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  • Pioneer in sex crimes prosecution, Linda Fairstein, details second chapter as best-selling author

    UPPER EAST SIDE, NY- “I’m a paper hoarder so there’s stacks of paper, don’t kill yourself!” Linda Fairstein laughed. Clutter breeds creativity for international best-selling author Linda Fairstein. “That’s all the books in order,” showed me on her bookshelf. She’s published a staggering 19 crime novels for adult and young readers. “So research and everything is [in] a notebook with every thought,” she added. While she spends her days brainstorming, researching and writing, her biggest source of inspiration comes from experience; her […]

  • WEB EXTRA: Linda Fairstein explains her first attempt at using DNA

  • World-renowned pianist, Byron Janis, shares his love for music, his wife and helping others

    UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan- “Music is my life!” Every note, every melody, every song is transformative for Maestro Byron Janis. “At times it becomes like somebody else is playing the piano,” he described. As an internationally renowned concert pianist, he’s traveled the world fine tuning his craft for more than eight decades. “You have to have passion and perseverance,” he explained. “I will go into my 90th birthday next year, I don’t believe it!” A storied career, soon to be made into […]

  • Former homeless woman prepares home-cooked meals for people living on the street

    THE BRONX- “Today we’re having white rice, veggies and salmon!” A fresh, hot meal made with love by Sobeyra Almonte and her family. “I actually really like doing this,” Melissa, Sobeyra’s 15-year-old daughter, smiled. “It’s really fun!” Three days a week they come together to prepare home cooked dishes, not to feed themselves but to help those in need. “I can actually look for someone that loves me and really does care,” one of the homeless men said.  A feeling of being forgotten and stuck […]

  • Harlem’s Hot Bread Kitchen trains immigrant and low-income women for culinary careers

    HARLEM- It’s  kitchen with a mission! “We bake bread to help women get better jobs in the culinary industry,” Jessamyn Rodriguez said. This one of a kind bakery is tucked beneath the train tracks in Spanish Harlem.  “We make thousands of pieces of bread every day,” she added.  Every batch is unique and inspired by the people who make it. “Since we started Hot Bread Kitchen we have trained over 180 women, from 38 different countries so we are truly the United Nations […]

  • It’s a G Thing: Chefs cook up fun and furry friends at the Puppet Kitchen

    EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan — Play is the purpose here at the Puppet Kitchen. The chefs conceive, design and assemble these furry friends from scratch.  “This is where all the magic happens,” Eric Wright, co-founder, showed me. “Every puppet we build starts with a drawing and lots and lots of sketches. We use tons of different kinds of fabric, we use tons of different kinds of building materials, so we really use everything.” From local plays to TV shows to international productions, puppets […]

  • Nonprofit transforms ads into creative spaces for local artists

    LOWER EAST SIDE ,New York- “To have my work huge and visible is one of the most humbling experiences I’ve ever had!” From the sky to the street, works created by Elise R. Peterson are on full display.  “You can see this one here on Ludlow and Grant,” she showed us. “It’s something I never thought that would be a space in which my art would live and I’m just like so proud.” She is just one of the local artists […]

  • Nonprofit, Library for All, provides free digital bookstore to kids in developing countries

    CHELSEA, Manhattan — Some 250 million children worldwide lack access to books and basic education. In countries like Haiti, 85 percent of schools don’t even have a library, but the nonprofit Library for All is changing the game. “We exist to make knowledge accessible to all equally,” co-founder Tanyella Evans said. “We believe that in the 21st century access to knowledge is a basic human right.” When users open its app, millions of minds are opened through its vast digital […]

  • Long Island law firm grants ‘wishes’ for low-income seniors through free Senior Dreams program

    SHIRLEY, New York- Her smile has become her signature but up until a couple months ago, Denise Marino, was living with decaying dentures. “I lost my teeth when I was around 30 years old and got my first set of dentures [then],” Marino said. “They were just worn down, it was like having a plate in my mouth with nothing on it.” The 75-year-old has been living far under the poverty line for decades, with nowhere to turn for help.  “I couldn’t afford […]

  • It’s a G Thing: NYC version of ‘Sharktank’ offers entrepreneurs the chance to pitch potential investors

    BROOKLYN, New York- Investing in inventors, that’s what Biztank is all about. “My main goal here is to help people,” Joel Klein said.  From candy and kids to health aides and kitchen products this digital show welcomes every type of idea. “We have had 40 presenters and at least half of them were granted either with an investment or with strategic help,” he said. Joel Klein came up with the Sharktank-like concept a couple years ago as a way to contribute capital […]