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Bottomed out? A housing bottom will not mean a housing a recovery

Mobile, Alabama’s economy is much like the rest of the country’s: stuck in neutral. The unemployment rate for March was 8.4 percent, while the city’s construction industry’s payrolls fell by more than 12 percent since last year. The housing industry is not much better. Median home prices are down 14 percent, year over year, and […]

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I (don’t) want to a (primary care) doctor when I grow up (Audio)

TAYLOR: Aaron Ryoo learned about a condition called fistula-in-ano almost a year ago. He was volunteering in a free clinic in Nepal and a doctor asked if he wanted to observe a surgery. It was Aaron’s first time in a surgical theater. A man in his late-forties was wheeled into the cavernous room with his […]

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Flooding in the gowanus (Audio)

[tooltip text="Tooltip Text"] HOST: Flooding in the Gowanus Canal is all too familiar to Park Slope residents. New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection is doing something about it – by 2030. Last week, city officials announced a multi-million dollar effort to stop sewage from running into rivers and creeks, and stop water from drowning […]

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New Charter Schools Confront Lawsuits

Success Academy Charter Schools opened its first school in Harlem in 2006 for kindergarteners and first-graders. It is now an “A” school and teaches more than 600 kids all the way through eighth-grade. Since then, Success Academy has started eight new schools across the city, and will open three more in Brooklyn next August. Maybe. […]

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A Portrait of a City by SAT Scores (Interactive Graph Feature)

SAT scores are not the end-all-be-all of education metrics. Its limits are well known. Wealthier students have more access to prep classes, the test itself is geared toward native English speakers, and some people are just not that good at test taking. And yet. While the test may be limited, it is still an essential […]

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New Yorkers Respond to Florida Primary (Radio Feature)

Transcript: TAYLOR TEPPER: New York City is not fertile ground for the GOP. In 2008, President Obama carried Manhattan by a wide margin. And if Harlem resident John Anderson has his way, 2012 will be no different. ANDERSON: As far as being President, I think he’s doing a damn good job, excuse my language. TEPPER: […]

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Anti-Fracking Groups Move From Grassroots Organizing to Lobbying

Last November, several hundred protesters shuffled into the Tribeca Performing Arts Center to rally against hydraulic fracturing. Environmentalists, actors and concerned citizens gave three-minute soliloquys outlining their opposition to the gas-drilling technique. One Brooklyn resident, Alex Greenleaf, even sang a two-minute protest song. Greenleaf was just one of 60,000 people to submit a public comment […]

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Carolers Reign in Christmas with Song

By: Taylor Tepper and Jane Teeling It will take more than wet weather to dampen the spirits of the Washington Square Park Carolers. Huddled under umbrellas at the foot of the park’s iconic white arches, the carolers sang holiday favorites such as ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ and ‘Frosty the Snowman,’ the December rain running […]

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96 year-old sax player is still going strong

Fred Staton, 96, was born in Pittsburgh during Woodrow Wilson’s first term. By the time FDR was elected President, Fred picked up the tenor sax. He’s been playing it ever since. Fred moved to Harlem in the early 50s, and worked odd-jobs in the food industry. He has lived in his Riverdale, Bronx apartment for […]

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