De Blasio signs law to stop underground basement apartments in East New York

Some homeowners in East New York, Brooklyn will be able to take advantage of a pilot program to convert their basements into apartments beginning on Monday. The law, called the Basement Apartment Conversion Pilot Program, seeks to bring basement apartments out from underground, and Mayor de Blasio...

Monday, March 4, 2019, 5:19 PM

NYPD announces a five-point plan to address increases in gun crime

After another increase in gun violence last month, the NYPD has announced that it is launching a five-part program to combat the trend, including providing services to at-risk communities to prevent crime before it becomes necessary to punish it. "An increase in murders, shootings and rapes ...

Monday, March 4, 2019, 4:06 PM

Schools closed Monday as National Weather Service warns NYC of severe Sunday snowstorm

The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather alert for New York City from Sunday afternoon to Monday morning, predicting freezing temperatures and a minimum of 5 to 8 inches of snow, though estimating even more as the storm front approaches. At a Sunday evening press conference, Mayor...

Sunday, March 3, 2019, 2:15 PM

Court rules NYPD body camera footage belongs in the public record

A New York appeals court ruled on Wednesday that body camera footage worn by NYPD must be available for public viewing, equating it to arrest reports and court summonses, rather than personnel records as police attorneys argued. "We find that given its nature and use, the body-worn-camera footage...

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 3:15 PM

NYC Commission on Human Rights bans discrimination based on hair

New York City's Commission on Human Rights has released new guidelines to criminalize discrimination based on hair or hairstyle in public, workplaces and schools, after a long history of racial discrimination thinly disguised as dress or style codes. "Policies that limit the ability to wear...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 5:34 PM

Airbnb and Mayor de Blasio trade barbs over controversial regulations

After a City Council bill requiring companies like Airbnb to share detailed information about short-term rental listings was blocked by a federal judge in January, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration invoked the Office of Special Enforcement's subpoena power to get the information. "I'm always...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 4:47 PM

De Blasio announces "rapid expansion" of the Vision Zero plan to end traffic deaths in New York

Mayor Bill de Blasio outlined his plan for extending New York's Vision Zero initiative, a campaign to eventually reduce New York's traffic-related deaths to zero. The program reduced the number of car casualties last year to the lowest point since 1910, and de Blasio wants to invest another $1.6...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 2:41 PM

Bodega union wants marijuana licenses to go to corner stores

As New York moves closer to legalizing marijuana for recreational use, bodega owners are calling for Mayor Bill de Blasio to keep his promise to give small businesses and people of color the lead on making legitimate businesses from it. The United Bodegas of America held a rally on Sunday to...

Monday, February 18, 2019, 4:28 PM

NYPD commander reportedly under investigation for threatening 50 Cent

The commander of a police precinct in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is reportedly under investigation for ordering officers to kill Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson in June of last year.  Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez reportedly told assembled police during a roll call meeting to "shoot him on sight...

Monday, February 18, 2019, 2:50 PM

As Amazon backs away from Queens, New Yorkers credit, or blame, community leaders

Amazon has decided not to build their controversial second headquarters in Long Island City, after months of sustained opposition to the deal by local politicians, community groups and unions. The local groups that agitated against $3 billion in subsidies negotiated privately by Governor Andrew...

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 3:58 PM

HUD official Lynne Patton calls NYCHA apartment conditions a "humanitarian crisis"

After a highly publicized stay at NYCHA's Patterson Houses in the Bronx, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administrator Lynne Patton lambasted the state agency for misusing the budget it does have. "We went to a ton of shithole apartments, as my boss would say," Patton said to assembled...

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 2:26 PM

New York Supreme Court judge lets de Blasio's horse ban continue

After months of conflict, Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposal to keep Central Park's horse-drawn carriages off of busy Manhattan streets has cleared its final hurdle, with a New York Supreme Court judge ruling in favor of the city. Beginning Friday, February 15, horse-drawn carriages will only be able...

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 12:53 PM

New York nurses are willing to strike over hospital understaffing

Thousands of members of the New York State Nurses Association gathered outside hospitals in Manhattan and the Bronx in protest against understaffing and unsafe conditions for patients, problems that the union claims have been ignored by hospital administration. "It is clear that something must be...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 5:00 PM

NYC Council votes to dissolve Ruben Diaz Sr's committee

The City Council voted 45-1 to dissolve the Committee on For-Hire Vehicles on Wednesday, a commission created by Speaker Corey Johnson especially for Council Member Ruben Diaz, Sr. "I regret appointing Councilman Diaz to his chairmanship," said Johnson, in an impassioned testimony. "Trying to...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 4:10 PM

MTA unveils new shutdown-less L repair plans

After Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the end of the L train shutdown in January, Brooklyn residents have been left without information on what their travel options will be in the meantime. On Wednesday, MTA officials gave a preliminary look at what it might be. “We’ll be able to maintain service...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 1:12 PM

De Blasio's Diversity Advisory Group reports how to fix school segregation

Despite being one of the most diverse cities in America, its public school system is one of the most segregated. New York's Department of Education has formed the Diversity Advisory Group to address this problem, whose latest report calls for the city to address its long history of racial injustice...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 3:17 PM

Siena College poll: English-speaking NY voters support Amazon deal

A poll of 778 registered voters across New York state conducted by Siena College Research Institute found majority support for Governor Andrew Cuomo's hotly debated deal with Amazon to provide as much as $3 billion in tax breaks to the trillion-dollar company to build its second...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12:06 PM

No easy answers in "Astoria Borealis" transformer fire hearing

A City Council hearing on Monday found no easy solutions to the December transformer fire that lit up the New York skyline electric blue. Despite City Councilman Costa Constantinides' effort to advance greener energy as a possible solution to such problems, Con Edison executives maintained that it...

Monday, February 11, 2019, 3:14 PM

NYC Council members call for Ruben Diaz Sr to resign over homophobic comments

After making several comments insinuating that New York's City Council is controlled by homosexuals, Bronx city councilman Rev Ruben Diaz Sr. has both refused to apologize and now, refused to resign, despite pressure from numerous city groups. "To all of you out there who are asking me to resign...

Monday, February 11, 2019, 1:25 PM

"These families deserve justice." City Council discusses how to stop police brutality

The New York City Council's Committee on Public Safety convened on Thursday to discuss a sweeping package of bills to improve police accountability for officer misconduct, sparking impassioned testimonies from relatives of victims and accusations of apathy by police officials. "I don't think the...

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6:31 PM