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More Americans believe that economy and environment are linked, AP poll finds

Posted on 18. Dec, 2009 by .

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An interesting new AP poll was released on Tuesday. The results indicate that more Americans believe that a cleaner environment leads to a healthier economy. This new trend appears antithetical to the traditional view that the environment needs to suffer for a strong economy. It also is good news for the democrats who are poised […]

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Video: Recession in Brownsville, Brooklyn

Posted on 09. Dec, 2009 by .

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When we were assigned in October to interview residents in our neighborhood beats about how the recession affected them, I thought the responses from Brownsville would be predictable. I would be talking to people living on some of New York City’s lowest-income and highest-crime streets. In these types of neighborhoods, every day can feel like […]

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Out with the Old… The Decline of Brooklyn's Antiques Row

Posted on 06. Dec, 2009 by .

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For the past 50 years David Marshall has loved nothing more than the dimly-lit world of his high-end American Victorian antique shop. But on a recent afternoon, Marshall had more than antiques on his mind. The Antique Room had termites, forcing operations to slow further in an already-rocky economy. Though online and museum sales have […]

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The Polish of South Brooklyn

Posted on 20. Nov, 2009 by .

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Since 1986, Poles in South Brooklyn have frequented Jaga-Pol Service, a mailing shop and notary on Forth Avenue. They drop by to have packages sent to family back home, complicated forms explained and taxes done. They stay to talk about family, gossip and seek council. “When something is bad, they come. When something is good, […]

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Weary Investors Go for Gold, But Sunset Park Isn't Buying It

Posted on 13. Nov, 2009 by .

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Want to put a finger on the pulse of the economy? Look to the price of gold. The metal hit a new high of $1119 per once on Wednesday as wary investors ran to sink their savings into a stock even their grandmothers could love. Investors often turn to gold as a safe investment when […]

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Wear a T-Shirt, Get a Job?

Posted on 09. Nov, 2009 by .

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A recent CNN article by Samuel Sherraden, an Economic Growth Program analyst at the New American Foundation compared the difficulty of finding a job in this economy to gaining admission to an Ivy League college. In the article, Sherraden said: Since the beginning of the recession in December 2007, job openings declined from 4.4 million […]

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Development in Greenpoint

Posted on 06. Nov, 2009 by .

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As I spend more and more time in Greenpoint, I’m discovering that the neighborhood has quite a few unfinished projects, most of which are apartment buildings or condos. Five years ago, Greenpoint had a massive rezoning. The waterfront was to be made into parks, West St. was supposed to be home to top of the […]

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Video: A family brought together. The recession in the South Bronx.

Posted on 05. Nov, 2009 by .

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Daisy Moran, 42, works in the maintenance department at Crotona Park in the South Bronx, but not for long. Moran, who lives in Morrisania, participates in a job-training program with the city’s Park Department so she can support the eight children in her household. The single mother will soon be back to square one: the job-training program lasts only six months.

In part two of my video series on the recession in the South Bronx, Moran shares her struggles and one surprising upside of the recession.

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Video: "I'm used to the struggle." The recession in the South Bronx.

Posted on 04. Nov, 2009 by .

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The recession has not affected all South Bronx residents, I reported in a post last week. Eurice Jackson, 44, a hair stylist and artist, was one such resident. Finances have always been a struggle for him, so the recession has not changed an already difficult situation, he said. Jackson, who lives in the Crotona Park East section of the Bronx, has always used his creativity in order to survive. In the video below, Jackson tells his story in his own words.

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"I'm used to the struggle": the recession in the South Bronx

Posted on 25. Oct, 2009 by .

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When I was recently in the South Bronx, I was surprised to hear a number of residents say they hadn’t been affected the recession. I had imagined that one of the country’s poorest counties would have been hit the hardest, not left untouched.

But for some residents in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, their lives haven’t changed because, really, they didn’t have much else to lose in the first place.

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