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.
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.
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.
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.