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Fewer New Yorkers living in near-poverty for first time since Great Recession: Mayor

For the first time since the Great Recession, there are fewer New Yorkers living in near-poverty, according to a new report from the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity. The "New York City Government Poverty Measure" report, which details data from 2005 to 2015, found that...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 4:09pm

GRAPHIC: Video captures how NYPD hit biker in Williamsburg

Stomach-churning video capturing the moment a bicyclist was hit by a police car in Williamsburg seems to support the NYPD’s account of the incident. A police car with sirens on driving at a high speed struck the cyclist just before 6 a.m. on Monday on Morgan Avenue near Stagg Street. Police...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 12:24pm

At long last, revamped GWB Bus Station set to open

It looks like the long wait — and outdoor stair climbing — may be over for the thousands of commuters who come through the George Washington Bridge Bus Station on a daily basis. Since 2014, the main concourse of the GWBBS has been closed while renovations were made to the terminal...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 9:52am

MTA rolls out ‘Baby on Board’ buttons to encourage courtesy among strangers

You’ve surely seen “Baby on Board” signs on countless cars over the years, but a button version may be coming soon to a New York subway train near you. The MTA is releasing the free button, as well as one that says, “Please offer me a seat,” as a pilot program of its...

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 5:26pm

NYC councilman's plan to compel Trump tax return release

Amidst ongoing calls for President Trump to release his tax returns, it appears the tail may be wagging the dog; legislatively speaking, that is. New York City Councilman Corey Johnson is expected to announce a bill this month that would force the president to disclose his personal returns...

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 8:33am

Here’s how to get your old rate back if Spectrum jacks up your internet bill

Whether or not you think Time Warner fumbled the Spectrum rebrand — with a reputation that bad, do you really want to tell people it’s still the same company? — you’re going to want to double check the rate listed on your May 2017 internet bill. One customer took to Reddit...

Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 1:26pm

New York's embattled corrections chief Joseph Ponte to resign: Reports

Updated, 2:40 p.m.: New York City owes a “debt of gratitude” to Joseph Ponte, the head of the city’s jail system, who is stepping down in the wake of several scandals, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday afternoon. “New York City owes a debt of gratitude to Commissioner Ponte...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 2:41pm

Cellino & Barnes law firm may dissolve, NYC TV commercials will never be the same

Updated, May 12, 10:26 a.m.: After news broke Thursday of the pending hearing regarding the dissolution of the Cellino & Barnes law firm, which many New Yorkers recognize due to its earworm-y ad jingle, the firm sent Metro a statement on the matter. Named after partners Ross Cellino Jr. and...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 10:59am

Amtrak to hire private company to manage Penn Station concourse

Amtrak said on Thursday that it plans to hire a private company to manage the concourse-level areas it controls in New York's outdated and overcrowded Penn Station. Amtrak will create a new development entity tasked with selecting a management firm for its concourse areas, President Wick...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:26pm

Man falls on 7-train tracks in Queens

The 7 train was halted after a man fell onto the tracks in Queens at the 40th and Lowery streets station around 11:24 a.m. Thursday morning. “Someone fell on the tracks!” the driver of a 7 train, which was in the station at the time, shouted into his radio after the man fell onto the...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 4:04pm

Investigations continue after two bodies found in Central Park waters within 24 hours

In less than 24 hours, two decomposing male bodies were found in two separate bodies of water in New York City’s Central Park. The first body was discovered by a park worker around noon on Tuesday in the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir near East 86th Street, The New York Times reported...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 2:16pm

Arrested May Day protesters denounce NYPD tactics at City Hall rally

When Lean Deleon gathered in Union Square last week to rally for workers’ and immigrants’ rights as part of the global May Day and International Workers' Day movements, he did not expect to find himself in police custody. “This was the first time I was arrested — ever,...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 5:06am

LIRR service suspended... again

LIRR westbound service between Penn Station and Jamaica and Woodside is suspended due to a signal problem in one of the East River tunnels. Again. It's the third day of the workweek and the third day of problems at Penn Station. LIRR services have been suspended yet again due to signal...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:10pm

MTA announces plans to upgrade Astoria's N train

If you ride the N train regularly, then you should reconsider your travel options for the next several weeks. The MTA has just announced a $12.4 million project that includes upgrades and repairs to Astoria’s N line. The necessary track work will cause the subway line to shut down for eight...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 4:56pm

At Displaced Dinners, a meal and the tale of a refugee's struggles

Syrian refugee Lufti Al-Kaer, who has taken refuge in the United States for about three months, still has the bright, hopeful face of a young man. That’s a bit of a surprise, considering Lufti, 31, was cast away by his family in Syria for being a gay man and was persecuted for years by...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 5:06am

Donald Trump is lying about his size, public records show

It's well documented that President Trump is a bit of a size queen. He brags about the size of his crowds, calls his electoral-college victory a "landslide" (inaccurately), claims massive job creation already (inaccurately) and regularly boasts about his poll numbers and his net worth...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 3:51pm

Cleanup underway for East River mineral oil spill

A cleanup is ongoing in the East River due to a weekend spill of industrial fluids from an electrical substation, causing delays for the new NYC Ferry service. Service Alert: The East River route will be subject to delays for the remainder of the day as a result of an oil spill on the East...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 2:19pm

This angry MTA bus rider is every New Yorker when they're running late

Much has been written about how automation is threatening the American worker. For a brief time Sunday, it was the other way around. A video posted to YouTube that day shows a man punching an MTA bus-ticket machine on the sidewalk near the Main Street stop in Flushing, Queens. "I'm gonna...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 1:03pm

Protests set to greet Paul Ryan’s visit to Harlem charter school

House Speaker Paul Ryan should not expect a warm greeting when he visits a Harlem school Tuesday morning. Protests over Ryan’s visit — and the Republican health care bill he spearheaded that is now set for a Senate vote — are scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. near Success Academy...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 12:38pm

Subway fan races train from stop to stop

Here's a story bound to come to a Hallmark Channel near you: The man who set the Guinness World Record for visiting all 468 NYC subway stations in the fastest time is now racing trains from stop to stop. Matthew Ahn, a "subway enthusiast" who is apparently more in touch with the...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 12:37pm