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Park Puppets Pull Heartstrings

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Just a few steps away from Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden is the home of dozens of marionettes. From Pippi Longstocking to the Big Bad Wolf, these hand-carved characters come to life via the puppeteers and puppet makers who give them a hand – or two – at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

Before this puppet-filled cottage became a theater, it was a schoolhouse brought to the United States from Sweden for a showcase in Philadelphia. That’s where an architect spotted the structure and decided it would look perfect in Central Park. The cottage arrived in New York, via train, in 1876.

In the late 1940s, a traveling marionette troupe began using the cottage regularly. About 30 years later, it officially became the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

The theater mounts favorites like “Alice In Wonderland” and “Sleeping Beauty,” but gives each tale a new twist. Original stories also have proved popular, like the current offer, “The Three Bears Holiday Bash,” where strings can make even a bear fly.

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

Mold’s Still a Growing Problem

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Ten-year-old James Ford, who suffers from asthma, has been in and out of the hospital this school year — missing nearly 30 days at Public School 138 in the Bronx.

And instead of doing the things boys generally do on the weekends, the public housing resident is taking classes on Saturdays just to finish fifth grade on time.

His parents say his asthma has grown worse with the spread of dark mold across the bathroom ceiling caused by a leaky pipe in the family’s three-bedroom apartment at the Castle Hill Houses.

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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.

Rescued Pets Ready For Parents

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

The Best Friends Animal Society filled the Brooklyn Expo Center with 800 dogs, cats and rabbits in hopes of matching the rescued pets with new families. Prospective pet parents also flocked to the three-day “Super Adoption” in Greenpoint.

Billed as a leader in the no-kill movement, the Best Friends Animal Society touts itself as the operator of the largest sanctuary for homeless pets and as one of the nation’ s largest animal rescue organizations. The group’s motto is “Save them all.”

Winning Outside the Ring

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

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