Kids Get Schooled in Business

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Brittni Ortiz, 12, arranged fliers neatly on the table as her business partner, Brittany Tirado, 13, pulled out a chocolate frosted cupcake and set it by a poster board.

“Brittany, this is it,” Ortiz said.

After weeks of preparation, students at M.S. 223 in Mott Haven pitched more than 20 different business ideas to their peers, teachers and business people, who acted as judges.

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Queens Chef is a Cooking Artist

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

“Art comes from inside you. It comes from your heart and your soul” ~ Moustafa Abdur Rahman

Moustafa Abdur Rahman had his first exhibition in fourth grade in Egypt where he displayed 40 water color paintings.

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Roller Derby ‘Girls’ Slam and Jam

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

For six days a week, the Hunter College Sportsplex is exactly what it sounds like: the gym for the school’s athletic department. But on Saturday night, mats are thrown down and the gym become home to the Gotham Girls Roller Derby league, whose members come to skate, block and jam at high speed.

Gotham Girls Roller Derby is a non-profit, all-women, do-it yourself league boasting four teams: the Bronx Gridlock, the Brooklyn Bombshells, the Manhattan Mayhem and the Queens of Pain. The League’s mission is to promote the physical and mental strength of its athletes.

Roller derby is played with five players per side. There are three blockers, a pivot and a jammer. The jammer starts out behind all of the rest of the players and tries to get past all of the opposing team. The blockers’ job is to make sure the jammer does not pass them. The jammer receives a point for every opposing team player overtaken before hitting the starting line again. The pivot calls the plays and directs traffic.

A game, or bout, is played over two 30-minute halves. Each bout is made up of many sets called jams.


Taxi Owners Drive Age Rule Fight

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Taxi driver Erhan Tuncel, 52, bought his yellow taxi medallion 14 years ago. Once he turns 62, he’ll have to either drive 150 seven-hour shifts per year, or sell the medallion at whatever the market rate is.

Thanks to the city’s “owner must drive” rule, he can’t lease out the medallion to other drivers, potentially robbing him of steady income in his golden years.

“I shouldn’t have to rely on my kids,” he said. “I want to be able to lease my medallion so me and my wife live happily ever after.”

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Subway Dancer Expresses Himself

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

From Project Runway to Flamenco

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Kids Play Chess in Nets’ Shadow

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Food Trucks Show Klout

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Live Coverage: Food Conference

Monday, May 14th, 2012