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Posted on 22. Apr, 2010 by Melissa Rose Cooper.
Is Bollywood Yoga changing the way people exercise? Well for many New Yorkers, it is. The term “Bollywood” refers to the Indian film industry. One of the most popular aspects of these films is the dancing, which brings customary Indian steps to a more contemporary level. And in preparation for this dancing, Indian men and [...]
Posted on 05. Dec, 2009 by Melissa Rose Cooper.
Cake and chicken wings…Not exactly what comes to mind when you think of menu combos. Yet, people in Harlem are steadily finding out the pleasures of this unique collaboration. Shari Griffith and Katrina Kelly met over 10 years ago and are best friends. At 25-years-old, they walked the path that many students typically follow after [...]
Posted on 23. Nov, 2009 by Melissa Rose Cooper.
Last week, US Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the 9/11 trials would be held in New York City. Eight years after the terrible events of that day, many people still feel as if it were yesterday. Pain was felt all over the world. Lives were ended too early, families were shattered, and hearts were [...]
Posted on 12. Nov, 2009 by Melissa Rose Cooper.
All over the country, Americans celebrated Veteran’s Day this week. In New York, appreciation for the men and women who have put their lives on the line for this country was displayed during the annual parade down Fifth Avenue. But it seems that when we think of honoring Veterans, the image that typically comes to [...]
Posted on 08. Nov, 2009 by Melissa Rose Cooper.
We have been in what the government has been calling a recession for quite some time now. The unemployment rate has continued to rise and each day, people have been struggling to find new ways in order to make ends meet. Recently, I met a woman in Harlem that is a gospel singer. Her husband [...]
Posted on 30. Oct, 2009 by Melissa Rose Cooper.
Grand Central Terminal is one of New York City’s busiest train stations. Throughout the day, there are a multitude of subway trains transferring people within the city and commuter rail trains traveling to upstate New York and New Haven, Connecticut. In addition to the trains, there are crowds of people who come to enjoy a [...]
Posted on 22. Oct, 2009 by Melissa Rose Cooper.
It seems gentrification is inevitable and is happening all across New York City. Luxury buildings are being placed in areas where the average person living there cannot afford and neighborhoods once known by a certain name have been changed to sound more appealing, like Hell’s Kitchen now known as Clinton Hill. Harlem is no exception. [...]
Posted on 15. Oct, 2009 by Melissa Rose Cooper.
For many immigrants, leaving their native land and adjusting to a new country and place can be difficult. There are cultural differences that they encounter and language barriers that they may have to overcome. However, for West Africans in New York, they have found somewhere to call their home away from home. Although the corner [...]
Posted on 07. Oct, 2009 by Melissa Rose Cooper.
For years, the issue of health care being available to all United States citizens has been up for debate and scrutiny within federal and state governments. In New York, there have been initiatives made to provide low cost insurance options, such as Healthy New York and Family Health Plus, so that those without coverage can [...]
Posted on 01. Oct, 2009 by Melissa Rose Cooper.
Throughout the world, we have all been experiencing various affects of the recession. Many of us have lost our jobs and are unable to enjoy the little luxuries that we once did. I recently spoke to some street vendors on 125th Street in Harlem and they expressed similar concerns about their income being low because [...]