hanksy on Orchard Street in Manhattan is part of the artist's national "Dump Trump" campaign, bringing a dizzying array of anti-Trump images and slogans to cities all across the country.
A stencil on the Williamsburg Bridge of Hillary Clinton labels her "100 percent Wall Street."
This "End Mass Incarceration" mural by artist Nick Kuszyk went up at the Market Hotel event space in Bushwick, causing a minor controversy in the street art community unrelated to its message or choice of candidate.
This stencil of what appears to be Hillary Clinton in sunglasses — a nod to Texts From Hillary, perhaps? — has appeared on trees in Prospect Heights in recent months.
Bernie Sanders gets the Aladdin Sane treatment in a mural on the Lower East Side.
A mural by sidewalk artist Hani Shihada of Hillary Clinton as Rosie the Riveter went on display in Washington Square Park last summer.
(Photo credit: DNAinfo/Nikhita Venugopal)
Red Hook resident and artist David Gonzales created these cutouts of all the remaining 2016 candidates on the front gate of his home, titled "Idiots and a Broad," according to Pix 11 News.
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Someone took to MTA signage to advocate for their favorite candidate.
Street artists VEW and ASER created this mural dedicated to Sanders in Washington Heights in March, according to photographer Aymann Ismail. It has since been removed, he said.
Trump gets zero likes in this mural on the Williamsburg Bridge.
A handmade wooden sign for Bernie Sanders hangs in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, created by "Signs4Sanders," a group that says it's "making art for the movement, not the money" on its Instagram page.
These posters labeling Hillary Clinton as a "paid spokesperson" have popped up recently in the Financial District. (Photo credit: Twitter/@4rilla)
This full-wall mural for Sanders was painted in Greenpoint by Nick Kusyck (who also did the Market Hotel mural) after an online fundraising campaign. However, the project was defaced soon after it went up.