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Navigating the City’s Transit System Near Impossible for Parents and Caregivers

Read the original story on Medium here. By Elena Cox One morning in 2014, Rita Kakati Shah was pregnant with her second child, trying to navigate the stairs to get the downtown 1 train with her 18-month-old son on West 79th Street. She was traveling alone, bumping his stroller one step at a time like a dolly to get to the platform, when a stranger darted past her to catch the subway. He hit the stroller and knocked it out of her hands, causing her son to tumble down the stairs. Luckily, he was strapped into his seat, so he...

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UP-STAND Spotlight on Well Kept Barbershop

UP-STAND Spotlight on Well Kept Barbershop

Business Spotlight: Well Kept Barbershop Address: 30-11 32nd St, Astoria, NY 11102 Open Since: September 2018   I was told to visit Well Kept Barbershop. One of my friends and babysitters raved about the place. After a variety of bad experiences getting her son cuts at both adult and children’s salons, she had finally found a location that would cut his hair willingly, patiently, and without stress. When I walked into the shop, the first thing I thought was that it was somewhere I would bring my own son to get a haircut. “We don’t have loud music. We don’t...

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Limb Difference Awareness Month (and what YOU can do)

By Stephanie CatrosI was thrilled to be asked by my good friend Christine to write a post in honor of limb difference awareness month. My husband and I are the parents of an amazing little four-year-old boy, Milo. Not only does he love to ride his scooter in the park, learn about dinosaurs, build robots and play with Legos, he was also born without most of his right foot. He is referred to as a congenital amputee. He has been wearing a prostheses of some sort since he was seven months old. Since August 2018 he has been using a...

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UP-STAND Spotlight on a standout business, LIC Kids Gymnastics

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UP-STAND Spotlight on a standout business, LIC Kids Gymnastics

We had the chance to interview Morgan Lennon and Natalie Fuertes of LIC Kids Gymnastics this month, and trust us, you'll want to read this and take notes!

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Death of mother in subway highlights caregiver accessibility issues

By Samantha Maldonado01/30/2019 05:00 AM EDT A young mother died Monday night after falling down a subway-station staircase with her one-year-old daughter, a tragedy that advocates say highlights a rarely-discussed issue: the subway system's inaccessibility to caregivers toting babies, and their accoutrements. Malaysia Goodson, 22, died after falling down stairs at the Seventh Avenue subway station, located at 53rd Street. She was reportedly seen entering the station with her child in a stroller. Like roughly three-quarters of subway stations in New York City, the Seventh Avenue station has no elevator. "It's really sad because it was avoidable," said Christine Serdjenian...

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