Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
Imani House, Inc., the Park Slope nonprofit which runs a clinic in Liberia, was forced to close the clinic temporarily on September 17 after one of its staffers contracted Ebola, the deadly virus which has killed more than 2,800 people in four West African nations, nearly 1,500 of them in Liberia alone, according to the World Health Organization.
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Bianca Miraglia, tired of mass-produced vermouth, wanted to bring something fresh, all-natural and stubbornly idealist to the bar. She started Uncouth Vermouth, which recently opened in a former billiards hall in Red Hook and is set to add a tasting room this summer.
Miraglia, 30, is a one-woman vermouth-making machine: She forages for many of her ingredients, only uses local products and refuses financial assistance.
She spends 12 or more hours a day working on her fortified wine creations, infused with a variety of seasonal, locally sourced flavors ranging from beets and squash to chili and lavender.
Uncouth Vermouth only produces a few hundred cases of product every year – and that’s how Miraglia likes it.
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.
Monday, April 7th, 2014
On a recent chilly afternoon in Queens, two women shivered in a line of about 50 people that trailed out the door of Masbia, a kosher food pantry and soup kitchen.
The first woman, from Manhattan, wore baggy pants. The other, from Queens, was clad in a long, draping skirt.
Their outfits signaled differences in how they interpreted proper Jewish dress for religious women, but both were there for the same reason: They needed kosher groceries, which are more expensive than average, as they try to live on less since food stamp reductions last November.
“When food stamps are cut, it’s hard to buy kosher,” said one of the women, Debbie Greenbaum of Queens.