Category Archives: New York

The Five Plagues of Thanksgiving

It’s as unavoidable as tax season (and just about as welcomed). The holiday season has again converged upon New York City. Bringing with it the ‘Five Plagues of Thanksgiving’ to our cranberry-stuffed doorsteps. ‘The Five Plagues of Thanksgiving:” 1) THE … Continue reading

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NYC Marathon: Inspiration or Nusiance?

This Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of the New York City Marathon, and this year more than 40,000 runners are expected to participate in the 26.2 mile race across the five boroughs. For some it’s a great opportunity to promote … Continue reading

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Black Friday Shopping in New York City: A Deal or Don’t

It’s three weeks until Black Friday–that notoriously chaotic day after Thanksgiving, which signals the Christmas shopping season is here. Each year, frantic shoppers take to the streets as early as the crack of dawn to snag deeply discounted clothes, electronics and household … Continue reading

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When Bed Bugs Cause a False Alarm

They’re called bed bug false alarms: insect bites arranged in either a line or triangle-shaped pattern that were not caused by bed bugs, like these spider bites. Of course, you don’t know that. You wake up itching, scratching, and freaking … 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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A Positive Life: Living with HIV

Peter Lamarca was  diagnosed with HIV in 1990. At the time, it was a death sentence that would claim the lives of his friends and lover. While it took away the ones he loved, he refuses to let it take … 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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Bed-Stuy’s own 9/11: music, weed, & what up baii

In a darkly lit room, Kevin starts the day smoking a blunt. It’s only 10 a.m. What am I getting myself into? I wait for him to exhale and exhale myself when I notice a blanket covered in cartoons on … Continue reading

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Panhandling for New York City’s Homeless

When the chill of fall wafts over the five boroughs, New York City’s unsheltered homeless population descend underground in search of heated subway stations and trains. On the MTA’s R-Line, Leslie awaits the homeless baring sandwiches, sodas and snacks. Leslie … Continue reading

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