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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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Bronx teens have their own holiday business

Posted on 14. Dec, 2009 by .

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Alongside Gucci, Hermes and high-end shops, a new, and perhaps unlikely, group of retailers cropped up on Madison Avenue this holiday season: young women, mostly teenagers from the South Bronx, who sell holiday cards featuring their own artwork.

The young businesswomen quickly learned the secret to a good sales pitch.

“If I talk more, people will buy more,” said Farah R., 22, of Brooklyn. As potential customers hovered in front of their table she got to work. “We actually designed them ourselves,” she told them. “They can also be used as thank-you notes.”

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Bike Battles in Williamsburg

Posted on 13. Dec, 2009 by .

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Just when you thought the bike-lane battle in Williamsburg was over…. For those of you who are tragically un-hip and don’t live in my ‘hood, let me recap for you. The 15 blocks of bike lane on Bedford Avenue, between Flushing and Division avenues, was painted over in the beginning of December by the Department […]

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Social Networking as a Problem-Solving Strategy?

Posted on 13. Dec, 2009 by .

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Last week, a team of MIT students won an online challange proposed by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Here’s how it worked: DARPA offered a $40,000 prize to the first group to locate 10 giant red weather balloons anchored  in secret locations across the U.S. Competitors were asked to used social networking sites […]

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While My Ukulele Gently… Rocks

Posted on 10. Dec, 2009 by .

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It took The Beatles ten years to write 185 original songs. It took Roger Greenawalt 12 hours — and one ukulele — to play every one of them. The music producer took the stage from noon to midnight at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg on Sunday joined by over 80 guest musicians who rocked, crooned, and […]

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A Farm In A Loft

Posted on 10. Dec, 2009 by .

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Be it rooftops, windows, fire escapes, a truck bed or neighbor’s backyard, the urban farming movement is spreading in New York City. Residents, looking to create accessibility fresh produce, are growing in every nook and cranny of this populous city.

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Coed dorms at Columbia create media stir

Posted on 10. Dec, 2009 by .

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Any time my alma mater’s name is in a news headline, I get nervous. There’s usually some major controversy that makes friends and relatives furrow their brows and launch into uncomfortable discussions about politics. This time was no different. Columbia University is considering a student proposal that would allow sophomores, juniors and seniors to have […]

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Travel: Holiday cheer in Massachusetts

Posted on 08. Dec, 2009 by .

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Travelers might not think of Western Massachusetts as the ideal holiday destination, but they would be surprised. If you want to get into the holiday spirit, and can’t afford a trip to New York City, Springfield, Mass. and surrounding towns might be the next best bet.

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