Many nights, after a long day of home-schooling two of her children, Tamykah Anthony is standing over the stove, cooking up natural beauty products in her kitchen at Queensbridge Houses, the biggest public housing complex in New York City. Fueled by a lifelong interest in science, she began formally selling the products in 2017, hoping to provide financial stability for her family. Now, after her business, Xanthines All Natural Products, survived the roller coaster of the past two years, Ms. Anthony, 36, is considering looking for factory space. “I know people who sell food that should be in five-star restaurants,” Ms. Anthony said, referring to her neighbors at Queensbridge, in Long Island City. “I know people who can put tiles down. I know hairstylists. But that transition from being really great at something to having a business, there’s a huge gap there.” As New York City officials grapple with how to ensure an equitable economic recovery from the pandemic, a new report this … [Read more...] about Entrepreneurship Is Alive in N.Y. Public Housing. Will the City Step Up?
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Bob Wolff, Sports Broadcaster for Nearly 80 Years, Dies at 96
Bob Wolff, who called Don Larsen’s perfect game for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series, the Giants’ overtime loss in the epic 1958 National Football League championship game and the Knicks’ two title runs in a record-setting eight decades as a sports broadcaster, died on Saturday in South Nyack, N.Y. He was 96. His death was confirmed by his son Rick. “If you added all the time up, I’ve spent about seven days of my life standing for the national anthem,” Mr. Wolff once said. Mr. Wolff was behind the microphone from the radio age to the rise of cable television. He was cited by Guinness World Records in 2012 as having the longest career of any sports broadcaster. He started out in 1939 while a student and former baseball player at Duke University, broadcasting games on a local CBS radio station. He became the first sportscaster for Washington’s WTTG-TV on the old DuMont network in 1946. A year later, he began doing television play-by-play for the often lowly Washington … [Read more...] about Bob Wolff, Sports Broadcaster for Nearly 80 Years, Dies at 96
Broadcaster’s Trove Is Calling All Ears
WASHINGTON — In their final years before moving to Minnesota, the Washington Senators struggled to keep fans interested. They were never contenders. Their statistics, generally, were so meager that their broadcaster rarely cited them. “I wasn’t too big on telling people, ‘This guy’s now hitting .202,’ ” said the broadcaster, Bob Wolff, now 92 years old. “I’d look for human-interest stories all the time to keep people listening to the game. I’d just say, ‘Well, folks, it’s 17-3,’ and they knew which team was losing.” Wolff’s curiosity sustained him for 15 years in this city, and many more elsewhere in a professional journey that wound through Madison Square Garden and continues today for News 12 Long Island. His 74-year career is the longest in sports broadcasting history, as certified by Guinness World Records. And, incredibly, Wolff recorded and retained almost all of it. “He was an archivist at heart, in the best sense of the word,” said Gene DeAnna, the head of the recorded … [Read more...] about Broadcaster’s Trove Is Calling All Ears