Laura Barcella

Thrust and parry: Fencing reigns as 'New York's Olympic sport'

Twice a week, 67-year-old Madelon Rosenfeld does battle with anyone willing to take her on. “You just walk up to someone and say, “Want to fence?” she said. “I fence with men, women, kids, and two guys in their 80s.” A Manhattan lawyer, Rosenfeld participates in...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 5:00 AM

NYC hosts first ‘Cat Camp’

Forget the tired “cat lady” stereotype. There are cat people everywhere, especially in New York City, which is home to more than half a million pet cats and up to half a million strays.This weekend, adoptable cats and the people who love them will come together for the first time at Cat Camp, a two...

Friday, March 10, 2017, 5:00 AM

CUNY initiative aims to help youths from foster care succeed in college

Pauloma Williams wasn’t sure what to expect when she first moved to New York City from Guyana as a teenager in 2014.“It was stressful at first, learning a whole new system,” she recalled.Adjusting to a new home environment was also a challenge. Though she lived with her father in Brooklyn at first...

Sunday, March 5, 2017, 4:30 PM

‘Hearts for Refugees’ spreads message of support, kindness

“Mom, what’s a refugee?”Ashley Lavin wasn’t sure how to respond when her 5-year-old daughter, Lucy, asked her that question two weeks ago. Lavin, 37, a stay-at-home mom of two on Manhattan's Upper East Side, answered simply but truthfully, telling the little girl, “They’re people whose homes are no...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 3:30 PM