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Harlem Students Dance To An Old Irish Jig

THE HUFFINGTON POST, published March 17, 2011

One To World is a non profit organization that brings Fulbright scholars and other international students to New York City public schools to introduce and explain their native cultures in order to break down prejudices and create cross-cultural understanding. The organization also serves a few private schools as well.

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A Beat Boxing Class For The Blind

THE HUFFINGTON POST, published February 21, 2011

Top New York beatboxers Taylor McFerrin (son of Bobby McFerrin) and Chesney Snow teach blind and visually impaired students at Lavelle School for the Blind how to produce drum beats, rhythms and musical sounds using their mouth, lips, tongue and voice.

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Creating Urban Agriculture, One Roof At A Time

THE HUFFINGTON POST, published January 18, 2011

Traditionally, farmers take it easy in the winter. But urban farmer Ben Flanner has never been so busy. He is trying to get more New York rooftops ready to grow new shingles of Sun Gold tomatoes, salad greens, and carrots before the next season begins.

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Baking Dreams Into Real Businesses

THE HUFFINGTON POST, published January 13, 2011

Filled with prune or cherry, Janine Frank’s round, slightly sweet Kolachi pastries could come straight from an old-school Slovakian bakery. And Sherry Rousso’s 2-inch-square vegan treats decorated with gold dust could come from a hip Williamsburg shop.

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Story Pirates: Kids’ Imagination Rules on Stage

THE HUFFINGTON POST, published December 27, 2010

On a recent Saturday afternoon, a group of improvisational comedians performed a collection of brand new stories for children at the Drama Book Shop in Midtown. The tales that the Story Pirates brought to life featured kings, ghosts, and elaborate plots. But the Story Pirates didn’t write them; the authors were kids.

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Fixers Collective: Brooklyn Workshop Fosters Art of Repair

THE HUFFINGTON POST, published December 2, 2010

On a recent Thursday evening in a cramped room by the Gowanus canal in Brooklyn, Joe Holdner was fixing a Dutch-style chandelier made in China, David Mahfouda a black umbrella, and Alex Krupnik a metronome that stubbornly refused to tick.

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From Brooklyn to Butare, Rwanda; A Sweet Dream Comes True

THE HUFFINGTON POST, published November 19, 2010

When Jennie Dundas and Alexis Miesen opened Blue Marble Ice Cream in 2007, they wanted it to be bigger than a humble, eco-conscious, all organic ice cream shop in Brooklyn. But they never imagined that their business would lead them halfway around the world to Rwanda, still recovering from the brutal civil war that claimed nearly one million lives.

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Headstone Shop Owner Sells Bread to Improve the Relationship with His Daughter

THE HUFFINGTON POST, published November 11, 2010

As we walked down Graham Avenue in East Williamsburg, we would often pass by a headstone shop that had stacks of bread in the window — certainly an odd combination. Who was behind the idea to sell bread with cemetery headstones.

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Corporate Lay-Off Creates a Boot-Strap Entrepreneur

THE HUFFINGTON POST, published 3 November, 2010

Dana Ostomel was a casualty of the first round of layoffs at Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages in November 2007. She took a few months off, got married as planned, and thought about starting a business. Then, in February 2008 she took the plunge.

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Laid-Off City Employee, Struggles To Get Health Care For Teenage Daughter

THE HUFFINGTON POST, published July 22, 2010

“A couple of weeks ago I got discouraged,” said Special Terry, a nine-year veteran of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. “My daughter said ‘I hope what happened to you doesn’t make you forget about your dreams and aspirations.’”

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