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State Sen. Jessica Ramos, after months of hinted-at opposition to a proposed casino and entertainment complex in her Queens district, on Tuesday made her rejection of the project official. “After three town halls, a poll, a survey, and I can't tell you how many conversations I've had around the district, I've concluded that the vast majority of our…
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Bus and subway fare evasion continues to be a growing problem for the MTA. The transit agency has attempted to address the issue in recent years, but its data indicates the rate of straphangers skipping fares has more than doubled since the pandemic. And more than half of bus riders aren’t paying for their ride. At a MTA board meeting last week, ch…
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For the past month, Bianca Giaever, an artist and filmmaker, has been roaming New York City, wearing a firetruck red jumpsuit and an enormous sandwich board that reads “FREE HELP.” Giaever is actually offering what’s advertised. If you need help, she will help you — for free. Her business card, which she hands out freely, often to people who approa…
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New York City’s streets and sidewalks could look very different starting on Aug. 3. That’s the deadline for restaurants to either apply for the city’s new outdoor dining program or take down their roadway dining structures, which occupy parking spaces or other parts of the street. After four years of free, loosely regulated outdoor dining, the new …
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An organization dedicated to throwing birthday parties for children living in homeless shelters held its first celebration in New York City this week since the pandemic halted their operations four years ago, delighting kids with cake, gifts and games, and a superhero-inspired bash. “There's always a smile on their face when they see it because the…
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Bronx residents who want to watch a movie in theaters now only have one place in the borough to do that. After more than 30 years in business, the Concourse Plaza Multiplex Cinemas in the South Bronx is closing May 28th. WNYC’s Amanda Rozon reports that for many residents, that’s not just inconvenient — it’s devastating.…
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This Memorial Day weekend, many of us have plans for grilling and heading out to the beach. But WNYC's Rosemary Misdary says we should add another item to the list - safe sun-gazing. Speaking with Weekend Edition host David Furst, she says the sun is very "active" right now. She cautions that before you do anything, it's essential that you use the …
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Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season and ignites the pressure we sometimes feel to rush out there to take advantage of everything the region has to offer during the warmer months. But WNYC is here to help. Our news site Gothamist is out with an extensive list of fun and affordable summer activities in the region. And…
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The city is considering buying homes from residents of a small flood-prone section of Flushing, potentially presenting homeowners with the tough choice of selling and relocating or putting their faith in a series of projects aimed at reducing the chronic risk from storms. The voluntary buyout strategy, supported by local elected officials and debat…
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Nassau County and its police department were held in contempt of court this month for ignoring an order from a panel of appellate judges to hand over a document it has spent four years and $100,000 in taxpayer funds to keep secret.The closely guarded document? The police department’s phone directory.…
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The owners of 64 New York City office buildings are interested in converting their properties into housing, according to new data from the Department of City Planning. City Planning Director Dan Garodnick said the owners or their representatives each contacted the city’s Office Conversion Accelerator Program, which is supposed to serve as a one-sto…
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The inquiry's wide scope has some faculty questioning whether silencing dissent at the university — particularly that of pro-Palestinian voices — was its real objective. At the same time, critics — including elected officials and Jewish organizations — have long maintained that the school was a hotbed for antisemitism and said the inquiry was overd…
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José Colón has watched many people die behind bars. The 42-year-old is serving a sentence of 30 years to life at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, and has spent the last few years caring for other incarcerated men who are sick and dying. As Colón ages and his own health deteriorates, he is seeing firsthand why he doesn’t want to become one of them. …
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A crazy month in New York City sports continues. In playoff basketball, The Knicks come home to Madison Square Garden for a winner-take-all game 7 against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semi finals. Meanwhile, in hockey, the Rangers are on their way to the Eastern Conference Finals in the NHL playoffs. This weekend, sports journalist …
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The trial of a former president taking place in New York City. And a courtroom drama happening a block away is also getting a lot of attention. That would be the trial of New Jersey Senator Bob Menenez, who is charged with bribery and corruption along with his wife and two businessmen. WNYC's Nancy Solomon spent much of the week in the courtroom. S…
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A state initiative aimed at helping homeless New Yorkers living on the streets and subways has placed more than 450 individuals in long-term or permanent housing in two years, new data from the governor’s office shows. Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Safe Options Support program deploys trained social workers, clinicians, nurses, case managers and people who h…
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School districts across our region and the country continue to look for strategies to address learning loss from the COVID-19 pandemic. But Union City School District, home to some of New Jersey's lowest-income students, is meeting academic goals without a lot of state assistance. Silvia Abbato, superintendent of Union City District schools, and Ma…
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Queens has one of the largest Guyanese populations in the United States, and I've been eager to try the restaurants in the neighborhoods of Richmond Hill and Ozone Park, which make up Little Guyana. Rich curries, fresh seafood, root vegetables and fruits can be found in many of the country’s most iconic dishes. Metemgee (a vegetable and dumpling st…
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