Aging Gracefully

As part of my thesis, i collaborated with Channon Hodge to report, shoot and produce parts of a video project that explored the rapidly aging population of elder New Yorkers, focused on Chinese seniors, who congregated at senior centers around the boroughs to keep active physically and mentally. For three months, we spent time at […]

Audio Slideshow: Il Buco’s Specialty Foods Shop and Cafe Opens, Complete with a Porchetta Sandwich and a Salumi Consultant

Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria is the “quicker, friendly, livelier and less serious” little brother to Il Buco, the Noho Mediterranean establishment that owner Donna Lennard has managed for 17 years. Located around the corner on 53 Great Jones Street, Il Buco’s spin-off market is where you can grab a coffee from the espresso bar, […]

A Tea Ceremony

Do not call Michael Wong of The Tea Gallery a tea “master.” He prefers the term “tea evangelizer,” and views his role as a “cultural ambassador.” At the appointment only Tea Gallery, Wong conducts tea tastings, where he instructs on the finer points of brewing Chinese tea. One can have tea tastings and attend classes […]

A Parent’s Journey

Marion Viray is a stay at home dad to seven-month-old Olivia. Together with his partner of 10 years, Karl, they decided to last September to start the adoption process. Being gay or adoptive parents doesn’t faze him. Above all, Marion wants the best for his child and hopes to instill in Olivia the fact that […]

P.S. 39 Gets a New Edible Container Garden, Grown with a Technique Called Sub-Irrigation

A few weeks ago Brooklyn’s Henry Bristow Landmark School (aka Park Slope’s P.S. 39) welcomed spring with the launch ceremony of their new containerized Edible Community Garden in their concrete schoolyard, as shown in the video above. Spearheaded by Frieda Lim, who runs Slippery Slope Farm on her Brooklyn rooftop, and Trisha Mulligan, an experienced […]

Local Kitchens: Kara Masi

Kara Masi – Garlic Shrimp Recipe from NYT The Local – Ft. Greene on Vimeo. Ever wondered what the enticing aroma wafting from your neighbor’s kitchen was? Be tantalized and left hungry no longer. We’ve started this Local Kitchens series to show you what’s for dinner — or any other meal for that matter — […]

Apple Tidbits

The fall apple-picking season has come to an end. Winter is well on its frosty way. Here’s a look back at autumn and the peak apple season that just recently passed. The Queens County Farm Museum’s Annual Apple Festival took place on October 3, 2010. The highlight of the event was the nation’s largest apple […]

Repaired with Love

Minas Polychronakis survived the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. His shop, Minas Shoe Repair, had been situated at the World Trade Center since 1976. Minas narrowly escaped death while his store was destroyed. To say he was affected by the tragic event would be an understatement. However, Minas doesn’t dwell on what […]