Eileen Rivera, a receptionist, is asking her fortune teller different questions nowadays. “My focus used to be 90 per cent love and relationships and 10 per cent economical,” Rivera said. “Now it’s about 20 per cent love and relationships and 80 per cent economical.”
Archive for April, 2009
For 85 years, the Poseidon Bakery has been a fixture on Ninth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. The Greek pastry shop is a must-visit — and must-taste — for longtime local customers and curious food tourists. Watching the family owners in action is part of the treat.
To schoolkids in Harlem and the South Bronx, Keith Jones is simply Mr. K, the recess man. A former bad boy himself, Mr. K helps third-through-fifth grades learn to play games and get along with each other and their teachers. He teaches them to play together nicely — and much more.
Six years after Mayor Bloomberg’s statewide anti-smoking law took effect, the patrons of Hudson Bar and Books puff away in a perpetual haze of toxic smoke. It’s one of a handful of “cigar bars” grandfathered into an exemption in the anti-smoking law.
Walking down the mean streets of New York, Joe Bozak looks like a tough guy, from his tattoos to his pit bulls. The image dissolves, though, when he pauses and the dogs nuzzle him and lick his hand. Bozak is devoted to his dogs, and to persuading people that pit bulls don’t deserve their tough reputation.
Maura Porricolo is a nurse who was on the front lines of the battle against AIDS in America. Now she’s sharing her knowledge and skills by volunteering in Africa, and helping train young nurses to work in AIDS-stricken regions such as South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.