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Zika Virus is scary, especially if you're thinking about becoming pregnant, or already are. Recently, a close friend of mine told me over a bagel and cream cheese that the only thing giving her pause about becoming pregnant immediately was the threat of contracting it. Even though, thus far, the virus has cropped up relatively far away, it has recently inched closer (to Florida, but that link gives you reasons not to freak out...
Those pesky mosquito bites could potentially be more harmful than you think, as city health officials confirmed Sunday that New York's first case of West Nile Virus has been reported in a Brooklyn man. Additionally, neighborhoods in Queens with a highly active mosquito population were sprayed last night between 8:30pm and 6am this morning, in an attempt to ward off any of the infection-yielding bugs.  Although West Nile Virus is found pretty much every year in...
We’ve heard stories about what lurks behind the closed doors of New York’s restaurant kitchens, but most of what we know remains the product of hearsay. In a city teeming with vermin and bugs that crawl beneath our feet, it’s no wonder that some of New York’s 24,000 restaurants might be awash with bacteria... or at least run by a semi-negligent staff. Luckily, the Department of Health has tracked and collated findings from its...
As any restaurant owner can tell you, the innumerable challenges of operating a small business in NYC are practically prohibitive; a tangle of red tape and endless permits prior to opening, and the looming, omnipresent threat of inspections and hefty fines afterwards. And while the inscrutable demands of agencies like the DOH continue to place undue burden on independent establishments, Mayor de Blasio recently announced a Small Business First initiative—designed to improve the city’s...

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