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Slummin' it at 452 Fort Washington Ave.

Posted on 07. Dec, 2009 by .

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From the outside, 452 Fort Washington Ave. looks like another art deco building lining the picturesque block. But inside some residents live with crumbling walls, demolished bathrooms and gutted rooms. At least half of the building’s 29 occupied units face some kind of a housing violation. Several residents that live in rent-controlled apartments said Dorothea […]

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Sculptor Sergio Furnari Recreates an American Icon

Posted on 06. Dec, 2009 by .

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Queens-based artist Sergio Furnari has stayed afloat during the recession by working on projects abroad. But Furnari got another chance to create an American icon on American soil when two Indiana restaurateurs commissioned a remake of his life-sized sculpture of 11 ironworkers eating lunch on beam during the construction of Rockefeller Center, which is based […]

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In the Studio: Amanda Browder

Posted on 06. Dec, 2009 by .

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When you think about sculpture, you probably picture marble statues or clay figurines or stone carvings. Plush fabric and bright, pillowy objects are far from your mind. But for Greenpoint artist Amanda Browder, the latter form her sculptures. Browder, 33, turns traditional sculpture on its head by creating vibrantly colored soft pieces that are often […]

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Transgender People Tell Their Name-Change Stories

Posted on 06. Dec, 2009 by .

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Cashing a check or trying to sign up for a gym membership used to be an ordeal for Ricky, a 24-year-old transgender man. To bank tellers, he didn’t look like someone with a girl’s name.

“When someone would make an issue out of my name, it was not just a pain. It was like, you are violating my human right to be called what I want to be called,” said Ricky, who spoke on the condition that his last name be withheld.

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Bikram Builds a Community in Harlem

Posted on 06. Dec, 2009 by .

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Starting a business where clients stretch, contort, and sometimes cry in a humid, 105-degree room doesn’t seem like a good idea during a recession. But for practitioners at Bikram Yoga East Harlem, this is a place of solace. Owner Stephanie Caffey opened the studio in Nov. 2008 on 116th street, a block away from where […]

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Turning Vandalism Into Artistry

Posted on 06. Dec, 2009 by .

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“Rap is something you do, hip-hop is something you live.” KRS-One A lifelong Staten Islander and hip-hop junkie, Charlie Balducci founded the NYC Arts Cypher, a government funded non-profit organization, five years ago. The Cypher incorporates all elements of hip-hop to provide potentially rebellious kids and interested adults with a forum, not just for recreational […]

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He is over there, she is over here: The story of Sharon Brown

Posted on 06. Dec, 2009 by .

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Sharon Brown’s life, 56, changed 5 years ago, when her husband Cleveland Duncan, 50, was detained and later deported back to Jamaica. Duncan was a legal resident of the U.S when he got deported. According to Brown, he had been living in the country for 29 years, owned a house, had a car and paid […]

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Old and New Architectural Styles Battle It Out

Posted on 06. Dec, 2009 by .

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As New Yorkers, we’re used to change. Your favorite deli? It’s a Starbuck’s now. That cherished book store? Folks are doing downward facing dog where you once browsed for gently used post-modern literature. But what’s sometimes more jarring are the architectural changes. Maybe because they sprout up all around us, envelop us, remind us that […]

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Heavens over Rockaway

Posted on 06. Dec, 2009 by .

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Patrick Clark created a dome filled with stars for people to remember their loved ones.

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Cake N Wings, One of Harlem's Hidden Treasures

Posted on 05. Dec, 2009 by .

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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 […]

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