Education Is Our Right. Or Is It?

Adult literacy is a critical issue in our city, and in our nation. New York City is comprised of immigrants from all over the world. Immigrants are the heart of our city. English may be the primary language, but with more people from other countries, languages such as Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) are […]

Hurricane Sandy’s Lingering Threat to the Small Businesses of South Street Seaport

It’s been six months since Hurricane Sandy. New York City and New Jersey were hit hardest and communities are still rebuilding. People are still struggling to get their lives back on track. It has been particularly difficult for small businesses. The South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan, a hub for shops, restaurants, and entertainment, was […]

Celebrating New York Cares Day

New York Cares  is a volunteer-based organization that collaborates with non-profit organizations, city agencies, and public schools to meet the needs of under-served communities. Founded in the 1980s by a group of friends who wanted to make a difference, New York Cares seeks to help communities facing critical issues throughout New York City. The organization […]

The Action Center of Far Rockaway Forced to Slow Down Distribution Efforts

Superstorm Sandy had a huge impact on New York City, especially parts of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and lower Manhattan. Far Rockaway, Queens has suffered greatly, with the majority of its boardwalk destroyed, homes and businesses burnt to the ground, and residents left homeless. Since the storm hit in November, I’ve been a volunteer in […]

Subway Busking: Freedom of Musical Expression

How is your commute to work or home? While walking through busy subway stations, sounds of classical, jazz, blues, or folk music can often be heard in the distance. Sometimes there’s a crowd surrounding one or more performers. Sometimes they stand alone. Either way, there is often a chance to hear some tunes that make […]

The American Dream: ESL Students Provide Perspective

“What is your American dream?” This is a question I asked adult students in my English as a Second Language (ESL) class last year. It was not the first time this question had come up in a class discussion, or was found in a lesson from a textbook. Yet, for this intermediate class, it was […]