Kristin Toussaint

Reporter

kristin.toussaint@metro.us

Fixing NYCHA is crucial to NYC economy: Report

The New York Housing Authority (NYCHA) is in crisis, as is evident by a repair bill topping $31.8 billion in capital need and hundreds of horror stories of lead paint, heat outages, mold and more. But it’s not only the public housing residents themselves at risk if NYCHA doesn’t get its...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 4:33 PM

NY State Senator Kevin Parker tweets 'Kill yourself!' to woman who points out his wrong parking placard use

New York State Senator Kevin Parker tweeted “kill yourself” at a GOP aide after she pointed out unauthorized use of his official parking placard. Parker has since deleted the tweet, which was captured in a screenshot and shared on Twitter, and apologized for “a poor choice of...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 1:46 PM

Holiday travel 2018: Worst times to leave Boston and New York City

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….except for all the time you might spend sitting in traffic during your holiday travel. More than one-third of Americans will travel some way this end-of-the-year holiday season, according to AAA, for a record-breaking 112.5 million travelers...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 12:18 PM

NYC awards $1.8M in grants to small businesses

Harlem Doggie Day Spa is more plan a place where people can drop their pups off for a haircut. The business has worked hard to be a part of the community, owner Brian Taylor says, and an initiative from the NYC Department of Small Business Services wants to make sure it and other local shops stay...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 5:00 AM

Google planning $1B expansion in Hudson Square, is NYC ready?

Less than a month after Amazon announced it would establish part of its HQ2 in Queens, Google announced on Monday that it’s expanding in New York City, painting a picture of a tech future for the five boroughs. But is the city ready to handle two tech giants? Google will create a more-than 1...

Monday, December 17, 2018, 4:52 PM

HRA guards to blame for escalating Jazmine Headley incident, NYPD review says

The NYPD officers involved in the forceful arrest of Jazmine Headley, which included tearing her 1-year-old son out of her arms, will not face discipline, with the department instead staying that a “strenuous review” found that Human Resources Administration personnel escalated the...

Monday, December 17, 2018, 11:10 AM

Families of NYPD victims criticize mayor press sec's comments on 'fringe' activists

The families of Eric Garner and Delrawn Small — two New Yorkers killed by NYPD officers — are calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press secretary Eric Phillips to apologize after he called those pushing for police reforms “fringe” activists. “Those on the fringes...

Friday, December 14, 2018, 4:19 PM

De Blasio says he's unaware of any relationship between Amazon and ICE

Amazon seemed to confirm its work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the first New York City Council hearing concerning the tech giant’s HQ2 in Queens, but Mayor Bill de Blasio says he hasn’t heard anything about the relationship between the two. The mayor appeared for...

Friday, December 14, 2018, 2:34 PM

Preferential rent crisis could mean large rent hikes for many NYC tenants: Report

Paying a preferential rent for your New York City apartment might be nice now, but it could put you at risk of a massive rent hike with no tenant protections, according to a new report from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Diaz’s report details what he calls a “preferential rent...

Friday, December 14, 2018, 2:32 PM

Lily the Muppet and advocacy groups help Sesame Street shed light on child homelessness

Though she’s got bright pink skin and a lavender nose, 7-year-old Lily still has something in common with a staggering number of New York City children: she’s homeless. And now, she’s the first Muppet on Sesame Street to shed a light on the issue. Child homelessness is a growing...

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 4:32 PM

NYCHA 2.0 plan will address $24B in repairs: de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio says he has a ten-year plan to resolve $24 billion in vital repairs to thousands of NYCHA apartments. Called NYCHA 2.0, the initiative aims to deliver “top to bottom renovations” for 175,000 public housing residents, fund repairs across the rest of NYCHA units and...

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:50 AM

Cuomo to tour Canarsie Tunnel ahead of L train shutdown

The L train shutdown is getting closer, threatening 15 months of commuting woes for New Yorkers. But is the MTA doing as much as it can to minimize those transit disruptions and speed up the construction work? Gov. Andrew Cuomo will find out. Cuomo will make a midnight trip to the L Train Canarsie...

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 3:37 PM

NYC council members express frustrations at first Amazon hearing on HQ2 in Queens

New York City council members expressed their frustrations at the first Amazon hearing on Wednesday over the behind-doors process for HQ2 in Queens, the non-disclosure agreements officials signed and the company’s failure to directly address many of their concerns on housing, jobs and...

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 3:32 PM

Brooklyn judge orders Jazmine Headley released from Rikers

Jazmine Headley, the Brooklyn mom who was seen in the video with NYPD officers who pulled her 1-year-old child out of her hands, will be released from Rikers Island on Tuesday, according to her attorneys. Lisa Schreibersdorf, executive director of Brooklyn Defender Services, appeared in court...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 12:26 PM

Personal injury lawyers see potential issues with legal electric scooters

As electric scooters have popped up in cities across the country, so have stories about e-scooter accidents, and that means personal injury lawyers are paying close attention to the new transportation trend. Electric scooters are currently illegal in New York (both city and state), but city...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 11:45 AM

NYC Council Progressive Caucus planning rally for Jazmine Headley

The Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council is planning a rally Tuesday afternoon at City Hall for Jazmine Headley, the woman seen in a now viral video lying on the floor as NYPD officers rip her 1-year-old child from her arms. Headley, 23, was at a Boerum Hill Human Resources...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 11:05 AM

Amazon protest planned ahead of first City Council hearing on HQ2 in Queens

Activists will take to the streets Wednesday morning for another Amazon protest ahead of the New York City Council’s first of three hearings on Amazon HQ2 in Queens. Called the “Rally to stop the Amazon #HQ2Scam,” the protest is organized by NYC Democratic Socialists of America...

Monday, December 10, 2018, 2:17 PM

Columbia University student seen on video yelling white supremacist language at students of color

A Columbia University student was seen on video filmed early Sunday morning approaching a group of students of color and yelling, ‘White people are the best thing to ever happen to the world,” and “We invented the modern world.” The student has been identified by the...

Monday, December 10, 2018, 10:30 AM

Revolutionary Clinics dispensary debuts cannabis coffee pods

In the budding marijuana industry, people are finding more ways to consume cannabis, from the traditional toke to a THC-infused frozen pizza. Now, Revolutionary Clinics, a dispensary in Cambridge and Somerville, has another option: cannabis coffee, apple cider and more brew-at-home beverages....

Friday, December 7, 2018, 2:49 PM

Brooklyn Historical Society oral history project sheds light on Muslims in BK

If you asked a New Yorker what a Brooklynite looks like, they could give you a million different answers. The same goes for the question of what a Muslim in Brooklyn looks like, and the Brooklyn Historical Society has multiple examples at the ready. A new oral history called Muslims in Brooklyn is...

Friday, December 7, 2018, 12:55 PM