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City Leaders Encourage Citizens, Immigrants To Complete Census

Posted on 19. Mar, 2010 by .

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Follow live updates on the event @anniebyrnes on Twitter. I’ll have post updates by the speakers in attendence about the Census. City and state leaders came together at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism to encourage New Yorkers to mail in their forms for the 2010 Census. The census determines the amount of Federal funding […]

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Gifted – A Holiday Flea Market

Posted on 18. Dec, 2009 by .

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The popular Brooklyn Flea Market has moved indoors for the winter.  Click below to watch a video on the holiday offerings:

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Chris Durham, Squirrel Rehabilitator

Posted on 18. Dec, 2009 by .

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People don’t normally think of wildlife when they think of New York, but a number of squirrels, pigeons, and other animals call the city home. When they get hurt, usually as a result of interactions with humans, there are licensed individuals that take the time to nurse them back to health. Chris Durham, is a […]

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The Italian Man With the Chinese Name

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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Lin De Ming is standing tall, feet spread, arms raised in defense.  Two teenage Chinese boys come at him from both directions, on the attack.  With two quick arm movements he wards them off and they shuffle, heads down, back into position. From his third floor studio in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, Lin teaches the martial art […]

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EPA Holds Another Meeting on the Gowanus Canal Project

Posted on 06. Dec, 2009 by .

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On Thursday night, representatives from the EPA presented plans for the environmental studies they are beginning on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. Officials outlined a schedule for their remedial investigation and feasibility study, which will determine the extent of the problem with the canal and help the EPA to determine whether to designate the project […]

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Correcting the Past

Posted on 03. Dec, 2009 by .

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Greg Brock, Senior Editor of Standards with the New York Times is responsible for corrections at the paper. Since the advent of Google, he has seen a new wave of requests as accessibility to older articles increases. Where before a searcher would have to comb microfiche or old copies of the Times, now a simple […]

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Squabble Over Sidewalks Highlights Racial Tensions

Posted on 03. Dec, 2009 by .

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The Chinese community in Bensonhurst thinks it’s garbage. Racially-tinged allegations have been made regarding sidewalk conditions on Bay Parkway in the neighborhood recently.  Complaints aimed at Asian-owned businesses have been voiced regarding greasy sidewalks, rotten food, and unpleasant smells during hot summer months. “Most Chinese restaurants, large grocery stores, and bakery owners spill their liquid […]

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Contrasting Veteran Experiences Between Wars

Posted on 19. Nov, 2009 by .

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They call it the Forgotten War.  But Lou Crispiano has not forgotten. He served in the army during the Korean War but feels his service was largely ignored by citizens at home.  Crispiano was a teen when his brother served in World War II and came home to block parties and celebrations like the ones […]

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Bensonhurst's Asian Community Reacts to Liu Win

Posted on 09. Nov, 2009 by .

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City Councilman John Liu made history this week when he won the election for City Controller, becoming the first Asian-American elected to a city-wide position.  He soundly defeated Republican opponent Joseph Mendola by 76 percent to 19 percent. While many across the city are excited by the win, Asian residents in Bensonhurst have mixed feelings. […]

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8 Years Later, 9/11 Questions Still Linger

Posted on 05. Nov, 2009 by .

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The week before last I attended a rally held by Beyond Ground Zero and 9/11 Environmental Action to announce the results of a survey of lower Manhattan residents to gauge the lingering health effects of 9/11. Though the survey was limited in scope – only about 211 respondents – the real reason for the rally […]

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