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Passion and Beauty, Even at a Sewage Plant

By Miranda Neubauer The leaves that make autumn such a pleasant sight for many New Yorkers have the exact opposite effect for Jim Pynn. “It’s a horror,” he says. The reason:  He’s the plant superintendent for the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and it’s his job to clean out the tons of leaves that come...


Crown Heights Residents Reject Pawn Shop

By Alexandra Alper The hit reality TV series, “Pawn Stars,” opens with images of an antique watch, a sword, and a dramatic shot of three men in black. The show, which premiered last year on the History Channel, has done much to legitimize and even glamorize a business once seen as a front for robbers...