babyNOIR: Fashion, Toys & Books For Kids (Astoria,Queens)

 “I make children’s clothes that are all black.Its called Babynoir, then I got tired of sewing black clothes with black thread at 3am in the morning so I started making colorful clothes as well..called babySolaire…New Yorkers wear black alot. I wanted my baby to match me.” Kazuki Kozuru-Salifoska

Babynoir opened February 1, 2012 and offers a unique selection of fashion, toys and books for kids. I love New York entrepreneurs. A new mother, Kazuki was having a hard time finding outfits for her baby girl Kharin that suited her taste. She had to navigate the world full of pink stuff to find the cutest little orange things and mint green things.
Then it came to finding black outfits for the baby.   Kazuki is a New Yorker, and a designer.  She wears black.  A lot.  Her baby must have at least one or two black outfits, too!  She had a really, really hard time finding good black outfits for Kharin.  When a New Yorker does black, she/he does BLACK.

Kobie Brown “From Fatherless To Fatherhood” (2012 Film)

 I along with millions of Americans have grown up “Fatherless”. And today 40% of American children live in a fatherless home raised by single mothers, aunts, grandmothers and other female caregivers. Kobie Brown’s 2012 film From Fatherless To Fatherhood explores the causes, effects and possible solutions to turning the corner on father absence. We met at Central Park for an unscripted, insightful conversation about the inspiration for the film, his family story and his goals. I love and support what Kobie is doing, solutions through dialogue.

“Before You leave this planet, it is important that you get in touch with what your purpose is and not be defined by what your job or career may be..but find out what it is you are suppose to do for the betterment of mankind and everything else will fall into place.” – Kobie during our Central Park conversation

SMILEY’S YARNS: NYC’s #1 Knitter’s Haven Since 1935

 My first time in a yarn store so I turned on the camera. I stumbled upon the knitting factory for  New York’s melting pot. Based in Woodhaven, NY, Smiley’s Yarns is a company, established in 1935, that sells discounted yarn online and in store.  Some of the name brand yarns that it supplies include Lion Brand, Red Heart, Patons, CrystalPalace, Premier, and Tahki. This yarn store is worth the subway fare to Queens (it is very near the Woodhaven stop on the J train).

A NOBLE Small Story

While watching the GIANTS game at a bar in Queens, I was introduced to music artist NOBLE. A week later, I met up with him in Jamaica, Queens at a studio in a Moose Lodge to film his “small story”. It has been been a noble but ruff ryde.

Queens Library Rally(6.03.10): The Kids Have Something To Say

I heard kids chanting “Save Our Library”. I live across the street. I grabbed my camera….. Faced with the prospect of closing 14 local branches, reducing hours at an additional 34 locations and laying off as many as 400 employees, Queens Library officials, Kids and parents gathered at the Woodhaven location and rallied Tuesday. This story is from the angle of the kids and their guitar teacher, Ken. The kids have created a new movie as well.

Barbara Dick: Bronx, NYC Language Center, Xenophobia & Teaching Methods

Born in the Bronx, Barbara Dick is the founder and executive director of the New York Language Center. 26 years, 5 locations and a mountain of immigrant challenges later, I met Barbra at the her headquarters in Jamaica, Queens. Our conversation covered: Her Bronx pride; Immigrants daily life challenges from xenophobia to attending parent-teacher meetings; meet the staff; discuss their curriculum philosophy; a need for qualified teachers; hear a story from a student/intern; and insight from Barbara after 26 years.

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