Alan Krawitz

Foreclosure prevention programs face budget crunch

Leon Keith nearly lost his three-family home in the Bronx in 2012, after becoming ensnared in a high-profile Ponzi scheme.He credits the foreclosure prevention services operated by the Legal Aid Society helping him in court and in obtaining a loan modification that enabled him to pay his mortgage....

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 5:00 AM

Foundation's gift to Queens College allows 50 students to attend tuition-free

Graduating debt-free from four years of college, even affordably priced state and city schools, seems nearly impossible.But thanks to a generous $1 million gift from the Give Something Back Foundation, 50 lower-income students will get the chance to attend Queens College for four years of tuition-...

Friday, March 3, 2017, 5:00 AM

NYC’s Trinity Church organ resurrected in Georgia

For nearly 80 years, the mighty organ at Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan had faithfully served its congregants, belting out music for all occasions from weddings and funerals to daily services.The organ was silenced on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists carried out suicide attacks on the World Trade...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 5:00 AM

Record numbers ride Staten Island Ferry

Miguel Mercado has noticed something different about the Staten Island Ferry since he began commuting to Grand Central Station where he’s a mail carrier.“I have seen an uptick in ridership since I moved seven months ago,” he said.A record number of people cruised between Lower Manhattan and Saint...

Monday, December 19, 2016, 3:30 PM

Cybersex addiction a growing problem, therapists say

Recent news that Anthony Weiner has entered an in-patient cybersex rehab facility in Tennessee has generated some interest in what type of treatment he’ll receive and whether it can help the disgraced political figure.Addiction experts say that Weiner’s rehab will likely use some of the same...

Monday, November 7, 2016, 3:30 PM

Crow Bar controversy highlights tensions over Crown Heights gentrification

Even before it opened its doors, the new tavern on Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights was under attack.The name of the place, Crow Bar, was racist, complained many residents of the neighborhood, which was once predominantly black.The residents point out that Crown Heights was known as “Crow Hill” for...

Monday, October 31, 2016, 2:30 PM

Buddhist priest offers free culinary training in Harlem

There’s an old proverb that says, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”The Mandala Kitchens Project is a new program in Harlem that aims to do just that by offering free or low-cost culinary training to anyone wishing to work in the...

Monday, October 24, 2016, 2:30 PM

Critics say scrapped shelter plan exemplifies failed homeless policy

Yielding to unwavering community pressure from Queens residents, the city has given up on its plan to convert a Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Maspeth into a homeless shelter.The battle over the hotel underscores the city’s daunting challenge of finding shelter for homeless people, a problem that has...

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 2:30 PM

Lack of affordable housing bad for your health, study says

On the heels of continuing battles over the placement of homeless shelters in the city, a new report says that the health of city residents, especially in low-income and urban areas, can be harmedby the rapid disappearance of affordable housing, as well as the prevalence of substandard housing.In...

Monday, October 10, 2016, 2:30 PM

SoHo residents peeved that runway show caused unfashionable gridlock

If popular millennial designer Rebecca Minkoff was aiming for “disruption,” with her fashion runway show in SoHo last Saturday; many local residents would say she succeeded.Minkoff was likely referring to shaking things up from a business perspective when she told media outlets that Fashion Week...

Friday, September 16, 2016, 2:30 PM

Proposed homeless shelter in Queens neighborhood: dead or delayed?

A battle against a planned homeless shelter in a mostly middle-class Queens neighborhoodtook a perplexing turn this past week as mixed signals from the city and a co-owner of the property has residents and politicians wondering whether the project is moving forward or not.Late Thursday, Harshad...

Monday, September 12, 2016, 2:30 PM

Mayor tabs digital guru to expand city's technology footprint

Sree Sreenivasanhas a new job doing more of the same.Mayor Bill de Blaso recently tabbed the veteran journalist and social media guru asthe city's chief digital officer, directingthe city’s office of digital strategy (NYC Digital) to increase civic engagement, government transparencyand support the...

Monday, August 15, 2016, 2:30 PM

Algonquin Hotel fetes its famous feline

Few mascots have had the storied history enjoyed by the Algonquin Cat, arguably the most famous feline resident of Times Square’s venerable Algonquin Hotel.On Wednesday, the hotel will continue its annual celebration of its famous cat — currently Matilda III – with a party from 5-7:30 p.m.in the...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 2:30 PM

Bowery's colorful history told in posters displayed at NYC's Cooper Union

An internationally famous city street is getting some welcome help promoting its venerable history, while students at Cooper Union gain some meaningful real-world experience.Cooper students taking Professional Practice, an advanced graphic design course that gives students professional experience,...

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 5:00 AM

Cuomo: New York 'leading the way' in fight against opioid, heroin epidemic

Faced with a spiraling epidemic of heroin and prescription painkiller overdoses, Gov. AndrewCuomo has signedlegislation limiting the supply of opioids, eliminating some insurance requirements and increasing the state’s capacity for treatment.In addition, state lawmakershave proposeda broad package...

Monday, June 27, 2016, 11:41 PM

From baking kits to camping gear, delivery continues to expand in NYC

Back in the day, getting pizza, Chinese food or even clean laundry delivered to your door was considered an added benefit, even a luxury.Today, delivery of a vast array of items from prepared meals and desserts, alcoholic beverages, camping gear and massages to almost everything in between is now...

Thursday, June 9, 2016, 2:30 PM

Black Americans still trail whites in key areas: National Urban League

Black Americans still lag behind whites in several key areas including income, employment and housing, according to a recent report on equality by a venerable city-based civil rights and urban advocacy organization. Produced by the National Urban League, The State of Black America (SOBA) is an...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 8:45 PM

New York Congressman opposes HUD plan to extend housing protections to criminals

Should landlords be forced to consider rental applications from people with criminal histories?A New York congressman answered that question with a resounding no last week as he voiced his strong opposition to a new plan by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to ostensibly punish...

Sunday, May 1, 2016, 10:46 PM

New York primary sees record number of young voters

Young voters, energized by engagement in the Democratic primary, came out in record numbers in Tuesday’s New York primary, according to a MA-based political think-tank.In New York, the estimated youth turnout of about 14 percent was higher than the 12 percent reached in both 2008 and 2000, based on...

Friday, April 22, 2016, 3:31 AM

Earth Day events draws thousands to Union Square

This year’s Earth Day celebration commenced in Union Square on Sunday as thousands of environmentally conscious city residents came together to stand up for the Earth by supporting dozens of environmental organizations and green businesses while enjoying interactive exhibits and live performances....

Monday, April 18, 2016, 2:07 AM