Articles written by: Samantha Springer

Samantha Springer

Features / Video

9th Street Community Garden is a haven in the East Village

9th Street Community Garden from Pavement Pieces on Vimeo. Tucked away in small corners and on empty lots of the concrete jungle, are tiny havens of greenery – New York City’s community gardens. In a city with more buildings than trees, these gardens have become important assets for residents. They provide the opportunity for people to explore gardening techniques and […]

Features / News

NY high maternal mortality rates lead to legislation

The bill, which is expected to be signed into law this year, will establish a Maternal Mortality Review Board that promises to “review maternal mortality and morbidity, analyze their causes and disseminate strategies for reducing the risks.” 

Features / News / Video

East Village eyesore’s future remains uncertain

Before it was a cracking, boarded-up shell, the former school building was used as a community center of sorts.

Features / News

Changes to east river park renovation have residents up in arms

The John V. Lindsay East River Park is facing a four year closure for renovations. Photo by Samantha Springer.   In the dog days of summer, the John V. Lindsay East River Park is a hub of activity. The air of the long strip of land that borders the east side of Manhattan from 12th Street to Pier 36 is […]

Features / News

Protestors march for immigrant rights fighter who faces deportation

#IStandWithRavi signs are popular amid the crowd gathered outside the US Customs Court and Federal Building Monday morning. They were there in support of  Ravi Ragbir, an immigrant rights worker who is facing deportation. Photo by Samantha Springer.   Friends and supporters of Ravi Ragbir gathered on the front steps of the Federal Plaza in Lower Manhattan yesterday morning to stand […]

Business

Brick and Mortar stores fight to survive

Artist rendering of American Dream Mall. courtesy of americandream.com   The days of big department stores with glittering windows and endless racks of product may be slowly coming to end. With a few clicks on a mobile phone, consumers can browse, buy, and ship the same product that could take several hours to find in a store. In the face of this […]

Audio / Features / News

Black Friday is dip for brick and mortar stores

Sales are up online and down in stores.

Midterm Elections 2018 / Politics

Christians look to their faith to help them vote

The congregation at Vox Veniae bows their heads to pray during a Sunday service. Photo by Samantha Springer. Some Christians in Austin, Texas are reframing the strict conservative label often associated with a traditionally “red” state located on the Bible Belt. As the rhetoric of the Republican Party becomes increasingly divisive, they are looking to their faith to help them […]

Features

Protesting Trump with buttons

“It’s a matter of protesting,” said Rossen. “And what the hell, let’s make a little money, too. Anything to blow off steam.”

Features

Fashion Show gives Faces to the Homeless

“I was wrong,” she said. “It’s not that easy to judge who they are.”