Monthly Archives: October 2010

Boggle Helps Teens Expand Their Vocab

A lot of teens are still struggling with their vocabulary and it’s having some serious effects on their test scores. According to the Daily News, reading scores for third to eighth graders dropped 27 points, from 69% in the 2008-2009 … Continue reading

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Tommy Hawkins, Manager of “Karma,” Reacts to Vincent Gentile’s Proposal for Hookah Bars

Councilman Vincent Gentile will spurn hookah bars so long as the shisha continues to burn.  He has proposed a new law that would ban new hookah bars from opening and block the existing ones from expanding.  Gentile said that shisha … Continue reading

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Voices from the “Bronxites Will Not Tolerate Any Form of Bigotry in Our Borough” Rally

About 50 members of the Bronx’s LGBT community and their supporters gathered on the steps of the county courthouse on Tuesday, October 26, to denounce the hate crime involving three gay men earlier this month, and to encourage State Senator, … Continue reading

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Hate Crimes Terrorize New York

The national discourse generated by a string of recent suicides by gay teens reached a new height on Thursday when President Obama addressed the issue in a video released by the White House.  The prominent attention is due largely to … Continue reading

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Developing a Pest Problem

Forest Hills in Queens is an affluent community which has long been desirable real estate for developers who want to build there.  Conflict arises though when developers come in and demolish some of the community’s older historic structures to make … Continue reading

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Strong Women Unite in Queens

Abigail Goldberg and Tienya B. Smith want to establish a sisterhood in the Long Island City and Sunnyside, Queens communities. No, they won’t be swapping pants like that other sisterhood. Instead this group, called the Strong Women’s Group, plans to … Continue reading

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Finding it hard to land in Manhattan? You’re not alone.

Photograph: Dan Rosenblum Just try to find someone in Manhattan who disagrees with Jimmy McMillan. The single-issue gubernatorial candidate made national headlines after this week’s debates partly because of his unique facial hair, but also due to his core message: … Continue reading

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Exterminator says Hoarding can cause Bed Bugs

Gil Bloom is the technical director for Standard Pest Management in Long Island City, NY. He has been ridding people of pests for about 25 years, and has recently been appointed to the NYC Bed Bug Advisory Board by Mayor … Continue reading

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More Than Just “Pests” – Panhandlers Are People Too

I’ve heard a few people describe panhandlers as pests — they’re annoying, they smell, and they ask for cash that you don’t actually have, these people say — but there’s more going on than just a scruffy guy asking for … Continue reading

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The NYPD: Press Card Police, or Pest?

David Wallis has interviewed Vaclav Havel, Jimmy Carter and Lee Iacocca.  He has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Washington Post.  He has edited two books, including Killed: Great Journalism Too Hot to Print.  He … Continue reading

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