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Creative Downsizing: A Piece of the Garment District Moves to Midwood

Leon Shpelfogel has been in the sewing machine business for more than 40 years. He started out working in his father-in-law’s Garment District shop, learning to build, repair and install the machines used by the then flourishing New York clothing industry. As the garment industry went into decline in the 60s and 70s, Shpelfogel’s business survived when many did not. Continue reading

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Immigrants Assimilate with a New York Accent (Hold the Cawfee)

Jeffrey Davis uses stage and linguistics training to help people who are self-conscious about their accents play the part of native speakers, and he’s found that the downturn in the economy has driven more and more people to want to brush up on their nasals and fricatives. Continue reading

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