Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

Photo illustration by Rachel Beatty

Let the giver beware

Crime | From fake cancer pleas to fake funerals, fraud is a purportedly rare but persistent problem on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe. What’s the responsibility of the Christian donor?
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/28/19, 02:46 pm

Popular crowdfunding platform GoFundMe finds its name in many heartwarming news stories and viral videos. This year, for example, it collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for the family of an 8-year-old Christian refugee who, two years after fleeing violence from Boko Haram in Nigeria, unexpectedly won the New York state chess tournament for his age group in March.

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City of empty suites

Regulation | New York considers a big tax on expensive, unoccupied condos
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/26/19, 05:04 pm

A New York moment:

A friend of mine works in the construction industry here and has taken me to top penthouse apartments during construction, the ones with price tags north of $50 million. Any price tag over my monthly rent invoice makes my eyes glaze over, and sometimes even the rent bill does that. 

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Chess with Tani

New York | A Christian family that fled Boko Haram and lives in a New York homeless shelter has captivated the city, thanks to a chess-playing 8-year-old
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/20/19, 01:07 pm

A New York moment: 

Please, steel yourself. An 8-year-old boy, the son of devout Christian parents who recently fled Boko Haram in Nigeria, just won the state chess championship in New York for his age group. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has the full, incredible story. 

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