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Stacey Ornstein, worked with restaurants in her community to...
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Students in Sunnyside, Queens make a quinoa salad. (Clarisa Diaz/WNYC)

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A student rolls out pizza dough. (Stacey Ornstein/Allergic to Salad)

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A butternut squash pancake recipe used in class. (Stacey Ornstein/Allergic to Salad)

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A community cooking class in Socrates Park. (Stacey Ornstein/Allergic to Salad)

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Allergic to Salad continues restaurant partnerships for community classes and partners with after school programs across the city. (Clarisa Diaz/WNYC)

Stacey Ornstein, worked with restaurants in her community to create Allergic to Salad to teach kids to eat healthy foods with cooking classes. Have you worked on a project to improve your community? Tell us by submitting your projects on our site or by using #wnycdesign.

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"When I went one Sunday afternoon to the lifting platform on Venice Beach, Dave looked at me, the new..."

“When I went one Sunday afternoon to the lifting platform on Venice Beach, Dave looked at me, the new kid, and challenged me to match him in the front squat. I could not decline the challenge; this would have branded me a weakling or a coward. I said, “Fine!” in what was meant to be a strong, confident voice but came out as a feeble croak. I matched him pound for pound, up to 500, but thought I was finished when he went from 500 to 550. To my surprise—I had hardly ever done front squats before—I matched him. Dave said that was his limit, but I, with a vain-glorious impulse, asked for 575. I did this—just—though I had a feeling my eyes were bulging and wondered fearfully about the blood pressure in my head. After this, I was accepted on Muscle Beach and given the nickname Dr. Squat.”

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Famed neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, AKA Dr. Squat. Did you know he used to hang out at Muscle Beach?

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(via sciencefriday)

NYC’s First Community Garden In 1973, the area around...
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NYC’s First Community Garden

In 1973, the area around Houston Street between the Bowery and Second Avenue was run down. People struggling with addiction became fond of hanging out at a vacant lot on the north side of the street.Plus, the neighborhood lacked park or green space, and the city did not want to shell out money for upkeep of a garden.To counter this bleakness, area resident Liz Christy took matters into her own hands. LISTEN

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Your Stories of Voting in Sandy's Aftermath

This weekend marks the fourth anniversary of Sandy, which hit just before the 2012 election. We asked listeners to share their stories of heading to the polls in a disaster zone. 

@WNYC remember waiting about 2 hours to vote because of the lines but voting itself was relatively quick / easy

— jenna rosen (@jennarosen) October 26, 2016

.@WNYC 2012's the only election I've missed since turning 18. Was doing emergency response w/ @HumaneSociety @nycoem https://t.co/xLV33dwpeR

— Patrick Kwan (@PatrickKwan) October 27, 2016

@WNYC you asked about voting? I took a break from throwing out all my worldly possessions to vote in 2012. https://t.co/POkvzuWpZz

— MJfromBuffalo (@mjfrombuffalo) October 27, 2016

@WNYC yes, I voted near Columbus circle. We had no damage from the storm, area was quiet but no lines at my polling place.

— Champian Fulton (@ChampianFulton) October 27, 2016

@WNYC We didn't power, but our polling place did. So it was normal, tho I lingered a while after voting in order to enjoy the heat!

— Mike Onorato (@YankeeClipper09) October 27, 2016

@WNYC yep, no power at home and I think the polling station was run by generators....I'm a naturalized citizen....nothing would stop me

— Bernie Cunningham (@Runbernie) October 27, 2016
NYC metro area: Congress is on its first weeklong recess since...
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NYC metro area: Congress is on its first weeklong recess since President Trump’s inauguration (February 18 - February 26). This is traditionally a time for representatives to host town hall meetings with constituents, but we found that less than half of the tri-state region’s Congress members are hosting meetings. Use our Town Hall Tracker to see if your representatives are hosting a public meeting, and if you attend a meeting, share your experience with us using the hashtag #TownHallTracker.

humansofnewyork: “I grew up in the suburbs. I used to think...
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humansofnewyork:

“I grew up in the suburbs. I used to think that I could write a prescription for a poor man: ‘Get a job, save your money, pull yourself up by the bootstraps.’ I don’t believe that anymore. I was ignorant to the experiences of poor people. I’d invite anyone to come and meet the people who live in this neighborhood. Right now we are surrounded by working poor people. These are the people who sell your tools at Sears, and fix your roofs, and take care of your parents, and mow your lawns, and serve your meals. They’re not getting a living wage. There’s no money left to save. There’s nothing left if they get sick. Nothing left if their car breaks down. And God forbid they make a mistake, because there’s nothing left to pay fines or fees. When you’re down here, the system will continue to kick dirt in your face. You can’t pull yourself up when there’s nothing to grab onto. We aren’t paying our brothers and sisters enough to live. We want them to serve us, but we aren’t serving them.”

With a Subway Ride to the Trump Carousel, Syrian Refugees Tour...
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Syrian refugees on their first subway ride in New York City. (Matt Katz/WNYC)

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The Syrian refugees wait on the platform for their first trip on the subway. (Matt Katz/WNYC)

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The whole group gathered for a picture before boarding their first subway ride. (Matt Katz/WNYC)

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Tour guide Luke Miller shows Mohammed Abdul-Aziz the photo. (Matt Katz/WNYC)

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The kids loved the big rock in Central Park. Matt Katz (WNYC)

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Waiting to get on the Trump Carousel. Matt Katz (WNYC)

With a Subway Ride to the Trump Carousel, Syrian Refugees Tour New York

They fled civil war and recently arrived in New Jersey. Now, they’re getting free tours of the Big Apple, including a ride on a carousel operated by President Trump’s company. 

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