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  • 10 years ago

    A pigeon netting happens like this: The netter parks a nondescript van, scatters some birdseed, waits off to the side until a large flock of pigeons swoop down, then tosses a net over them and speeds away. It's so fast that it hardly draws attenti...

  • 10 years ago

    It was not your average setting for a book launch party: the George R. Vierno Center (GRVC), one of 10 jails on Rikers Island. Young men aged 18 to 21 shuffled into an empty basketball gym and filed into bleachers. Except for a pink tag clipped to...

  • 10 years ago

    On a recent Friday evening, a member from the United Nations' Feng Shui Group gave a private tour of the U.N. campus to some of her friends—an astrologer, 'a concerned businessman', a macrobiotic cleanse vendor, an energy healer, and his free...

  • 10 years ago

    It's springtime, which means cats are falling from the sky. As high-rise residents open their windows to let in fresh air, cats invariably fall out, and landing feet-first is little help from the 10th story. "Please get some screens, people!" says...

  • 10 years ago

    Bobby Paige wants to save people from crack. That's why he drives around Harlem like the Good Humor man, selling his anti-crack message instead of ice cream cones. "This truck right here will educate you," Bobby says while showing off the vehicle ...

  • 10 years ago

    Imagine that your boss wants you to sign a document accusing you of something you don't believe you did—a fireable offense like assaulting someone at work, for example—and your response is not only to refuse to sign, but to let loose a d...

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