Emily Belz

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

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K-9s in Times Square

Cities | A peek behind the curtain at New York City’s security preparations for New Year’s Eve
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/01/19, 05:54 pm

A New York moment:

A rainy New Year’s Eve in Times Square went without a hitch thanks to tight New York Police Department security. We likely will never know the full extent of the NYPD’s security operation for this celebration that brings tens of thousands of people to Times Square each year, but at a press conference the department’s leaders shared a peek at how they do their work.

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From hillbillies to handmaids

Culture | A look at the top checked-out books at the New York Public Library gives a different insight than any bestseller list
by Emily Belz
Posted 12/24/18, 08:03 am

A New York moment: 

Does your local library share its top checked-out books of the year? It’s an interesting snapshot of the culture of a place, with more flavor than any national bestseller list. We know that promoters can manipulate bestseller lists; I’m guessing library data is mostly immune from manipulation, except perhaps from a very influential book club.

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Soldiers come back to life

Documentary | Peter Jackson breathes color and magic into World War I footage in They Shall Not Grow Old
by Emily Belz
Posted 12/21/18, 10:04 am

They Shall Not Grow Old, director Peter Jackson’s documentary on World War I, is a simple but breathtaking approach to a war with a thousand stories. No narrator makes an appearance; Jackson only uses snippets of 600 hours of recordings of British soldiers telling their own stories from the Western Front. The story starts with many as young as 14 signing up to fight, and follows them to the end of the war. The documentary (rated R for disturbing war images) played in select U.S. theaters on Dec. 17, and will play once more on Dec. 27 before a digital release in early 2019.

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