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Islamic Banking: Hope for Harlem

The current struggle for Masjid Aqsa, one of Harlem’s oldest and largest mosques, alerts us to a fundamental concern–a clash between Islam and property ownership. A prominent Real Estate entrepreneur and member of the Masjid lends us an insider look at the problem and a potential resolution.

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Cultural ADHD

Eric Wu, age six, returned from China two years ago and is now having difficulties with American schooling. The problems are due in part to a common affliction: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD.

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A Disappearing Language

The Bukharian Jewish community of Central Asia has kept their culture alive in Queens with colorful religious celebrations and active civic participation. But the Bukharian language–a living record of their 2,000 year journey–is now in danger of disappearing.

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The Food Cart Invasion

Food vendors are at the center of a controversy in Jackson Heights, Queens over who owns the streets and sidewalks. Do they present quality of life problems for residents, or are they just trying to make a living?

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Police in Little Pakistan

After 9/11 the community of Little Pakistan in Brooklyn became a profiling target for local and federal police. People were traumatized and feared any law enforcement agencies, and only now they are starting to regain trust in police.

Bilingual education imperative to many NYC schools
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Bilingual education imperative to many NYC schools

In this bilingual class, at the children are taught shapes, colors and numbers in English and their native languages. The program is one of hundreds of government-funded initiatives in New York City to help teach English to children who do not speak the language.

Luxury hotel and homeless shelter co-exist in East Village
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Luxury hotel and homeless shelter co-exist in East Village

“It’s strange bedfellows,” said Wayne Pete, a janitor at Project Renewal. “But that’s the pulse of the city. We all have to learn to co-exist.”

South Bronx housing projects help struggling residents
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South Bronx housing projects help struggling residents

The Bronx Parent Housing Network, a non-profit organization, runs four housing facilities in the South Bronx community, each one designed to meet the needs of the homeless population.

Luxury condos take over Fort Greene neighborhood
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Luxury condos take over Fort Greene neighborhood

During the last two years, Vincent Fonseca has watched the condos erupt from the ground and dwarf the housing project where he was born and has lived for decades.

Latina teen pregnancy troubling in Bronx
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Latina teen pregnancy troubling in Bronx

At Rosanna Herrara’s high school in the Bronx, the sex talk came too late for some girls in her health-education class.