Archive for 'Rebecca Leung'

No TV for me. Well, maybe a little.

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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Now that my first semester of journalism school is over and I have a month-long break approaching, everyone has been asking me, “What will you do with your time?”

My response has been two-fold: sleep and watch television (or movies on DVD). I even had developed a growing “must-watch” list: “Freaks and Geeks,” the HBO “John Adams” miniseries, season one of “The West Wing.” Add to that an even longer list of movies and documentaries I’ve held off from watching because of a demanding graduate school schedule, and my month off was pretty much booked.

That is, until I read a health article in The New York Times yesterday that made me reconsider my scheduled laziness.

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World War II Veterans Are Losing Touch

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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Joe Ruggiero, a thin, soft-spoken man of 84, sat quietly at the dimly lit Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 5195 in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Several Vietnam and Korean War veterans sat with him in the smoky bar, laughing and chatting. “It’s hard to get in touch with anyone,” he told me, referring to his World […]

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Fixers' Collective at Proteus Gowanus

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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At the Fixers’ Collective, people meet every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. to communally repair broken objects. This group presents a local alternative to a consumer culture based on throwing away broken goods and buying new ones. A combination of young and old, mainly artists and craftspeople, generally come every week. New onlookers and […]

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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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CUNY Cornered the Cookie Story

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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The CUNY J-School was all over the closing of the Stella D’oro cookie factory in the Bronx.

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A Symbol of Capitalism Celebrates Communism, Stirs Controversy

Posted on 16. Dec, 2009 by .

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The Empire State Building lit it’s tower to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in September. More than a couple of people were not psyched. Here’s a slideshow and story.

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A Disappointing Ending in the Lower East Side

Posted on 16. Dec, 2009 by .

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On the last leg of my global gastronomic journey in New York City, I went to the Cuban restaurant Café Cortadito. I was initially drawn to the place because I had heard that the ropa vieja is so good it practically melts in your mouth. Since this is actually my favorite dish that my Nicaraguan […]

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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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Slideshow: Most Overblown Stories of 2009

Posted on 12. Dec, 2009 by .

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2009 was a great year for obsessive coverage of people – and an illness – that didn’t deserve the spotlight, or at least not as much as they got. So today, I’m honoring the five stories and personalities who have spent way too much time on my television screen this year. #5 H1N1 – Sporting […]

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Magic Marshmellows

Posted on 11. Dec, 2009 by .

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A reader who (because he is an important Parisian chef) shall remain nameless, pointed out that there haven’t been any desserts in leisure cuisine. My bad, I tend to neglect sweets because my own palette favors the savory, but a friend with a sweet tooth and an elevated palate, shared this Gem with me. It […]

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