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Historic Harlem church preps for Thanksgiving

First Corinthian Baptist Churchin Harlem is once again pulling off an impossible annual feat — a feast for 1,000 Harlem neighbors who might not have anywhere else to go.And they do it without a commercial kitchen.The church, which recently hit 10,000 members, hosts an annual Thanksgiving dinner...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 12:33am

Thanksgiving and Black Friday subway changes in New York City

New Yorkers should plan ahead for the rest of Thanksgiving week, as the MTA is operating on a special schedule for holiday travelers and parade-goers.Subway and buses will run on a Sunday schedule starting Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 29.For those attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 12:17am

New gentrification book examines the New York being left behind

When Ed Hamilton walks along the Highline on Manhattan's far west side, he sees the sweeping growth and tourists, but also the old New York that's been left behind.Hamilton, who has lived at the Chelsea Hotel since the 1990s and fought eviction when new owners took over the historic structure, is...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 3:30pm

2015 Worst Landlord list released

Public Advocate Letitia James released her annual Worst Landlords report on Monday, naming Ved Parkash as the worst offender.Parkash has 7,200 units with 11 buildings with 2,235 Department of Housing Preservation and Development violations and 134 Department of Buildings complaints, according to...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 1:28am

Forest Hills man faces 25 years for prostituting teens

A Queens man has been convicted of 40 felony charges for prostituting two girls, aged 13 and 16,in 2011.Peter Gerardi, 30, of Forest Hills, faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced in Queens Supreme Court on Dec. 8.Queens DA Richard Brown said court documents show Gerardi was out on...

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 11:34pm

Times Square sees heavy police presence after ISIS video

Tourists and New Yorkers continued to visit Times Square on Thursday despite an ISIS video that suggested New York City as atarget. NYPD officers with semi-automatic long guns patrolled the crossroads of the world, and a Times Square Alliance guard suggested crowds were a bit lighter, maybe because...

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 1:46am

MTA finalizing 2016-2019 budget

The MTA presented the details of their finalized 2016-2019 budget in a board meeting on Monday —about a month after reachinga funding agreement to finance the $29 billion capital plan that dragged on for months, and slashed $1 billion from the second phase of the Second Avenue subway.The budget is...

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 1:50am

Rumble in the Bronx: Cops and teens play football, break down barriers

The lights on Mott Haven High School’s football field were illuminatedTuesday night as a group of NYPD officers and teenagers wearing blue and red flags squared off for the borough title in the Police Athletic Leagues Cops & KidsBronx championship flag football game. As the Metro North and MTA...

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 12:54am

Stigma still prevails for people living with HIV, NYC experts say

Charlie Sheen’s revelation on Tuesday’s “Today” show that he is HIV-positive has local HIV/AIDS organizations speaking out about the stigma that remains more than 30 years after the epidemic started.Kelsey Louie, CEO of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, who also serves on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s task force to...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 1:44am

Solar-sharing company Yeloha to launch in NYC

New Yorkers can now add solar energy to the list of things they can get on their smartphones.Yeloha, a company that describes itself as a “solar sharing network,” launched in New York on Tuesday.New Yorkers can sign up for the service through the company's website, which pairs people who want solar...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 10:53pm

Homeless New Yorkers explore their city through photography

Last Friday, Carl Jordan walked around the Flatiron District, snapping photos of bright sun coming through leaves, piles of garbage and water fountains in Madison Square Park, which he said back in the day was called the “stroll.” His photographer mentor, Michael Weschler, followed him, helping him...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 6:30am

Barnard students call for university to provide winter housing

Students at Barnard College have called on their school to open up housing during winter break, and say the school’s advice of house-sitting or living with friends isn’t realistic for low-income or international students.A Change.org petition started over the weekend had received nearly 1,300...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 5:37am

Fans and employees protest AG ban on FanDuel and DraftKings

Fans and employees of fantasy gaming companies FanDuel and DraftKings lined the sidewalks outside of 120 Broadway early Friday morning to protest Attorney General Eric Schneiderman'sban on the companies taking bets.More than 100 protesters lined the block starting at 8 a.m., chanting "Let us play...

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 7:29pm

Free wireless now available in 21 Bronx subway stations

Bronx commuters can now stay connected while they wait for their train at all 21 underground stations in the borough.The MTA and wirelessofficials announced Thursday inside the 161st Street–Yankee Stadium subway station that wireless service is up and running for the Bronx stations, and an...

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 12:42am

NYPD increasing traffic patrols after recent spike in crashes

After a recent string of fatal traffic crashes— including an MTA bus driver who allegedly hit a woman in Brooklyn and kept driving —the NYPD said it is beefing up patrols targetingdangerous drivers.The increased NYPD enforcement will continue through Nov. 22, according to the department, and will...

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 7:46pm

Reports of subway sex crimes up one year after public awareness push: NYPD

It's been a year since the MTA launched an ad campaign targeting sexual harassment on mass transitwithpublic service announcements and a new portal on the website for victims to file complaints.The increased resources by transit and police have led to an increase in reported sex crimes, which is...

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 6:30am

City cancer patients losing Health Republic insurance to continue treatment

Cancer patients who are losing their statehealth insurance at the month will have continued coverage at Memorial Sloan Kettering, the city and hospital announced on Wednesday.The state's largest co-op,Health Republic is folding at the end of the month, and the 114 cancer patients at Memorial Sloan...

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 2:15am

NYPD looking for additional suspects in Queens robbery

Police are looking for the public's help in tracking down two additional suspects who allegedly forced their way into a Flushing apartment, stunning and slashing a victim before robbing him last weekend.The incident happened around 4:17 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 in Flushing. The suspects, one of...

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 10:38pm

Nine companies shorted heating oil customers: Investigation

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said Tuesday his office has indicted nine companies and 44 people for allegedly shorting heating oil deliveries to residential, commercial and municipal buildings.Of the 44 people indicted on numerous charges, including fraud, 29 of them are truck drivers who...

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 2:33am

Fight for 15 and Black Lives Matter merge in Harlem rally

With rain falling, about 100members of the Fight for 15 and Black Lives Matter movement merged in a Harlem rally, calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to raise the minimum wage sooner than promised, and extend the benefits to other low-wage workers.Fast food workers, who have been rallying in New York City...

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 1:54am