Monthly Archives: November 2010

Meeting Explores Sustainable Alternatives to New York City’s Proposal for a Concrete Coney Island Boardwalk

A walk down the historic Riegelmann Boardwalk in Coney Island makes it clear that beauty can be lost with age.  Planks are missing, loose nails are exposed, and for several years now people have been filing lawsuits against the city … Continue reading

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Rallying to Save the Wetlands

Residents in the Richmondtown neighborhood of Staten Island gathered on a recent Saturday to protest the development of 13 houses on a patch of wetlands. Despite enormous public opposition to the plan, the New York City Department of Environmental Conservation … Continue reading

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A Concert In Your Living Room — D.I.Y. House Shows

Matt Kozial, a singer-songwriter from Linden, N.J. wasn’t sure what to do. Even though he was scheduled to perform that night in Brooklyn, he couldn’t get in the venue – someone forgot to give him the apartment number. Kozial wasn’t … Continue reading

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Youths Flock to New Skate Park in Astoria

Kids flew around on skateboards, roller blades, bikes, and scooters on a sunny autumn afternoon in the new skate park in Astoria Park.  The $1.6 million dollar park has attracted youths from all over New York City.  “I’m from Astoria, … Continue reading

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Madoff’s Pricy Property

There were more traditional ways to buy underwear. But last Saturday, all of disgraced financier Bernie Madoff’s property, including his boxer shorts were sold off to bidders. The auction was New Yorkers’ final chance to see and potentially take home … Continue reading

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A ride on the C Train: The Worst Rated Subway in New York City

Daily riders of the C Train, which runs from Euclid Avenue to 168th Street in Manhattan, can enjoy the worst subway ride in New York City, according to the annual “State of the Subway” report released by the NYPIRG’s Straphanger … Continue reading

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Goodbye Ruby’s Bar and Grill, Coney Island – “Still I’m Gonna Miss You”

Citywide, gentrification is becoming a dirty word. From Harlem to Coney Island, long-time residents feel they are being rubbed out by higher rents and new business developments. For the past couple of weeks, folks have been savoring the last of … Continue reading

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For second and third generations, losing old world customs can be a real pest.

It was one week ago today that Hindus around the world celebrated one of the holiest days in their entire calendar, Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, also known as Hindu New Year. As a first generation Hindu … Continue reading

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Ice Skating Season Returns in Manhattan

As the holiday season kicks off in New York City, some of the Manhattan’s most popular ice skating rinks have already opened. One rink, however, will remain closed this winter. Battery Park City on Ice, which debuted last winter on … Continue reading

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All Hail the Falafel King

For eight and a half years, Fares “Freddy” Zeidais was the self-proclaimed Falafel King, but now he’s the real thing. On September 25th, the Astoria food vendor won the coveted Vendy Award, which chef Mario Batali called “the Oscars of … Continue reading

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