Meeting Tackles 181st Gridlock

Imagine 181st Street clear of buses and parked cars. Imagine a bike lane. Imagine clean air.

A group of Washington Heights residents, most who live near the busy street, met with representatives of the Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Transit Authority and an urban planning consulting firm to brainstorm solutions to reduce congestion.

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Brownsville: Blessed with a Bad Location

The More Things Change the More they Stay the Same

While fancy coffee shops dot many city streets, neither chic restaurants nor glass-covered high rises have made their way into the far edges of Brooklyn. In a neighborhood where boarded windows remind residents of hard times, a little gentrification in Brownsville may not be that bad.

Gang life a reality for Brownsville residents.
Gang life a reality for Brownsville residents.

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Academic Pushes for Study on Dominican Spending

At a conference last year,  two Latina researchers met and exchanged an idea that could change the lives of all Dominicans living in the United States.

See Manhattan Times article published here.

Economic Blues on Pitkin Avenue

Small Businesses Feel the Effects of the Slump in Spending

By 2 pm, Pitkin Communications had only serviced three customers from the moment the cellular phone store opened at 10 am. The customers came in to buy minutes for their cell phones; a transaction that only brought in five percent per card and did not, by itself, help meet business expenses. To make sure that they could pay the overhead, the business owners, George Wolinsky and his wife Daisy, have stopped going out to eat and on this day they ate leftover soup.

“I told her to dress warm,” said Wolinsky, who had a $400 dollar electric bill the previous month. “Because I wasn’t going to turn the heat on.”

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Stores on Pitkin Avenue, like others across the city,
suffer from a decrease in consumer spending.

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Randi Weingarten in Columbus, Where Art Meets Politics

Randi Weingarten, the president of the United Federation of Teacher, strolled down High Street in Columbus, Ohio during the Gallery Hop on Saturday. Weingarten came to Ohio to support Hillary Clinton‘s campaign, which the UFT has endorsed.

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Young Jayaraman, Ohio Delegate for Clinton

At a coffee shop in Columbus, Ohio, a young man ordered a mystical mind mango smoothie. Clad in a long black wool overcoat, mint green collared shirt and white tie, he introduced himself with a nervous laugh.

“I’ve never been interviewed before,” said Shekar Jayaraman, 21, a delegate for Hillary Clinton in Ohio. “I wasn’t sure how to prepare.”

Born to immigrants from India, Jayaraman spoke like an old political professional about his interest in civil rights and his desire to be a public servant. A senior at The Ohio State University in Columbus, who double majored in political science and international studies, he commuted two hours home to Cincinnati on weekends to campaign for delegate, a task he said he took seriously.

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Obama’s Outreach in What Was Hailed as Hillary’s Ohio

On a brisk Saturday afternoon, Amy Rock and Dottie Dutro set up a table and two chairs in front of Bettys Fine Food and Spirits. Rock couldn’t find the banner she had to hang over the table, but instead she made do with handmade posters and blue painters tape. Rock, who pulled out hand warmers from her box of supplies, offered them to Dutro who declined.

“I’m dressed for 20 below,” Dutro said. I can be here all night.”

Amy Rock and Dottie Dutro set-up Obama table in Columbus' Short North district.

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