Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
Chin up and chest puffed out, Adam Chlor swaggered through the double doors of Modell’s Sporting Goods and onto Flatbush Avenue, decked out in newly-bought black and white garb – Brooklyn Nets snapback, Deron Williams jersey, skinny jeans and matching high-top Chuck Taylor’s.
The 26-year-old Fort Greene native crossed the street toward the Nets’ $1 billion arena, then suddenly hooked a left and walked right by.
“You’ll never get me in Barclays Center to see a game,” Mr. Chlor said. “I love the Nets new design and the colors are hot, but I’m a Knicks fan at heart. I’ll support the Brooklyn Nets, because I’m from Brooklyn, but that’s it.”
Mr. Chlor isn’t alone.
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
Local fashion designer Bob Bland is on a mission to transform “Made in the USA” into this season’s most coveted label, beginning with on-the-rise talent here in New York City.
“We have to encourage designers and manufacturers to come back to New York City and want to design here,” she says.
Bland, 30, has been working full-time for months on Manufacture New York, which she says will be the city’s first all-in-one fashion design house and factory. The incubator-production hybrid, which will host a launch party later this month, will not only be a haven for indie designers but a public showcase for what it takes to produce clothing that’s manufactured locally.
Friday, May 3rd, 2013
In less than a decade, the number of same-sex couples adopting a child has almost doubled to 19% in the United States. Meanwhile, same-sex marriage has been legalized in ten states, including New York, which changed its law in 2011. Joint adoption, which allows two people of the same sex to adopt a child together, has been legalized in several states, while it remains a case-by-case decision in others.
Brian Esser and Kevin O’Leary, a couple from Brooklyn who married in 2009, adopted their son Keith two years ago. It took Esser and O’Leary 16 months of paperwork – and $40,000 – to start their family.