Tag Archives: Recession

A Community Copy Center in the East Village

Posted on 18. Dec, 2009 by .

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New York City Digital Copy Center is more than just a copy store.   The shop’s owner, Mousume Sarker, knows almost all of her customers.  Most of them have been coming for years. In an era when most needs traditionally met by a copy store are increasingly handled by cheap and efficient big box stores […]

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Slideshow: Top news stories of 2009

Posted on 11. Dec, 2009 by .

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The Associated Press had the very cool idea of allowing Facebook users to weigh in on its annual “Top Stories” list this year. When AP-member editors release their top ten picks for the year’s most important stories in a couple of weeks, the public’s list will be released, too. The differences will be interesting. “Important” […]

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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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Audio Slideshow: Riding Out the Recession

Posted on 03. Dec, 2009 by .

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In the West Village – one of New York’s most established neighborhoods filled with fashion boutiques and one-of-a-kind restaurants – ruins from the recession can be seen along Christopher, Bleecker and Hudson streets. But despite the string of store closings, one former pedicab driver took a chance on the neighborhood this summer and opened up […]

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Video: "We still got to survive." The recession in the South Bronx

Posted on 29. Nov, 2009 by .

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Jose Martinez, 58, has not had an apartment for the past two years. His only income is a disability check every month. His friend owns a parking lot in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, and he lets Martinez sleep there. Otherwise, the former auto mechanic sleeps in shelters or wherever he can. He does what he must to survive, he says, with a little help from people in his community.

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Newspaper's Elephant in the Room

Posted on 13. Nov, 2009 by .

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Some newspapers charge for online content like the Wall Street Journal, but should others ask for donations?

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New Hope on Fulton Street

Posted on 09. Nov, 2009 by .

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Sitting on the hood of an old Toyota Tercel, Mamadou Mouctar Bah, 43, rattled off an electric sales pitch that promised the best bargains in Brooklyn. Ladies of all ages flocked to his racks, enticed by four-for-$10 candy-striped tube tops and tanks. Encouraged by the crowds, Bah’s song continued on, in an excited flurry of […]

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Trying to Make Ends Meet

Posted on 08. Nov, 2009 by .

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We have been in what the government has been calling a recession for quite some time now. The unemployment rate has continued to rise and each day, people have been struggling to find new ways in order to make ends meet. Recently, I met a woman in Harlem that is a gospel singer. Her husband […]

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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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