• A rising tide lifts this boat

    A rising tide lifts this boat

    A farmer tries to cut his carbon footprint by moving food by sail from Vermont down to New York City. Environmentally sustainable, yes. But economical?

  • Fighting for a Market

    Fighting for a Market

    One man has been trying to hold an outdoor market for six years—against the Bloomberg administration’s development policy. Robert LaValva and volunteers stage a renegade market every month on land that’s waiting to be turned into condos.

  • In One Brooklyn Courtroom, Teens are Judge and Jury

    In One Brooklyn Courtroom, Teens are Judge and Jury

    Teens end in Youth Court at the discretion of a police officer who arrests them, or after a referral from criminal court. Data suggests that these types of community-based programs do a better job reintegrating youth into their communities than the formal justice system. But the programs are limited in their ability to address the causes of youth crime.

  • Restaurateurs Go Beyond the Basic Sandwich

    Restaurateurs Go Beyond the Basic Sandwich

    The Brooklyn Sandwich Society sources its food and decor as close to the restaurant as possible.

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At the top with nowhere to go

April 5, 2015 Crain’s New York Business Local hospital consolidations squeeze executives out of their jobs. When Mount Sinai Hospital took over Continuum Health Partners in 2013, top health care executives and physicians from both systems had one thought: Were their jobs safe? They had good reason to worry. Once the dust settled over the merger, many senior-level workers were gone as the two systems consolidated operations to save money. Some of those laid off are still job-hunting or have […]

September 27, 2017 ×


Hospital for Special Surgery to open new joint in Connecticut

An Upper East Side medical center known for treating star athletes and baby boomers is expanding its footprint outside the city. But first, state regulators order the elite institution to serve more Medicaid patients.

January 15, 2015 ×


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Insurance co launches a cash-for-health program

But will Amazon gift cards spur healthy behaviors?

December 9, 2014 ×


‘Hands off our hospital’ is the new normal

One hospital tried to close a campus and got hauled into court by disapproving locals. Another attempted to expand, but neighbors said no way. When it comes to health care, community activism is now standard operating procedure.

June 5, 2014 ×

Featured, Writing

Corner-store doctor gains traction in New York

Health clinics inside drugstores, which offer immunizations and treatment for minor conditions, have exploded nationwide but largely bypassed New York. That’s about to change.

March 10, 2014 ×


Hydroponics company predicts weed growth in NY

TerraTech Corp., a publicly traded company that specializes in hydroponic plant cultivation, has set up an east coast division and is looking at New York sites. Lawmakers move closer to some legalization.

March 7, 2014 ×


Medical marijuana may not be kind to hospitals

Hospitals in states where medical pot is legal have steered clear of distributing the drug for fear of running afoul of federal laws—and possibly losing government funding.

March 1, 2014 ×


Why the Affordable Care Act doesn’t work for me

One young freelancer’s misadventures in Obamacare may spell trouble for everyone.

November 11, 2013 ×


Some NY businesses cheer DOMA’s Repeal

Some NY businesses cheer DOMA’s Repeal

The Supreme Court’s ruling brings relief to companies that were compensating employees whose same-sex spouses were taxed for receiving benefits that others enjoyed tax-free.

June 28, 2013 ×