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Protests break out after NYC immigrant rights leader Ravi Ragbir detained by ICE

A vigil in solidarity with New York families facing deportation turned into a rally calling for the release of a local immigrant rights leader who was reportedly detained during a routine check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Thursday morning.  Ravi Ragbir, executive director...

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 4:48pm

It’s been a rough week for NJ Transit passengers

In addition to facing standing-room-only rides on their commutes and service changes due to Amtrak’s Penn Station renewal work starting up again this week, New Jersey Transit passengers on Thursday saw multiple delays due to an overhead wire problem at the busy New York rail hub. Service on...

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 11:21am

Loftey is on a mission to end New York real estate’s ‘bait-and-switch’

The “bait-and-switch” is an unfortunate rite of passage many New Yorkers face when it comes to renting an apartment in the city. Surely you or someone you know have fallen prey to this real estate tactic that often includes fake listings, “just rented” apartments, high...

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 9:20am

Cuomo aims to protect New York's Salvadorans after Trump immigration order

After the Trump administration announced that the United States will end temporary protected status for immigrants from El Salvador, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ramping up efforts to protect the state’s Salvadoran population. Some 200,000 Salvadorans who have been allowed to live and work in the...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 3:47pm

NYC to divest from fossil fuel companies, sues 5 oil firms

New York City is breaking up with big oil. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer announced Wednesday that they will divest city pension funds from fossil fuel owners within five years, a move that officials say is a first-in-the-nation step. The city’s five pension funds...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 2:58pm

NYU launches cybersecurity master's program to help fill skills gap

Cybersecurity threats are a serious issue, but the field is lacking experts who can prevent or handle such hacks. In the United States alone, there are 200,000 unfilled jobs that require cybersecurity-related skills. One estimate predicts that the world will see a global shortage of 1.8 million...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 5:03am

Chinatown fish market video shows man walking all over 'fresh' fish

Something smells fishy in Chinatown. A Chinatown fish market has been hit with health violations after a worker was filmed standing on top of a fish display. The video, which was shot by a horrified customer and shared on social media, shows a man stomping all over a table of "fresh"...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 5:49pm

UPDATE: De Blasio signs off on bill requiring all NYC public restrooms to have diaper changing tables

Updated Jan. 9, 2018: Tuesday,   Mayor Bill de Blasio signed off on Councilman Espinal's bill requiring all public bathrooms in NYC to have diaper changing tables. It will go into effect July of this year.  "As a Dad, I know first-hand how frustrating it can be to...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 5:33pm

Four NY men jailed for hazing-linked death of fraternity pledge

Four men involved in the 2013 death of a Pi Delta Psi freshman pledge were sentenced to jail Monday. The incident occured at a rented home in the Pocono Mountains, and so the fraternity was also banned from operation in Pennsylvania for 10 years and ordered to pay over $110,000 in fines. Chun...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 5:23pm

Straphangers vent frustrations using #CuomosMTA

Caught in another hellish rush-hour commute, thousands of city straphangers took to Twitter Tuesday morning to vent their frustrations about #CuomosMTA. Gov. Andrew Cuomo oversees the MTA, the agency in charge of the city’s aged subway system, which had widespread issues Tuesday, including...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 2:55pm

Concert series offers NYC's subway performers a global audience

Subway performers are embedded in the fabric of New York City, playing to probably thousands of passers-by a day when they set up their stage inside a station. Now, subway performers have a chance to play to an audience of millions around the world thanks to a concert series hosted by the real-...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 2:51pm

Brooklyn Assemblywoman Pamela Harris indicted on corruption charges

Brooklyn Assemblywoman Pamela Harris was arrested Tuesday on federal and city corruption charges, officials said. Harris, 57, was charged with two counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, four counts of making false statements, two counts of bankruptcy fraud, one count...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 1:19pm

Governor Cuomo and donor states

In Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2018 State of the State speech, he complained that New York sends more money to Washington than we get back, resulting in our being shortchanged as a donor state.  This is nothing new. Cuomo continues to play from the old liberal Democratic...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 5:02am

City had lowest recorded number of pedestrian deaths in 2017: Mayor

As traffic fatalities across the country have increased more than 13 percent in recent years, New York City has bucked the trend four years running, with a 32 percent drop in 2017, the lowest number in more than 100 years, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. Under the mayor’s Vision Zero...

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 3:43pm

Three people injured in fire at Trump Tower

Three people were injured in an early-morning fire at the top of Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, the New York Fire Department said on Monday, as the city’s workday rush began. The report about a fire at the 68-story luxury high-rise at 721 Fifth Avenue, where President Donald Trump lived...

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 1:02pm

No Pants Subway Ride 2018 descends on New York transit system

The "real feel" may be in the single digits, but that is of no concern to New York's brazen improv comedy crowd. Thousands of brave New Yorkers turned out Sunday for the 17th annual No Pants Subway Ride, a yearly winter event organized by the comedy group Improv Everywhere. This year...

Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 7:40pm

New York Cares extends annual coat drive amid frigid weather

While you may shiver and grouse about the frigid winter weather we’ve been experiencing, you likely have a nice, warm coat to keep you toasty and protect you from the elements. Many New Yorkers, however, are not so lucky, and that’s where New York Cares’ annual coat drive comes...

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 3:13pm

NJ teen dies, 41 others sickened by carbon monoxide

A New Jersey teen died and at least 41 others were sickened by carbon monoxide during the season’s first major snowstorm Thursday afternoon, officials said according to NBC4. A 13-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital, where she later died, after being exposed to the colorless, tasteless...

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 9:46am

Amtrak's winter work at Penn Station starts this week

The winter round of repair work at Penn Station is slated to begin as scheduled on Friday, which means that changes are coming Monday for Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit passengers, though most of the work will be done on weekends. Amtrak owns and maintains the tracks at Penn...

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 1:24pm

Cuomo, de Blasio declare emergencies amid snowstorm

As the New York City metro region — and much of the East Coast — is being battered by the season’s first major snowstorm, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for the downstate region south of Westchester, which includes the city, as well as Long Island. “...

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 12:07pm