We were in the city last week. It brought back memories of never leaving the city in the hot summer months. August ends up becoming the best time to grab a seat at a restaurant you can never get into.

We went up to the Park Avenue Armory to see Drill. I am always amazed when I walk through those doors and see the size of that room. It is incredible. This show is open mid-day into the early evening.

Hito Seteryl, the film maker, was commissioned by the Armory to create this piece. I give the Armory a lot of credit as the piece is critical of the Armory’s history that is tied to the NRA. Alexander Shaler, who hangs on the wall there, was the first President of the NRA.

I am not sure that this is going to open some can of worms but the powerful piece of this film is the people who speak about too many funerals in the black community. How the media doesn’t really write about them anymore. That this has become the norm for America.

If you happen to be in that neighborhood, it is worth going to see. Just another angle of conversations that we should be having about guns and violence.

Comments (Archived):

  1. pointsnfigures

    some really bad public policy created the incentives for this sort of thing to occur. Start with the War on Drugs which enabled gangs. Policies that put economic incentives in place that caused the break up of the nuclear family. 50 years or more of it. We can change, but we have to think different. For example, expanding EITC, charter schools….the political will isn’t there.

    1. Gotham Gal

      The war on drugs and more

    2. awaldstein

      “policies that caused the breakup of the nuclear family”what is that?

    3. LE

      Start with the War on Drugs which enabled gangs.Well if you assume that the government has a obligation to protect people by enforcing laws that make a certain activity illegal, then it’s only a matter of which activities are illegal. And what steps the government takes to prevent that illegal activity. [1]Even if Marijuana was not illegal and was sold similar to alcohol is now that still would leave a countless number of substances that most people would agree should be illegal. So what happens then? What is the government supposed to do?There are many drugs that change your mind and your ability to even stop using that drug. What happens then? As someone who I know who works with drug addicted people would say ‘it takes away your soul’.Lastly ‘War on Drugs’ is one of those names that the media decides is appropriate (it’s not) to summarize a situation for people who don’t care about the details (when the details always matter). I am not commenting on your use of it btw. [2] [3][1] If I drive 120 in my car on I95 then I am probably going to get arrested and lose my drivers license. If that wasn’t the case it’s quite possible I would do that and endanger more people.[2] It’s like they have now hooked onto ‘The Squad’ god I hate things like that giving branding and attention out of thin air to a phrase that rolls off your lips.[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wi… ‘was popularized by the media shortly after a press conference given on June 18, 1971 by President Richard Nixon.

  2. awaldstein

    good tipi honestly love the city in august, always an empty bar stool and long lingering conversations with friends on a hot evening in the cool of a wine bar.