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The Sunday Metropolitan Section

Good morning, New York Times readers.
Here’s what we have to offer in Sunday’s Metropolitan section.
Our cover story is a revealing portrait of Riddick Bowe, the two-time heavyweight champion of the world. Once mentioned as a possible heir to Muhammad Ali, Bowe – like many prizefighters – fell on hard times after leaving the sport. ​After his retirement in the ​1990s​, he endured bankruptcy, prison time and a humiliating single bout as a kickboxer. But lately Bowe has found a measure of peace​,​ in the unlikely role of owner of a tiny rotisserie-chicken joint in Harlem.
He gives a very forthcoming interview to Alex Vadukul, even agreeing to tour his old haunts in Brooklyn, which makes for some tense moments at the housing project he lived in as a teenager, the notoriously nicknamed Gunsmoke City.
Ginia Bellafante’s Big City column addresses the Times Square desnudas. She places them in the context of the crucial New York archetype of the ​hustler, alongside every striver, go-getter and wide-eyed aspirant. She reasonably wonders: What did you expect to find in ​the city?
Enjoy your New York weekend!
Wm. Ferguson
Deputy Editor, Sunday Metropolitan

Riddick Bowe under a portrait at his old gym in Brooklyn, now called the New Bed-Stuy Boxing Center.

Christopher Lee for The New York Times
Ex-Heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe Steps Into a New Arena
After two boxing world titles, prison and bankruptcy, Mr. Bowe hopes to cement another legacy: as a restaurateur.

Miranda Massie in Manhattan this month. She believes climate change is a museum-worthy topic.

Gregg Delman for The New York Times

A Lawyer Quit Her Job to Start a Climate Museum in New York

Miranda Massie describes the environment as a civil rights issue on which the survival of the species depends.

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Sunday Routine
Bentley Meeker with his girlfriend, Alicia Boyes, at an outdoor market on the Upper West Side.

Yana Paskova for The New York Times

How Bentley Meeker, Lighting Designer, Spends His Sundays

Karate, farmer’s markets and a visit with his artist-in-residence are all part of Mr. Meeker’s weekend ritual.

Character Study

Bryan Anselm for The New York Times

A Staten Island Mechanic Turns Tailpipes Into Artwork

Mufflers may help stifle engine noise, but they amplified Lenny Prince’s creative tendencies and helped him become a sculptor of elaborate figures.

Neighborhood Joint

Mark Kauzlarich/The New York Times

Charlies Bar & Kitchen Is a Pioneering Dining Option in a Poor Bronx Neighborhood

Mott Haven, in the nation’s poorest congressional district, is rapidly developing, and a restaurant in a former piano factory built in 1886 is an example.

Big City
Saira Nicole, who poses with tourists for tips wearing body paint and underwear, in Times Square.

Carlo Allegri/Reuters

The Painted Ladies of Times Square Are Part of an Old New York Tradition

The nearly naked “desnudas” are just the latest incarnation of the subversive go-getter, an element integral to New York.

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Andy Pettitte, left, and Derek Jeter joined Jorge Posada and his wife, Laura, on the field before Saturday's game.

Julie Jacobson/Associated Press
On Baseball
Jorge Posada, the Yankees’ best catcher since Thurman Munson, was presented with a framed replica of his plaque by Diana Munson and Manager Joe Girardi.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) was pressured by Roy Miller of the Jaguars in the first half.

Adam Hunger/Associated Press
Giants 22, Jaguars 12 (Exhibition)
Quarterback Eli Manning and receiver Odell Beckham Jr., a key piece of the Giants’ offensive threat, failed to connect in three series against the Jaguars.


Houzaifa Konditamdé, a native of Burkina Faso, became deaf at age 6, but that did not stop him from dancing, as the photographer Arthur Nazaryan has been documenting since 2014.
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Theater | Stony Point
Anne O'Sullivan as Dr. Ruth Westheimer in

Dorice A. Madronero

Review: ‘Becoming Dr. Ruth’ in Stony Point Is a Meditation on Home

In the one-woman play by Mark St. Germain, sex therapy may be the least interesting part of an amazing life.

Arts | Trenton
Shooting a meeting at TerraCycle, in a work space divided by soda bottles.

Jessica Kourkounis for The New York Times

‘Human Resources’: Reality TV About a Recycling Company

The show, on Pivot, features the workplace at TerraCycle, a quirky, authentic Trenton business that started out repurposing worm excrement.

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