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As a silver medalist in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Tim Morehouse has learned a few life lessons along the way. "If being a champion was easy, everyone would do it," he states. "And you have to understand that being a champion involves setbacks and challenges and difficulties." These lessons are just some of the foundational beliefs that he teaches at Fencing in the Schools, which runs as an after-school pr...
Not every student is a performer or even a writer but everyone has a story to tell. The Moth is a not-for-profit organization that embodies this belief. Since 1997, The Moth has dedicated itself to preserving the centuries-old oral tradition of storytelling, in this case true stories told live without notes. The podcast and event series extends itself to NYC youth through The Mo...
Pizza is part of New York’s DNA. It's iconic. It's omnipresent. And better yet, it's arguably the best. Between the late 19th and early 20th century, more than 4 million Italians immigrants set sail for the United States, bringing with them a love of good food and mastery of its craft. For the last quarter century, Goodfella's Pizza has continued this tradition. Opened in 1992, the Staten Island all-serv...
While New York Harbor's own Ellis Island opened its doors in 1892; men, women, and children from overseas had set their sights on the land of opportunity well before then and continue to today. For over 450 years, America has symbolized economic possibility, political liberty, and provided refuge from war, famine, persecution, and religious intolerance for immigrants from every continent and corner of th...
Sometimes the best way to teach children road safety is to get them behind the wheel. That's the philosophy behind Safety Town ; Brookhaven, Long Island's own miniature village where students can learn bike, car, and pedestrian safety first hand. An initiative of the Highway Department, the Safety Town in Brookhaven is not the first of its kind bu...
FlowerSchool New York founder Eileen Johnson always loved to entertain. After retiring from her work as director of outreach for Children’s Scholarship Fund, she was looking for a new skill to learn and share. There was an oversaturation of cooking institutions so she took a flight to Paris and learned the art of floral design instead. What started in 2003 as a series of master classes featuring the b...
Nothing more than the sound of wind rustling through the lissome branches of the leaning pine and the faint tapping of people at work can be heard along the secluded shore of the lower St. Regis Lake. Here in this wooded haven, men and women pick up crosscut saws and throw axes at Paul Smith's College Adirondack Woodsmen's School . Paul Smith's
The hallowed halls of the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences boast the development of a water filtration system for low resource settings, an air pollution detection sensor for those susceptible to asthmatic attacks, and a temperature monitor that can be integrated into a football player's uniform. And those are just a few of the biomedical innovations that came out of
As this year draws to a close, we at EdLab Studios feel the urge now more than ever to highlight the work being done by people and organizations around New York that inspire and enrich their communities. Reflecting on the past year shows us commonalities across diverse populations that are all eager to express themselves and have their voices heard. Whether that is through painting, writing, singing, acting, dancing, a physical activity or a vocational sk...
Father Tom Coughlin was ordained in 1977, becoming one of the first deaf priests in North America. Four years later, he purchased what many would later nickname "Heaven on Earth," a rundown property on Fourth Lake in the heart of the Adirondacks. The former Mohawk Hotel with its tree-lined vistas and barn-red main lodge, was in a dire state of disrepair. But through the tireless dedication of volunteers and some elbow grease, it would open its doors as Ca...