Neighborhood Review: Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

Just a couple of subway stops into Brooklyn, you'll find the charming neighborhood of Cobble Hill. Part of the BoCoCa trifecta (Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens), the boundaries that define the area seem to change depending on whom you talk to, but generally, locals characterize it as the 40-block zone bound by Atlantic Avenue and Court Street. Along with its gorgeous 19th-century brownstones, Cobble Hill has a host of one-off shops, quaint cafes, top-notch restaurants, and cool bars that make it a must-stop on any BK itinerary. Here, our top seven places to check out now. Read More.

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Restaurant Review: San Francisco's Centro Vasco

The preparation of fish and seafood at Francisco's is based heavily on Basquecooking, which has its center in San Sebastian, a glittering curve of coast innorthern Spain. Seafood is done simply, without distracting sauces or sides.That, plus big lobsters at medium prices have kept Francisco's businessbroiling and steaming since 1979.

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Restaurant Review: Stella Del Mare, NYC

In a former townhouse smack in Midtown is an intimate duplex-retreat fromthe buzz of traffic coursing down Lex. Stella Del Mare is a dress-up-to-relaxkind of place, where waiters sport tuxedos and dishes are rolled out on silverserving platters.

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Escapes From NYC: Northern Retreats Offer Some Karmic Healing and a Lot of Yoga


Silencing the mind is sometimes impossible in the midst of metropolitan life. Our brains are like labyrinths: winding circles of anxiety, insecurity, and fear. Often we mull over tomorrow's to-dos before we've even finished today's. Seeking a cure for a clogged mind, I explored four yoga retreat centers—all less than five hours from Manhattan.

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Profits of Doom: Where Manhattan Shoppers Wait in Long Lines for Gas Masks Anti-Radiation Pills—and a Sense of Security

BusinessWeek Online | February 20, 2003

A mix of curiosity and fear inspired me to visit the terrorism-protection retail store Safer America. When the government put us on high alert, like many Americans, I began thinking about the precautions and equipment that might improve my chances of surviving the aftermath of another September 11. So, for forty minutes in the bitter cold, I waited in a slow, shuffling line to enter Manhattan's first emporium devoted entirely to staying alive after a terrorist attack. Wanting to know which was the best of the seven types of gas masks the store sells, I put the question to Safer America CEO Eric Samama. "It doesn't matter anyway," he said, "they're all gone."

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Weathering the Storm: Things Have Been Better for the Nation's Entrepreneurs, but According to a New Survey, Small Business Is Holding Its Own

BusinessWeek Online | November 15, 2002

Growth in the U.S. hasn't set any records in 2002 and is likely to come in at around a modest 3% by yearend, according to most estimates. But when it comes to identifying the economy's bright lights, the nation's small businesses are entitled to take a bow.

By just about any yardstick, the small-business sector in the U.S. has defied the uncertain trends of a year alternately chilled by the shadow of terrorism and rattled by the psychological impact of corporate scandals. Moreover, it has done so with its characteristic optimism relatively intact.

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Vital Signs: Pulse of Our Planet


NASA TV-producer Alison Ogden brings the show, “Vital Signs: Pulse of Our Planet,” to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. The event showcased some of NASA’s most exciting Earth observations of our dynamic planet. These science visualizations act as a time capsule of our Earth system, bringing storms, global fires, Arctic sea ice loss and the behavior of carbon to life on screen.

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Up in the Stratosphere, Ozone Thins Again

Each spring in the Southern Hemisphere marks the beginning of a precipitous annual decline in ozone levels over Antarctica. The process starts in the dark of Antarctic winter as sub-freezing temperatures give rise to large numbers of wispy, iridescent clouds located high over the continent, 80,000 feet up in a layer of air called the stratosphere. The clouds are key to the depletion of ozone because a cascade of ozone-depleting reactions, fueled by human-generated chlorofluorocarbons, halons and methyl bromide compounds, occur within them.

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How Remote Sensing Can Help With Food Security Around the World

NASA (NASA.GOV) |  May 28, 2014

When floods, droughts, and other natural disasters hit isolated and poorregions of the world, it can have devastating impacts on the local price offood. Research scientist Molly Brown from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centerin Greenbelt, Maryland, is using satellite data to investigate and model therelationship between weather shocks and food prices – an ambitious endeavor inlight of a changing climate. After giving a talk on food security at NASAGoddard’s studio, Brown sat down with NASA-TV producer Alison Ogden to recapthe talk and find out why remote sensing from space is such an important partof Brown’s research.


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NASA| October 14, 2015

Thisfall scientists at the University of Nebraska, with partners at Google Inc.,introduced the latest evolution of METRIC technology—an application calledEEFLUX, which will allow anyone in the world to produce field-scale maps ofwater consumption.

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Radical Pastor Preaches Redemption and Safe Sex


When Melissa Gonzales, 16, receives communion at the church of San Romero de Las Americas in the South Bronx, the altar looks the same as any other, except for a glass bowl full of condoms sitting next to the wine and bread. The church’s pastor, the Rev. Luis Barrios, sees a sacred duty in promoting safe sex among his congregants.

While America’s religious leadership wavers in taking an active role in fighting the AIDS epidemic, Barrios has developed a “Theology of AIDS,” a religious philosophy that embraces an anti-capitalist spirituality, the union of God and sexuality and the ultimate attainment of one simple objective: saving lives.

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