Relations between New York City's police department and communities of color, long at a simmer, boiled over last summer when Eric Garner was captured on video screaming "I can't breathe!" as he was placed in a fatal chokehold by a NYPD officer.
Edith Prentiss is a disabilities rights advocate who uses a wheelchair herself. She and I took a ride on the A train from Washington Heights to Harlem to take a look at some of the challenges of using a wheelchair in the subway. We ran into the problems fairly quickly.
Prentiss' Metrocard got stuck in the accessible gate.
"The problem is that the autogates suck the card in," she explained. "When you swipe the card, you don't let go of it. It sucks it in, and they jam."
Today kicks off Armory Arts Week, leading up to the Armory Art Show starting Thursday and going to Sunday. It'll feature some of the most important contemporary artwork from the past century and each day will promote a different neighborhood in the city. The show is 17 years in the making and brings artists and collectors from around the world here to New York.
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