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Helaina Hovitz

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Helaina Hovitz is an editor, writer, co-founder of Headlines for the Hopeful, and author of After 9/11. She's a native New Yorker who's most passionate about social good, inspiring stories, animal rescue, and loves to write about the lighter things in life, like food.
Let us know if this sounds familiar: you’re looking to volunteer, have no idea where to start, don’t want to sit through orientation, and then just shrug and give up. If you’ve found yourself in that predicament before, you’re in luck, because there's finally an app for that. Deevee Kashi and Anthony Yoon are the co-founders behind DEED, an app that lets you scroll through upcoming volunteer opportunities, see who else is going, then sign up. Simple...
Candy that’s good for your teeth? Sounds too good to be true, but it’s not—and it was born here in Brooklyn, where people with disabilities are employed to make it. Cracked Candy, made from a sweetener called Xylitol, was founded by Flora Pringle, a science teacher and mother of two who stumbled across the ingredient and was struck with the inspiration to turn it into a treat. Xylitol is a natural sweetener found in many fruits and...
Women of Brooklyn, rejoice: two of your own are breaking the glass—er, silicone—ceiling when it comes to closing the pleasure gap. Only one in four women feels that their sexual needs are met, and yet, up until last week, Kickstarter had an unofficial, but kind of official, policy when it came to preventing sex toys from crowd-funding on the site. But a new toy known as “Fin,” the brainchild of Alexandra Fine, a Greenpoint-based psychology grad and...
Samui is nestled inside of a bright rainbow façade on an otherwise grey and quiet block, and the inside doesn’t disappoint: housed within the walls of exposed brick and 15-foot-high ceilings is something truly special. As part of the massive Brooklyn Navy Yard area redevelopment, what was once a run-down garage has become a restaurant outfitted with custom chandeliers, undulating aqua banquettes, a bar created by artisans who work some amazing visual magic with glass of...

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