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Walking on the Edge: Life with a Guide Dog

Posted on 10. Dec, 2009 by .

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Blind at the age of five due to cancer, Mathew Sapolin, has never let his disability get in the way of pursuing an active lifestyle and career. Inspired by an elementary school encounter with a successful blind man with a guide dog, Sapolin, knew at that point, that he would follow in the man’s footsteps […]

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Cost Effective Modes of Healing: Acupuncture, Yoga, and Herbs in Recession Times

Posted on 23. Nov, 2009 by .

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Drug prices are rising faster than they have in years, according to the New York Times.  With the increasing amount of unemployed and uninsured people in the U.S. some advocates for holistic health are making a case for the increasing importance of preventing and treating illness and injuries through yoga, acupuncture, and herbal medicine. Romina […]

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Sex Trafficking: A Journey Through one Survivor's Experience

Posted on 15. Nov, 2009 by .

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“Journey”- the street length art installation exhibit on human trafficking has attracted the attention of hundreds of visitors this week strolling around Washington Square Park. Sponsored by actress Emma Thompson and the UK based Helen Bamber Foundation, the seven life size shipping containers suck each visitor in and through parts of one trafficking survivor’s experience […]

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From Baghdad to Brooklyn College: The Student Veteran Experience

Posted on 09. Nov, 2009 by .

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Service members’ transition from the battlefield to civilian life is not an uncommon topic in the news these days. Many articles focus specifically on the effects of PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on men and women who have served in the military and now have returned home.  Within the last seven days, New York […]

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Day of the Dead at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery

Posted on 02. Nov, 2009 by .

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For seven years, nonprofit Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders has organized Day of the Dead celebrations here in New York City. According to the organization’s Executive Director, Emily Socolov, the four days of festivities held in St. Mark’s Church-in-the Bowery  graveyard this past weekend helped build community amongst Mexican immigrants and other city […]

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"Mancession" in Flatbush

Posted on 25. Oct, 2009 by .

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The idea of a “mancession, ” which refers to the disproportionate unemployment rate between men and women currently, has prompted much conversation in academia and media.   In response to a New York Times Economix blog entry on the topic some women responded by saying: Thank Heavens women have something going for them for a […]

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Saving the Campus Road Community Garden from Parking Lot Fate

Posted on 19. Oct, 2009 by .

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The Daily News article began by quoting Joni Mitchell’s lyrics, “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”  When it was published October 9th the garden’s ill fate seemed like a done deal.  Twenty new parking spaces would replace the twelve year old community garden. Or so they thought. One week after the article […]

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Breaking Glass in Brooklyn, the borough's first official Skillshare

Posted on 12. Oct, 2009 by .

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Over 400 people flocked to an industrial alleyway in Brooklyn this past Saturday for the borough’s first Skillshare, a day long event which brought talented locals together to teach their craft of preference to the public.  The head conspirator of the event, Meg Wachter, first attended a skillshare in Boston.  After discovering no such event […]

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Brooklyn Ahimsa!

Posted on 05. Oct, 2009 by .

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Inspiration was the word of the night at Brooklyn Ahimsa!, a concert held in honor of the World March Kickoff and Ghandi’s birthday anniversary October 2nd. While peace marches and nonviolent movements may not seem like anything new,  local musicians and singers performed with an invigorating energy Friday night at the Brooklyn Lyceum- an energy […]

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Park(ing) Day at Cortelyou Road

Posted on 28. Sep, 2009 by .

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According to Founder and Director of Sustainable Flatbush, Anne Pope, there is a very low ratio of green space per person that is publicly accessible in her own community. And while people may not immediately associate Flatbush with being a “green neighborhood, ” there is certainly an interest amongst community members in creating a more sustainable and environmentally friendly living area , she explained. The Park(ing) Day celebration on Cortelyou Road, September 18th, was a perfect example of the neighborhood’s craving for more green space.

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