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Anthony Cruz, 30, in the Bronx, New York, on Oct. 20, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Anthony Cruz, 30, in the Bronx, New York, on Oct. 20, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

NEW YORK—Anthony Cruz is a different man now that he has been locked up several times.  Before serving his 10-year sentence in New York state...




  • People wait to board the new M60 Select Bus Service in Harlem, Manhattan, on  May 27, 2014., (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Rockaways Community Will Have First Bus Rapid Transit Route

    NEW YORK—Growing up, Rockaways council member Donovan Richards made a three-hour commute from his home in Ocean Village in the Rockaways to Elmhurst, Queens, to... Read more

  • Costa Constantinides at a press conference in New York City, APRIL 3, 2014. (Allen Xie,NTDTV) XIE)

    Queens Waterfront Project Sets Affordable Housing Precedent in NYC

    NEW YORK—A major Queens waterfront project is being sent back to the drawing board.  Astoria Cove developers are reworking their affordable housing numbers in conversation... Read more

  • Barbara Trencher (R), 39, poses with her friends at the 21st annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Central Park on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Trencher met her breast cancer survivor-friends while in the waiting room at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and they have supported each other through the highs and lows of their lives ever since. (Annie Wu/Epoch Times)

    Breast Cancer Walk Draws Thousands to Central Park

    NEW YORK—Dancing along to the beat of the music, Sharon Haynie twisted her arms and legs giddily, her plastic pink sunglasses bouncing up and down... Read more

  • With One World Trade Center in the background, people gather (front) for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the St. Nicholas National Shrine in New York, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. The groundbreaking event marked a new beginning for the former St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the only house of worship destroyed during the 9/11 attacks. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

    Site for Greek Church Near WTC Blessed

    NEW YORK—Hundreds of members of New York’s Greek Orthodox community attended a blessing ceremony Saturday for a new church near ground zero in Lower Manhattan... Read more

  • People ride bicycles on the Central Park loop in Manhattan, New York, Oct. 14, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Imagine a Car-Free Central Park

    NEW YORK—By some accounts, the idea of Central Park began as early as 1850, though its current scale and size were yet unimagined. Today it... Read more

  • Riders participate in the the annual Rolling Thunder 'Ride for Freedom' motorcycle rally, with the Lincoln Memorial in the background, in Washington, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

    Motorcyclists Ride to Honor Young Fallen Serviceman From Queens

    NEW YORK—When Mike Palo was drafted for the U.S. Army in 1968, at first he considered running away to Canada, like many young men did... Read more

  • Macy's department store in Herald Square is illuminated with holiday lighting, in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Macy's Inc. plans to open its stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than last year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Thanksgiving Is the New Black Friday, Stores to Open Earlier

    Macy’s Inc. plans to open its stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than last year, to lure in holiday shoppers. The... Read more

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    How Much of NYC Have You Seen? Vintage Ads Inspire Locals to Travel

    Thirty years ago Williamsburg was an abandoned industrial area, unwelcoming at best. Then artists and independent shops took root, it became trendy, and the neighborhood... Read more

  • Chobani delivers a case of its new Chobani Limited Batch Pumpkin Spice Greek Yogurt to an excited Manhattan office worker who requested the product through Lyft, in New York, Oct. 1, 2014. (John Minchillo/AP Images for Chobani)

    Yogurt Is Now Official New York State Snack

    ALBANY, N.Y.—Yogurt is now the official snack of New York, a distinction suggested by a fourth-grade class that’s meant to celebrate the state’s status as... Read more

  • Danny Li, 17, gold winner of the junior male division performing “Touring the Sacred Country” at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York on Oct. 12. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

    From History Books to the Dance Floor

    NEW YORK—The sixth annual NTD Television International Classical Chinese Dance Competition has concluded with over four hours of performances by contestants, along with a dynamic... Read more

  • he New York City Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan, New York, Oct. 13, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    NY Columbus Day Parade Draws Revelers, Politicians

    NEW YORK—Thousands of people lined Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue on Monday for the annual Columbus Day parade, one of the world’s largest celebrations of Italian-American heritage... Read more

  • International Classical Chinese Dance Competition winners on stage at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York on Oct. 12, 2014. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

    Classical Chinese Dance Competition Graces Stage

    NEW YORK—As a small child, Kexin Li got to see most of the biggest tourist attractions in China with her mom. Li, 22, especially remembers... Read more

  • Judy and Michael Nyquist at a Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra performance at Carnegie Hall in New York on Oct. 11, 2014. For a third year in a row Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra graced the stage of famed Carnegie Hall in New York City, establishing a fine tradition of unique musical experiences. (Catherine Yang/Epoch Times)

    Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Stirs New York Once Again

    For a third year in a row Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra graced the stage of famed Carnegie Hall in New York City, establishing a fine... Read more

  • Leon Fields, a fair-market tenant at the Riverton in Harlem, Oct. 7, 2014. Fields was previously a rent stabilized tenant but says he continues to speak out to management because he is concerned about the quality of life in the building complex. (Seth Holehouse/Epoch Times)

    Market-Rate Tenants in NYC Push Landlords Despite Fear of Eviction

    NEW YORK—In a rental complex right by the East River in Harlem—full of no-fee rentals, as the big sign outside boasts—tenants are organizing for improvements... Read more

  • Studetns at the City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology in Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 8, 2014. (Petr Svab/Epoch Times)

    What’s Wrong With Our Schools? Short on Career Promises

    This is the second part of a series exploring the decades-long national reform of public education. NEW YORK—There’s something wholesome about being ready. It’s tied... Read more

  • Sneak-peak opening of the Freshkills Park on Staten Island, Sept. 28, 2014. (Petr Svab/Epoch Times)

    The City’s Other 9/11 Burial Ground Welcomed as Park

    NEW YORK—There was a time when a big chunk of Staten Islanders’ quality of life was determined by the direction of the wind.  Anna Wishko... Read more


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