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Emergency Call Buttons: Outdated system or necessary protocol?

Scattered across the city, you’ll find 15,000 emergency call boxes. But the rusty, red towers and worn-down ornate units with paint peeling off the sides typically go unnoticed by passersby. Rachel Stone, 22, works around Union Square and passes the call boxes on her way to and from work...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 5:03am

Buses to sub for LIRR trains between Ronkonkoma and Greenport Dec. 12

Buses will substitute for Long Island Rail Road trains between Ronkonkoma and Greenport on Tuesday, Dec. 12, the MTA announced Monday. The one-day change is due to switch replacement work at Mill Road in Peconic that will take the main track between the two stations out of service after the 5:30 a...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 4:21pm

November had fewer murders, shootings than past years: NYPD

New York City keeps getting safer, officials say. The New York Police Department announced Monday that last month saw the fewest murders and shooting incidents out of any November in the city’s history. This November, there were four fewer murders, 17 fewer shootings, and 656 fewer index...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 2:56pm

Queens Boulevard now 3 years without pedestrian, cyclist death

For years, Queens Boulevard was known as the “Boulevard of Death” after nearly 200 people were killed on the busy street over the course of 30 years. However, the major Queens thoroughfare has now gone three years without a pedestrian death following a slew of safety improvements in...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 11:37am

Met Opera suspends conductor after sexual misconduct allegations

New York's Metropolitan Opera on Sunday suspended its relationship with former long-time music director, the acclaimed conductor James Levine, as it investigates several allegations of sexual misconduct. The opera said in a statement that it decided to act following "multiple allegations...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 10:11am

Uptown and Downtown rats in NYC are genetically different, study finds

You’ve heard of Uptown girls, but what about Uptown rats? Apparently, rats that live Uptown and Downtown in New York City have distinct genetic differences, according to a new paper out of Fordham University. Matthew Combs, a PhD student at Fordham, is writing his dissertation about the...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 5:03am

Why the Triboro X rail may never leave the station

In 2012, Manhattan Borough president and future 2013 Democratic Party primary NYC Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer called for the construction of a new Triboro X subway line. This would connect Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx. It made a great sound bite at the time and got...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 5:03am

Yankees hire Aaron Boone as next manager

Multiple reports have disclosed that the New York Yankees will hire Aaron Boone as their next manager, ending an extensive search that began when the team fired Joe Girardi after a decade-long stint on Oct. 23. The 44-year-old Boone has never held a managerial position in the majors, having spent...

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 8:48pm

New York City Council bans conversion therapy

A bill that prohibits conversion therapy, a practice which aims to turn gay people straight, was passed by the New York City Council on Thursday. Sponsored by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the bill will ban anyone from charging somebody money for a service that intends to change their sexual...

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 2:49pm

This is Jersey City’s most expensive rental listing ever

A new luxury rental just hit the market with a $10,995 monthly price tag, and — surprise! — it’s not in one of New York City’s five boroughs. Meet Penthouse Five at The Ellipse in the Newport section of Jersey City. Penthouse Five officially hit the market on Thursday and...

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 1:40pm

MTA wants your input on new subway car displayed at Hudson Yards

They aren’t scheduled to arrive until 2020, but the MTA wants to know what you think of the new subway car prototype that’s currently on display at Hudson Yards. The R211 subway cars opened for tours on Thursday, and straphangers will be able to check them out at the 34th Street-Hudson...

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 11:14am

World AIDS Day: Amid treatment advances, dropping diagnoses, AIDS crisis remains

In 1981, a rare infection was first detected in the United States. The virus was eventually identified as acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS, and a global pandemic — and panic — ensued. “Fast-forward 30-plus years, and because of treatment advancements, people are...

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 5:03am

LIRR service suspended between Jamaica Station, Atlantic Terminal this weekend

There will be no Long Island Rail Road service between Jamaica Station and Atlantic Terminal for two consecutive weekends starting Friday night as the MTA is installing switches near Atlantic Terminal as part of the Atlantic Yards Project. Trains will be suspended around 10 p.m. on Friday, after...

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 11:32am

New HIV diagnoses in NYC reach historic low

The number of yearly new HIV diagnoses in New York City has reached a historic low, the Health Department announced this week.  The department recently released its 2016 HIV Surveillance Annual Report, an annual survey of HIV data and diagnoses in New York City that began in 2001. According...

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 11:29am

RPA sees more regional rail, urban street space and 24/3 subway service in our future

For nearly a century, the Regional Plan Association has helped shape the New York City-New Jersey-Connecticut metro region. And for just the fourth time in its history, the organization on Thursday is releasing a long-term vision for the area’s future regarding affordability, resilience and...

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 5:00am

Computer glitch approves all American Airlines pilots holiday PTO

Because airlines have had a phenomenal 2017, what with all the assaults on passengers and dead animals, here’s what Twitter user Tony Posnanski called “the perfect ending to 2017.” A glitch in the computer system allowed all American Airlines pilots to take Christmas vacation all...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 6:12pm

Activists planning #MeToo rally, 2nd Women’s March in NYC

As the tumultuous year that was 2017 winds down, activists are looking ahead to the New Year to keep the resistance going. Organizers have announced that the second annual Women’s March on New York City will take place on Jan. 20, a year after the inaugural Women’s March on Washington...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 2:34pm

Babysitter convicted on 98 counts for raping children at church and home

A babysitter was convicted of repeatedly raping two children, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. said on Tuesday. The convicted sex offender recorded some of the sexual assaults and made montages of the scenes set to music. Milton Narvaez, also known as Milton Gomez, 35, was convicted...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 2:29pm

50 US cities pen letter to FCC demanding net neutrality, democracy

Leaders from New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and the District of Columbia today submitted a signed letter with 45 other mayors urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to uphold the rules supporting net neutrality. Net neutrality would keep the internet as a public utility...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 2:00am

Drag, burlesque, comedy & tattoos for charity at Let's Get Nasty: Witch Hunt

Update, Nov. 28 - Witch, please! Here is your updated list of performers for Saturday's Nasty Woman Project event Let’s Get Nasty: Witch Hunt. Take advantage of the tattoo pop-up and it'll be a night to remember. (Don't forget that all proceeds go to the Anti-Violence...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 5:42pm