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SPECIAL REPORT: Family Ties

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Mark of a Devoted Child

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Mike Arotsky, aka Mike Tattoo, is covered in ink and loves his motorcycles. In past lives, he was a body builder and a TV actor. Now, at age 55, Arotsky spends his days in a cramped apartment in Howard Beach, Queens, spoon-feeding baby food to his ailing, 89-year-old invalid mother.

She suffers from Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare disorder in which the immune system attacks the nerves and eventually paralyzes the body. Arotsky doesn’t trust anyone else to look after his mother and can’t stand the idea of sending her to a nursing home.

His devotion means personal sacrifices: Friendships and romantic relationships have taken a backseat to the daily cycle of feeding, cleaning – and watching old TV shows together.

“Unfortunately, American society is all about ‘me,’” Arotsky said. “How can you forget your original family?”

Illegal Driveways Cut Corners

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

A Queens neighborhood is the king of illegal curb cut complaints.

South Richmond Hill logged more than 200 complaints of illegal curb cuts or driveways, double the amount from last year, and far higher than any other neighborhood in New York, according to an analysis of 311 data.

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Extending Gingerbread Lane

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Jon Lovitch’s candy-covered holiday village, “Gingerbread Lane,” made the Guinness Book of World Records last year with 157 gingerbread houses. This year, he’s back at the New York Hall of Science, with plans to break his record by expanding his gingerbread empire to 1,020 houses.

The holiday-themed village will close Jan. 11 when the sweet real estate will be given away.

Blind Marathoner’s Race to Help

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Keeping an Eye on Kids’ Sight

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Meet Queens’ ‘Qustodian’

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

A ‘Maple Street’ For Queens

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Kosher Soup Kitchen Struggles

Monday, April 7th, 2014