Vendors Seek Street Justice

Monday, November 30th, 2009

New York City has more than 10,000 licensed and unlicensed street vendors. Many vendors say they are constantly fighting harassment by police  as they try to eek out a living. The City Council is considering setting up an vendor advisory board as sidewalk merchants complain they are facing growing fines and even confiscation of their carts.

(A version of this story originally appeared on “219 West,” a monthly TV news magazine show broadcast on CUNY-TV)

Sex-Trafficking Survivor Speaks Out

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

As children and their parents walked past crowded restaurants on Roosevelt Ave. in Jackson Heights recently, men yelled “Chicas!” and handed out cards with phone numbers and pictures of busty, scantily clad women.

For Kika Cerpa, a woman in her mid-30s, those cards bring back memories of her harrowing ordeal as one of those “chicas.”
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Harlem Block to Make History – Again

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Water doesn’t trickle down from the right basin of Jeanette Davis‘ sink – it pours.

Puddles have formed under the kitchen cabinet of her W. 135th St. apartment, and the 58-year-old recently used a broom to evict a live rat from her neighbor’s mailbox.

“And this is what I go through every day,” she said.

But starting this winter, her building and its nine six-story companions along a historic row between Lenox and Seventh Aves. will be among the first affordable housing blocks in the country to undergo a green overhaul.

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Nothing Easy About E-Waste

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Old computers, iPods, cell phones – Brian Boyd’s got ’em all.

But when Boyd, who runs a social media company, TrakVu, out of his Upper West Side apartment, wanted to get rid of some of his electronics, he didn’t know what to do with the stuff.

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Merchants Sour on Lollipop Meters

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Bets Off For Aqueduct Flea Market

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Artful Compromise on Graffiti Battle

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

'Obama Oil' an Atlantic Ave. Hit

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

FBI Tracked "Working" Man Studs Terkel

Sunday, November 15th, 2009