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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 […]

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Age is nothing but a number for ageless Tom Brady

Tom Brady takes the snap during Super Bowl XXXIX. Brady threw for 219 yards to give the Patriots their third Super Bowl victory in four years.   At 41 years old, New England Patriots quarterback and future Hall of Famer  Tom Brady is on the verge of winning his sixth Super Bowl, which will give him the most championships as […]

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Residents in This Newark Neighborhood Feel Neglected in Water Contamination Crisis

An old home in Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood. Many of the residences in this area are a century old or even older. Photo by Teddy Haines.   Walk due east from Newark Penn station, and you’ll pass through the close-knit working-class community known as the Ironbound. Once a major industrial hub, this neighborhood has become known for its heavy Spanish and […]

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Arts organizations give city kids a chance to experience theater

Students working with the Situation Project get a chance to shadow staff at the show. Photo courtesy of the Situation Project. For many students, after-school theatre club is a place of refuge. They become stage managers and costume designers; they are lead actresses and featured dancers. It’s an activity that lets them relieve stress, form friendships, and can lead to […]

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Mental health problems haunt the undocumented

According to the American Psychological Association, undocumented immigrants can experience depression and anxiety when migrating. They struggle with traumas like the fear of deportation, the effects of racial profiling, and the lack of social support. Without access to mental health services – they’re left to cope on their own.

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MTA Fare Hikes: The End of the Line

Death and taxes are inevitable, unfortunately so is yet another MTA fare hike. It looks like it will cost 25 more cents for a subway ride.

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The Auxiliary Police Force is a Different Way to Serve New Yorkers

Throughout Ronald Sussman’s life, joining law enforcement had always been an aspiration. Now, at the age of 66, Sussman is a member of the auxiliary police force, a volunteer organization that works with the NYPD. But, while Sussman gets to live out his dream of being in uniform, many New Yorkers have zero clue what the auxiliary force does and that it even exists.

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Many Gay Muslims are trapped between religion and sexual orientation

Gays Muslims at the San Francisco Pride Parade. Photo by Francio Folini. K had to make an impossible decision. Be gay or be Muslim. But to be out and Muslim is dangerous, both for K and  her family back home in Saudi Arabia. When she returns home a in a few years, being out of the closet could land her […]

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Crossfit thrives in the South Bronx

The South Bronx has long struggled with high rates of both poverty and obesity. Its the last place you would expect a to find Crossfit, a sport normally characterized by an upper class, white following, from thriving. But that hasn’t stopped The Bronx Box from developing a strong following in the South Bronx neighborhood.

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A Cafe for Dogs Grows in the East Village

Co-founders and father-daughter duo Coppy Holzman and Logan Mikhly are the owners of the dog cafe, Boris & Horton a booming and unique business in the East Village.