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Gang Round-up Questioned

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Residents of the Grant and Manhattanville housing projects in west Harlem have been subjected to a deadly gang rivalry spanning generations. This past June, the New York Police Department unleashed a squad of more than 500 police officers to raid the housing complexes and make arrests.

Six months later, the alleged gang members – ages 15 to 30 – wait to receive their sentences Wednesday. The NYPD maintains that arresting more than 100 potentially violent criminals in one fell swoop was a triumph.

Family, friends and neighbors wonder if this is simply a stopgap solution.

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Mold Takes Their Breath Away

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

NYCHA tenant Trinita Lee thought she’d finally caught a break the night in October 2012 when Hurricane Sandy slammed into her Coney Island development.

She and her six children had lived for years with sickening black mold in their Gravesend Houses apartment — a nightmare for her children, ages 6 to 19, all of whom are asthmatic.

She’d fought for years with NYCHA to clean it up, and says beyond quick fixes — painting over the problem — the mold festered and her children suffered.

So when Sandy struck, she was delighted to learn she’d be getting a new apartment at the optimistically named Hope Gardens in Bushwick.

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This story was reported in conjunction with the New York Daily News as part of the Stop the Mold project, funded in part by the first Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. Contributors include Allegra Abramo, Natalie Abruzzo, Julia Alsop, Frank Green, Gwynne Hogan, Ross Keith, Roxanne Scott, Melisa Stumpf and Maria Villasenor.

This story was reported by the NYCity News Service in conjunction with the Daily News as part of the Stop the Mold project, funded in part by the first Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. Contributors include Allegra Abramo, Natalie Abruzzo, Julia Alsop, Frank Green, Gwynne Hogan, Ross Keith, Roxanne Scott, Melisa Stumpf and Maria Villasenor. – See more at: http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2014/12/molds-still-growing-problem/#sthash.ZAsFFmxp.dpuf

Bronx Memories, By the Book

Friday, December 12th, 2014

It was early morning New Year’s Day in 1999, when Orlando Ferrand, a resident of Manhattan at the time, hopped on a subway train headed toward the Bronx. He was heavily intoxicated after a night of partying and had no reason to be headed there.

When he woke up, he was at the Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. He had overdosed and nearly died.

“Somebody saved my life here in the Bronx, in Jacobi Hospital. I took that as a sign,” Ferrand said.

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Winning Outside the Ring

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Boxing is a tough sport but it can be ever more difficult for boxers once they leave the profession. Many fighters put higher education on the sidelines while they pursue a career in the ring. CUNY has teamed up with the New York State Athletic Commission and other groups to help change that with the new “Fight for Your Future” campaign.

Soup Kitchen Battles Tough Times

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Cooking Up Safer Stoves

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

A Backpack Full of Inspiration

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Wax Rockette is a Real Treat

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Medicare Tips For Obamacare Era

Saturday, November 15th, 2014