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Chick fil a article
The Midtown Gazette

Who's a New Yorker? Chick-fil-A knows – The Midtown Gazette

It’s 48 degrees outside and pouring rain. On the corner of West 37th Street and 6th Avenue, a young woman named Laura Stargel peers into the window of the new Chick-fil-A, shivering. She’s been waiting for three hours to get in and win free chicken meals for a year.

Chick-fil-A officially opened its first full-service restaurant in New York City on October 3. Per company tradition, the restaurant held its famous First 100 Giveaway the night before.

Dataforgood2 article
The Midtown Gazette

Data scientists find lower salaries, greater fulfillment in public sector

Technologists are increasingly interested in using their data skills to tackle social issues such as poverty and sex trafficking instead of (or in addition to) working for Fortune 500 companies.

Booksofwonder article
The Midtown Gazette

Books of Wonder turns 35, cautiously – The Midtown Gazette

Books of Wonder just celebrated its 35th anniversary as the oldest independent children’s bookstore in New York City. As businesses feel the pressure of gentrification, Books of Wonder has managed to stay afloat.

Hongkong article
The Midtown Gazette

One year later: Does New York still recognize the yellow umbrella?

New Yorkers for Hong Kong gathered in Union Square on Sept. 27 to recognize the first anniversary of the Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution, a pro-democracy movement.