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Searching for Names and Finding A World

Written by Philippe Theise on . Posted in Arts Our Town Downtown

A reporter delves into newly-available resources for searching for clues to ancestry Union Square Inside the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History on 16th Street, an orderly calm masks the intensity of personal discovery. Visitors use desktop computers to access databases of family names and places of origin, and [&hellip
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The Little Library That Could

Written by Philippe Theise on . Posted in Arts Our Town Downtown

A specially-designed bench houses a community treasure of free books Lower East Side First, the children in Two Bridges Neighborhood Council’s afterschool program talked about the meaning of the library. Some drew it from memory, while others followed descriptions or outlined their own versions. On another day, they sanded it and wiped it clean. Finally, [&hellip
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Off The Couch and Onto The Street

Written by Philippe Theise on . Posted in News Our Town

For one day every year, city kids are reminded of the joys of playing outside By Philippe Theise Rookie skully shooters, veteran disc throwers, and hundreds more filled Thomas Jefferson Park in Upper Manhattan for Street Games, a clinic on urban pastimes new and old. For four hours, children toed parkour stations, crossed hockey sticks, [&hellip
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