Brooklyn Artist Embraces Nature For Inspiration

Originally published on NYCityLens.com. By Amy Chyan She hovered over the house plant and watched the ants crawl. This is what Mi Ju, 27, a Korean-born painter, installation artist and master’s of fine arts student at the Pratt Institute, does, to gather inspiration for her art. “She’s manically obsessed over nature,” teased Hiba Schahbaz, Ju’s…

VIDEO: Cobble Hill Debates Co-Location of School

Originally published on NYCityLens.com. Camera: Amy Chyan and Kristen Holmes Editing: Amy Chyan Script: Amy Chyan and Kristen Holmes Sixty-two percent of charter schools share buildings with public schools. This process is called co-location and continues to create tension throughout the city. Amy Chyan takes us to the city’s first co-location hearing of the year…

VIDEO: A Brooklyn Painter Opens Up His Studio

Originally published on NYCityLens.com. Camera: Amy Chyan Editing: Amy Chyan Script: Kristen Holmes Every year hundreds of artists move to New York City to try to make it in the industry. In Brooklyn, one painter puts an authentic style and hardened attitude into the mix. Kristen Holmes reports.

Crowd Buzzes with Energy from Foley Square to Brooklyn Bridge

Originally published on NYCityLens.com as a collaborative, special coverage of Occupy Wall Street’s ‘Day of Action’. By Amy Chyan and Julie Percha Hundreds of protesters took to Foley Square Thursday, braving the chilly temperatures for a Brooklyn Bridge march to support the Occupy Wall Street movement. Demonstrators brandishing trombones, snare drums, tambourines and even plastic…

Mile 16: Cheering on the Stragglers

Originally published on NYCityLens.com. By Amy Chyan  They don’t qualify for the elite men’s or women’s running group nor do they run on pace with the other 47 000 marathon runners. The last of the runners—the stragglers—power through at their own pace, determined to finish the 26.2 miles of the 2011 New York City Marathon….

Harlem Business Owners Worry About Possible Wal-Mart

Originally published on NYCityLens.com. By Amy Chyan Yellow smiley faces and employees’ royal-blue vests, immediately bring Wal-Mart to mind. But there are no smiley faces here in Harlem where some residents and small businesses are protesting the possibility that the national retailer will set up shop on the vacant lot at 125th Street and Lenox…