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New York Area Atheists

A group for all NYC, Tri-state area and New York State freethinkers.

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Members: 8
Latest Activity: Jan 19, 2013

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"Clearwater's Generations" - HUGE Musical Event with Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie

Started by Sydni Moser May 28, 2011. 0 Replies

 "Clearwater Generations"June 18 & 19, 2011 - Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NYPete Seeger Drive-By Truckers Martin Sexton Indigo Girls Arlo Guthrie Josh Ritter Suzanne Vega Jorma…Continue

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Comment by Adriana on January 19, 2013 at 2:55pm

The most beautiful aerial photo of Manhattan you'll ever see.

From The Atlantic.

This is a great image of a city that seems designed to bring great images into being. Sergey Semonov, a Russian photographer, submitted the image to the Epson International Photographic Pano Awards, and took first prize in the amateur category. 
Semonov works on a small noncommercial team called AirPano, which travels the globe creating these 3D aerial panoramas. They shoot from helicopters and then stitch the images together. Mostly, they produce these spherical panoramas that I find confusing to navigate, but clearly this one has been flattened for our viewing pleasure.

"I shoot landscapes, spheres from helicopter, gig-pixel panoramas as well as manipulate Photoshop and prepare the photos to be printed in a huge size and organize photo-exhibitions," Semonov wrote of his work at AirPano. "I like new, progressive and unique things."

Along with the images of Manhattan, you can find many other beautiful/interesting places, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Taj Mahal, Dubai City, the Alps, and the Py...

UPDATE: It's worth noting that this image -- while definitely real -- also has some serious distortions of building height. I don't know the exact specifics, but think of a world map. You know how it makes Greenland seem big in some projections? That's kind of what we're seeing here. 

UPDATE 2: Designer Danya Henninger offers, "It's likely made like a regular 360-degree virtual tour and then mapped flat with Vedutismo projection."

Via Radley Balko

Comment by Adriana on January 19, 2012 at 10:59am

Comment by Adriana on January 2, 2012 at 6:21pm

Hey guys, check out this article I posted in Health and Nutrition! New Yorkers are the healthiest in the nation.

Comment by Adriana on December 7, 2011 at 9:54am

No More Religious Services in NYC Public Schools

It’s official: Religious organizations can no longer use public schools to hold worship services after hours.

The legalese: The Supreme Court recently declined to review a Second CircuitdecisionBronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York, which upheld New York City Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) § 5.9 (now SOP § 5.11), which prohibited the use of school property for religious services.

What’s really going on: In 1994, the Bronx Household of Faith (BHF) applied to use space in a public school for its Sunday morning church services.  Their application was denied because of something called SOP § 5.9.  The BHF brought suit in federal court… and their suit was dismissed.  This dismissal was later affirmed by the Second Circuit. 

Then, however, the Supreme Court held in Good News Club v. Milford Central School (PDF) that it was unconstitutional for a public school district to exclude from its buildings a religious organization that planned to use the space to teach religious morals to school-aged children through the use of song, verse memorization, and lessons.  The Court held that such exclusion amounted to “viewpoint discrimination,” because the district otherwise permitted use of the space “for the teaching of morals and character,” and was excluding the plaintiffs solely on the basis of their religious affiliation.

After this decision, BHF reapplied for a permit, was again denied, and again brought suit in federal court.  This time, the district court issued a preliminary injunction against the Board forbidding them from denying the permit.  The Second Circuit affirmed that preliminary injunction.  When BHF petitioned for summary judgment (hoping for a permanent ruling in their favor, rather than a temporary injunction), the district court cited the decision in Good News Club and BHF succeeded: they were able to use school space for their services.

The Board then appealed to the Second Circuit.  (Seeing a pattern here?) The Second Circuit held that the Board was allowed to exclude BHF in spite of the Supreme Court’s decision in Good News Club. According to the Second Circuit, in cases like Good News Club, “the policy being enforced categorically excluded expressions of religious content. Here, by contrast, there is no restraint on the free expression of any point of view. Expression of all points of view is permitted. The exclusion applies only to the conduct of a certain type of activity — the conduct of worship services — and not to the free expression of religious views associated with it.”

Put differently, the Second Circuit accepted the SOP because it prohibited an activity (worship services) and not a viewpoint (Christianity, Christian morals, etc.).

Read the rest here

Comment by Sydni Moser on September 27, 2011 at 1:43am

vendy 2011 awards

The best street food in New York

Forget hot dogs and pretzels, in New York you can eat like a king on the sidewalk, as the city's annual street food awards show. Perry Resnick, founder of New York Street Food blog, reports.

 

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Comment by Adriana on June 29, 2011 at 6:14pm
How do you guys feel about an AU meet up in NYC? Nika is in town till August, we could meet up at a pub in Manhattan to get to know each other, just have a chat over some drinks and munchies?
Comment by Adriana on June 1, 2011 at 10:26am
Beautiful picture, Sydni!
Comment by Sydni Moser on June 1, 2011 at 8:48am
'Manhattanhenge', which was named by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, occurs when the setting sun aligns itself with the east-west grid of streets in Manhattan, allowing the sun to shine down all streets at the same time.

...'Manhattanhenge', which was named by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, occurs when the setting sun aligns itself with the east-west grid of streets in Manhattan, allowing the sun to shine down all streets at the same time.

Comment by Adriana on May 21, 2011 at 10:51am
Sydni, it seems I had the dates wrong, yes, I can go to the Shermer lecture! i signed up already at the web site
Comment by Sydni Moser on May 21, 2011 at 7:32am
I'm planning on visiting NYC in early June, just maybe I could make the Shermer lecture?  Adriana is his lecture in conflict for you?  Any others planning on attending?  Fun to meet fellow A/U members!
 

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