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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.

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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Soup Kitchen Battles Tough Times

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

The Friday-only All Souls soup kitchen is busy preparing for a crowd of more than 250 people expected the day after Thanksgiving. But tough economic times are making it harder to serve New York’s hungry. The Upper East Side staple for more than 30 years is cutting back on some food items, even as demand grows.

Cooking Up Safer Stoves

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

The Global Alliance For Clean Cookstoves drew Hillary Clinton and other notables who joined the push to bring stoves than use clean fuel to developing nations. More than four million people die annually from fumes produced by open flames and other unsafe cooking methods. The group hopes to put eco-friendly stoves in 100 million homes by 2020.

The two-day conference at the Conrad New York Hotel ended with pledges from the U.S., the U.K. and Norway to contribute a total $290 million to the effort.

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

Coat Drive Seeks Cold Comfort

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

A Can-Do Take on Art and Hunger

Saturday, November 8th, 2014