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.
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.
NYC is fast becoming a tech-centric metropolis, with city agencies as well as the private sector getting in on the game. The DOT leads the way…
Watch out Spike Lee — the young directors featured in the New Voices in Black Cinema festival bring tales of love, loss and hope back to Brooklyn, raising issues of police brutality, absentee fathers and fear of commitment.
The redistricting maps for the New York State Legislature have been called “the most gerrymandered” in recent New York history. How exactly do districts get gerrymandered, and where is it happening?
Who makes minimum wage? The guy who serves you coffee? Your buddy at the gym? MetroFocus recently spent a day talking to New Yorkers working at or near minimum wage to see what they thought of the proposed wage increase.
A lot of songs have been written over the years about work, from Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” to Rose Royce’s “Car Wash.” Elliot Shapiro works in a field that does not exactly lend itself to song — he’s a criminal defense lawyer in the Bronx — but that sure hasn’t stopped him.
As the redistricting charade continued, the race to replace south Brooklyn’s Carl Kruger got a little “racy” and Professor Cuomo continued to give lessons in “Expanding Executive Powers 101.”
Does New York City need an independent agency, like other big cities have, to oversee the scandal-scarred NYPD? MetroFocus looked at the effects these watchdogs have had in other cities.