Author Archives: Shannon Carlin

A Fig Tree Grows in Bed-Stuy

In December you don’t expect to be out on a farm in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, but that’s exactly where I was the chilly Sunday afternoon of December 5th. This was nothing new though for Rev. DeVanie and Rev. Robert Jackson. The … Continue reading

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Bye, Bye Joe. Hello Hipsters!

Joe may be long gone, but Camel is hoping hipsters can pick up right where he left off. The cigarette company is coming under fire for focusing on the cities where the cool kids live. The Break Free Adventure Contest features … 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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Shoot the Freak? Not Anymore

Coney Island often seems like a planet all its own. Unfortunately that planet isn’t immune to the real estate politics of New York City. This week it was announced that nine businesses on the Coney Island Boardwalk would have to … Continue reading

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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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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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UPDATE: Chuggers: Helping the Cause or Stealing Your Money?

Two weeks ago I posted a survey to see how people felt about chuggers or street charity workers and those who answered had a lot of interesting things to say. Of those polled, the majority said they do donate to … Continue reading

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Art House Astoria Brings Creativity to the Neighborhood

From Kaufman-Astoria Studios to the Museum of the Moving Image or just the fact that Christopher Walken was born and raised there, Astoria has a reputation for being an art friendly place. Oddly enough though there are no art conservatories … Continue reading

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Chuggers: Helping the Cause or Stealing Your Money?

Charity street workers. We’ve all seen them, whether it’s in Union Square or on Bedford Avenue or, more recently, in Tribeca. They’re the ones asking if you have a second to spare for GreenPeace or Children International or the ACLU. … Continue reading

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DON’T Give a Mouse a Cookie

For about a month now my roommates and I have been sharing our apartment with a mouse. He hasn’t chewed through anything or left any “presents,” but he has been seen feasting on a pan of leftover rice. First we … Continue reading

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