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    Who vaccinates the anti-vaxxers?

    The everlasting debate regarding whether vaccinations contribute to the development of autism in children has given rise to the “anti-vaxxer” crowd among some Americans, who have come to the conclusion that their children should not be receiving vaccinations at all. Particularly in New York City, the debate has once again surfaced, this time in relation to the recent outbreaks of measles. The anti-vaxxer sentiment has also gained a foothold in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community of Brooklyn, as claims about the contents of the vaccines have begun to influence the decisions of some families as to whether it would be religiously acceptable to have their children receive them. Anti-vaxxer activists have…

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    Diversity on display at Eckhaus Latta spring 2018 show

    New York Fashion Week was the perfect venue to showcase the vast amount of diversity in the fashion industry. The brand that made diversity its label was Eckhaus Latta. The Eckhaus Latta spring 2018 show took place on Sept. 9, 2017  in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Once again, designers Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta showcased an extravagant collection. I would describe the entire collection as formal, polished wear but with a touch of casual street wear. A good chunk of the collection consisted of neutral wide shoulder baggy suits, blazers and pencil skirts perfect for office wear. The show eventually progressed into a range of vibrant colors and lavish patterns. The crisp…

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    “Brooklyn” depicts lovable fairytale about immigration

    “Brooklyn,” directed by John Crowley, shows hardships and homesickness Eilis, a young Irish woman, experiences as she leaves Ireland for a better life in Brooklyn. “Brooklyn,” though occasionally stepping into the realm of melodrama and sanitizing the immigrant issue, is a touching portrayal of leaving home and the task of conquering the unknown. Eilis, played by Saorise Ronan, lives at home with her mother and sister in a small-knit community in Ireland. Eilis can’t find any strapping, young lad for her to marry. She is stuck at a dead-end job at a grocery store under a devilish woman that condescendingly comments on customers’ attendance at church on Sundays. In sum,…

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    Brooklyn Museum explores the art of high-heeled shoes

    A shoe lover’s dream is brought to life at The Brooklyn Museum’s “Killer Heels” exhibition. From the high platform Chopines of 16th century Italy to the glamorous stilettos on today’s runways, the exhibition looks at the high-heeled shoe’s diverse history and its lasting place in popular culture. “Killer Heels” explores fashion’s most alluring accessory. Loved by some and despised by others, high heels are perhaps one of the most intriguing articles of fashion. However, women were not the first to wear them. High heels were first worn in the West by aristocratic men at the end of the sixteenth century. Women quickly adapted the style and heels became essential to…