The Empty Night – New York’s Growing Problem of Light Pollution

It goes without saying that New York City is not the ideal place for stargazing. To anyone that’s been staring up at the heavens for the past few decades, it is obvious that ugly orange skyglow has been getting worse as the city develops. We can only imagine what ancient people felt when they looked […]

A Small Percentage – The True Cost of Sending Money Home

The prospect of making money and sending it back home drives millions to leave their homes. The business of sending money is growing rapidly with little oversight. Find out what the impact of the prices of remittances are on some countries and what is being done to help.

Let Go Of Fear – Parkour in Washington Heights

Rather than sitting at home playing video games, some young people in Washington Heights are learning to do the same acrobatics that video game characters do. Parkour is more than just a sport, it’s a way of relating to your environment. Every Monday through Thursday, a group of young people gathers at a spot in […]

Saks Fifth Ave Prospers Despite a Sluggish Economy

Income inequality,  long-term unemployment and sluggish economic growth continue to plague the US economy.  These are the issues that are bringing people into the streets in cities across the nation in the “Occupy Wall Street” movement.  The perception that the country is divided by class is rising.  A recent Pew survey found that 45% of […]

The Remittance Economy

First published in City Limits Magazine, New York City. Luis Toapanta wants to move back to Ecuador to be with his two children, his wife and his parents. Unfortunately, if he were to leave New York, Luis will no longer afford to send his children to school. He says that no matter how much he […]

Is Science Compatible with Religion?

Science and religion clash all too often. Yes, sadly, the culture wars aren’t over. Just the other day, Tennessee’s state legislature moved to protect teachers that wish to cast doubt on supposedly controversial scientific theories such as evolution and climate change. Science and faith seem to be mutually exclusive, opposite ways of thinking. However, many, […]

Film Photography in the Digital Age

Film photography might seem like an anachronism these days. It would seem like most fans of traditional analogue photography would have given up after Kodachrome, a legendary film that has been around since 1936, was canceled.  Kodachrome was one of the most significant mass market color films that recorded some of the last century’s most […]

Falling Whistles

Falling Whistles is not your average activist group.  They are working hard to help child soldiers in the Congo, but they really get the goods, and do it in style.  I interviewed Ad Sachin, a member of the group at their exclusive fundraiser event at a Lower East Side Club. (Shot on a Sony PD170 […]

Business Groups Protest Visa Hikes

(9/21/2010) Business groups are protesting a controversial funding provision in a recent border security measure.  The law can double the fees associated with H1B and L1 visas that are used extensively by Indian tech workers that find jobs in the United States. Listen to the audio report here. [soundcloud url=”″]