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Here’s what rooms at TWA Hotel at JFK will look like

Good news, travel buffs, New Yorkers and history and architecture nerds alike: You won’t have to wait until this time next year to see what rooms inside the forthcoming TWA Hotel at JFK Airport will look like. Developer MCR on Tuesday unveiled a model of one of the 512 guest rooms in the...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 4:11pm

Mayor targets 10 most rat-infested NYCHA developments for extermination efforts

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday launched an “aggressive” extermination plan targeting the ten most rat-infested public housing developments. Ten New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments, where about 23,000 people live, will receive dry-ice treatments, full-time...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 3:13pm

NYC mice are carrying antibiotic-resistant bacteria

New Yorkers know to steer clear of the city’s rats for a multitude of reasons, one being that they can carry diseases. Now, a new study out of Columbia University is reminding residents of another rodent to be wary of. Mice in New York City carry disease-causing bacteria, some of which may...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:44am

NYC has 25-year plan to protect its forests from climate change

We know that climate change will affect New York City’s waterfronts, but there’s another ecological feature also at risk: the city’s forests. NYC Parks and the nonprofit Natural Areas Conservancy announced on Monday the creation of a 25-year plan to keep New York City’s...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 9:42am

Meet Ryszard Krynicki at the Pen World Voices Festival

Born in a labor camp outside of Vienna in 1943, Ryszard Krynicki was surrounded by persecution and hardship, which led him to find his voice and utilize the power of his words. An avid reader as a young man, Krynicki was inspired by the likes of Poe and Kafka and eventually studied poetry at...

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 5:44pm

NYC will now house inmates according to gender identity

New York City’s Department of Corrections will now house incarcerated individuals based on the gender they identify as, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday. The DOC is also working with the NYC Commission on Human Rights in order to maintain the Transgender Housing Unit as an additional...

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 3:00pm

City to move doctor’s controversial statue from Central Park to Brooklyn

City officials on Monday decided to move a controversial statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims, “the father of modern gynecology,” from Central Park to the Brooklyn cemetery where he is buried.  The move comes at the recommendation of the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments...

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 2:48pm

Tribeca remains city’s most expensive neighborhood: PropertyShark

Tribeca is one of New York City’s hottest neighborhoods — and it continues to be its most expensive when it comes to median home sales, according to new data from PropertyShark. Even with prices declining 30 percent year-over-year, Tribeca stayed at the top of the real estate’s...

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 2:42pm

New York boat restaurants ready for summer 2018

After a long and dreadful winter, the warm weather is finally making its way east and with it a handful of New York boat restaurateurs are opening up shop for the summer season. North River Lobster Company opened on April 12, serving happy New Yorkers and visitors from all over a raw bar,...

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 1:34pm

Flash flood warning issued for New York City

Though temperatures are hovering in the upper 50s, New Yorkers woke to heavy rain, gusty winds and flood warnings and advisories Monday morning. The rain, along with a few thunderstorms, are expected to remain for much of the day, mainly before 9 p.m., the National Weather Service forecasted, with...

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 12:11pm

Op-Ed: The Phenom that is Cynthia Nixon

I have two things in common with candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon. First, we were both in the second "Sex In The City" movie — she as Miranda Hobbes, one of the main actresses, and I as a belly dancer in the Abu Dhabi nightclub scene. Second, we are both activists who have run...

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 10:34am

#PoetweetNYC 2018 is underway and looking for your best green-themed lines

Are you a poet and ready to let New York City — and Twitter — know it? The ninth annual #PoetweetNYC Twitter poetry contest is officially underway, and you could have the chance to have your words published right here in the pages of Metro. Running today through Friday, #PoetweetNYC is...

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 5:03am

93K small businesses benefited from NYC's Business Improvement Districts: Report

New York City has been making an effort to help small businesses — more than 93,000 of them, according to a new report. The city’s Department of Small Business Services released on Monday a report looking at the success of Business Improvement Districts, or BIDs, in boosting areas in...

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 5:03am

Female Airbnb hosts are taking over NYC

There is no question that Airbnb is a popular option for travelers visiting New York City — and for New Yorkers looking to make some extra money by opening their homes to those out-of-towners. What might come as a surprise, however, is how many of those hosts in New York City are women....

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 5:03am

5 Facts on Cynthia Nixon’s run for New York governor

Actress and liberal activist Cynthia Nixon, one of the stars of the hit television series "Sex and the City," has her sights set on Gov. Cuomo's job. Weeks ago, she announced her plan to challenge the incumbent governor for the Democratic nomination. Here's what you need...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 2:01pm

NYC poverty rate drops: Mayor

Poverty in New York City is at its lowest level since the Great Recession, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday. The mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity released its annual New York City Government Poverty Measure report, which looks both at the poverty rate and the “near-poverty...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 12:29pm

Magnetic wands may be answer to fixing subway delays: Cuomo

What’s the answer to the dreaded subway delays? Not the wave of a magic wand, but a magnetic wand, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo toured the 9th Avenue subway station in Sunset Park on Thursday to demonstrate what he says is an innovative technology the MTA will be deploying in full...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 9:57am

Earth Day comes early to Union Square this weekend

If you’re looking to get a jump on your Earth Day 2018 actions, head to Union Square on Sunday, where Earth Day Initiative will hold its free annual festival.  The daylong family-friendly event will feature dozens of exhibitors, live performances, an interactive booth featuring Korean...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 5:00am

NYPD neighborhood policing to descend into subway: Mayor

New York City is bringing the neighborhood policing prevalent on its streets down into the subway. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday that the NYPD will be implementing its intimate community policing tactics into train cars and subway stations as a way to keep New Yorkers safe as they...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 3:44pm

Staten Island deer population down due to vasectomies

Staten Island’s deer population has dropped 8 percent thanks to sterilization efforts by the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday. An explosion in the borough’s deer population has been causing headaches for residents, but two years into the city’s “deer impact...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 1:31pm