Monthly Archives: December 2010

Dressmaking in the Recession: The Story of Mary Adams

Mary Adams is a dressmaker who combines retro fashions and whimsical colors to create customized party and bridal dresses. She’s also dressed celebrities like Amy Sedaris, who wore her dress during an appearance on the David Letterman show. But like … Continue reading

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Buzz-A-Rama: Slot Car Racing in Brooklyn

Once upon a time, before video games and the internet, Buzz Perry opened his slot car racing shop Buzz-A-Rama in Kensington, Brooklyn. That was 45 years ago and Buzz-A-Rama is still attracting generations of New Yorkers to its raceways every … Continue reading

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Times Square Stood Still as Anti-War Protesters Layed Down

On December 16th, anti-war protesters marched on Washington DC to protest the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Their protests were organized by Veterans for Peace, which coordinated several other demonstrations at major cities around the United States on the same … Continue reading

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Social media brings Harlem bakery back into business

A native of South Carolina, Alvin Lee Smalls bakes some of New York City’s finest rugelach, heralded by the New York Times as “buttery, magnificent and fleeting.” Small businesses may have permanently closed shop during the recession, but not Lee … Continue reading

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A Non-Traditional Santa Claus Brings Joy (And Sometimes Tears) To Toddlers

Erica G. thinks that it’s time women have a bigger role in Christmas than that of ‘Mrs. Claus’. For the past three years, she has played Santa Claus at Still Hip, a neighborhood toy and clothes store in Brooklyn. Her … Continue reading

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A Canarsie Christmas Tradition

The christmas display at 9306 Flatlands has been a Canarsie tradition since 1963. When former Surrogate’s Court judge and assemblyman Frank Seddio bought the house 24 years ago, he continued the tradition but never imagined “it would get this big.” … Continue reading

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Cecile Goyette: Caring for Cats in Harlem

When Cecile Goyette moved to Harlem and discovered a colony of feral cats, she decided to get involved in the New York City animal rescue community. Goyette cares for the colony, which lives in a community garden behind her apartment. … Continue reading

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The Partnership with Children’s Eighth Annual Wrap-A-Thon

A group of employees from Bloomberg L.P. gathered downtown this morning to volunteer in the eighth annual Wrap-A-Thon. Sponsored by the Partnership with Children, a social service agency for New York City youth, the group wrapped holiday presents donated by … Continue reading

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Holidays at the Toy Store

Nestled between 72nd and 73rd Sts. on Lexington Ave. is New York’s oldest continuously operating toy store, Mary Arnold Toys. This mom and pop gem carries everything from Madame Alexander dolls to plastic army men and has been serving families … Continue reading

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Young Athlete Leaves Gym for Playgrounds, Parks and Pumpkins

Fed up with the rules and regulations of corporate gyms, John Sutton decided he wanted to embrace a new venue – an urban one. Yearning for the ability to exercise without time restrictions, and without having to wait for a … Continue reading

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