Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
A world seethes beneath New York where love-seeking straphangers interact with stolen glances between jostling bodies.
Those who enter that world at the L train’s Bedford Avenue stop in Brooklyn take to the Internet more often than riders on any other line to turn furtive eye contact into trysts.
In romance fever’s high-season— the two weeks before and after Valentine’s Day — 421 men and women posted to the “missed connections” thread on craigslist.org hoping to connect with a stranger they chatted with or made eye contact with underground.
(To see maps of the missed connections, click here.)
The Bedford Avenue stop sparked 16 of those postings — the most for any station servicing a single line.
Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
â€œPeck Moss Group.â€ â€œBrack Capital.â€ â€œFor Sale.â€
These are some of the signs â€” and new neighbors â€” that have been popping up along the Bowery, dismaying local residents, as a new boutique hotel district is burgeoning in a neighborhood rich with history.
While college students and tourists flock to the Boweryâ€™s new nightlife attractions, including recently opened bars, such changes are loathed by longtime residents.
Tuesday, April 1st, 2008
Jade Stebbins developed her love of books thanks to her mother – and Reading Is Fundamental (RIF).
“I love books because I like to read,” said Jade, 5, as she handed copies of “The Berenstain Bears” and “The Gingerbread Boy” to her mother, Jacqueline, at the Brooklyn Public Library branch in Gravesend.
But other children may not get the same head start as Jade.
Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
Josefina felt overwhelmed as she and her taxi-driver husband struggled on his $20,000-a-year earnings to support their 4-year-old son and 3-month-old daughter.
“I was very sad,” said Josefina, 37. “I don’t have a lot of money. I’m not working now.”
Recently separated and already raising two children on a minimum-wage salary, Teresa, another Bronx mother, gave birth to a daughter in March.
Then came along a savior for both women: Baby Buggy, a charity started in 2001 by comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s wife, Jessica.