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In July this year, New York made a momentous decision to ban smoking in all state-owned parks, beaches, and other public spaces in the city.

New York Upholds Smoking Ban in Public Parks and Beaches

Governor Kathy Hochul effectively prohibited the use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes in all state-owned beaches, boardwalks, marinas, playgrounds, recreation centers, and group camps. Individuals caught smoking in these designated areas will be penalized with a civil fine of $50.

Arthur Ashe at the US Open on August 30, 1992, proclaimed “Arthur Ashe Day" in New York City, Three months earlier he had announced his diagnosis with AIDS. ALL PHOTOS: ©Mark D Phillips

The Legacy of Arthur Ashe

On the 30th anniversary of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, the annual Sportsball gala is returning to where it began — the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan. It has been my honor to document this event for over twenty years, photographing titans of sports, art and entertainment. My favorite images? Watch 30 Years of Sportsball | Mark D Phillips

Candlelight vigil on night of September 15, 2001, after the destruction of the Twin Towers. ©Mark D Phillips

Unity as we cried “Never Again”

Twenty-one years after planes flew into the World Trade Center, crashed into the Pentagon and into a field in Shanksville, Pa., the great promise that we once showed as people has been all but forgotten. Our unity has shattered. We are lost. At war with ourselves

Max Scherzer makes a rehab start for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies against the Hartford Yardgoats Double-A game at Dunkin Donuts Stadium in Hartford, CT, on June 29, 2022. ©Mark D Phillips

Rehab Starts: Scherzer is a Rumble Pony

Max Scherzer makes a rehab start for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies against the Hartford Yardgoats Double-A game at Dunkin Donuts Stadium in Hartford, CT, on June 29, 2022. ©Mark D Phillips There are times when I want to shoot baseball because of the situation. When I heard that Max Scherzer […]

Arts Gowanus Artwalk on Atlantic Avenue

Look for Gowanus artwork on Atlantic Avenue by Mark D Phillips of southbrooklyn.com “Arts Gowanus ArtWalk on Atlantic Ave” returns from June 18th until June 26, 2020. The 1.5-mile self-guided ArtWalk through Brooklyn neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Cobble Hill will include the works of local artists such […]

Worcester Bravehearts Andrew Chronister (36), Nate Novia (26) watch teammate Connor Peek tag out Norwich Sea Unicorns Zach Zyons during the kickball inning of the fan rules game on June 8, 2022. Photo by Eliza Phillips

The Bananas meet the Bravehearts

If you’ve heard of the Savannah Bananas, then you know that a revolution is coming in baseball. The Harlem Globetrotters meets Barnum & Bailey concept debuted this week in New England, when the Worcester Bravehearts of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, held their first-ever “You-Choose-The-Rules” games of 2022.

Red Hook Athletic Field closed for Lead pollution in 2014, finally reopening with a politician-studded, back-slapping event that sort of turned my stomach. ©Mark D Phillips

Maybe a Lead-free Zone?

So all the politicians came to celebrate the opening and the cleanup of the Red Hook Fields closed in 2014 due to Lead contamination. The reality was that all our children were playing on fields where they found that the top six inches of ballfields 5-8 were so highly contaminated that they could not stay open.