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Archives for the ‘People’ Category

For Sasha Nissengolts, Dancing is a Way of Life

By Leana Shugol • Jan 29th, 2014 • Category: People

Over the last eight years, nearly 20 million Americans have tuned in to watch ABC’s primetime series Dancing with the Stars, a reality TV show emphasizing the importance of practice, partnership and, of course, competition. But few really understand how much effort goes into professional ballroom dancing. If one takes out all the cameras, costumes, [...]



Ordinary man by day, beautiful swan by night

By Peter Brenner • May 7th, 2012 • Category: People

As the elegant swan’s final white feather tumbled gracefully to the stage, her body fell limp and the crowd erupted in applause. A curtain engulfed Lady Swan, a six-foot gangling creature bejeweled in white, from tutu to tiara. She awoke, and poked her beak through the curtain, stepping out to bask in the praise of [...]



In New Jersey, a Salvadorian Finds Refuge, Purpose

By Fabiola Galindo-Behncke • Mar 28th, 2012 • Category: People

“I am here, killing nature,” says Javier Rodriguez about his daily work.  Sitting inside the glass cabin of a crane truck, he winds down tree trunks from the top, laying them on the ground after a carefully calculated crane maneuver. But Javier was not always cutting down trees. They once provided him shelter as he [...]



A Young Filipino in New York Longs for Home

By Winnie Lau • Dec 1st, 2011 • Category: Lead Story, People

By Winnie Lau “In the Philippines, we play basketball in flip flops,” says Jasper Davis as he watches a player dunk a ball into the hoop at Columbus Park in Chinatown, Manhattan. Davis, 21, who came to America when he was 17, looks for just about anything that can remind him of his home in [...]



A Vet Remembers Vietnam, but Hates to Dwell

By Daniel Bejarano • Sep 14th, 2011 • Category: People

By Daniel Bejarano According to Roger Manning, a retired sergeant from the U.S. Army,  his life is boring. “I am a vanilla,” he says. But scratch the surface, and you’ll find that his time in the military during the Vietnam War proves just the opposite. Manning sports a short beard and wears his long, silvery [...]



Stripping Her Life Away

By Chrystal Graham • Aug 7th, 2011 • Category: Lead Story, People

Editor’s note: This article contains subject matter and language that some readers may find offensive. By Chrystal Graham It was a cold winter’s night, and most people in the city were either snug in their beds or on their way home. Tameka, meanwhile, was looking for her next john, wearing nothing more than lingerie and [...]



A Young Man Plies an Old Trade, Beating the Economic Crisis

By Timothy Baker • Jan 5th, 2011 • Category: People

By Tim Baker “It’s recession proof.” A strange sentence to hear from 22-year-old college senior about his skilled labor, yet Alex Mehr is insistent. “When it gets to the point that you don’t have any money to buy new instruments, you’ve got to fix your old ones,” he explains. “When you’re flush you buy, when [...]



Manny Rivera: Funny Guy With a Serious Side

By Adriana Gonzalez • Dec 20th, 2010 • Category: People

He has always been funny because, he says, “I have a joke in my jeans – literally.”



Learning to Be Soft the Hard Way: A Malaysian Woman Makes It In Manhattan

By Tara Moser • Dec 20th, 2010 • Category: People

Making it in America has meant learning to be both hard and soft.



The Baker

By Matthew Perlman • Dec 20th, 2010 • Category: People

“Sometimes you hit the bed face first, and don’t even take your clothes off.”