Twitter Patter | @TheRevAl

Tweeting Since May 2009
Followers 38,870
Twitter Bio Baptist Minister & Political, Civil Rights, and Social Justice Activist

This weekend’s Sunday Routine column features the Rev. Al Sharpton, a peripatetic New Yorker and Twitter user. Mr. Sharpton, 56, said young members of his staff, along with his daughters, Ashley and Dominique, encouraged him to open a Twitter account two years ago. “Next thing I knew I had almost 10,000 followers and now I have almost 40,000,” he said.

Mr. Sharpton, who travels constantly to fulfill professional obligations, said he uses Twitter to keep his fans apprised of his public appearances. His Twitter feed brims with information on radio broadcast times and locations for speeches and rallies around the country. On weekdays, many of these messages are composed by Mr. Sharpton’s aides, but he taps out two to five personally on weekends, when he’s just as likely to announce that it’s “Time for a good meal” as he is that “We must deal with unfair educational policies.”

Even with just 140 characters at his disposal, Mr. Sharpton said Twitter allowed him to develop a public persona that was more nuanced than a television sound bite. “I can reach people that are unfamiliar or even adversarial with my work” on Twitter, he said. “They begin to understand that I am more than the one-dimensional media image they have of me.” Below, a few recent posts.

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Eggs, Over Easy, Scrambled or Smiling

Who doesn’t like to play with food? Bill Wurtzel, a jazz guitarist, is turning a hobby into a new art form that also delivers a social message.

Mr. Wurtzel, a retired advertising man who lives on the Upper West Side, was featured in Thursday’s Experience Necessary column in The Times for his guitar chops (he plays with, among others, the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band).

On weekends, he makes creative breakfast dishes for his wife and photographs them. He is seeking a publisher for a children’s book, “Breakfast for Claire.” The goal is to discourage obesity by inspiring children — and adults — to improve their eating habits by creating meals that are not only nutritious, but fun. He likens his edible improvisations to a jazz solo.

Clearly, these are not your mother’s smiley-face sandwiches. Mr. Wurtzel has already created 400 breakfast dishes, including “Chuck Berry,” “Eggsercise,” “Simple Salmon” and others featured on his Web site.

He also has been conducting workshops for children at Public School 188 on the Lower East Side, teaching them to use their imaginations to improve their health “rather than just putting lettuce and vegetables on their trays.”

“Your breakfasts don’t have to look like they’ll hang in the Louvre,” Mr. Wurtzel said. “It’s the gesture that counts.”

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The Week in Pictures for March 4

Here is a slide show of photographs from the past week in New York City and the region. Subjects include a union rally in New Jersey, a church in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and a dispute at the Dakota.

This weekend on “The New York Times Close Up,” an inside look at the most compelling stories in Sunday’s Times, Sam Roberts will speak with Javier C. Hernandez and Fernanda Santos of The Times, as well as Jennifer Egan, Jacques d’Amboise and Howard Wolfson. Tune in at 10 p.m. on Saturday or 10 a.m. on Sunday on NY1 News to watch.

A sampling from the City Room blog is featured daily in the main print news section of The Times. You may also browse highlights from the blog and reader comments, read current New York headlines, become a City Room fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Goldman’s Own Ferries Will Ply the Hudson

‘Tis the season for investment bankers to tool around in Italian sports cars purchased with this year’s bonus checks. But only the employees of Goldman Sachs will be riding on their own ferryboats.

Two sleek ferries that Goldman ordered from a shipyard in Bellingham, Wash., have arrived in New York and are scheduled to go into service later this month carrying commuters between docks in Jersey City and Battery Park City in Lower Manhattan. Goldman has office towers in both locations, and its employees often shuttle between the two buildings.

The interiors of the ferries are plusher than those of the New York Waterway service that they will replace, and which Goldman Sachs has been subsidizing. But the boats — one named York, the other Jersey — will be open for public use for a fare of $5.50 each way across the Hudson River, the same as the New York Waterway fare. During commuting hours, even Goldman employees will pay that fare, though they will ride free between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., a spokeswoman for the firm said.

The spokeswoman declined to say why Goldman spent about $5 million to have ferries built to operate on a commuter route where about two-thirds of the users have no connection to Goldman. The boats, which have pronounced catamaran hulls, were designed to be quieter and more comfortable to ride than the ferries they would replace. They also should help to calm the nerves of Battery Park City residents who have been complaining about ferry noise and blaming Goldman for much of it.

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