Living City : A Billion Gallons A Day

by Melanie Burford

It is considered the gold standard of urban water systems. It covers parts of eight New York counties and a sliver of Connecticut. It includes 19 reservoirs and three controlled lakes, which can be used to feed the water supply….

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Living City : Finally, a 2nd Avenue Subway

by Melanie Burford

The Upper East Side is at last seeing progress on its new subway line. For the residents and businesses in the area affected by this vast construction project, it has been an exercise in endurance. Stalled since 1929, a new…

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Living City : A Tale Of Two Bridges

by Melanie Burford

With thousands of bridges in New York State deemed structurally deficient, there are two choices: repair or rebuild. The 60-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge are the latest examples. “Living City: A Tale of Two Bridges” compares the…

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Little Essentials

by Melanie Burford

Over 22,000 NYC children will sleep in a homeless shelter, more than during the Great Depression. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn over 55.3% of children live under the Federal Poverty Level. That’s living on less than $23,550 per year for a family…

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Monotown

by Brendan Hoffman

Like many small industrial towns the world over, Asbest, Russia, struggles to survive on the proceeds of an antiquated business—asbestos mining—as younger generations move away. Nikolai Ross, 25, grew up in Asbest and is committed to making it flourish. Premiered…

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Separated By Massacre, a Father And Son Reunite Three Decades Later.

by Melanie Burford

Oscar Ramírez, 32, came to the Newark airport Monday with his wife, Nidia, and their four U.S.-born children: Andrea, 11; Nicole, 7; Oscar, 5; and baby Dulce, 10 months. The children had drawn signs with magic markers welcoming their newly…

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An Ordinary Calling to Love Extraordinarily.

by Melanie Burford

Sister Noel Devine is 85-years-old, and for 67 of those years she has served as a Maryknoll sister. At the end of her career, she still insists on living a meaningful life of service. The Maryknoll Sisters were founded 100…

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The Monster Under the Water

by Melanie Burford

Jason Melerine was born to the water. His father fished, his grandfather fished, his great-grandfather fished. At age 11, Melerine drew pictures of the boat he would someday own. The day he turned 16, he quit school to go crabbing….

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Voices from Hurricane Ike

by Melanie Burford

Hurricane Ike, a Category 2 storm, battered the Texas coast with 110-mph winds and a 12-foot storm surge, flooding homes and destroying businesses. As the public were allowed into Bolivar to see their homes for the first time, the small…

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Blind Faith

by Melanie Burford

James McCray and 19 dejected family members fled New Orleans, chased by the rising waters from Hurricane Katrina. They arrive in Dallas, exhausted, lost, until they meet Sue Sandford, the single mother of four who took them in from a…

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