Author Archives: Laura Shin

The Real Central Park Santa Claus

The man in the Santa suit greeting families in Central Park is an 82-year-old photographer from the Upper East Side, but he is no fraud. Everything from Ed Bobrow’s snow-white beard to his warm personality is real. Bobrow is a … Continue reading

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The Lost Decades of The Second Avenue Subway

The construction of the Second Avenue Subway line has made news since it broke ground three years ago because of its delays and harsh effects on local businesses and residents. But the Second Avenue Subway has been making headlines for … 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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New Yorkers: The Notorious Non-Voters

Frustration with Albany politics and a growing polarization of parties drove more New Yorkers than usual to the polls on Tuesday. As Republicans and Democrats battled for Congressional control, voters at P.S. 6 on the Upper East Side said they … Continue reading

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Remembering Old Yorkville

Historian Kathy Jolowicz is doing everything she can to keep the memory of Old Yorkville alive. While major retail stores and luxury high rises characterize much of this pocket of the Upper East Side today, Jolowicz remembers Yorkville between the … Continue reading

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After Years of Neglect, Fixing the East River Esplanade

On the Upper East Side, a narrow strip of parkland flanked between the East River and the FDR Drive offers prime views of Queens bridges, water and sunset. Sinkholes and cave-ins along the path, however, (like this one this past … Continue reading

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Pests, Panic and the Media

A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about the effects of the bed bug epidemic on people who don’t actually have a bed bug infestation. From my own personal experience and through some online research, I found that panic … Continue reading

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College Graduates Struggle to Find Jobs

When I graduated from college in 2008, I was lucky enough to already have a job. Many of my friends and classmates weren’t as lucky, and when I was laid off a year later – I felt their pain. For … Continue reading

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Pest Paranoia

Last week, as I was making my bed, I noticed a small white fleck moving on my bed sheets. I immediately panicked, ran to my laptop and did a Google image search for “bed bugs”. The small white fleck looked … Continue reading

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Squirrels Are Not Cute

Most people don’t believe me when I tell them the story of how I was chased by a squirrel. Last spring, I was walking through an apartment complex downtown where my friend lived when I spotted a squirrel behind me… … Continue reading

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