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He Whistles While He Works

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

From “Danny Boy” to “Rhapsody in Blue,” Steve “The Whistler” Herbst has been stretching people’s imagination of whistling for decades. Bordering between the definitions of an artist and an oddity, the whistler is living to bring a lost art back to people’s awareness.

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NYCHA Security Cameras Blocked

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

It’s tough to spot criminals you can’t see.

Yet five NYCHA security cameras at the gritty Van Dyke Houses in Brownsville have been rendered useless since the agency installed scaffolding that blocks their view.

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Challenges For Waterfront Plan

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Bronx leaders are planning a waterfront district they say will rival Brooklyn Bridge Park – but a draft plan warns of steep challenges in building a neighborhood from scratch on a long-desolate flood zone.

The draft report from SoBRO, the Mott Haven-based development group, raises issues that also include pedestrian safety, waterfront access and site accessibility. The report, obtained by the Mott Haven Herald, comes amidst community members’ concerns about whether the development will have enough affordable housing – or potentially divide the neighborhood between the haves and the have-nots.

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A Bid to End Overdoses

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Avi Israel remembers everything about the day his 20-year-old son, Michael, killed himself three years ago; from the cocking sound of the shotgun to his desperate struggle to break down the bedroom door, to finding Michael in a pool of blood.

It was Michael’s addiction to prescription painkillers that killed him, Israel said recently. And he blames that addiction on the 20-odd prescriptions from three different doctors treating Michael’s Crohn’s disease.

“When I lost Michael, it was unnecessary,” Israel said. “Michael could’ve lived.”

Israel, 61, and his wife are among the families that pushed for New York’s Internet System for Over-Prescribing Act, or I-STOP, which was signed into law in 2012.

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Electric Cab Trials Losing Steam

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Housing Vision for Vacant Lots

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Rabbit Rescuers are Hopping Busy

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

A Sign of Hip-Hop History

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Keeping Kosher, via Colombia

Friday, March 14th, 2014