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Mr. Michael Rivers Makes Shoes Shine

Posted on 07. Dec, 2009 by .

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“Step right up,” says Mr. Michael Rivers, a veteran shoeshine man who works outside Grand Central Terminal. For $5 Mr. Rivers will make wing-tips sparkle, for $6 he’ll buff your boots. Behind the elbow grease that drives his polish, 25 years of experience shines.

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The Polish of South Brooklyn

Posted on 20. Nov, 2009 by .

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Since 1986, Poles in South Brooklyn have frequented Jaga-Pol Service, a mailing shop and notary on Forth Avenue. They drop by to have packages sent to family back home, complicated forms explained and taxes done. They stay to talk about family, gossip and seek council. “When something is bad, they come. When something is good, […]

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Weary Investors Go for Gold, But Sunset Park Isn't Buying It

Posted on 13. Nov, 2009 by .

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Want to put a finger on the pulse of the economy? Look to the price of gold. The metal hit a new high of $1119 per once on Wednesday as wary investors ran to sink their savings into a stock even their grandmothers could love. Investors often turn to gold as a safe investment when […]

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Wang Bing Projects on Brooklyn's Industrial Past

Posted on 06. Nov, 2009 by .

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Chinese documentarian Wang Bing made a name for himself with Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks, the nine hour chronicle of the demise of an industrial district in northeast China. Crude Oil, which follows a 14-hour workday of crude-oil extraction the Gobi desert of Inner Mongolia, runs 14. From November 4-8, Light Industry, an […]

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As Fall Leaves Drop, Community Gardens Pick Up the Slack

Posted on 01. Nov, 2009 by .

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Fall has arrived. Throughout New York trees have turned and begun to the leaves that, from 2000–2008, the Department of Sanitation picked up as compost. Budget cuts last fall caused New York City to suspend its Fall Leaf Collection program, which had over eight years composted 150,000 tons of fallen as part of the WasteLe$$ […]

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Bill Thompson Comes to Sunset Park

Posted on 18. Oct, 2009 by .

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Read more about Sunset Park here. Only 17 days remain until New York elects its next mayor, but that didn’t stop Democratic nominee Bill Thompson from opening up a new office Sunday in South Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. Tony’s Barber Shop was one of several stops on Bill Thompson’s October 17th stump campaign down 5th Avenue, […]

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"Dollar Vans" Bring Change, And Conflict, to Sunset Park

Posted on 16. Oct, 2009 by .

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View Commuter Vans in a larger map “Dollar Vans” are big business in Brooklyn’s Chinatown. For $2.50, they’ll take you to Manhattan. For $4, you can make it to Flushing. The growing Chinese community along 8th Ave in Sunset Park depends upon this service daily. More than 60 licensed vans appear each morning to shuttle […]

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A taste of Sunset Park: Pastelillas

Posted on 09. Oct, 2009 by .

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On weekends, among the ice-cream ladies and grilling corn, Maguel Asevedo and Antonio Rosa man the pastelilla stand outside the Citibank on 5th Avenue and 54th Street in Sunset Park. A steady stream of customers stopped by on a recent sunny Sunday to pick up one, or a few, freshly fried pastelillas. Cheese, chicken, steak, […]

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Brooklyn's Bibliobús is on a Roll

Posted on 02. Oct, 2009 by .

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Listen to what people have to say about the Brooklyn Public Library’s first Spanish-language “library on wheels.”

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Citizen/Journalism

Posted on 25. Sep, 2009 by .

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Update: A substantial new New York Times profile on Zazi and his background. A good example of the nuanced look journalism can offer,  and a reminder that between black and white lies a vast space of gray. At the close of week Journalism School: Week Four, I am thoroughly discomfited. In a good way, I […]

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