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Check-cashing store serves the poor

Sylvia Perez left her Harlem apartment with about $1,000 and made her way to the Lower East Side to “settle her business,” she said. Twice a month, she visits a check-cashing store at Eldridge Street and Houston Street to cash checks and buy money orders for her bills. “I never had enough money to put it in a bank,” said […]

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It’s better than organic — it’s biochar

A new breed of charcoal could be the answer to healthier food and more environmentally conscious agriculture.

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Boutique offers clothing, training, hope

Bottomless Closet is a non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged women in New York and other cities with interview skills, career development and, most importantly, clothes.

Stimulus Boost for AIDS Organizations
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Stimulus Boost for AIDS Organizations

Housing Works is one of many nonprofit organizations for HIV/AIDS care around the country that are managing to tentatively ride out the economic crisis before the arrival of the economic stimulus package. Their second-hand bookstore in New York City’s SoHo area is a hot draw for lovers of inexpensive literature and has served as their own mini-bailout.

No Gluts, No Glory
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No Gluts, No Glory

Call it sport or entertainment, competitive eating isn’t for the weak-stomached.

Recession Hits the Rectory
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Recession Hits the Rectory

Since 2005, St. Andrews Anglican Church in the wealthy historic district of downtown Easton, Md., hosted family movie night and spaghetti dinners on weekends. St, Andrew’s had a reputation for its open door. 
But last month everything changed — the church was sold at auction after foreclosure. In a growing trend, St. Andrews will now share space when its congregation […]

Teach for America Yields Mixed Results for Eager Grads
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Teach for America Yields Mixed Results for Eager Grads

Even in the best of times, college seniors have to arm themselves with parent-ready responses to the stinging question: “What’s next after graduation?” But for students like Claire Steinbeck, who are hunting for entry-level jobs in a down-market that launched the unemployment rate to 12.5 million in February, the answer does not come easily. That’s why Steinbeck and thousands of […]

Recession keeps dentist’s chair full
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Recession keeps dentist’s chair full

Despite economic slowdown, the recession is actually giving dentistry a boost.

Brooklyn student is spelling bee champ
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Brooklyn student is spelling bee champ

With the soundtrack of Rocky V ringing in his ears, Thomas Harkins became the hero of New York City’s Hunter College High School yesterday.  Confident, charismatic, and characteristically tow-headed, he wore the part well, posing for the flashing cameras while brandishing his heavy trophy in the air. Though Harkins is a high school champ, he is not a high school […]

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National Pig Day

[flv:http://pavementpieces.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/pig.flv 320 240] Central Park Zoo’s pot-bellied pigs, Otis and Oliver, were not the only ones hamming it up on the 37th annual National Pig Day.  Two young New Yorkers wallowed in the spotlight in this year’s snort-off competition.  In an unprecedented decision, Noam Schuldenrein,13, and Alice Elliott,3, shared first place in the first ever tie in the 7 year […]