NYC Bus Drivers Fear For Their Safety Amid the Ongoing Pandemic

Danny Cruz has been operating MTA NYC buses for 4 years. It’s a job that has “no normal”. No two weeks are the same and even aside from a global pandemic, more can go wrong than can go right. “We’re responsible for everything during our shift. We deal with so many things on a dailyContinue reading “NYC Bus Drivers Fear For Their Safety Amid the Ongoing Pandemic”

How I whiten my teeth for $3 or less

The coronavirus pandemic has given my sisters and I tons of opportunities (or challenges depending how you look at it) on figuring out our own DIY beauty hacks and routines. This has included waxing our eyebrows, pedicures, and most recently: a home remedy for teeth whitening. Some of our feats have been successful. I doContinue reading “How I whiten my teeth for $3 or less”

‘Mountain Life Yoga’ aims to bring peace amid pandemic chaos

Even upon entering Phase 4 in New York, there has been no guidance for when gyms can reopen.  Dance studios, cycling, yoga, and indoor recreational sports are all on the list of activities and establishments that have yet to open or have had to follow very specific social distancing procedures. This leaves thousands of folksContinue reading “‘Mountain Life Yoga’ aims to bring peace amid pandemic chaos”

Coronavirus Changed What Public Transportation in NYC Looks Like

New York City, often referred to as the concrete jungle, has the highest transit ridership across the United States but the coronavirus pandemic has completely reimagined that. Its subway lines and bus routes are the heartbeat of the east coast melting pot, so it comes as no surprise that NYC public transportation was looked atContinue reading “Coronavirus Changed What Public Transportation in NYC Looks Like”

Navigating the Universe While Misunderstood: A tale of a NYC-artist

“As an empath, I can feel the pulse of the world,” says Irrix, NYC based artist and designer. 2020 has been full of controversy, pain and the unexpected. For Irrix, he expresses the pains of the world and himself through his art but often times he is misunderstood. “People look at my art and theyContinue reading “Navigating the Universe While Misunderstood: A tale of a NYC-artist”

The Man Without an Umbrella When the Sky Was Falling

All things eventually come to an end. High school, college, a concert you attend, and the list goes on. But it’s hard to wrap your mind around the end to a human life, regardless of the circumstance. Retired NYPD officer Brian Leyden lost his 26-year old son, to stage IV cancer. That wasn’t the wayContinue reading “The Man Without an Umbrella When the Sky Was Falling”

What graduation celebrations look like for this New York high school senior amid COVID-19

On June 5th 2020, Seniors like Casey Leyden pulled into Valley Central High School and followed signs that read “SENIORS 2020.” Those signs directed seniors to a celebration lane at the school’s “Not So Ordinary Cap & Gown Pick Up Event”.   The drive-by celebration was put together to ensure that high school seniors ofContinue reading “What graduation celebrations look like for this New York high school senior amid COVID-19”

This Lifelong Dancer Hopes to see a Future on Stage Again

Highschool senior Casey Leyden is no stranger to the performing arts. For the last eight plus years she has been a dancer at the Hudson Valley Conservatory in Walden, NY. “I have danced almost 5-6 days a week for as long as I can remember. Halting all that due to this pandemic was really upsetting,”Continue reading “This Lifelong Dancer Hopes to see a Future on Stage Again”

Mother of Special Needs Child Describes Her Experience with Homeschooling During COVID-19

Unless home schooling was a regular routine for parents, having children and teens home full-time outside of school has most likely been a major adjustment for thousands of parents across New York state. That is especially true for parents of children with special needs or disabilities. Rachel Leyden is the mother of Ryan Leyden, whoContinue reading “Mother of Special Needs Child Describes Her Experience with Homeschooling During COVID-19”

The First-Ever Country-Wide Virtual Commencement Held for the Class of 2020

Lawrence, NY: Justin Vandewater, a senior at Lawrence High School in Cedarhurst, New York, has something in common with thousands of other teenagers across New York State and New York City: his senior year of high school has been completely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are missing out on our prom and graduation, amongContinue reading “The First-Ever Country-Wide Virtual Commencement Held for the Class of 2020”