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Women.NYC launches to support city’s working women

With Wednesday’s launch of Women.NYC, working women across the five boroughs received a new resource designed to help them succeed in their careers — and make New York City fairer for them. Unveiled by first lady Chirlane McCray and Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, the Women.NYC initiative...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 1:28pm

Manhattan DA to no longer prosecute certain marijuana cases

Starting Aug. 1, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. will no longer prosecute marijuana possession and smoking cases, his office announced Tuesday. The move comes after a six-month review of jurisdictions where marijuana is no longer criminally prosecuted, and one analysis by his office...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 5:03pm

Greenwich Village plaque honors first female doctor in US

A new plaque in Greenwich Village honors Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in the United States to receive a medical degree and the founder of the New York Infirmary for Women and Children. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation unveiled the plaque this week at 58 Bleecker St...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 1:21pm

Coney Island Boardwalk becomes designated landmark

For the past 95 years, the Coney Island Boardwalk has been a landmark for millions of New Yorkers and tourists alike, but on Tuesday, it officially became a designated city landmark. “We are so proud to designate the Coney Island Boardwalk a Scenic Landmark,” said Meenakshi Srinivasan...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 1:12pm

Marijuana legalization could bring $335M in city tax revenue: Stringer

As the debate over marijuana legalization wages on in New York state, a new analysis by city Comptroller Scott Stringer estimates that the potential adult-use marijuana market could bring in as much as $436 million in tax revenue for the city alone. Using data from Colorado and Washington state,...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 11:27am

Manhattanhenge 2017: Dates, times and best spots to see sunset

If you enjoy taking photos of beautiful sunsets in New York City, get ready, because Manhattanhenge will take place in May and July. Manhattanhenge is the seemingly magical moment when the sun aligns perfectly with the city’s grid. It gives us the chance to see the sunset perfectly from east...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 11:11am

Freelance Isn't Free Act recovered $250K in lost wages for New Yorkers in first year

Last year, city officials enacted the Freelance Isn’t Free Act as a way to protect New York City’s hundreds of thousands of independent workers. One year in, that move has helped recover more than $250,000 in lost wages. The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) released...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 11:03am

Downtown Alliance reimagines NYSE District while keeping its historical integrity

If you’re thinking the area surrounding the New York Stock Exchange is a cold, imposing gray-colored place — from the stones that line Broad Street to the color of traders’ suits and the nearby buildings — you’ll be happy to know a sea change could be underway. On...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 4:22pm

Transit advocates ask subway riders to call the mayor in push for fair fares

As you wait on subway platforms this week, you may see transit advocates asking you to call Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office to ask him to adopt “fair fares.” Members of the Riders Alliance and Community Service Society, an organization that advocates for low-income New Yorkers...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 1:31pm

Project takes NYC’s LGBT history out of the closet, and into the spotlight

When the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village was designated a National Monument in 2016, it was the first and only historic site out of about 92,000 in the National Park System to be recognized for its connection to the LGBT community. After a police raid of the gay bar in 1969, riots...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 11:28am

82 finalists to audition for MTA’s Music Under New York

Very often, we New Yorkers hear subway performers long before we see them as we traverse through the stations and along the platforms. But on Tuesday, you can watch as some of them audition to play for us as part of the MTA’s Music Under New York program. Also known as MTA Music, the program...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 10:43am

City Council introduces 10 family-focused bills

City Council on Sunday introduced 10 bills designed to support New York parents, caregivers, kinship guardians and foster parents. Dubbed the “Mother’s Day bills,” the legislation introduced by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo covers everything...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 10:15am

Lyft subpoenaed in NYC woman’s attack by other passenger

The ride share company Lyft has been subpoenaed in the attack on a New York city woman after the driver refused to tell police the name of the woman's assailant. The New York woman, Josephine Cruz Bradley, contacted Lyft for a ride to the Barclays Center on April 7 to attend a UFC fight. Cruz...

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 9:58am

Downtown Brooklyn becomes a living lab to let startups study the city

Downtown Brooklyn has become a living laboratory, home to studies that will ultimately help the neighborhood — and the entire city — improve, officials say. Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, a not-for-profit that manages three Business Improvement Districts in the area, has announced a...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 3:39pm

‘Ecological City’ uses the arts to inspire environmental action in New York City

For nearly three decades, Felicia Young has made it her life’s work to use the arts to raise awareness for the ecological issues facing New York City, from climate change and conservation to sustainability. New Yorkers are encouraged to become part of Young’s mission on Saturday, when...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 1:59pm

Art Students League celebrates building’s 125th anniversary with creative-filled open house

Behind the shell of scaffolding enveloping 215 W. 57th St. from the construction of Central Park Tower is the landmarked home of the Art Students League of New York, which counts Georgia O’Keefe, Norman Rockwell, Jackson Pollock and Ai Weiwei among its many notable alumni. Enter the...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:03am

What does the attorney general do?

The New York State Attorney General's office was central to the news this week, with the resignation of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman following charges of physical abuse. On Wednesday, New York State Solicitor General Barbara Underwood was sworn in as acting attorney general and said the...

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 6:18pm

Lead levels in NYC children's blood have dropped, health department says

The New York City Health Department has seen a drop in the amount of lead detected in young children’s blood, officials announced on Thursday. The department’s preliminary data shows a 13 percent decline — from 4,928 children tested to 4,293 — in the number of children...

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 1:12pm

NYC a top city for millennials who live with their mom

Mother’s day is around the corner, do you have plans to take your mom out to brunch? Or maybe you can wake her up with breakfast right in bed if you’re one of the millions of young adults still living at home. More millennials age 24 to 36 are living at home with their moms now than...

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 11:56am

City launches new season of We Speak NYC English language learning program

City officials on Wednesday unveiled the newest season of its Emmy-winning, free English language learning program, We Speak NYC. Previously known as We Are New York, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs’ We Speak NYC strives to help immigrant New Yorkers build language skills and...

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 11:07am