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.
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.
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.