This video brings me great joy

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.

A Million New Yorkers Are Good Without God. Are You?

Atheism ads ran on New York City buses in July, now, they’re running in the subways.


The dozen subway stations where the ads are running are:

  • 14th Street-Sixth Avenue
  • 14th Street-Seventh Avenue
  • 14th Street-Eighth Avenue
  • 23rd Street-Eighth Avenue
  • Pennsylvania Station (three ads)
  • 86th Street-Lexington Avenue
  • 96th Street-Lexington Avenue
  • 42nd Street-Sixth Avenue/Bryant Park
  • 66th Street-Broadway/Lincoln Center
  • 72nd Street-Central Park West
  • 86th Street-Central Park West
  • West Fourth Street

Illegal Beekeepers in Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s Urban Beekeepers: Breaking The Law For The Planet (Part I) from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo.

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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More videos to come on

Thousands flock to Walkway Over the Hudson

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.

hudson walkway

Pete Seeger