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A Belly Dancer Unlike Others

Belly-dancing is a sensual dance from the Middle-East involving hip-shaking and sensual belly movement. One New York performer is standing in the face of the long-held tradition that the dance is just for women… Eléonore Hamelin reports. Produced by Salim Essaid.

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Investing in Oneself, Through Pizza

Mark Bello, who owns Pizza a Casa, and Jenny Philips, who helps run the shop. By Olivia Smith One by one, they eagerly bit into slices of premium pizza – topped with everything from bananas to bacon and eggs. But the mix of tourists and New Yorkers packed into Pizza a Casa in the lower […]

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Teaching Dance Without Language

By Elaisha Stokes Peniel Guerrier doesn’t speak much and when he does, it’s in Haitian Creole, a language his students don’t understand. But the barrier is not important for this respected dance teacher, who believes the art of movement should be taught with the body, and not the tongue. Every Friday at the Djoniba Dance […]

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In Brooklyn, Gospel Raises the Spirits of Marathon Runners

by Elaisha Stokes For years, the New York City Marathon was seen as something of a nuisance for Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn. Located on the corner of St James Place and Lafayette Avenue, at the nine mile mark of the marathon, the church suffered with noise from the runners on the streets and the […]

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Beyond Riverdance: Irish Dancing in New York City

When the Irish immigrated to America, they took their music with them. Traditional music sessions are a staple in Irish pubs across New York. Now the sessions are accompanied more and more by Irish dancing. Jake Heller reports. Produced by Ines Novacic.

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Immigrant-Owned Businesses Flourish in the City, Despite the Recession

If you go to eat at a small restaurant in New York City, chances are it will be run by an immigrant. Neha Tara Mehta reports on how immigrants are overcoming the odds to open new businesses in a recession. Produced by Jake Heller.

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In the Staten Island Projects, an Informal Economy Brings Liberian Immigrants a Taste of Home

by Jake Heller Photo by Olivia Smith In the shade of a low-lying oak tree in the heart of Staten Island’s Park Hill projects, Bangura Kromah sat selling palm oil. Kromah is one of about 15 elder Liberian women who sell the greasy, deep-red cooking oil—as well as other traditional Liberian provisions—whenever the weather is nice; […]

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With the Hope of Someday Bringing Democracy to Myanmar, Burmese Monks Enroll In ESL Classes

Most Buddhist monks spend their day dedicated to prayer and meditation. For a group of monks in Brooklyn, learning English is also a way to help bring peace to their home country of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Linda Ong reports from an E.S.L. class in Brooklyn.   Burmese Monks go to E.S.L. Class By […]

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Tea Shops Open Throughout Manhattan

When many businesses are closing down due to the recession, the luxury high-end tea business is on the rise. Salim Essaid reports from one tea shop that opened on 97th Street and Broadway.

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A Burmese Church Opens in Queens

By Linda Ong It took 16 years and the contribution of almost all its worshippers, but Myanmar Baptist Church now has a home of its own. Since its establishment in 1995, the congregation rented a Briarwood church in Queens. Three months ago, the congregation bought a three-story church on 78th St. in Glendale after years […]

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