“Bodega” is the Spanish word for a small neighborhood store -- a small store that plays a very LARGE role in many communities. Here’s our newest “Sunday Morning” contributor, Maria Hinojosa: From the outside, this place looks like a nothing-special corner grocery. But a bodega -- a real New York City bodega -- is so much more… “Buen dia, carina, como esta?” “When you walk into a bodega, you feel like you’re at home,” said Diana Rodriguez. She would know: she started working here at the age of six. “I can go back as far as when I was born, ‘cause I lived on top of a bodega.” A bodega is a place where you might find ripe avocados right below the jacks and ball set, and where the pantyhose sit next to the glue traps. Confusing to the outsider maybe, but neighborhood folks come here day after day for all of those things, plus a breakfast sandwich, Diana’s favorite. Variations on egg and … [Read more...] about Bodegas: The life blood of New York City neighborhoods
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NEW YORK Starbucks (SBUX) is trying to make tea trendy, with plans to open its first "tea bar" in New York City. The Seattle-based company says Teavana Fine Teas + Teavana Tea Bar will serve sweets and other food including flatbreads, salads and small plates ranging in price from about $3 to $15. Drink prices will range from $3 to $6, and include novelties such as a Spiced Mandarin Oolong tea and carbonated teas. The menu of food and freshly made drinks is a switch for Teavana, a chain of about 300 stores that sell boxed and loose tea and accessories. Teavana stores are mainly in shopping malls, but Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said he plans to expand the footprint to include more locations in urban areas. The company plans to add brewed tea and food to more Teavana stores. The opening of the New York City store on Thursday comes after Starbucks bought Teavana last year. The company has said it plans to use the acquisition to make tea a bigger part of American culture, as it has with … [Read more...] about Starbucks to open ‘tea bar’ in New York City
Ever feel that rats actually run the city you live in and humans just live under their domain? A new study suggests that's not far from the truth. Rats are among nature's most perfectly adapted organisms, closely shadowing humans and routinely getting away with it without detection. "City rats are among the most important but least-studied wildlife in urban environments," the team of U.S. and Australian researchers and pest control experts wrote in the Journal of Urban Ecology. Part of the reason may be that scientists lack access to the places where the rodents are dwelling, impeding their ability to learn more about rats and the problems they cause for their human neighbors. In an effort to close that gap, researchers are taking a creative approach: paying for access. Michael H. Parsons, lead author of the paper and a visiting research scholar at Fordham University, is offering a "reward" of up to $1,000 for access to an appropriate rat-infested location in … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo New York City scientists will pay you to study your rat infestation
To be asked to "Walk This Way" is no idle challenge when it involves walking down every last street in New York City. Anthony Mason can tell us all about THAT: When Bill Helmreich set off to see New York City, not just the landmarks we know but the hidden gems, he knew it would be a long journey "It's amazing how quickly it all adds up," he laughed, considering his journey has taken him, to date, 6,048 miles. "That is like walking to Los Angeles and back as the crow flies, and then another 971 miles to St. Louis. It was really a long walk!" It had to be, if his mission was to write a book called "The New York Nobody Knows." He took his first steps in a leafy enclave near the city's outer border in Queens. He says he's worn out nine pairs of shoes during his jaunts: "It's 30 miles a week, 120 a month, 1,500 a year, and in four years, you're at 6,000." A professor of sociology at City College, the 69-year-old Helmreich walked almost every street -- nearly 125,000 blocks -- from the … [Read more...] about A view from the streets of New York City (all of them)
Audio clip: Listen to audio clip. On 114th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues in the northern section of Manhattan, you would find a New York City Public School in the famed brownstone neighborhood of Harlem. It's called the Wadleigh Secondary School. In the same building, two floors above, you will find the Success Academy Harlem West; also a public school, charter, but public. And it's a beautiful building with it's Gothic inspired frame on top. My guest is a math teacher at that charter school. Nicholas Simmons, welcome. "This past year at the city public school downstairs, grades six through eight, zero percent of the students met state standards in Math or English. In Harlem West, your school 96% were proficient in math. 75% in Reading and Writing..." Check out these other free FOX News podcasts! … [Read more...] about Two New York City Public Schools in the Same Building. One Failing. One Succeeding. What’s the difference?