Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

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 […]

Change for the Greener for a Few Bronx Sixth-Graders

Stacy, another sixth-grader at the new Highbridge Green School said her favorite subjects are reading and writing. (Hilary Brueck/ NY City Lens)

At Jose Gonzalez’s house, an early riser is antsy to go to school. “I’ve never seen my child waking up so early,” Gonzalez said. “At 6:20, he’s sitting on the chair, waiting for me to take him to school.” Never mind that the 11-year-old doesn’t have to leave the house for another hour and a […]

On the Campaign Trail: Primary Day 2013 in the Five Boroughs.

Bill de Blasio poses for a photograph with a supporter. (Photo: Akin Oyedele/ NY City Lens)

  From fights for local City Council races to glimpses of candidates for Mayor, politicians hit the sidewalks the second tuesday of September for the New York City primary, hoping to capture a few last-minute votes. NY City Lens reporters took to the streets in all five boroughs to track down campaign workers and candidates. […]

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: 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: After Sandy, Local Businesses in Red Hook Work Together to Survive

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Small businesses in Red Hook, Brooklyn are still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Some of them don’t have flood insurance and are forced to rely on their own funds. Local owners formed Restore Red Hook as way to raise money and get their businesses up and running again. Even though Sandy may have wiped out their material possessions, it can’t take away their seaside spirit.

VIDEO: Marathon An Afterthought on Staten Island

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News of the New York City Marathon cancellation caused major inconveniences for the runners. But the race was not on the minds of the residents of Staten Island where the marathon begins. Staten Island Residents Not Focused on Marathon Cancellation from NY City Lens on Vimeo.

Lower East Side Back to Normal on Election Day

A Lower East Side voter exits the polls at PS 20 on Essex Street. (Evan Burgos/NY City Lens)

Lower East Side Back to Normal on Election Day from NY City Lens on Vimeo.   A week after superstorm Sandy knocked out electricity in downtown Manhattan, Lower East Side residents had no trouble casting their votes on Tuesday. Though one site was changed because of flooding, voters on the east side of lower Manhattan, […]

VIDEO: New Yorkers in a Gas Frenzy Since Sandy


As cars stretched for miles and hundreds of people waited for the gas pumps to begin flowing, Corey Hill and his girlfriend, Rashidah Blair, stood hugging in the cold in front of the convenient store at a Hess gas station in Ozone Park, Queens on Thursday. With his arms wrapped around Blair, Hill held two […]

Clean-up Crews Work to Pump Water Out of Lower East Side’s Medical Centers

Alexandria Medical Center was victim to some of the worst flooding seen at the Bellevue property. Flooded to the roof with cars and supplies still inside. (Pierce Crosby/NY City Lens)

During the height of the storm Monday night, the NYU Langone Medical center lost power—and then its back up power system failed.  A mass evacuation of 300 patients ensued, medical staff transferring them to hospitals and treatment centers that still maintained power. On Wednesday, it was deja vu at Bellevue Hospital, where another 300 patients were […]

VIDEO: In The Dark And Without Water, Bellevue Hospital Evacuated

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  Published: October 31, 2012 In the Dark and Without Water, Bellevue Hospital Evacuated from Pierce Crosby on Vimeo.

Food Stamp Claims Increase In New York

People go to the New York City Human Resources Administration to register for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (Caroline Pailliez/ NY City Lens)

Ashown Jones never expected he would have to come to the food stamp center on 10th Avenue at 216th Street. He used to be a workstation analyst for Teach for America and made a living wage. But he quit his job last January after a difficult divorce. Now that all his savings are gone, he […]

Where Pickles are Only the Beginning

A peak inside a barrel of pickles at The Pickle Guys on Essex Street in the Lower East Side. (Evan Burgos/NY City Lens)

  Mike Chu doesn’t smell a thing. Not anymore. After 15 years working amid the salty, vinegary stench that swirls in the nostrils at this pickle shop on the Lower East Side, Chu is immune. The sour aroma, oddly enjoyable, emanates from 29 barrels of fermenting vegetables that account for about half of the storefront […]

City Bus Drivers Ask for More Security After Attack

Bus driver Mark Salandy and 100 bus drivers gathered on October 1, in front of the MTA's headquarters in Brooklyn in a protest to ask for more security on buses. Mark Salandy was stabbed with a syringe while driving, on September 24.

Mark Salandy, 30, was pulling the B68 bus into a bus stop near Greenwood Avenue and Prospect Park South on September 24, when a male passenger stabbed him in his right shoulder with a syringe. He flung the syringe away, moved back, and pushed the man away from him. But as he was trying to […]

Youth Choir Commemorates 9/11


  Solveig Gold, 17, and Malaia Simms, 14, have been a part of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City since elementary school. As part of the youth choir, they are invited to perform at different choral competitions and festivals internationally, and sing a repertoire of more than 150 songs altogether every year, ranging […]

VIDEO: Demolition Set for SoHo Church

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The New York Supreme Court approved the demolition of Our Lady of Vilnius church after a five-year court battle. The space will be prime Manhattan real estate in the Soho neighborhood.

VIDEO: City Officials Call on Banks to Donate Foreclosed Homes

City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez calls on banks to release foreclosed homes (Photo by Julie Percha/NY City Lens)

Local officials have had it with empty foreclosed homes. With so many of them in the city, they want banks to give them up.

VIDEO: Comedian Helps ‘Free’ Facebook Photos

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Facebook claims to have more than 800 million users meaning there could be billions of photos trapped in cyber space. But there’s a way to enjoy these memories away from your computer screen.

VIDEO: El Museo del Barrio’s El Bienal Exhibit in East Harlem

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Latino art is on the rise with new galleries opening up throughout the city. But, it’s an exhibit at an East Harlem museum that has everyone talking.

VIDEO: Civil Rights Groups Say New Report Shows Officials Overly Police Students


A new report on school safety data details how many students police arrest and cite in public middle and high schools. The numbers are alarming civil rights groups, prompting them to call police overly aggressive.

Mile 8: Celebrate Love or Bananas? [Video]


As the New York City Marathon made its way through Downtown Brooklyn, the crowd braved the chilly start to the morning to cheer on the runners. As loved ones gathered along the sidelines with flags, bells, and neon-colored signs, the feeling of love and support was in the air.

Mile 18.5: Watching and Waiting for Lauren

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Two parents from Texas cheer on the sidelines of the New York City Marathon while they wait for their daughter to run by.

Autumn Rolls into Brighton Beach

Photo: Ashley Killough. A cloudy day at Brighton Beach.

As a storm approaches New York City, its chilly winds bring in signs of Autumn to Brighton Beach.