My first appearance on NY1’s Inside City Hall, June 25, 2019.

My first appearance on NY1’s Inside City Hall, June 25, 2019.

Why do Some NYC School Kids Still Eat Lunch Before Some of Us Have had Breakfast?

City Limits — June 11 2019 and Feb. 6, 2019

For this two-part series, I logged the lunchtime data for all 2,535 schools located in a Department of Education database because my FOIL requests were taking far too long to fulfill. The first installment analyzed the current situation at schools with the earliest lunchtimes in 2014, based on previous Department of Education information. The second installment packaged and analyzed the information into a searchable database.

Ever More Children Are Facing the Nightmare of Immigration Court on Their Own 

The Nation — July 3, 2018

For this deeply reported story, I visited Manhattan immigration court several times, analyzed immigration data and interviewed several attorneys, judges and young immigrants facing deportation in New York City and New Jersey. I conducted interviews with the children and young people in Spanish.

Queens' Diversity Is Underrepresented in the DA's Office, Staff Data Shows

Queens Daily Eagle — March 5, 2019

A perceived lack of diversity was a key focus among the seven Democratic candidates for Queens District Attorney, as well as local bar associations and community activists who say the staff composition should better represent the borough’s population. I analyzed the demographic statistics from the Queens DA’s office and found that people of color, especially black and African American men, are significantly underrepresented among prosecutors in the world’s most diverse county. This is the first installment in my three-part series that helped shaped the Queens DA race.

'You can't have cops watching cops' — NYPD officer, ex-cop lawyer sue NYC

Queens Daily Eagle — May 20, 2019

An NYPD sergeant who uncovered blatant corruption in the 109th Precinct during the course of an 18-month undercover operation says top brass ignored his findings and then engaged in a “campaign to harass” him. The attorney representing him is an ex-cop who says he can relate.

DOC Fails to Uphold Young Adult Housing Directive

Queens Daily Eagle — Dec. 3, 2018

In part four of my series on the implementation of New York’s Raise the Age law and the young people too old to qualify, I reported on the Department of Correction's gradual rejection of a oversight agency’s mandate to house young people aged 18-21 "separate and apart" from other adult inmates. I have continued reporting on the DOC’s response to these directives.

NYC’s Cultural Plan Spurs Disabled Artists in Fight for Roles and Respect

City Limits — Oct. 20, 2017

I earned a 2018 Ippies Award in the category of Best Social Issues Story for this piece about advocacy among artists with disabilities who are ignored by institutions and often physically prevented from participating in the the city’s cultural scene. The advocate-artists have pressured the city to fund artists with disabilities, hold art spaces accountable for inclusion and pay for accessibility measures, especially at smaller art spaces as part of the CreateNYC Cultural Plan.

Other Reporting:

Can Andrew Cuomo Really Deliver on His Housing Promises? [The Atlantic's CityLab] 

Ever More Children Are Facing the Nightmare of Immigration Court on Their Own [The Nation]

NYC's Immigration Court Erodes Accommodations for Children Without Attorneys [City Limits]

City's Homeless Shelter Cops Need More Training, Advocates Say [City Limits]

Shelter System and Other NYC Services Should Be Safe For Migrants, Experts Say [City Limits] 

Sistema de refugio y otros servicios en NYC deberían ser seguros para inmigrantes [El Diario]

Remembering the Homeless Who Died in 2016 [Gothamist]

10 Takeaways from Hillary Clinton's Election Night Event [i-D/Vice] 

This Doctor Could Become the First Muslim Governor in the US [Global Citizen]

What the New 'Concealed Carry' Gun Law Could Mean for NYC [City Limits]

This Strategy For Ending Homelessness Is Catching On Around the World [Global Citizen]

Fending Off ‘Magic Bullets’ as Low-Income New York Aims to Get Healthier [City Limits: City Plate]

Inside the Global Network of Portugal's Soccer Superfans [The Atlantic's CityLab]

Spared by Sandy, City's Waterfront Food Hub Prepares for Future Disasters [City Limits]

NYC’s Cultural Plan Spurs Disabled Artists in Fight for Roles and Respect [City Limits]

A World Water Day Visual Crash Course [A design feature for Global Citizen]

Hundreds of Texas Towns Lack Basic Water and Sewer Systems [A design feature for Global Citizen]

Opioid Overdoses Plague Housing for the Formerly Homeless [Opioid Watch]

Cities Take Steps to Protect Homeless Immigrants from Immigration Agents [The Progressive]

The Long, Strange Journey of a Plastic Bag [Global Citizen]

7 Years After a Cholera Epidemic, Haitians Are Fighting For Accountability [Global Citizen]

Food Program for Poor Families Tries to Boost Breastfeeding Rates [City Limits: CityPlate]

HIV Disproportionately Affects Transgender Women — But They're Fighting Back [Global Citizen]

Artists in NYC's Low-Income Neighborhoods Push City to Deliver on Arts Equity [City Limits: Art at the Limits]

Groups Around the City Pitch in to Keep Your Kitchen Waste out of Landfills [City Limits: CityPlate]

Aging Out of Foster Care Makes Eating Right a Challenge [City Limits: CityPlate]

'Betrayed' Constituents Confront State Sen. Peralta in Jackson Heights Over Defection to IDC [Gothamist] 

This Global Citizen Has Given Pads to 30,000 Girls in Kenya - And Has More Work to Do [Global Citizen]

It's 2018 and People in the US Are Actually Drinking Filthy, Untreated Water By Choice [Global Citizen]

Religious Broadway: Finding Faith on Manhattan's Longest Street [Infographic]

“I didn’t know finding an apartment would be impossible” – Data and Experience Refute the Homeless ‘Magnet Theory’ in New York City and Nationwide [HuffPost] 

'We're Fighting For Simple, Basic, Human Needs': Thousands Rally at Stonewall Against Trump's Anti-Trans Rules [Gothamist] 

Locals Fearing Gentrification & Displacement Challenge Bronx Rezoning Plan [Gothamist] 

'It Destroyed Us': Brazilians In NYC Mourn Beloved Soccer Team Killed In Plane Crash [Gothamist] 

Thousands March to Support Immigrants and Put Donald Trump on Notice [The Progressive] 

'Amateur Protesters' Take on Trump [The Indypendent] 

8 Soccer Teams That Are Championing Aid to Refugees [Global Citizen]

Queens Council Candidates Talk Rezoning, Homelessness, Transportation [City Limits]

These Incredibly Sexist Ads Just Got An Amazing Makeover [Global Citizen]

Suspicion in the Sanctuary [The Daily Free Press] 

Fusing Fitness + Mental Health

Fusing Fitness With Mental Health Treatment in Supportive Housing and Related Settings [The New Social Worker: Summer 2017 issue]

Move Toward Wellness: Integrating access to exercise in programs serving individuals impacted by homelessness [National Health Care for the Homeless Council]

Integrating Fitness With Mental Health Services Provides Holistic, Preventive Care for Individuals With Mental Illness [HuffPost] 

Health Services Need Integrative Fitness – Especially for Homeless Veterans [Walnut Health]

For-profit Gyms Can Partner With Social Service Providers to Make Fitness House Calls That Benefit the Community     [HuffPost] 

Each day during the 2014 World Cup, I visited a different bar, restaurant or cultural center in and around New York City. I documented the World Cup Tour of NYC on my blog SoccerInNYC.com . Here are some highlights:

Greece v. Cote d'Ivoire at an Ivorian restaurant in East Harlem

Argentina v. Iran at an Iranian viewing party in the West Village

Netherlands v. Costa Rica at a Costa Rican party in Dover, NJ

More Soccer

8 Soccer Teams That Are Championing Aid to Refugees [Global Citizen]

In Poland, vandals mix White Pride with club pride [Soccer in NYC]

Halloween Soccer Guide [8by8 magazine] 

The MLS has come so far. What will the Red Bulls and their league look like 13 years from now? [Soccer in NYC]

A Treatise Against Vanity Set Pieces [Soccer in NYC]

The Brand Report for First Touch, the USA's longest running weekly soccer magazine. 

The World Meets Along 116th St. -- June 24, 2014

The Hidden World Cup -- June 30, 2015

NYC Supporter Spotting: January 2016 -- Feb. 17, 2016

NYC Supporter Spotting: February 2016 -- March 7, 2016

Gun violence in the United States

Want to Stop Gun Violence But Don't Know Where to Start? Get Educated  [HuffPost] 

Gentrifiers Can Help Stop Urban Gun Violence by Uplifting Long-Time Community Residents and Engaging with Existing Organizations [HuffPost] 

How ‘Boogie Nights’ warns against gun glamorizing without all those penis/gun cliches [Medium]

Disarm Hate: The LGBTQ Community Unites with Anti-Gun Violence Activists [HuffPost] 

Disarm Hate, A Coalition Of Anti-gun Violence And LGBTQ-rights Groups, Prepares To Rally In D.C. [HuffPost]

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