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New York Stories of Fascinating Issues Fall 2012

Adaline — by Nathan Fitch

A life long resident of Coney Island, Adaline Feore, 81, lost electricity and heat on September 29th when Hurricane Sandy made landfall. More then a month after the storm Adeline remains in the dark and faces the prospect of losing her rent-controled apartment as well. Also, watch this on Time.com

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Strong Out of Uniform — by Nadia Sussman

Jennifer Brown is the eldest of four siblings. She was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated with her parents as a toddler. After joining the US Army at 17, Jennifer performed intelligence missions in South and Central America and Afghanistan. Her husband has been in the Army for 10 years and plans to remain another 20 years, while Jennifer makes the transition to civilian life. One of her sisters is also serving in Afghanistan in the US Marine Corps.

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Music Makers — by Lindsay Lowe

Christophe Landon has been making violins and other stringed instruments for nearly 40 years. At his violinmaking studio and repair shop on New York’s Upper West Side, he and his apprentices make instruments exactly the same way people did two hundred years ago—by hand, with simple tools, and lots of patience.

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Finding Elizabeth Taylor — by Ezra Eeman

Everybody wants to be famous. Sometimes a name is all it takes.

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Freedom Barbie: An Asylum Seeker’s Journey — by Erin Horan

Gabby fled to the US from Colombia in 2010, and was recently granted asylum. He was forced to leave his home in South America because he feared his life was in danger, after being prosecuted for being gay.

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The Restaurant: Love & 500 Turkeys by Elbert Chu

he Bowery Mission cooks the largest Thanksgiving meal in New York City. They fed an estimated 6,000 people this year. This is the story of one cook who helped in the massive venture.

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Unable to Continue — by Menglin Huang

Despite surviving hurricane Sandy, life is still hard to live for Ye Qing, whose small Chinese restaurant on Far Rockaway Beach was completely devastated by flood.

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The Long Beach Light — by Jane Teeling

In the days and weeks following Hurricane Sandy, a 100-year-old bar in storm-ravaged Long Beach, NY, became the de facto community center for a neighborhood in need.

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Red Hook Farm: Fresh Start — By Colin Weatherby

Devastated by Hurricane Sandy, Locals Rebuild a Farm in Brooklyn

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A Football Escape – by David Sanchirico

Twelve days after Hurricane Sandy left members of the Beach Channel High School football team homeless and without power, the team competed in its first round playoff game. Though Beach Channel was undermanned and out of practice, the game provided a temporary escape for the players and coaches.

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Coral Restoration: a Revolutionary Effort — by Kevin Loria

The Coral Restoration Foundation runs the biggest coral transplant operation in the world. This video shows how they grow coral before replanting it on natural reefs. Reefs are essential for both human and marine life.

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Music of Changes: Surviving the Spanish Recession — Patricia Rey Mallén

Diego Rodríguez had to go move back to his parents’ home in Vigo, Spain, when he was laid off. While adjusting to the new situation, he finds comfort in his favorite bar: La Iguana Club, a local legendary concert venue that might be facing some recession-induced changes, too.

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One Paw At A Time: — by Anna Halkidis

Through their organization Woof and Walk, Stephanie Constantinou and Andrea Grane talk about helping the neglected dogs after Hurricane Sandy. 


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A Business on Ice: How the NHL Lockout Goes Beyond the Rink — by Joe Jenkins

Kelly’s Sports Bar was named by Time Out New York as the top Hockey Bar in New York City. The NHL lockout has caused Kelly’s business to drop over 60 percent leaving the owner Gerry wondering where the business will come from now.

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Chances — by Kamana Shrestha

If it’s one thing Joy Parks believes in, it’s second chances. Parks, a physical therapist in her 30s, has an insatiable appetite for life. And what has made it stronger is her journey surviving breast cancer earlier this year.

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Gianna Cerbone-Teoli: Pizzarista — by Julie Strickland

Gianna Cerbone-Teoli is a Neapolitan-American chef who makes pastry, pasta and gelato. But what really sets her apart is the fact that she is a woman who makes pizza: a rarity in a world of pizza-slinging men.

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