Meet Your New York Christmas Tree Vendors

All photos by Natalie Fertig for the Village Voice.
Photographer Natalie Fertig wraps up the Christmas tree-selling season by talking to New York's sidewalk vendors, many of whom hail from north of the border, work shifts that last much of the day, and sometimes sleep in a van. There are benefits, too: the travel, after-hours camaraderie, drinks, and, if you're on the Upper West Side, a smörgåsbord of dinner options from the people who live in the buildings around you.

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Photos: American Outlaws Pour Onto 33rd Street After U.S. Soccer Team Win

Being a U.S. soccer fan isn't easy -- in fact, it's pretty tough -- but wins like the one the world saw on Monday against Ghana during the team's opening game of World Cup (against the run of play, with two key players injured, with a striker possessing a freshly broken nose) make it all worth while.

At Jack Demsey's (36 W. 33rd Street in Manhattan), home of the New York chapter of the American Outlaws supporters group, fans poured out of the bar and onto the street after the win. Photos by Emily Tan for the Village Voice.

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What Manhattan Might Look Like at the Bottom of the Grand Canyon

Photo Courtesy of Gus Petro
Ever wonder what living in New York might be like if the entire city were at the bottom of the Grand Canyon? Swiss photographer Gus Petro has done the imagining for us by photoshopping images of the city's streetscapes onto the Grand Canyon. Check out some of his prints after the jump.

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Jazz Age Lawn Party Comes to Governors Island

Categories: Photos

Laura June Kirsch
On June 15, Governors Island was transported back to 1926 for the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. It was a flapper revival, with parasols blotting out the hot June sun. Our Laura June Kirsch was there, and snapped these great photos.

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The Anti-Facebook: Photos Unveiled One Year Later in Washington Heights Art Project

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Part of "Message Delayed"
Washington Heights photographer Mike Fitelson is taking Facebook status updates and instant photo sharing and turning them upside down.

That is, he is taking the process of sharing thoughts and photos online and slowing it down and simplifying it dramatically -- and bringing the whole thing off line. It's part of a year-long project he is unveiling tomorrow at a street festival in his neighborhood.

The effort began last June at the Carnaval del Boulevard festival uptown. Fitelson, previously an associate publisher at northern Manhattan's community newspaper, the Manhattan Times, stopped neighborhood residents passing by, took portrait shots of them, and asked them each a simple question: "What's on your mind?"

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Photos: Inside the Sanitation Building Where Occupy Wall Street's Stuff Is Being Held

As we reported earlier today, press aren't allowed inside the Sanitation facility on 57th Street where the city is storing Occupy Wall Street protesters' belongings taken during the Zuccotti raid. We'd heard reports of disarray and damage inside and had seen photos of smashed laptops, and now the Voice has gotten a hold of more complete pictures of the mess where protesters are expected to root around for their things.

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(all photos via Kathleen Russell)

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Inside Marni Kotak's Birthing Center at Microscope Gallery

Araceli Cruz
"If my parents told me I was born in an art gallery, I would think that's awesome," artist Marni Kotak says as she sits in a rocking chair at Microscope Gallery, the 500-square-foot carpeted space where she'll have her baby in the next couple of weeks. We visited Kotak at the gallery to discuss the media frenzy and onslaught of criticism that ensued after we broke the story about her latest art exhibition, "The Birth Of Baby X," in which Kotak will be giving birth in front of an audience.

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This Aerial Shot of Yesterday's Occupy Wall Street March Doesn't Look Real

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That photo, with or without insipid caption, has been making the rounds on Facebook and Tumblr today. It purports to be an aerial shot of yesterday's massive Occupy Wall Street/union march. It's certainly very impressive, but don't be fooled. It's probably not real.

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This Wooden Construction Barrier Was Left On the Street For Two Days After Erica Abbott's Death [Photo]

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The above photo was sent to us by a tipster who took the picture at Powers Street and Bushwick Avenue shortly after the August 30th bike accident that killed 29-year-old dancer Erica Abbott. The tipster says, "I took this photo to show the wooden barrier that caused Erica to swerve into traffic."

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Moammar Gaddafi Has a Mad Crush on Condoleezza Rice

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And they will know you by the scrapbooks you leave behind. Or, as MSNBC puts it, "the ransacking of Moammar Gaddafi's compound is turning up some bizarre loot." What sort of bizarre? Well, there was a lot of fashion accessorizing going on, apparently, and a mermaid couch (Gadhafi's daughter's, not his own) and, perhaps most tellingly, a photo album chock-full of pictures of none other than Condoleezza Rice, all available to the curious eyes of the rebels who invaded Gadhafi's Tripoli compound, and therefore the media.

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