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The ‘Gunners’ of New York by Sarah Mortimer

As legislators crack down on gun ownership laws in New York state, New York City residents may be wondering just who wants guns in NYC? John DeLuca, owner of Seneca Shooting Range in Flushing, invites any curious New Yorker to come see what the other side is about.


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The Stoning Lady by Kiratiana Freelon


Harlem’s “Stoning Lady,” Jennifer Louise Lopez, takes on the homophopic and transphobic Atlah Church in a viral video. PASSWORD – VSWspring


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Striking mold on Staten Island in post-Sandy

Striking mold by Qingqing Chen


When Sandy hit New York City, 650,000 houses across the city were damaged or destroyed. The flood surge overwhelmed the East and South shores of Staten Island, covering more than 16 percent of the island’s residential areas. Many residents were forced to leave their homes. Banks have foreclosed on many properties, as homeowners couldn’t pay mortgages after the storm. Others couldn’t afford repair work.
Last August, Rep. Michael Grimm (R) said his office had a list of 60 Sandy-damaged houses that needed to have mold remediation or be demolished. Eighteen months later, many still stand empty.
The McGraths run a nonprofit organization on Staten Island called Beacon of Hope, which they started in February 2013 to rebuild the hardest-hit neighborhoods of Staten Island. When they first started, they spent more than 30 hours a week visiting vacant houses, checking their mold status and looking for ways to clean them up.
Deidre McGrath says that 54 of the homes they have inspected are infested with mold.
Claudia McKenna is one of Staten Islanders who stayed after the storm. Now she is living in the middle of two abandoned houses. She felt very unsafe because of the moldy smell.
For the McGrath, the main focus now is revisiting abandoned properties to see if their ownership and interior conditions have changed since October, while making a new list of mold-affected homes. Their next step is contacting city government and local politicians, trying to find a way to clean up these moldy houses.


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Not Guilty – Dickerson

Not Guilt – “by” Dickerson


Antonio Yarbough is released after 12 years in prison thanks to a new DNA analysis technique


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Catalina by Colin Archdeacon

Catalina: One Family’s Fight Against Their Landlord by Colin Archdeacon


Catalina has an unusual landlord, even by New York City standards. After a winter without heat or a bathroom, Cat was less than surprised when the city shut down her entire building. Now she’s fighting to hold on to her home.


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Students in Debut

Students in Debt – by Graham Corrigan


Password: debt. Student debt continues to spiral upwards in America. With the help of some real-life students in debt, this animated explainer gives a quick recap of where we’ve been, how we got here, and (hopefully) where we’re headed.


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DREAMer Deferred

Gwynne Hogan

Harlem rapper fights deportation case


Johanny Puig, AKA “MC Joha,” was picked up from his home Feb. 7 by immigration officials. Puig is an undocumented immigrant who left the Dominican Republic to pursue hip hop in NYC.


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Roca Mía by Caroline Lewis

Roca Mía is a cooperative construction company in Far Rockaway that formed from the wreckage of Hurricane Sandy. They’re attempting to rebuild houses and the local economy.


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Street Harassment by Jaclyn Anglis


Jessica Lief, a trauma therapist in NYC, reflects on her experiences with street harassment. Studies show internationally that anywhere from 70 to 99 percent of women will face street harassment. Now, NYC women are speaking out against it.


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Heroes and Villains – by Julia Alsop


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Nick Dupree lives in lower Manhattan with his girlfriend, Alejandra. Bed-bound, vent-dependent and left with limited mobility from a regressive mitochondrial disease, he makes art – comics and paintings – using just his thumb and a track pad. Though Nick spends most of his time in bed, his mind roves far and wide.

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What Remains – “by” Julius Constantine Motal

“What Remains” is a visual exploration of the Prinkipo Greek Orphanage on the island of Büyükada off the coast of Istanbul. The orphanage closed its doors in 1964, and for the past 50 years, it has been in the care of Erol Baytaş.


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232 Miles: A Love Story in Long Distance by Jake Naughton


This is a short film about my relationship with my boyfriend Juan, who lives 232 miles away. It’s about being together even when far apart. It’s a love story.


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Here & Now: Finding Home Through Photography by Dominique Lemoine


Despite leaving her home country of Ecuador more than a decade ago, it wasn’t until recently that Luisa Simbaña started to feel at home in New York City. Thanks to Project Luz, a Queens-based photography workshop led by Argentinean artist Sol Aramendi, Luisa started to explore New York through the lens of a camera and make the city her own. This is her story.


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Home by Kristen Clark

Home by Kristen Clark from bob.sacha@journalism.cuny.edu on Vimeo.

Michelle and her two sons have been limping by in their ruined home—an apartment with no daylight, no running water and no toilet—for nearly a year. Follow one morning in their long fight to remain in their rent-stabilized apartment.


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The Rainmaker by Erin Brodwin


When he turned 18, high school student and budding actor Gary Corbin was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer. Doctors told him that if he didn’t have his leg amputated he would die within a few months. Corbin, who had grown up in inner city Baltimore, Maryland, had only recently discovered his passion for acting. He didn’t want to do anything else with his life.


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Changed: How One Deportation Gave Rise to a Dreamer, by Parker Brown


Estefania’s father disappeared one day and never returned — he had been deported back to South America. And though in the time since she’s been able to start a new life for herself and her child, she wants to help others in a similar situation to hers by advocating more humane and sensible immigration laws.


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A Beijing Opera Master in New York – by Amanda Hou

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A renowned Beijing opera connoisseur, Weizhong Lv, emigrated to New York a decade ago, where he now works in a nail salon in Astoria. Struggling with language and cultural barriers, Lv is determined to keep alive a cultural treasure that has almost turned into an antique relic.


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What Lies Above by Oresti Tsonopoulos


Samantha Carasquillo, 22, is six months pregnant and lives in a mold-infested NYCHA unit with her son Aiden who is three. She’s concerned about the well-being of her children and found out about the mold from a community outreach organization called Little Sisters, who pointed the problem out to her on a recent visit.


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