They’ve been together for 23 years and were the first couple in New York City to wed under the state’s new law allowing same-sex marriage Sunday, July 23, 2011.
Phyllis Siegel, 77, and Connie Kopelov, 85, were married in Lower Manhattan at 9:02 a.m. Sunday in a ceremony witnessed by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and officiated by City Clerk Michael McSweeny. Quinn is the first openly gay speaker of the New York City Council.
Now, we just need to get the other 44 states to allow same sex marriage and join the rest of the nation.
Sometimes laws are meant to be broken. Meet a passionate crew of illegal urban beekeepers in Brooklyn, New York working on their very first honey harvest for their restaurants. Find out why raising bees on NYC rooftops is important for Mother Earth. And be inspired to get into the illegal “bees”ness of urban beekeeping in your own backyard or rooftop. It’s not only fun, but dangerous, especially if you don’t like wearing bee suits!
Set in a secret location in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Shot & Edited by storyteller, Liza de Guia.
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Musician Pete Seeger was on hand to start the opening of the Walkway over the Hudson. Formerly a railroad bridge, the Hudson Walkway is now a spectacular way to take a brisk walk over the Hudson River.
Stretching from the Town of Lloyd in Ulster County to the City of Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County, the walkway is 1.25 miles long and 212 feet high. It took $38.8 million of public and private money to refurbish the bridge, which was damaged by fire some 35 years ago. The Walkway is New York’s 179th state park.
I have spent considerable time in Waryas Park, looking up at the bridge, hoping that, one day, it would be converted into a walkway for everyone to enjoy. The 111-year old, former railroad bridge is now the longest pedestrian walkway in the world.