Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.


Heat waves and pop waves

New York | A teacher becomes a K-pop journalist the old-fashioned way, and New York’s mayor issues a surprise thermostat order
by Emily Belz
Posted 7/24/19, 01:14 pm

A New York moment: 

This week I talked to Jason Yu, a journalist who has covered Korean pop culture for the last decade, for a story I’m writing about KCON, a Korean pop culture convention that came to New York recently. Korean music has spread across the globe through social media, so now Yu’s primary way to report on K-pop is through his YouTube channel, Popsori, where about half of his audience is from North America. 

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Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden/Sipa via AP

Calm Sunday, busy Monday

New York | The hyped-up Sunday ICE raids in New York did not materialize; meanwhile, the Epstein case is getting more dramatic
by Emily Belz
Posted 7/17/19, 04:07 pm

A New York moment: 

At my church on Sunday, a deacon prayed for immigrants who might be feeling fear about the sweeping immigration raids that President Donald Trump had announced would begin that day. We do have immigrants in our church, so it was a simple sentence-long prayer for anyone feeling anxious. 

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Piraguas in the summer heat

Arts | A drop-in at the New York filming of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights
by Emily Belz & Esther Eaton
Posted 7/09/19, 02:58 pm

Today’s New York moment is courtesy of WORLD New York summer intern Esther Eaton.

A woman pushed a stroller down the sidewalk. A smiling couple paused at a corner produce stand to buy mangos. A young man inspected the prices at a barbershop.

“Cut! Reset.”

Pedestrians stopped, turned around, and returned to their starting marks as the film crew members reset their cameras.

“Background, action!”

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