Pediatrician Rarely Sees His Kids

Friday, June 15th, 2012

While many American doctors live in McMansions in the suburbs, Leonid Isakov, A pediatrician with 16 years of experience in his home country, lives with his wife and two children in a  $700-a-month apartment in Midwood.

After he arrived from Uzbekistan in 2001, Isakov studied night after night to become certified as a doctor in the United States, then scrimped and saved to open his clinic in Sheepshead Bay with another doctor eight years later.

“I don’t have a house, I don’t have a car even,” said Isakov, 47. “Whatever I had, I invested to this place… I have approximately half a day to spend with my kids…per week.”

But for Isakov — as for many other immigrant entrepreneurs — this sacrifice is the key to his business success.

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Olympic Jumper Hopes to Lift Haiti

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

New York-reared lawyer Samyr Laine is determined to go to London and bring Haiti its first Olympic medal in 84 years. The 28-year-old triple jumper, who trains up to four hours a day, wants to help lift the spirits of a nation still recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake. But funding may be a hurdle: The Haitian Olympic Committee is struggling to raise the remaining $300,000 needed to send Laine and his teammates to the Games.

The Future of Jobs in New York

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

The latest employment figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed weak growth – with the least number of jobs added in a year and unemployment rising.

A breakdown of the new jobs by sector yields some clues as to where exactly still-elusive positions exist, and, by extension, which industries are faring better than others.

But for job seekers, of course, the latest numbers aren’t all that helpful. Monthly data can be variable. But more importantly, the new jobs have already been taken.

Instead, New Yorkers looking for work – including the legions of students preparing to enter or re-enter the work force – might benefit from a look at job growth projections.

In February, the BLS completed an exhaustive look at the decade ahead, analyzing employment trends nationwide. New York’s data isn’t quite at pace, but the state published a similar report in 2010, looking at 2008 to 2018.

That report states that the market is growing overall, and should continue at a decent pace over the next six years, with job losses in manufacturing and production and in administration offset by gains in the health and personal care sectors.

The bubble charts on the right visualize those job projections. The bubbles represent categories of professions. They are plotted across the chart based on the number of jobs in those professions in 2008. The bubbles at the top of the chart represent categories with the largest percentage increase, while those at the bottom (in red) show a decrease. The size of each bubble indicates the actual number of jobs that will be added or lost by 2018.

Night and Day at the Diner

Monday, June 4th, 2012

There’s a lot more than mondongo (tripe soup) and rabo de res (ox tail) on the menu La Taza de Oro. The counter and booths at Puerto Rican diner, a longtime Chelsea staple, are filled with New Yorkers as diverse as the city itself – some with stories to share and others with plenty to say about life, love, religion and politics, among many topics.

All you have to do is ask, as our reporters learned during a recent 18-hour visit to the Eighth Avenue eatery, whose name translates to “cup of gold.” Check out our hour-long report below.


This report was produced by: Sarah Amandolare, Willis Arnold, Oulimata Ba, Sean Carlson, Kizzy Cox, Tom DiChristopher, Sean Flynn, Tristan Hallman, Justin Mitchell, Nabil Rahman, Rebecca Sesny and Adam Warner.






Churches Fight for Survival

Monday, June 4th, 2012