A Williamsburg Toy Story

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Samuel Lipschitz, 27, grinned as a pint-sized red smart car pulled up next to the curb outside his toy store on Lee Avenue. Lacquered onto the side of the car was a children’s cartoon character: a freckled, round-faced boy with curly brown peyes, or sidelocks, and a yarmulke.

“What Walt Disney did to Mickey Mouse — that’s what I’m trying to do here,” said Lipschitz, who designed the character.


Girls Get Ice and Life Lessons

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Here’s a heartwarming lesson: Sometimes, the ice can be cold.

This group of young Harlem-based figure skaters practiced hundreds of hours over two years, but finished last in their first competition.

“It made us feel sad, but at least we had fun,” said Emily Delbrun, recalling her experience last month at a competition in Hershey, Pa. “At least we placed.”


Childcare Numbers Don’t Add Up

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Ronnie Cortes and Kevin Garcia had a system.

While Cortes, 19, worked six hours at a minimum wage job, followed by six hours of high school, Garcia, 20, watched their infant son in the mornings. Then he’d head to work at a nearby supermarket, and a friend’s mom took over the babysitting.

After picking up Mason, Cortes cleaned the half of the room the three share with Garcia’s sister and her child. Then came homework, until 2 a.m. or later.

But recently, their house of cards collapsed.


Rich Playground, Poor Playground

Friday, December 27th, 2013

‘Twas the Week Before Xmas

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

FDNY Responds to Christmas Call

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

A Flight from Sandy to Santa

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Tell us What #PovertyIs

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Giving Children a Healthy Start

Saturday, November 9th, 2013