A Brief History of Labor Day

By WRSMH on August 30, 2018

Thanks to the New York Public Library for a snapshot of the past!

The 1800s

What it was like to be a worker in America in the 1800s?

In 1830, the average manufacturing employee worked a 70-hour week, often without a day off. By 1890, thanks to efforts by workers and unions that number had fallen to 60 hours a week, but the labor was still intense.

Ultimately, the idea behind Labor Day was for these kinds of workers to get a day off.

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Keep Halloween Happy With These Safety Tips

By WRSMH on October 20, 2014

New York Child InjuryHalloween is a favorite holiday for many kids and adults. Dressing up in costumes, staying up after dark and going trick or treating all raise holiday excitement. However, without the proper safety steps in mind, Halloween can easily turn from a real treat to a nasty trick.

The experienced New York injury lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP encourage you and your family to have a fun holiday season that includes these safety steps:

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What Does Dad Really Want for Father’s Day?

By WRSMH on June 4, 2014

NY Fathers DayNix the necktie and skip the socks!  What dads really want for Father’s Day can’t be bought in any department store.  Instead, recent polls show that what most dads really want for Father’s Day is to spend quality time with their families.  They want to feel like they matter as much on Father’s Day as Mom matters on Mother’s Day – and polls show that most dads have family members who agree with them.

How can you make Dad feel like a million bucks on Father’s Day without wasting your cash?  Try these Father’s Day celebrations:

Go out to Dinner with the Family

Gather the family and take Dad out to dinner.  Make him feel like the guest of honor by taking care of all the details beforehand, from making the reservations to appointing a driver to packing along the credit card.  For an extra touch, ask the restaurant if you can have your father’s favorite drink or appetizer waiting at the table when he arrives – or if you can drop off a small gift beforehand for the wait staff to surprise him with.

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4 Best Photography Locations in NYC

By WRSMH on May 28, 2014

New York PhotographySummer is one of the best times to capture the many sights of New York City, whether using your smart phone, or, if you’re an old-fashioned kind of person, a Nokia 35mm. The Big Apple is abundant with pictorial photo shoot spots, what with all the historical sites, tall buildings, neon lights, and other eye-catching objects. Pick any direction, start walking, and you’re bound to come across some good photo opportunities. However, if you really want your photos to impress go to these select locations below and get that perfect picture you’ve been seeking.

Twilight at Times Square

Times Square seems like an obvious location, but it’s not the where that matters in this case, but the when. Lots of bad photos are taken in Times Square due to suboptimal lighting conditions; at the wrong times, it’s easy to get either dim or hazy photos. If you want postcard quality photos of Times Square, start shooting right after the sun has set. The sky won’t be too bright as to wash out the city lights, but it also won’t be too dark to cause the camera’s light meter to falter due to harsh contrast. Make sure you scout out some good spots and angles before the time comes.

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Embracing the Holiday Spirit in New York City

By WRSMH on December 13, 2013

New York Personal InjuryIt’s December once again in New York City, so you know what that means – holiday festivities galore. But even with giant Christmas trees and celebrations of all kinds flooding the city, it can be easy to let the season pass you by. This is New York, after all, life moves pretty quickly.

So, what can you do to embrace the holiday season before time runs out? At the law firm of Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, our legal team is looking for the best holiday experiences in the city.

Let’s move past Christmas trees in your living room and hanging the stockings by the chimney with care, we’re focusing on making this a real New York Christmas!

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This Thanksgiving, Give Back to New York Through Local Charities

By WRSMH on November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving in New York is a time for many to spend quality time with family and friends, being thankful for what they have in life. However, it is also the perfect opportunity to focus on those in need who are less fortunate than many. With the holiday almost here, there are countless opportunities in New York City and throughout the state for those looking to give back by helping people in need.

At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, our legal team is committed to helping New York residents both in and out of the courtroom. If you are considering volunteer work this Thanksgiving but don’t know where to go, consider the following opportunities.

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The Top 10 Most Popular Children’s Halloween Costumes for 2013

By WRSMH on October 31, 2013

Trick or Treat CostumesEvery October, Americans spend billions of dollars on all things Halloween. According to a National Retail Federation (NRF) survey, Americans are expected to spend $2.6 billion this Halloween season, with $1 billion of that being spent on children’s costumes alone. While costumes definitely come in all shapes and sizes, some are clearly more popular than others. According to the NRF, here are the 10 most popular:


A pair of wings is the focal point of this popular children’s costume. Couple those wings with a whimsical dress or ballet tutu, and you have yourself the 10th most popular children’s Halloween costume of 2013.


It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s the 9th most popular children’s Halloween costume of 2013. A classic superhero outfit that numerous children find themselves enamored with, who wouldn’t want to dress up as the Man of Steel? After all, he CAN fly.

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The Top 5 Halloween Treats Kids Never Want

By WRSMH on October 29, 2013

It’s Halloween time once again, and that means that neighborhoods throughout New York will soon be filled with kids of all ages, looking to show off their costumes and get some of their favorite treats. At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, our New York legal team remembers those exciting times and the thrill of getting a great candy haul. Unfortunately, not all treats are made equally, and occasionally you do have to sift through some of the more undesirable types of candy to get to the good stuff.

If you’re a trick-or-treater, you may have to put up with some unwanted snacks on Halloween night. If you’re a home owner, do everybody a favor and skip picking these up when you’re at the store!

5. Candy Buttons

Candy ButtonsNot since the Wax Bottle has a candy required more effort for so little reward. You can pick them off one by one or scrap off scores with your teeth.

Either way, your memory of how much time and energy was used eating Candy Buttons will last far longer than the moment of sweetness you tasted once you ate a handful of these disappointing drips of sugar.

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