Skateboard Park Ramps Up

Monday, March 26th, 2012

In 2007, Traci Johnson, 41, founded Culture Skateboards with her husband Jay to support and promote young skateboarders from New York City. While teaching her nephew to skate, Johnson was astonished to hear young skaters talk about achieving fame and fortune as if that were the purpose of the sport. A lifelong skater, she decided to start an organization that would not only teach kids how to skate, but educate them about the history and culture of skateboarding.

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Click below for an audio report about the skateboard park opened by Culture Skateboards at Brower Park in Crown Heights:


War Photogs Tell Story of Iraq

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Michael Kamber has been taking pictures of war for more than 25 years. Between 2003 and 2010, the award-winning journalist worked for The New York Times in Iraq, amassing a vast body of work covering the conflict there. Later this year, Kamber will release a book of oral histories from fellow photojournalists who worked in Iraq during the war. “Journalists on War: Untold Stories from Iraq” will feature accounts of the conflict from nearly 40 journalists.

Kamber recently sat down with the NYCity News Service to talk about the book, and his experiences in Iraq.


Families Rally for Trayvon

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

A boy wore a placard around his neck reading, “I am Trayvon Martin.” Others waved posters of the slain Florida teen, emblazoned with the words, “Protect Our Children.”

They were among 2,000 demonstrators who rallied March 21 in Union Square, in what organizers called the Million Hoodie March – a reference to the garment worn by the 17-year-old high school student the night he was gunned down. Protesters, many of them parents, called for justice for Trayvon Martin – and demanded protection for their own children.

“I just want my kids to understand what’s going on now,” said Bronx mom Taisha Herrara, who brought her children, ages 6 and 7, to the rally.

Her sentiments and those of much of the crowd were echoed two days later by President Obama, who declared at the White House, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”

The Union Square rally featured speeches by City Council members Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) and Ydanis Rodriguez (D- Manhattan), who spoke against gun violence and racial profiling. But the gathering’s emotional high point came when Trayvon’s parents, who traveled to New York for the event, spoke.

“This is not a black or white thing,” said Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother. “This is a right and wrong thing.”

Florida authorities said they will convene a grand jury next month to probe George Zimmerman, 28, the self-appointed neighborhood watch leader who admitted to shooting Trayvon on Feb. 26. Sanford, Fla. police have come under fire for failing to charge Zimmerman and thoroughly investigate the shooting.


A Move to Mark the Wright House

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The park bench where Richard Wright wrote the most important black novel in American history is well-known in Fort Greene, but now a local group wants to highlight the “Native Son” author’s other literary bookend: the unmarked Carlton Avenue home where he lived.

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Hunger Strikers Unite For Tibet

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Beyond 9/11: Terrorism 101

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Microloans Show Big Impact

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Pooper-Scooper Woes Plague Bronx

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Search for The Phantom Landlord

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012