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Tenements: the Immigrant Skyscraper

While in many ways New York City is still the gateway to America, it was even more true in the early 1900s when every immigrant to the United States passed through Ellis Island on the East coast (Angel Island on the West coast) and then New York City. If New York was their destination then early immigrants very likely ended up living in a tenement building in the Lower East

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Music of the Night

While music hath charms to sooth the savage breast, it is also the expression of a person’s inner self, both in the creation and the appreciation. A few have the talent for the former, the rest have to be content with the latter. Luckily, there are as many ways to appreciate music as there are different types of

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The Good, the Bad and the Oily

The Deepwater Horizon tragedy and BP’s Tony Hayward will probably be remembered as two of the world’s worst man-made environmental and PR disasters of the 21st century — and we’re only 10 years in! The pollution and damage to the Gulf coast goes beyond the tar balls washing up onto the beaches. The livelihoods of coastal dwellers are being destroyed and likely will not soon recover as sea life, spawning grounds, bird and fish migratory routes are all being affected. Who wants to swim in

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Scenes of a Mermaid Parade II

It’s not just mermaids at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. It’s a sea-related theme so anything goes in terms of costumes and floats. Many of the costumes are home made and quite ingenious in the use of materials or the humor of the theme. There’s also a car parade with enthusiasts showing off their horsepower. Check out more costumes and parade sights in the slide shows

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