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Slideshow: an artist at work, with ink

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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Robert “Chance” Molina’s tattoos look like the work of a lifetime. His parents’ faces stare out from his stomach. His arms are layered with intricate designs of skulls, flames, the Grim Reaper, and his daughter’s name, Bianca, to name a few. The tattoos are so interwoven it’s hard to tell when one ends and the other begins. Two immobile tears sit under each of his eyes.
Molina, 35, did not get his first tattoo until 2001. He tattooed eyebrows on himself and developed an immediate ink addiction. Since then, he has gotten about 500 tattoos, and he has tattooed them all himself, he said. “I’m actually at the point where I’m doing things in between tattoos. I’m just filling in spaces,” he said.

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The Italian Man With the Chinese Name

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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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The Bell Ringers

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Ever wonder who those guys are on street corners ringing bells for the good of charity? Steve Myers, 24, is one of those guys. Myers and the trio of Salvation Army bell ringers raise money at the corner of 42nd street and Park Avenue right outside Grand Central Terminal. The Bell Ringers from Vishal Persaud […]

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Top five worst things about the holidays

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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1. Decadent Decorations:: Why can’t everything look this good year round? Why do we have to decorate everything just so it looks nice this time of year? Think about all the extra time, money and effort put into making things look extra nice this time of year. The sheer decadence of all the department stores […]

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We Like Pizza

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How do I describe Staten Island’s pizza legacy in one paragraph? It’s like a national pastime there. You’ve got Denino’s crispy flat crust, Joe & Pat’s saucy fresh mozzarella slices, Big Al’s Chicago style pizza, and the best bar pies in the universe at Lee’s Tavern. The pizza there is so famous that people come […]

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Promoting Carrie Fisher

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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Debby Bell found an interesting job on Craigslist. She stands in Times Square, right outside Toys R Us at Broadway and 44th Street, and hands out fliers for Carrie Fisher’s “Wishful Drinking.” Fisher’s show, which is based on the Star Wars actress’s life, is playing through January 17. She divulges details from her life, including […]

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Artbot Brings Technology to Canvas

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Who needs fingers when you can paint with robots? Creator Oscar Torres built his first art robots – or artbots – as an open source project while attending the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. Open source means that the source code for the project is made available to the public, who can then […]

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Mastering the Manual Lift

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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In a rare few of the city’s finest prewar buildings, manually operated elevators still carry residents to their homes. At 27 Prospect Park West in Park Slope, Brooklyn, that elevator dates back to 1928, when the building was first erected. Residents adore their prewar carriage, as well as the faithful doormen who operate it. Kevin […]

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Youth Messenger

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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Steve Kulish is only 18, but he has big dreams on spreading God’s message to the masses. Kulish, from Howard Beach, is the son of a pastor. He created an organization called Spiritual Blood to serve as a community for the children of pastors and missionaries to come together to grow as individuals and in […]

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Treat Your Feet

Posted on 16. Dec, 2009 by .

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At Nail Plus II in Maspeth, Queens customers are treated to the spa experience for just $15. Here a customer enjoys a pedicure administered by Nelly, a nail technician. A pedicure usually takes 15-20 minutes and is topped off with a free five minute soothing massage. Nail Plus Pedicure from uche abanobi on Vimeo.

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