Emily Belz

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

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Shakespeare reimagined

Theater | An all-black Much Ado About Nothing in New York incorporates gospel music into the Bard’s work
by Emily Belz
Posted 6/25/19, 04:55 pm

On a rainy night last week I went with some friends to the Public Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, performed in an outdoor theater in Central Park. Shakespeare in the Park is a free program every summer, designed to bring Broadway-quality shows to the masses. The actors gamely went on with the show through patches of downpours as attendants squeegeed the stage to keep them from slipping.

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A philanthropy grandmaster

New York | The philanthropist who brought chess to New York City’s public schools dies
by Emily Belz
Posted 6/19/19, 03:04 pm

A New York moment: 

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Metro moments

New York | The value of productivity-free conversations in a busy city
by Emily Belz
Posted 6/14/19, 09:58 am

A New York moment: 

In Manhattan, seating at coffee shops is often hard to find, and I’ve grown accustomed to asking people at a table with a free seat if I can join them. On Monday I (and my new sidekick for the summer, World Journalism Institute graduate Esther Eaton) sat with an elderly man from the Bronx named George, who was sipping his coffee by himself. 

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