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OLD_New York Stories of Fascinating Issues Fall 2011


No Way Home: produced, filmed and edited by Tim Verheyden

Three times a week, 18-year-old Thonn McMillan travels with his mother from the outskirts of Brooklyn to the SUNY-Parkside dialysis center to get treatment for his kidney failure. Thonn is originally from Grenada, but three years ago he and his mother had to come to New York. At that time, Thonn was already more than a year sick and doctors couldn’t find what he suffered from. He got treated for tuberculosis, but once arrived in the United States, doctors found out he had Wegener’s disease. Thonn needs a kidney transplant to survive, but he can’t get on a list, because he is not a US citizen. On top of that, he and his mom have to find shelter. Now they are staying with family, but they have to move out soon. And they have no place to go…

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The Closing of Re/Dress by Zachary Kussin

Re/Dress NYC, New York’s premier plus-size vintage and modern clothing boutique closed its doors on Nov. 20 after three years in business. Deb Malkin, the owner, says it was a tough decision to shut it down, but this is not the end of the store.

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A Tree Sells in Brooklyn: A Canadian Christmas Tree Vendor in Brooklyn by Patrick Wall

In which a French-Canadian travels to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to sell Christmas trees for one month each year, while sleeping in his van and brushing his teeth on the sidewalk.

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“Finding Her Identity, Degree in Hand: Lessons learned during the Great Recession.” (Lisha Arino)

Lindsay Pankok graduated in May 2011 with a master’s degree in social work, but like many young adults, she has yet to find a full-time job. Listen to her talk about post-grad life and what it’s like to be young and educated during the Great Recession.

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Keepin’ On…by Channon Hodge

The first of the baby boomers turns 65 this year and will add to a senior population that is expanding rapidly. Seniors no longer adhere to age-old stereotypes – they are flocking to senior centers to work out, learn new skills and even become senior citizens.

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A Parent’s Journey by Cheryl Chan

Marion Viray is a stay at home dad to seven-month-old Olivia. Together with his partner of 10 years, Karl, they decided to last September to start the adoption process. Being gay or adoptive parents doesn’t faze him. Above all, Marion wants the best for his child and hopes to instill in Olivia the fact that she is special and was a very wanted baby by both her sets of parents.

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See Spot Read: Lending a Paw to a Reading Program by Ian Thomas

When a child is learning to read, sometimes they need an extra hand, or in this case a paw.

The most popular children’s reading program at the Sachem Library in Long Island is taught by a different type of teacher, one who isn’t scared to chase away children’s reading fears, or after a bone or a ball.

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New York’s Crowded Car Service – Dan Rosenblum

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The Empty Night – New York’s Growing Problem of Light Pollution by Vincent Trivett

It goes without saying that New York City is not the ideal place for stargazing. To anyone that’s been staring up at the heavens for the past few decades, it is obvious that ugly orange skyglow has been getting worse as the city develops.

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Jerin Arifa of the National Organization for Women on Feminism By Nida Najar

Creating a More Representative Discussion
Jerin Arifa became a feminist activist as an undergrad Hunter, where she worked with the CUNY administration to create the first ever CUNY-wide sexual assault policy.

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Golden Christmas by Kevin Sheehan

Commodity prices have been falling for the past year. Gold is the only commodity bucking this trend. Bucking the trend may be underselling it… Gold has risen nearly twenty five percent since last holiday shopping season! The higher prices are beginning to encourage alternate gift ideas.

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