Education Helps Young Adults Lift Themselves out of Poverty


Danielle Duval, 23, lives in a shelter and depends on food stamps and supplemental security income to get by. But she said she is trying to put her life together through education. Her first goal: to pass the General Educational Development (GED) test. She’s getting help—at the Henry Street Settlement, a social service agency on […]

New Animal Hospital Opens on Lower East Side, Dog Owners React With Mixed Feelings

Lex Rizzo, a Lower East Side dog owner, sits with her dog, Leo, at Sara D. Roosevelt Park on Chrystie Street and Rivington Street, which is a popular area for dog owners to walk their dogs in the neighborhood.

Many Lower East Side dog owners seem to be happy about a new animal hospital’s recent opening in the neighborhood, but some of them expressed concerns about the price. The new facility, the Lower East Side Animal Hospital at 241 Eldridge St., filled a two-year vacuum of veterinary services in the neighborhood, as the old […]

On the Twelfth Anniversary of 9/11, Skeptics Continue to Blame the Government


For all Americans, the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 is a day of remembrance and reverence, but for some it is also an opportunity to share what they think really happened on that tragic morning. Kerry Ryan, a truck driver from Chicago in his mid 60s, traveled to New York City for the 12th anniversary […]

Art Therapy Helps New Yorkers Cope with Trauma from 9/11

Ronalda Nicholas was one of about a dozen World Trade Center Environmental Health Center's art therapy patients whose work was featured in a 9/11 memorial art at Bellevue Hospital.

  Ronalda Nicholas stood next to her mixed-media collage. On it, flames constructed from yellow, red, orange and black paper engulf two gray towers. Dark colors shaped like binoculars, a hand and eyes obscure a bright blue sky and glowing sun. Nicholas, who said she has had no professional art training, said the image took […]

Port Authority Remembers Victims of 9/11 Attacks

Pipers from the NYPD Pipes and Drums Unit march down the aisle. Sharon Miller, left.

  On September 11th, 2001, Sharon Miller, a Port Authority police officer, responded to a call at the North Tower of the World Trade Center. She went into the building with 14 of her fellow officers. Only she and one other came out alive. Miller, retired since 2005, comes from her home in Florida every […]

Campaign Canvassers Plug Candidates, Sway Primary Voters

Will Franklin with Stringer Campaign materials

  Across from P.S.3, on the corner of Hudson and Christopher Streets, April King approached pedestrians politely. “If you haven’t voted, vote for Gale, please,” King said, as she handed out pamphlets. Dressed plainly, King, 72, wore a name tag and a Gale Brewer button pinned to the right side of her shirt. Brewer was […]

Sewing circle gives city shelter animals comfort, love


It’s not hard to find Jennifer Halpern’s apartment in the Upper East Side once off the elevator. Just follow the buzzing of the sewing machines, or the various volunteers carrying stockpiles of cloth. Each month, Halpern and her team meet to create pet beds for city shelter animals. The group sews, knits, and even crochets […]

“Rhee, Rhee, Rhee, Get Out of NYC”

Protester holding a sign saying "Radical Right Winger" outside the Cornell Club on Tuesday Night. Photo: Mohamed Al-Shaaban/NY City Lens

  As many New Yorkers rushed home to escape the 30 degree weather Tuesday night, Juan Pagan stood on the sidewalk on 42ndstreet between Madison and Fifth Avenue, chanting in anger.  “My daughter had  a few more credits! She closed the school down, she ruined it for my daughter,” yelled Pagan. The target of Pagan’s […]

How The Christian Faithful Worship

A parishioner attends Sunday service at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Scituate, Mass., Feb. 8, 2009-Image provided by AP.

It’s a Friday evening and the hallway leading up to apartment 1B on Washington Street in Manhattan’s West Village is filled with chatter and laughter. “Welcome,” says Thomas Martino, 49, as he greets a man and woman who have just walked in. They hang their coats, grab a sandwich or coffee from the kitchen table […]

VIDEO: Bernardo Palombo’s Latin Roots And Creative Energies Find Full Expression At El Taller Americano On The Upper West Side


Philip Glass, Pete Seeger, Mercedes Sosa and…Sesame Street? They have something in common. They were all deeply influenced by the music of Bernardo Palombo. Jefferson Mok reports. VIDEO:ProfilePalombo from NY City Lens on Vimeo.

Hedging Social: Market Traders Use Online Community to Raise Value


By Pierce Gibson Crosby   Ι    Updated January 14, 2013 There are common tactics for Wall Street traders to pass the latest headlines to their cohorts – whether it is an underreported quarterly earnings statement or the Federal Reserve’s latest round of liquidity puts in the mortgage markets. The problem for the average Main Street consumer […]

From client to volunteer, homeless shelter monitor “still one of us”

Thomas Williams, 51, came full circle at the shelter. He was once a 
client, then he got approved for housing. He now volunteers here twice a week.

It’s not-too-cold, not-too-warm in Yorkville this Thursday night. Inside the kitchen of the homeless shelter in the Church of The Holy Trinity’s basement, Thomas Williams is preparing for tonight’s group of men. He says the food is just right. “A lot of good stuff. Sandwiches, salad, you got rice and beans. Wow, they’re going to […]

Thanksgiving at the Church of The Holy Trinity Homeless Shelter

One man's Thanksgiving dinner at the shelter. Thomas Williams, the shelter's monitor, said the food that night was excellent.

Anthony Womack stuck out among the men he dined with last Thursday evening. He wore a vertically-striped blue and white shirt buttoned to the top, a patterned tie, black vest, along with creaseless black pants. He may have looked like he could fit in on Wall Street, but Womack spent his Thanksgiving in a homeless […]

Jocelyne Sambira Promotes A Different Vision Of Life in Africa

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On the 12th floor of the United Nations building on the east side of midtown Manhattan, Jocelyne Sambira taps away at her computer on an article about the Somali disaspora. She moved a world away for this opportunity, away from Burundi, the tiny verdant East African nation of nine million she calls home. In her […]

‘Hot Bread Kitchen’ Brings Social Enterprise to East Harlem

Hot Bread Kitchen

  In a spacious, commercial kitchen at the far end of East Harlem’s historic La Marqueta, a group of immigrant women mix, knead, sprinkle and bake ethnic breads from around the world. They chatter and laugh, busily preparing the day’s orders for restaurants, stores and markets around New York. In the front room, an English […]

The Plight of Lower East Side Small Businesses


Pepto-Bismol. Nowadays, Rona Economou, owner of a small Greek food stall in the Essex Street Market, keeps it handy. Stress makes her stomach uneasy. And her right eye, it twitches. Even in seemingly ordinary moments, like when she’s done laboring over the stove, the day’s cooking complete, and stands watch over her spinach pies, pear […]

VIDEO: Columbia Fencer Chasing Olympic Bid


National champion, two-time junior world champion … one day, perhaps an Olympian? That’s what drives Margaret Lu, a freshman fencer at Columbia University, who last year was one spot away from qualifying from the London games. Video from NY City Lens on Vimeo.

VIDEO: Rock and Roll Auction Features Items from Music Legends

Hundreds of items of celebrity music memorabilia is being auctioned off by a Midtown collectibles store; ranging from original handwritten lyrics by Bob Dylan, and the Michael Jackson wore during his first visit with Nelson Mandela. Steve Silva has the story.

Hundreds of items of celebrity music memorabilia is being auctioned off by a Midtown collectibles store; ranging from original handwritten lyrics by Bob Dylan, and the Michael Jackson wore during his first visit with Nelson Mandela. Steve Silva has the story.

VIDEO: Lower East Side Businesses Getting a Boost

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Hurricane Sandy robbed Lower East Side businesses of at least a week’s worth of revenue. Evan Burgos has the story of one organization that’s lending a hand. Video from Evan Burgos on Vimeo.

VIDEO: Nov. 29 Deadline Looms To Allow Fracking In New York


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has a decision to make. Thursday is the deadline to approve more natural gas drilling in the southern part of the state. As Evan Burgos reports, the issue is causing a heated debate. Video from NY City Lens on Vimeo.

Public Housing Residents in Shock After Stabbing and Fire

Charred interior of the East Harlem apartment (Photo Credit/ Harman Boparai)

    The community of Abraham Lincoln Houses in East Harlem has been left in a state of shock after police told how 55 year-old resident Ruth Montano was stabbed to death by her son David Elias, 31, on Saturday afternoon. Elias has been charged with murder, attempted murder and arson, according to police. A small […]

Police Charge 32-year-old Man With Stabbing His Mother And Brother Before Setting Apartment Ablaze

The entrance to the apartment where a 55-year-old woman was murdered and her 32-year-old son left in critical condition, late Saturday afternoon.  The apartment is located in the Lincoln House public housing project in East Harlem.

  Jakim Gillis, 12, was playing basketball with three other friends Saturday afternoon across from 1980 Park Avenue, a public housing complex located in East Harlem, when he heard a male voice screaming for help. Gillis said he looked up and saw a fire coming from the building’s 10th floor window. “I told my friend […]

Reporter’s Journal: Inside Harlem’s Storm Shelters

A couple comforts one another in the gymnasium of P.S. 154 as Hurricane Sandy increases in intensity on Monday evening. (Shadi Bushra /

The streets of Harlem were deserted by dusk on Monday. After days of watching and waiting the wind had picked up and it was clear the storm was on its way. The restaurants on 125th Street closed up early, their employees muttering about the expense of a cab instead of the subway home as they […]

On Wall Street, More than Just Displaced Voters Cast Ballots

A polling station at 45 Wall Street ran out of affidavit ballots on Election Day. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Monday allowing voters affected by Hurricane Sandy to submit ballots at any site. (Reena Diamante/NY City Lens)

Amy Gersofsky, 26, stood on line Election Day at a poll station in the Financial District waiting to receive her ballot to vote. Along with the standard New York City black and white ballot, she received a special red and white envelope. On previous election dates, Gersofsky wasn’t supposed to be voting here at the 65th district because she’s registered to vote in Rockland County.