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As the Krona Crumbles, Icelanders Turn to Crafts

Could creativity be a way out of crisis?

Market Falling, Romance Rising

We need love more in times like these, relationship gurus say

Good, Old Food

Some turn to expired groceries as a money-saving strategy - and that’s not always a bad thing

New York's Secret World-Class Museums and Galleries

Three places to quietly enjoy art, and escape the crowds

Saving (a little piece of) the World's Fair

But artists’ “failed utopias” project annoys New York City parks officials

Makin' the World a Better Place (video)

U.S. college students volunteer to teach English in impoverished Dominican Republic schools

Investing in Body Art

Is the New York tattoo a sensible buy?

U.S. Latins Celebrate Long-Hidden Jewish Roots

Geraldo Rivera, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Brett Rattner are among them

Caring for Kids Isn't Child's Play

A formerly avaricious college freshman finds that day care workers are smarter than she thought

By Hooking Up, We Count Ourselves Out

College women hardly ever get asked out on dates anymore. Maybe that’s partly their fault?

"Where's My Bailout?"

And other rude questions scrawled in angry graffiti around one of New York’s wealthiest neighborhoods

My Imperfect First Kiss

Wasn’t I supposed to be swept off my feet?

A Super Fan Says Goodbye (video)

Most people think the New York Yankees’ new $1.5 billion stadium is pretty great. But at least one fan is struggling with a sense of loss.

An Urban Spelunker Pursues His Vision

An underground break-in for the sake of a math assignment led Steve Duncan to the Discovery Channel and a gallery show — and maybe a new career

The Helper

Meet Don Orlando Tobón, a neighborhood hero who has repatriated the bodies of hundreds of Colombian drug mules, inspired by his late mother, and by God
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In New York's Chinatown, an Inauspicious New Year (video)

My Big, White, Recession-Proof Wedding

Americans hold tight to an expertly-marketed dream

A Matchmaker Talks About What's Really Important

Recession presses people to prioritize relationships, this pro says

“Live, From New York, It's... Louis Klein!”

Diehard Saturday Night Live fan finds a life, of sorts, on line
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Of Hope and Hokey Pokey

(Or, what they were doing while you were home watching it on TV)

Obama Fever Grips DC Shop Owners (story and slideshow)

Vendors mark historic inaugural with Obama-themed products, services

Eager to Help (audio)

On community service day, Washington volunteers turn out in big numbers to clean and teach

"I'll Remember This Moment for the Rest of My Life" (video)

Students at one New York City school gave inauguration day over to celebration

Second Thoughts

Costs and crowds weaken inauguration turnout expectations

Another Kind of Choir (video)

Happy holidays! (Got a problem with that?)
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World Eating Champion Diets through the Holidays

Hot dog king says strict training and exercise is a secret to success

An Unrepentant Repo Man

Claims he seized his own mother’s car
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Scion of Disgraced Televangelists Preaching in Hipster Bars

Wearing a cross, star of David and Islamic crescent moon, Jay Bakker speaks of “inclusion.”

Virtual Adoption

Fearful right-to-lifers try a kinder, gentler tactic on the eve of the pro-choice Obama era

Off the Bottle?

Will cost-cutting, planet-saving consumers do in the beleaguered bottled-water industry?

Fuelish Choices

Before you agree that liquid coal is the next great solution to U.S. dependence on foreign oil, take a drive through Appalachian coal country.

Not So Lucrative After All

Companies lose interest in prospecting for new oil as prices dive
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The Gift Giving Retailers Less

As consumers get wise and states crack down, stores are enjoying fewer windfall profits from unused gift cards.

Cruising for Passengers

Desperate to fill empty cabins, the cruise line industry is slashing prices by more than a third

Paper Thin

Too many biographies of young athletes aren’t ready for prime time
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Crying in their Beer

Sulky Wall Streeters are trading fine wines for $3 pints of Miller

Newspapers No More

For colleges, it’s all the news that’s fit to print—online

Nobody Dies Here (video)

The story of an idyllic little hospital, where the patients are undemanding and healing is a family affair

Their Boots of Vegan Pleather

Surprise! Grit capital New York is becoming a global mecca for those who eat, and live, animal-free

"I Think I Know Now What it Felt Like When We Were Emancipated”

Brooklyn African-Americans from all walks of life jubilate

Harlem Erupts in Joy (video)

Obama Rama (audio)

Playing at being Barack
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A World of Faith

A young religious activist and his ambitious plan for global harmony

New York Marijuana Delivery Services Generate Plenty of Green

Experts compare them to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” speakeasies of the 1920s
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Life Imitating Art

Self-absorbed fans enacted the rap star’s lyrics—and we had a front-row view

How Middle East Funding Brings Conservative Islam to Ghana

And creates rifts with local Muslims

Can We Trust the Machines?

Critics say hacker-prone software and lack of federal regulation could lead to miscounting of votes
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Honeymoon in Cleveland

Skipping the beach to register homeless voters in a swing state

Activists Rush to Sign Up New Immigrant Voters

Can naturalized citizens tip the balance?

...While Immigrants Vow to Fight for Recognition (video)

(Though candidates are keeping their distance)
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Arab American Voters Feel Ignored

Neither presidential campaign seemed eager for their endorsement, community leaders say

The View from Ebbets Field, 60 Years after Jackie Robinson Broke Baseball’s Color Barrier

Many talk of those who paved the way for Obama

I'm Going As Obama

Obama Halloween masks are selling far faster than McCain masks, and trend watchers posit that this portends victory. If so, why are Joe the Plumber and sexy hockey mom costumes flying out the door, too?

Two Guys and a Baby (with video)

Standing up to those who would stop gay partners from becoming parents
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Psychics, Sports and Statisticians

Who or what best predicts a presidential win?
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National ID Could Tamp Down Discrimination Against Poor Voters

Proponents suggest card could be ready by the 2012 race
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Strategic Voting

Thousands of college students plan to vote where it counts most

Hello? Hello? Are You in a Good Place to Answer a Few Questions?

Pollsters pushed to call cell phones, to avoid undercounting younger voters.
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A Moose-Flogging, Cheerleading Dominatrix?

Or is it just open season on another woman candidate?
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Getting Smart About the Green

Through financial crisis, young African-American investors try to focus
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Disaster for Sale

Our media’s favorite brand is fear

Move Over, Hollywood

With glitz, drama and a touch of black magic, Nigerian film industry makes inroads in the United States
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Forty Years After Prague Spring, All That's Left of Communism is a Babushka with an Overbite (with slideshow)

(Unfortunately for the Czechs, one American just won’t let it go)
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Whose Land is This Land?

Why an oil-rich nation led by a powerful leftist can’t build houses for its poor

Adopting a New Identity (with video)

Children Americans adopt from other countries often lose touch with their native cultures
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Maybe You’ll Never Be an Investment Banker

Bad news and survival strategies for people graduating in tough times
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A Man Collapsed on the Sidewalk

As a pre-med major, I had to be honest: did I really want to be the doctor who would treat him?

Bittersweet Victory

After a nine-year wait, Kosovo’s independence brings some Albanian-American fighters a sense of closure

High Soy Prices Idling Biodiesel Plants

Farmers are happy, but it’s a blow for green energy
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The Soul of a Grown Machine

Environmentally friendly and fun to ride, bamboo bikes are catching on
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Will Exercise Video Games Get Kids Off the Couch?

New Nintendo Wii sports and fitness games fuel a fervid debate
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Salam, My Name Is: Not That Hard to Pronounce

Sassy Muslim-themed T-shirts protest, poke fun and show pride

That So Smooth, Too Smooth Sound

DJs abandoning vinyl records for computer software agree it’s practical–just not quite as wonderful
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The Food Savers

They don’t trust the supermarkets, the global markets or their own purchasing power, for that matter. They may be right.
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Would You Mind Disrobing, James?

And other requests made of young gay men who work as “houseboys”
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Barred from Proselytizing in China, Mormons Try a Chinatown

One of many sects aiming to convert new immigrants
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None of the Above

Some young leftists suspect neither Clinton nor Obama can cure what ails us
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Gay Rights Issues Take a Back Seat – and That’s OK

War, the economy and health care matter most, gay and lesbian rights groups say
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Is it Black Art, or Just Plain Art?

Obama’s presidential run reignites race and identity debates in the art world
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Civics and Beer

After a few drinks, politics can get very, very interesting

Should We Dump the Absentee Ballot?

Critics say a system that obliges many of the nation’s 18 million college students to vote from afar is inaccurate, insecure and just plain annoying
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Never Settle

Beguiled by the allures of the road, and endless choices, more twentysomethings are turning into professional nomads

Helping Booklovers Unite

People living far from their literary friends now have a way to read, and discuss, books together in real time
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Library-Based Cancer Detection Effort Claims Quick Success

Organizers hope the idea will take off nationally
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Reviled Criminal Starts Over, at 70

After escaping death row, he painted, wrote a book and claimed he’d reformed–but his victims’ defenders won’t forgive him for the murder he committed at 25 [with video]

Feminists for Obama

Just as they wouldn’t back Margaret Thatcher or Condoleezza Rice, argues a member of this camp, progressive women don’t automatically owe their vote to Hillary
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As Villains or Heroes, Muslims Star in New U.S. Comics

Fights over fundamentalism, and a dearth of role models, are driving forces
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Should 17 Year Olds Vote in the Primaries?

Politically-engaged teens say it’s only fair, if they’ll be 18 by Election Day
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Young Househunters See Opportunity in Crisis

Scouting for bargains—while they last
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House of Cards

Hit by construction job losses, Latin workers scale back payments to families abroad

Beyond Klezmer

Jewish a cappella groups the latest rage on campus
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Some Hacking Required

A tech startup invites consumers to use its blueprints to build their own computers. Will DIY video games and heart monitors be next?

Manhattan Country

Rustic-themed restaurants inspire dreams of slopes and sea
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Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun

In search of perfect playmates for their pets, some owners have taken to matchmaking online.
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Techno-Etiquette

It seems the next logical step, text messaging for a date. But will you get virtually shut down?

Whatever Happened to College Dating?

The complexities of the casual date

Defending a Woman's Right to Tease

Does saying “no” brand a girl with a scarlet T?
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Struggling to Adjust, Young Russian Immigrants Turn to Heroin

A problem nobody sees
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Rumi for Twentysomethings

A new generation finds meaning in the writings of a 13th century mystic poet
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My Affair with the (New) South

As an Italian-Filipina growing up in Georgia, I saw myself as “non-white.” I soon joined the Mexicans.
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Motorcycle Mama

My life as a badass biker chick, or taking the parking lot in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Beginner Rider Course
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Sitting Pretty

New “ugly” models agency offers hot properties

College Night at the Museum

Museums woo younger patrons with balls, parties and movies – and free parking

War of the Roses

Independent local florists have been forced into intense competition with Internet suppliers
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Loving Hip Hop in Morocco

How a Jew from Brooklyn helped found the country’s first hip hop festival – then made a film about it
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Second Life

What happens when bars take over temples of sex, beauty and religion
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Paying to Play

I wasn’t rich enough to intern for free. So I quit. Now, who out there will hire an accomplished dog walker/personal assistant/cocktail waitress with a B.A.?
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Those Ol' Brooklyn Blues

How southern culture is migrating north

Sounds of Northern Bluegrass (audio)

Urban band Citigrass melds city and country, to create a new sound

Wooing the Elusive Reader

Newspapers have a tailor-made tool within reach – if only they’d make an intellectual shift
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Obama and Me

I thought I was the one getting fired up — but apparently, the feeling was mutual.

The Frozen Yogurt Wars

Plugging into health and weight worries, new brands battle for national dominance

Up Against the Wall

Wal-Mart has a new jingle, but workers are hearing the same old song

Africa or Bust

Americans join British spoof on an elite international road rally

Africa or Bust

Americans join British spoof on an elite international road rally

Bus Trip to Senegal (slide show)

In which a team from Washington, DC, fails miserably at one mission, and succeeds at another.

Information, Please!

Why young viewers are turning off broadcast news

Your Latte with a Song

Starbucks and Apple team up to sell music at the coffee shop

I Luv U

And other things you should never send in a text message

Waiting Room

For a young cancer patient, it’s an especially nerve-wracking place

Waiting Room

For a young cancer patient, it’s an especially nerve-wracking place

Just Embarrass Him to Death

Victimized by wandering hands on public transit? Snap the creep’s picture and post it online, protest group suggests

Don't Laugh

Textile entrepreneur leads guffaw-inducing therapy sessions for the stressed-out

Their Own Sankofa

Ghana woos its black diaspora

After 17 Years in Limbo, Liberian Refugees are No Closer to Home

Trapped between fearsome civil war memories and an alien society, they hesitate in a camp in Ghana.

Sounds of Ghana (audio)

Hear the music and voices of Ghana (6.08 minutes)

Struggling for Gay Rights In a More Diverse Europe

Conservative attitudes in newer EU member states threaten to roll back a generation of gains in gay marriage, adoption, even equal access to work.

The High Cost of Giving Up Your Eggs

To a cash-strapped student, the typical $8,000 payment can seem tantalizing. But donors say the money is fully earned.

Hands, Her Greatest Asset

To keep her skin pristine, this top parts model won’t cook, schlep garbage or go out ungloved.

Say Hello to Hollywood

As the studios chase profits all the way to Broadway

Free Theater Nights Draw Crowds

Promotional scheme attracts new audiences across the nation

Does Mother Know Best?

If not, why are Mexican immigrants bearing more healthy babies than the Americanized second generation?

Author, Strategist, Chief Bottle Washer

Non-blockbuster writers find modest success in publishing their own work

Wanted: Ambitious Young Filmmakers

New Internet sites link directors, actors and editors — easing the arduous process of moviemaking just a little

Gentrification’s Advance Guard

It’s easy to criticize the knockout punches of gentrification: the arrival of a Whole Foods or a Starbucks. But students are often the earliest culprits.

Pow! Splat!

Women muscle in to the macho world of comics

Swatting Flies and Saving the World

Students branch out to Niger, Kazakhstan or China, taking a bite out of Europe study abroad programs

A Second Life for Your Wedding Dress

Someone else wants it as much as you did

Have a Seat (If You Can Find One)

Public spaces next to private buildings are often indifferently maintained

A Cigarette For Your Life Story

Banishment from the bar thrusts a smoker, briefly, into the lives of strangers

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Are we really fairest of them all?

Gay Asylum Petitions Grow

Many flee harassment at home for more accepting communities in the United States

The Bittersweet Truth

Dark chocolate is probably less wonderful for your health than you think

The Real Deal

If you don’t have the cash to buy diamonds or Prada, these companies will help you fake it

Racing Without Brakes (or Gears, or Lycra)

The cheapo, pared-down, under-the-radar world of the Alleycat, the international bike messenger races

Stretching Towards Jesus

If yoga is Hindu, why are Christians doing it in church – and to the Lord’s Prayer?

Check Your Purse, Sir?

And other things men will soon be hearing, if the fashion industry gets its way

Another Kind of Dining Hall

A tech company’s attempt to get college students to stop pirating music
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Anything to Score

Ghanaians were ecstatic when their soccer team nearly made the World Cup quarterfinals last year. The downside: thousands of teens fantasizing about sports careers have been spirited away to Europe, and often abandoned there.

How YouTube Makes – and Breaks – Political Careers

Home video site likely to be a force in 2008

Clothing with a Conscience

Designer’s line for young Muslims takes off

Sweet Touch

An arts exec turned cupcake designer publishes a baking book for kids

Making Work Work For Gen Y

Many twenty-somethings say they’ll seek out careers that will let them balance jobs and family better than their baby boomer parents did.

New York City a Hot Pilgrimage Destination For Evangelicals

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The (Second) Rise of the Nerd

Girls are again eyeing guys who love Converse sneakers and Japanese animated comics
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The (Second) Rise of the Nerd

Girls are again eyeing guys who love Converse sneakers and Japanese animated comics

The Struggling Interns

Students who need to earn money while in college find it hard to take on those all-important unpaid internships.

Food for Thought

College students can boost their brainpower with the right foods

Why Isn’t My Generation Protesting the War?

Somehow, we’ve stopped believing in the importance and power of speaking our minds.

Breaking the Bank for a Big Break

Trying to launch my acting career is turning out to be more expensive than I could have imagined.

'90s Nostalgia

Hard to believe, but lots of college kids are already pining away for those "good old days."

A Mexican Sonidero Shouts Out

A young DJ delivers a home-grown tradition to New York Mexicans, one of the city's hardest-pressed immigrant groups.

Fast Facts on the Freshman 15

Think all students put on pounds when they head off to college? Nutrition experts reveal the real deal on weight gain.

Paris in New York

With its Francophone enclaves, arrondissement-style nabes and standout French jazz and food, the city offers a captivating Parisian experience

Apparel Company Targets Stylish, Young Christians

After his 15 minutes of television fame, an entrepreneur tries to spread a lasting message

Lagerfeld at the Shopping Mall

And other tales of - shhhh!- couture clothing designers slumming in retail

Sizing It Up

Do you fit into a size 6 in one store, but need a size 8 in another? Don't be fooled -- it's a ploy to get your business.

Hitting the Big 1.0

More first birthday parties are being turned into extravaganzas, with carousels, sundae bars and petting zoos. “The new wedding,” one party planner calls this. That, or a severe case of one-upmanship.

Another Kind of Dining Hall

College campuses across the country are establishing lactation rooms where students with babies can breastfeed.

Babysitting Goes to College

With child care now paying more than the typical bottom-rung retail job, university students are chasing gigs once left to high-schoolers.

Finding Islamic Love Online

An Internet social network allows young Muslim-Americans to search for a soul mate without violating religious rules against dating.

Cool Brew

A sax-playing Harlem brewer who named her beer after “Take the A Train” gets ready to expand

Not Listening!

Despite warnings that iPods can cause hearing damage, young people are reluctant to turn down the volume.
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Six Styles That Say Fashion

You don’t have to be too rich or too thin to incorporate these trendy new looks into your fall and winter wardrobe.

New York Food, a la Cubana

Places to kick back, hear bachata and savor a medianoche

4 Easy Voter Reg, Txt Me

Two digital execs started a text messaging campaign to sign notoriously resistant young people up to vote. Now, will it work?

Beyond the Gender Binary

As college students explore different sexual identities, campus LGBT organizations are changing their acronym to keep up.

Publishers Launch Pop-Up Books For Grownups

Sex, Celebs and Elvis – what more could a reader want?

Book Review: Under the Gun

Pakistan’s president explains how his country can be a U.S. ally and a Muslim nuclear power
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Changing Identities

On forms asking their racial or ethnic background, young multicultural Americans give different answers at different times.
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Don't Worry, Mom

Young people say easier availability of the morning-after pill won’t make them careless.
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All Dig In!

Desserts meant for sharing are popping up on menus at trendy downtown Manhattan restaurants.

They’re In Line, You’re In Nirvana

Savvy substitutes for New York City tourist traps that will leave you smiling

I'm Graduating From A College I Can’t Afford

I was accepted early decision by my first-choice school and couldn’t walk away from the opportunity. Now, I’m stuck with almost $90,000 in debt.

Clubs, Pubs and Study Abroad Programs Lure Students to Krakow

Move over, Prague! This historic Eastern European city is the hot new destination for young travelers from around the globe.

Parking Lot Paradise

A trendy beach springs up beside a defunct London brewery

Steeped in Tradition [sidebar]

London's tea and coffee museum fights to keep up standards

Rembrandt & Armor

Kids can try on the coats of mail at this offbeat London museum

Getting Your Sneaker Fix in London

London is right in step with the hip hop culture-driven craze that's turning athletic shoes into pricey collectibles

Dumpster Divers Cry: Don't Buy!

Freebie movement challenges the scramble for profit

Coffee Overdose Threat Looms During College Finals Season

Watching One Child Get Left Behind

A tutor discovers that big dreams aren’t always enough

How to Lose Your Job without Really Trying

Fallout from casual Internet posting is on the rise

Web Winchells

Extreme celebrity gossip sites win fans on the net

The Prom without Boys

Muslim teenagers remake an American rite of passage

Cheap and Amazing Latin Eats

Where in New York to find the best shredded pork, empanadas and tres leches cake

Goofballs No More

Backers of the out-of-favor school sport dodgeball try to build a professional team

When Humans Attack

Efforts to protect people and their pets from domestic violence grow nationwide
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Free Internet Service Challenges Phone Lines

Now that millions of people can call anywhere in the world for free, how long will pricey international rates survive?

TV Eye

iPod's latest feature is turning heads

Movies Without Studios

A new website pays per-click fees to filmmakers who post their videos there. Will this lead to cacophony, or to a challenge to Hollywood?

Touring on a Long Road

Rising rock star Daryl Palumbo prevails over debilitating illness
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Vacation: The Final Frontier

Less than a decade from now, space hotels will offer a zero-G getaway

Red Velvet Secrets

While you're fighting for the privilege of paying a hefty cover charge, some of New York's trendiest clubs are actually paying to get customers

Continental Drift

Following CBGB, another East Village punk palace shuts down

Not Just Golden Oldies

They missed the era of the vinyl record. But some twentysomethings are making up for it now

Good, and Good for You Too

Shoppers snap up no-downside "healthy" chocolates

The Player

Earning six figures, a poker maven drops out of college

Song Song Revolution

Traditional Asian karaoke charts a hit with young clubgoers

Playing for Keeps

Competitive video game players explode into stardom

Mr. Show

The latest twist on personal services: Live (male) nude housecleaning
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Americans Go Mad for a Medieval Scottish Sport

Curling, with its boulders and broomsticks, is the butt of many a joke. But after the U.S. won Olympic bronze this winter, the sport caught on with the college crowd

Impromptu Fun

At New York’s improv comedy houses, tickets cost less than $10, and drinking is optional

Irish-American Rocker’s New Album Recalls the Good and Bad Old Days

Champions of the Ether

Faux musicians star in national air guitar contest

Sea Change

This year’s hot spring break destination: a Caribbean cruise

Au Revoir, Bohème. Bonjour Lauren!

Upscale fashion retailers trail “Sex and the City” to an iconic New York street

A Real New York Bargain

Shoppers who’ve spent it all can eat for cheap at a bakery in the heart of lower Manhattan

Friends for the Night

More than cheap sleeps, hostelling offers a subculture of traveling buddies and guides

Kids: Don't Do This At School

As one student learned, university bans on residence hall businesses clash with e-commerce

Argentina's Dirty Little Secret

A filmmaker chronicles a young man’s discovery of a sordid episode in his family’s, and his country’s, past

Life Lessons

A college guide improves the odds for disadvantaged students

Quick, What's a Seven-Letter Word for "Satan"?

If you’re a competitive crossword puzzle-solver, you’ve got it already

No Pie in the Sky

A Manhattan parlor slices a healthier path for pizza

Under 21 and $25,000 in Debt

Many college students are tempted by the deluge of credit card offers that flood their mailboxes. One student lost all control — and then panicked.

George Clooney Goes Back to J-School

George Clooney, Grant Heslov and David Strathairn of the film “Good Night, and Good Luck” dropped by New York University’s journalism department to talk about Murrow, McCarthy and the state of the press.

See If You Can Do What I Do With My Hands

With his arms and fists always posed to block a punch, 81-year-old Washington, D.C., boxing coach Henry Thomas talks about training fighters of all skill levels, his memories of boxing’s legendary figthers and battling racism.

Poetry Power

Thousands of New York City teens are flocking to old-fashioned poetry workshops run by a nonprofit that considers recitation confidence-building. The draw? A little respect.

Big Apple Bargains

Free tour guides, down-home sweets and secret views of the Statue of Liberty await the determined penny-pincher.

Meet New York's Famous Hat Lady

Hundreds of people pass by MacDougal Street each day without realizing that the landmark Greenwich Village street, known for its bars and nightlife, is also home to New York City’s famous hat lady.

Why I Hate Cell Phones

What not to get me for Christmas.

Food Fight

On Dec. 22, eight delightful people will descend upon my parents’ house in the hills of New Hampshire. The 10 of us will then embark on a full week of calm merriment in fire-lit, smoke-screened amber tones. I feel the warmth of the fire, a blustery gust as someone briefly opens the mudroom door to bring in a heap of firewood. I’m thirsty, and suddenly there’s wine. Someone mentions turkey and I can … not smell it.

Confessions of a Party Pooper

There’s something about sequins and cheap champagne that just turns me off. I abhor party hats and noise makers. Resolutions are for suckers. Maybe that’s why I’m a huge party pooper this time of year. I hate New Year’s Eve.

A Resolution

It’s not every day you see a 6-foot man shove a librarian so hard her glasses fall off.

Family Feud: Will the Real Satmar Please Stand Up?

Fist-fighting, beard-pulling Orthodox Jews. Brotherly break-ins at the local synagogue. Williamsburg hipsters hooked on something besides Ms. Pac Man, calling the throw-down “a hell of a story.” Here’s a tale — Shakespearian in drama — of feuding Hasidic brothers, sons of a grand rabbi with worldwide spiritual power, fighting over succession in a neighborhood otherwise spared from fraternity bar brawls.

Tookie's Clemency Campaign Gathers Steam

The Crips co-founder upstages former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft at a rally at Columbia University.

The World's Largest Menorah

The World’s Largest Menorah, to be lit near Central Park, is an enormous steel beamed structure standing 32 feet high. Not only does it commemorate the historic miracle that Hanukkah celebrates, but it also offers Yidden metros a sense of New York City’s Jewish community at a time when it seems the entire city is festooned with Christmas lights and Santas.

Facing December's Greatest Dilemma

Observing the holidays can be a stressful enough time within one religion, but try two. For many young interfaith couples, the season of the “December Dilemma” is upon us.

Happy Challah Days

It is Tuesday night on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and seven young Jewish women have left their briefcases and Blackberries behind and are elbows deep in flour, mixing, kneading and braiding. They are learning to make challah, the traditional sweet egg bread served at Jewish holiday and Sabbath meals.

Oh There's No Place Like Work For the Holidays

Whether they’re scrambling to find eggnog for a last-minute shopper, parking cars for holiday sightseers or fighting fires for someone who left the space heater on, for many New Yorkers, Christmas is just another working day.

Cuckoo for Cookies

Most Americans would agree that cookies are to Christmas as hydrogen is to water: essential. Whether you’re hosting a cookie swap or attending your mother-in-law’s, here are some cookie cookbooks, one or more of which might fit your motives.

Court Pastry Shop Draws a Crowd

The sweet, nutty smells are irresistible. Half a dozen varieties of authentic Italian Christmas cookies, in addition to classic Italian pastries, are painstakingly filled and intricately decorated to adorn the front window of Court Pastry Shop at 298 Court Street in Brooklyn.

Jersey City — New Hot Spot for Hipster Shopping

Williamsburg beware: Hipsters are finding a new hot spot to indulge in one-of-a-kind fashion on a Jersey City budget.

Harvard Square Holiday Craft Fair

Looking for a holiday craft fair that isn’t stuffed to the brim with hats, scarves, and costume jewelry? Then visit the Harvard Square Holiday Craft Fair this December to buy a hand-printed card, fill stockings with solid pewter critters and light Menorahs with hand-dipped candles.

Holiday Shopping for Your New Honey

For new couples, the holidays can change from a time of good cheer into one of major anxiety. Between choosing the perfect gift and deciding how much to spend, the most wonderful time of the year can become an emotional rollercoaster. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

Reading is Elementary at Harlem Link Charter School

Bill Feerick never needed an excuse to bellow into his trombone or whack his tennis racket. Reading was another story. It wasn’t until Father William O’Malley’s English class at Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx that he began to love words. The experience of teaching a first grader her letters made him realize his calling — teaching underprivileged children to learn how to read.

The Cheap Date New Yorkers Love to Hate

In a city where a glass of beer often tops $6 and a tour can cost upwards of $30 per person, finding an inexpensive date can be something of a challenge. Why not take advantage of free public transit?

Has "Elegant Violence" Gotten Too Elegant? Rugby Grows Up.

While playing with my college team at the annual New York Rugby Sevens Tournament, I realized that while I have largely given up my cleats and shorts for the pumps and skirts of adulthood, rugby itself has also become more mature and polished.

Postcards From the Edge

Frank Warren tells other people’s secrets. With a new book and the No. 2 blog on the Web, what Warren began as an art project is becoming a small phenomenon.

To Blog or Not to Blog: For Some, Not Even a Question

Kelly, a 27-year-old newspaper editor in Pennsylvania, began her blog as a kind of online diary. But then people started visiting her blog and commenting on it. Now, she receives about 700 hits a day. She is one of the thousands of Internet users in America who blog. Still, only a third of adult Internet users have a good idea of what “blog” actually means, according to a Pew Internet & American Life Project report.

Fashionistas Flock to Shecky's Girls Night Out

Shecky’s Girls Night Out is a five hour shopping event of up and coming designer names from across the country, with complimentary cocktails and mini makeovers all included in the admission price. Mixing alcohol with shopping — a girl could get used to this.

One Hour From Paradise

Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad’s new film “Paradise Now” delves into the motivations of suicide bombers. In what are to be their final days alive, two young Palestinian friends, Said and Khaled, stumble over strategic and emotional obstacles that ultimately lead only one of them to complete the mission to attack Tel Aviv.

A Good Kick in the Pants

Most of Christopher Scott’s meals lately come from his freezer, assuming he remembers to eat. He has fallen behind in housecleaning, and his eyes are bloodshot for lack of sleep. One topic — and one topic only — dominates his mind whether he’s alone, at work or with friends. No, it’s not that he’s in love. Scott is one of 847 New York City area residents participating in November’s National Novel Writing Month.

Get British in the Big Apple

If the United States visit of Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has brought out your inner Anglophile, forget your passport and head to New York City to get your fix.

Life at the Circus

The Big Apple Circus is in New York until January, when it heads to Atlanta and elsewhere across the country. Many of its talented performers are young and far from home. At 22, Bulgarian-born Mantchev is already an eight-year circus veteran. As a young teen, he traded his family for the circus community and came to America.

The Modern Marathon Man

Peter Warrington wore out his computer keypad almost as much as his sneakers while preparing for his first New York City Marathon. Instead of measuring his training route with a car’s odometer, Warrington, a 23-year-old software engineer from Boston, simply logged on to Google.

Need a Priest? Try Google.

Web sites like www.theknot.com, www.rentapriest.com and www.lovingheartsceremonies.com are giving engaged couples a whole new way to find someone to preside over their weddings.

Sam Champion Goes on Tour for Slow Rewind

Leave your thoughts of the permanently tan WABC-TV weatherman behind. The four guys who make up the buzz worthy indie rock sound of Sam Champion are trekking across the country via van in promotion of their new album, “Slow Rewind.”

Abingdon Guest House Feels Like Home

Abingdon Guest House serves up cozy hospitality in the heart of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.

Proposals With Pizzazz

A growing number of about-to-get-engaged guys are upping the ante on the traditional proposal by doing much more than getting down on one knee. With the peak engagement season approaching, is the creative approach putting pressure on other guys about to pop the question?

"Dog Sees God" Playwright Looks Outside His World

When Bert V. Royal moved to New York City from Green Cove Springs, Fla., he was just 21 with no college degree and little professional experience. Seven years later, Royal’s first play opens off-Broadway this December, and he has a six-figure advance to write an original screenplay for Paramount.

New Yorkers Fall for Fall

The chill in the air, it seems, turns young, sophisticated New Yorkers into harvesters, old-fashioned cooks and nature lovers. Maybe the city never sleeps, but seasonal rituals are observed here as much as in any small town — even fall cleaning.

This Web Site's Half Full

Byron Reese, a 36-year-old entrepreneur from Texas, created the Happy News Web site in response to people telling him they were tired of hearing only negative news. Feedback has surpassed his expectations.

Food, Fun and Beer in Brooklyn

Trivia, arcade games and free eats are all part of the newest gimmicks to draw a bar crowd into Brooklyn’s hippest neighborhood. This article highlights a few of the new Williamsburg outposts to pick up on the trend.

Stuck in a Fantasy

It’s almost halfway through football season, and some women are totally fed up. But it’s not just “Monday Night Football” and weekend games that are making the sight of a Hail Mary pass unbearable. It’s fantasy football.

Hillel Travels to Houston Days After Katrina

Within NYU Hillel’s local, independent effort, 10 volunteers were sent to Houston to offer support and assistance to storm victims. What these student volunteers would learn is this act would spawn a greater call to activism and become a part of a larger process to repair the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina.

Emerging Artists Make Their Debut in a Public Hospital

Move over, Amateur Night at the Apollo – now New York’s undiscovered performers are making their debut in a New York City public hospital. And they’re being paid with something that’s worth more than cash.

Are Internships a Racket?

While internships have become a resume staple for entry-level workers, the internships themselves are becoming less desirable — particularly in journalism. What’s a cub reporter to do?

Six Billion Reasons College Sports Won't Change

This year, the NCAA will be enforcing new academic standards aimed at raising graduation rates on all Division I sports teams to about 50 percent and threatening sanctions against programs that don’t comply. But whether the NCAA is actually willing to impose severe penalties is unclear.

Blogs and Advertisers: A Perfect Match?

When the sports company Puma recently touted their sneakers on blogs, the German athletic firm followed the trend of many other well known brands. Even the most staid conventional companies are launching into the blogosphere these days as advertising is becoming increasingly individualized.

No More Cinder Blocks: College Kids Raise the Bar on Dorm Rooms

College students have always tried to make their first home-away-from-home more comfortable, but now they are taking dorm décor to a new level. Home furnishing companies are ready to help.

C'est la Vie: Choosing a Life

I fell in love with France, but the jobs didn’t pay and the stores were always shut. Worse, everyone seemed to hate Americans.

The Prize Surprise

My girlfriend and I won a four day trip to a Florida island paradise. What more could we want?

One Day in Tangier

My aunt’s idea of great vacation was spying on Antonio Banderas’ summer home and browsing through the tony boutiques of southern Spain. The rest of the family was looking for something more adventurous.

London's Long and Winding Road

Wouldn’t the well-trodden route to a Beatles shrine be easy to follow?

The Statues of Kiev

You can gauge the mood in the Ukrainian capital by the way the locals treat their public statues. Around some, they picnic, pray and snap wedding pictures. Then there’s the other kind.

Dressing Down in Coconut Grove

A pizza-and-pitchers alternative to Miami’s South Beach.

Living the High Life in Wisconsin

A New Yorker has a tough time keeping up with a major local pastime.

Climbing Southeast Asia’s Highest Peak

Reaching the summit of Mount Kinabalu in northern Borneo was supposed to be easy. They said any tourist could do it.

Husband-Hunting in the Hamptons

You may be looking in all the wrong places.

Eating Away the New York Blues

A newcomer finds a cure for homesickness in the East Village’s torta cubana, sake and mac and cheese.

Touring New York’s Finest Chocolate Shops

After sampling La Dolce Grapefruit, habañero pepper and King Tut at the new artisanal chocolate shops, you’ll forget all about your weakness for Nestles.

New York’s Other Little Italy

You can shop for beef hearts and tongue, along with the usual olives and sun-dried tomatoes, in this earthy Bronx neighborhood.

Brooklyn's Hipster Heaven

New York’s Williamsburg neighborhood has a performance space with a reflecting pool, the city’s best blue cheese and other indispensable items, like Che Guevara T-shirts for the kids.

New York's Moveable Feast

Some of the city’s most delectable, dollar-wise meals are rolling down the street.

Foolproof Travel Via The Web: Tips To Save Headaches and Money

Using the Internet to book flights or vacations? You’re not alone. In the past year, 44.6 million Americans used the Internet to book travel plans, and those using the Internet to make travel arrangements spent an average of $2,700, according to the Travel Industry of America.

Reminiscing About Garbage

I am addicted to Garbage. Not the kind here in New York City that litters our streets and provides ample food for the rats. I’m talking about the rock band Garbage — the very same Garbage that I have listened to for the last nine years. I love them and listen to their songs everyday on my MP3 player during my daily commute on the subway.

An Unlikely Rock Star

Soovin Kim performs to sold out concert halls, has throngs of adoring fans and lives out of his suitcase for most of the year, but he’s no rock star. He’s a concert violinist.

A Powerful Accessory for $1

The bright yellow bands are inescapable. And it is the one fashion accessory that everyone can agree on. The LIVESTRONG wristbands have a firm following of fans, with more than 40 million of the $1 bracelets sold in less than a year to raise awareness about cancer and to support research efforts.

Philadelphia: More Than Just Cheese Steaks

Philadelphia is a short hour away from New York by train and a mere $12 bus ride from Port Authority, making it the perfect city for a quick weekend getaway.

From Kalamazoo to Conan

Not many residents of New York City can claim a blasé attitude toward a celebrity sighting. When you are a 24-year-old working at NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” you just might see enough celebrities that you no longer get as starstruck.

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New York City is more of a country music town than most people think. As the No. 2 market for country music sales in the United States and with the Country Music Association Awards coming to the city, country music fans are wondering why there is still no country music scene.

Grad Students Struggle for Internships

Employers are reluctant to hire graduate students, fearing a more experienced intern will be unsatisfied with their menial responsibilities and walk away.

Dirty Clothing Line Cleans Up

The most a plumber normally shows of his butt is the top part of it, but one U.K. clothing line is marketing their work clothing by dropping the handyman’s pants entirely.

A Renaissance Man Painting in the 21st Century

An artistic master weaves classic technique with a contemporary twist.

Sugar and Spice

Janice Cable’s “Candy Dance” class gives women a fun — and sexy — way to burn off the calories.

Summers with Tammy

It’s a pattern I’ve repeated ever since junior high when my cable was upgraded. That’s when I met the likes of Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra and Doris Day on the American Movie Channel.

The Secret Behind the Magic of Disney

The dress-code rules at Disney theme parks may go father than the normal dress code for a day at work, but it’s not easy for Disney employees to maintain the magic of Disney. Just ask anyone who works there.

'Idol' Constantine Still a Winner as Band Inks Record Deal

While Constantine Maroulis was busy competing for an “American Idol” record deal, his band, Pray for the Soul of Betty, just signed with KOCH Records. And for those who fear the end of the band is near with Constantine’s appearance on “American Idol,” Betty’s drummer, Hamboussi, is out to reassure you that the group will continue with Constantine.

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Theater by the Blind, a company made up of both sighted and visually impaired actors, has been surprising audiences since its founding in 1979. In their latest production, “Oedipus,” the troupe continues to challenge misperceptions about blindness.

Living Works of Art

It’s impossible to tell what she’s wearing, if anything at all. Women wonder how she got her eyeshadow to match her dress, men strive to maintain eye-contact, but the truth is that 20-year-old Danielle Costanzo is wearing her own art: painted patterns that match her skirts and fool the eye.

Famous Joe's — Still Worthy of the Title

Forced to move locations after an astronomical rent increase, Joe’s Pizza is still going strong three doors down from its original spot.

An Old Nickname Yields Sweet Profits for This Chick

Sometimes having a childhood nickname stick can turn out to be a very profitable experience. Just ask Chick, a.k.a. Nicky Hilton, who is using her nickname for a new juniors clothing collection.

Wine-Tasting Classes Reach Out to Gen-X

The popularity of the movie “Sideways” illuminated a growing trend in the wine industry. Wine is no longer confined to members of the Baby Boomer generation as more and more of their children discover its possibilities. Through classes and tastings, many places in New York City are reaching out to the younger consumer and teaching people that wine does not have to be unapproachable.

Students Fall for Credit Cards' Lure

Statistics show that college students across the United States are increasingly suffering from credit debt. Here are ways to identify credit card debt and ways to solve it.

Team Jersey Walks for Cancer Research

On April 30, 24-year-old Morgan Jareck will lead a crowd of 75 friends and Allendale, N.J., neighbors through the streets of Times Square and Central Park for the 5K Revlon Run/Walk for Women to remember her mom, Peggy Jareck, who died of colon cancer last year at the age of 53.

NYU Students Prepare for Death

Most people in their 20s are focused on finishing college, getting their first jobs and figuring out where to hang out on Saturday night — certainly not something as depressing and unimagined as death.

Getting a Hand Up or a Hand-out in East Village Park?

While many ideal, young go-getters are working to serve the homeless individuals in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, others ask whether their approach is keeping the homeless on the streets.

Return of the Star Wars Fans

In 2002, “Star Wars” fans were ridiculed as being “huge” nerds on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Those fans are lining up again — this time for the release of “Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” — and it’s for a worthy cause.

Canadian Rockers Shrug at Hype

Ask any music hipster in America — Montreal is officially cool. Now, if only Montrealers would agree.

Looking for Love and Literature at the Bookstore

Bookstores aren’t just for bookworms anymore — they have become hotspots for the singles’ scene in New York City.

Summertime in the City that Never Sleeps

New York City is the hippest place to be during the steamy summer months. Whether you are here on vacation, toiling away at that fantastic internship or stuck in a rut, the Big Apple has a plethora of activities to keep you entertained until Labor Day.

Oriental: Rugs or People?

Even the dictionary says that when used to describe a person, “Oriental” is “now often regarded as a term of disparagement.” When did the word become so loaded?

The Man Who Walked All of New York

Caleb Smith is of the few people to have walked every street in Manhattan. His two-and-half-year journey has brought him minor celebrity and the chance to discuss what he loves most about New York City.

The Lost Children of Sudan

American reporter Maria Sliwa attempts to shed light on the horrific abuses endured by the children in southern Sudan, including being forced into the army and into slavery.

Burning Calories to a Cultural Experience

The Greenpoint YMCA is spicing up the usual workout routine with its Afro-Caribbean dance class, as well as its belly dancing and break dancing classes, which physically celebrate cultures abroad and in New York.

Club (Museum) Hopping

Moons, Manhattans and Monets mingle at New York’s new nighteries — museums.

Twisting Trash for Laughs

Found Footage Festival juxtaposes awkward scenes, outrageous people and the wit of the pal hosts with 90 minutes of compiled video clips scavenged in dumpsters, garage sales and thrift stores.

Foreign Language Classes See Increases in Enrollment

A growing number of Americans are learning Spanish and Chinese, due in part to economic globalization and recent waves of immigration into the United States.

A Place As Good as You Remember

Peaking in popularity 25 years ago, Howard Johnson’s dominated the American highway, but since then, the chain has almost vanished. Ironically, the Howard Johnson’s in Times Square, a mecca for what’s new and the first place where tourists land, has held on throughout the changing times.

Hair of the Dog With a Side of Eggs

Two Lower East Side Manhattan restaurants serve their eggs scrambled and turn their customers’ hangovers sunny-side-up.

Matt Taibbi Talks

A New York Press writer, Matt Taibbi talks about his new book, playing sports in Russia and Mongolia and his travels around the world.

Spring Bling

Like spring flowers, fashion and beauty outposts are popping up all over downtown New York this Spring.

A Tip on Tips

To avoid confrontation in the Big Apple, remember these tipping guidelines.

Fat and Happy: Women React to Pregnancy

When I became visibly pregnant, people were nicer to me, but it wasn’t the people I expected. Suddenly, it felt like I’d become a member of a secret girls’ club. A world of kind, supportive women became available to me.

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International students turn to illegal employment and miserable wages because of red tape that surrounds their visa status.

Famous and Hungry

One reporter watches her cousin, a rising pop star in Taiwan, deal with an eating disorder.

Basquiat's Bold Strokes are Drawing People to Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Museum on Eastern Parkway will be showing 116 of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s paintings and drawings through June 5. A modern street artist of the late ’70s and ’80s who died of a heroin overdose in 1988 at 27, Basquiat was viewed as the successor to Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse as an artist who used modern art to emulate African art.

Falun Gong Finds Home at Kimmel

Falun Gong demonstrations became a common sight for New York pedestrians this summer as followers of the practice, which originated in China, set up exhibitions in prominent New York City locations. Now Falun Gong has spread to a new locale even closer to home than the village streets: the Kimmel Center at New York University.

“Seed” Takes Root at NYU

Despite its name, Seed isn’t aimed at green thumbs — it’s the first on-campus Christian publication that is run by, and for, New York University students.

"Stitch'T" Up for Business

Jason Friedman and his girlfriend, Ariela Schulman, had too much of a good thing. They had 200 vintage T-shirts that were lovingly collected on their travels over the years, but nowhere to keep them. So in January of 2004, they started a business to preserve the memories the T-shirts hold.

Here Is My New York

After moving to New York City, the author discovers E.B. White’s classic essay “Here Is New York” and considers what the city, as it is today, means to her.

Chocolate: A Love Story

Chocolate is the gift for the omni-occasion, writes choc-a-holic Amanda Kwan. And she’ll eat it — generic or designer — on Easter, from clearance bins or from designer chocolatiers.

Sushi on a Budget

For those who think that good sushi can’t be had on a student budget, Jeollado, a sushi spot named after a province in Korea, is the place to go.

Online Music Junkies Keep Cheap Fix For Now

EMI, a major record label, denied that they were in talks with other music companies to push for unilateral price increases for online music, as was reported in The Financial Times on Feb. 28. They questioned the sources of the article and said the digital music industry was not ready for higher prices.

Union Square Greenmarket Freshens Up Produce Choices

Tired of standing in front of the produce section and not finding anything fresh? Put the shopping cart back and take a walk outside and on up to the Union Square Greenmarket, located at 17th Street and Broadway.

Reduced-Price Bagels Are a Hole-in-One

If you love to wake up and eat a delicious bagel but can’t justify plunking down $2.50 or more every day, an inexpensive way to still enjoy the favorite food is to pay a visit to Bagel Bob’s, located at 51 University Place, on Monday nights.

Veniero’s Pastry — A Little Bit of Heaven

After dinner, take a moonlight walk with your honey to Veniero’s for a sugar-filled evening.

Do Lunch Instead of Dinner

Even on a student budget, you can sample plenty of great New York restaurants — if you eat lunch out rather than dinner.

Baby-Sitting Becomes Big Business on Campus

Started by young college women in New York and Boston, companies like SitterCity (sittercity.com) and Sensible Sitters (sensiblesitters.com) capitalize on the demand for babysitters. With introductory fees as high as $150 and monthly membership fees, selling babysitters can be a profitable business.

Channel Surfing for Nostalgia

Teenage soap operas aren’t just for kids. They’re luring droves of post-pubescent viewers too.

A New York City Shopper’s Secret Gem

New Yorkers and tourists alike know about Century21, the infamous bargain designer outlet opposite the World Trade Center site, but few know about the clotheshorse’s real secret find: Loehmann’s on 16th Street and Seventh Avenue in Chelsea.

When in NYC, Don’t Just Watch TV

It may seem impossible to get tickets to television shows like David Letterman and Saturday Night Live, access to other popular show tapings is a mere phone call or click of a mouse away.

Defying the Statistics: Under 25 and Taking Care Of Business

Howard Lerman is one of the 1 percent of business owners who hold a special distinction: he owned a business before turning 25. This April, he will mark his first year as the chief operating officer of a large direct marketing company, the second executive position he has held in the past four years after he sold his first company in 2001. Last month he celebrated his birthday. He turned 25.

Walking the Walk

It’s true that the crime rate in New York City has reached the lowest level since 1968, but there are still more than 25,000 crimes that are committed annually, enough to provoke caution on anyone’s part.

Shades of Etiquette

With more than 7 million people using mass transit daily, a unique standard of etiquette has evolved.

How to Get the Best Seats to the Best Shows

Broadway shows are one of the biggest draws of New York City for both locals and tourists alike. Everyone is looking for the cheapest way to get into the best shows.

Decorating on a Budget

If you are a broke college student (and let’s face it, most of us are), you don’t have to resign yourself to an empty apartment or dorm with four bare walls. New York City offers many flea markets where you can find anything from furniture and vintage clothing to ethnic wares from all over the world.

How a Broadway Choreographer Danced His Way to Success

Ken Roberson, choreographer of “Avenue Q” and the new Elvis-inspired show, “All Shook Up,” discusses his beginnings and his love of the theater.

Cheap Eats

An economical Parisian eatery makes New York City just a little more relaxing and affordable.

Learning English Is the First Step for Many in Brooklyn

Jerzy Borowicz, 57, knows that if he wants to make films in New York, he must first become comfortable speaking English. Now, the Polish television director, along with many others, participates in English classes at a Brooklyn library to improve his skills.

Skipping the Post Office Lines

Tired of waiting in long lines at the U.S. Post Office in New York City? Check out www.usps.com, where you can order stamps, buy certain pre-paid envelopes and schedule pick-ups of your packages for free.

Small NYC Maps Can Help the Directionally Challenged

Wallet-sized maps are indispensable when navigating the streets of New York City.

Bicycle Messengers to Take City by Storm

Most New Yorkers see these rugged riders zipping up and down the streets of Manhattan on their bicycles, dodging traffic, swerving around opened car doors and bunny-hopping potholes.

When a Soldier Said No to War

Petty Officer 3rd Class Pablo Paredes has submitted his application for discharge based on conscientious objection. While he waits for a decision from the Navy, his brother Victor Paredes speaks out about why Pablo did what he did, military recruitment among young minorities and why voting matters.

Is It All in the Jeans?

For $600, you could purchase three mini iPods, pay for a month’s rent outside of Manhattan, or buy a round trip ticket to Paris and have money left over. For an extra $35, you could buy a pair of jeans.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

“You can’t control the things that happen,” Saranne Rothberg, ComedyCures founder, now understands. But you can take control of how you respond to life. In the face of cancer, she responded by laughing and helping others do the same.

College Students Credit Internships for Later Opportunities

For Adam Lobel, a morning spent reading the paper turned out to be a life-changing experience. The University of Texas student caught sight of an interesting advertisement promoting a contest for the MasterCard Priceless Experience Internship. The idea is to give college students a rare opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the highly competitive fields of sports, music and film.

Orange Blossoms in New York: Florida Band’s Dreams Come To Fruition

As kids, they used to rock out with tennis rackets. Now the members of Orange Park are living out their childhood fantasies, rocking out in clubs in the East Village and awaiting the release of their first full-length album.

New York Babysitters Get a Glimpse Into the Lives of the Rich and Famous

Though the bestselling novel “The Nanny Diaries” focused on New York City parents exploiting their babysitters and forcing them to be surrogate mothers, many New York babysitters enjoy the chance to experience a taste of the high-life.

Dealing With My First Friend's Wedding

As a 21-year-old college senior, dealing with the first wedding for a friend wasn’t easy! Although the average age of first marriages is steadily rising, there are still some who defy the statistics, and friends have to cope with their weddings.

Year-Old Procrastination Still Booming

Thefacebook.com continues to connect college students in new ways across college campuses through their anniversary.

iPod Accessories Are Music to Fans' Ears

Say you had 60,000 compact discs of music and wanted all of it to be accessible every minute. How would you transport your tunes? If you were fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who heads Chanel and Fendi, you would design an iPod case to carry your 40 iPods on your trips around the world.

African, Victorian B&B in Old Ghetto

Akwaaba Mansion, the only black-owned bed & breakfast in New York, has merged African art with Victorian opulence for a decade in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, once known as America’s largest ghetto.

Craigslist Connects People Who Missed the First Time

Jared Bibler saw Elisa Stead for only a minute on the T before his stop at Kenmore Square in Boston. But in that minute, he noticed the Chanel quilted denim skirt with the unfinished edges, the camel-colored turtleneck sweater, and most importantly, the tall girl with auburn hair who happened to be wearing her “cool outfit” that fall Tuesday in 2003.

Toy Makers Put a New Spin on Old Toys

At this year’s Toy Fair in New York City, companies showcased modernized toys from past decades that are set to hit the market this fall.

Sushi-Making: Not A Raw Deal

New York City restaurants are increasingly offering cooking classes to fill a restaurant’s slow hours, a trend that has been well-received by the city’s gourmands.

Marketing the Macabre and More

Vying for a place in children’s toy chests, toy companies at the American International TOY FAIR™ are introducing new takes on old ideas and adding some twisted humor in the process.

Crate & Barrel: A Toy Store for Grown-Ups

A bride-to-be tells about registering for her wedding at a special event.

Where British Meets Yiddish

Showroom 64, home to an unlikely combination of British and Yiddish, is the latest shop to hit “Little England,” as Greenwich Avenue and surrounding West Village streets have been dubbed since both British expatriates and Anglophiles moved in.

Young Designer Heads for Success

For Tiffany Gong, wearing a pair of her own homemade headphone covers changed her luck — and her life.

Journalist Encourages Students to Explore City

Veteran journalist and author Pete Hamill advised journalism students to explore New York City and to remember its history when writing about the city during a reading of his newest book, “Downtown: My Manhattan,” at a recent New York University talk.

Fems Find Flesh Flaunt Flawed

Now that women are no longer defined by their sex, discussion has emerged over how to define themselves. Women wonder how feminine and sexy they can act before that is all they are recognized for. Young women are at the center of the debate.

NHL Puts Vendors on Ice

The National Hockey League announced the cancellation of the 2004-05 season on Feb. 16, assuring that it will be at least eight more months before hockey fans hear the “slap” of a shot or the “boom” of a player hitting the boards. But the noise local entrepreneur’s are most concerned about is the “ka-tching” of cash registers.

Designers Showcase Wares at Downtown Market

Fashionistas on a budget looking for one-of-a-kind clothes and accessories are sure to find that unique something at the Market NYC in the back of St. Patrick’s Church on Mulberry Street.

Love Letter Contest Gets New Yorkers Writing

Philanthropist Henri Zimand offers free carriage rides through Central Park and one trip to Monaco to encourage couples to write about love.