Category Archives: Community Life

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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Coney Island’s Ruby’s Bar Closes after 76 Years

For seventy-six years, Ruby’s Bar and Grill has been a Coney Island staple. It’s also been home to pirate-mermaid weddings, mermaid parade after-parties, and a timeline of photographs that date back as far as the bar does. But this October, … Continue reading

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Babies in NYC Bars

After an exhausting day at work, you hit the bar for a much-needed drink. Unwind, let loose, drop a few f-bombs and then you hear a crying baby from the corner of the room. Rewind and censor. Who let the … Continue reading

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Are you at risk? Teens, Sexual Violence and STDs

Boys and girls who like both boys and girls are at risk, a new study said. But it’s not who they are having sex with, it’s how. NYC teens who have partners of both genders are more likely to have … Continue reading

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Cafe Amrita: A Bar Resisting the Recession

In this economy running a small business can be an uphill climb. Rob Song owns Cafe Amrita, a cafe and bar on West 110th Street near Central Park. Song’s cafe is facing a long list of challenges–the recession, a gentrified … Continue reading

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The Pest Next Door

Everyone loves a good neighbor – the kind of person who you’d trust to feed your goldfish and watch your house while you’re away on vacation. Unfortunately for some people, the person down the hall makes moving seem worthwhile. Dealing … Continue reading

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Pricey Prices for Secondhand

At Goodwill in Manhattan, a no-label plaid shirt runs me about $4 and at Salvation Army it’s $5. Buffalo Exchange, a vintage store selling designer and high street wear, asks for a whopping $10 for the trend. Aren’t they all … Continue reading

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Morningside Park Improvements: The Proof is in the Playground

Once filled with drug addicts and the homeless, Morningside Park is now a safe, green, and family-friendly zone, and the proof is in the playgrounds. At the 14th Annual Common Ground Festival, hosted by Friends of Morningside Park, laughter dominated … Continue reading

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The Feast of San Gennaro

The Feast of San Gennaro had a week-long run (Sept 16-26) in New York, filling the streets of Little Italy with parades, free entertainment, and sizzling food. In its 84th year, the feast celebrates the lives of immigrants who came … Continue reading

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