Dramatic Increase in Homeless on Streets of NYC

Mary Brosnahan, president and CEO of the Coalition for the Homeless, discusses the current state of homelessness in New York City with MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman.

Public Advocate Bill De Blasio speaking at a protest against public transit in 2010. He is a winner because. Flickr/Digi Art 2011_Jason.Kuffer
City & State  |  February 17, 2012 9:42 AM | 2 Comments
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio helped score a win for 9/11 responders who suffered from cancer and the New York Times revealed unsavory details of Congressman Michael Grimm's past.
George Bodarky and Sarah Berson  |  February 17, 2012 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
Some of New York's fading wall murals advertise cure-all tonics and horse carriage repairs from as far back as the 19th century. One photographer has documented these historic ads for 15 years, and sees them as an analogy for life in the big city.
Daniel T. Allen  |  February 17, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
In Manhattan, one in two households are occupied by singletons. Have Carrie and her "Sex and the City" girl gang taken over? Or is some other social meme at work...
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not taken a position at the state version of the DREAM Act. He has said he supports the federal version. AP/Evan Agostini.
Georgia Kral  |  February 16, 2012 5:43 PM | Comments
Without a minute to spare, state education officials and the teachers' unions said Thursday that a deal on teacher evaluations had been reached. But not so for City Hall and the UFT...VIDEO
Stephen Ritz, who teaches in the South Bronx, has transformed the lives of his students with the "edible wall" of produce he built in his classroom. Photo courtesy of Green Bronx Machine.
Stephen Ritz  |  February 16, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
A South Bronx high school teacher explains how building an "edible wall" of produce transformed his students from "super-sized and under-credited" to healthy graduates.VIDEO
Food Network chef and food justice advocate Danny Boome gives us tips for how to cook in small NYC kitchens.
Georgia Kral  |  February 16, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Let's face it: NYC kitchens are not big. But you'll be amazed at what can happen in them! Chef Danny Boome shares his secrets. VIDEO
Abby Arauz was a Rockette for ten years, and when she started working in the family feather business, the Rockettes were one of her first clients. Photo courtesy of Abby Arauz.
Georgia Kral  |  February 15, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Feathers aren't just for costuming and fly fisherman anymore. The owner of The Feather Place in Midtown discusses her shop's success as the feather trend continues...
TK, portrayed by Janeane Garofalo, scolds her son, tk, after getting involved with his uncle's trade. Photo by ttk.
Erika Sheffer  |  February 15, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
In "Russian Transport," an immigrant family in Brooklyn runs into trouble when a visiting uncle engages in shady business. The playwright argues that struggling to eek out an honest life is a challenge many immigrants face.
Daniel T. Allen  |  February 14, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
On Valentine's Day, hear about New York City's best love stories from the ultimate story collector -- Dave Isay, the founder of StoryCorps.VIDEO
Daniel T. Allen  |  February 14, 2012 4:00 AM | 2 Comments

The founder of Teen Art Gallery, a project that displays works by artists between the ages of 12 and 19, talks to MetroFocus about what teenagers have to contribute to the art world — and how for some, it may be now or never.

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