Amanda Mikelberg

Reporter

amanda.mikelberg@metro.us

This organization turned 100 days of Donald Trump into 100 ways to teach kids

During the election, teachers around the US struggled with issues arising in their classrooms — new kinds of bullying, confusion between fact and fiction, fear. And in the 100 days since President Donald Trump was inaugurated, those topics only continued to generate challenges...

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 8:10 PM

New NYC Ferry goes express to Rockaway Beach

Ciao, A train. The first of the 20 new city-owned ferries to cruise local waters will be the Rockaway Ferry on May 1, connecting Wall Street to Rockaway, Queens, and Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The launch of the city's $85 million ferry program is just in time for sunshine season and the influx of...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 7:20 PM

De Blasio budgets $100M for East River pedestrian greenway link

Mayor Bill de Blasio is throwing $100 million into the East River — for use in constructing a bikeway and walkway that stretches for eight blocks above water. The mayor announced Tuesday, a day ahead of his budget presentation, that he will earmark the money to jumpstart construction of an...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 2:12 PM

You can live rent-free — at least for a couple of months — in a luxury NYC apartment

If the rent is too high, ask for a present. Too much inventory in the New York City rental market is creating a splendid situation for some renters, as owners and managers are packaging big incentives and promotional goodies to fill empty units ASAP. It’s a new phenomenon. Landlords are at...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 5:00 AM

Assemblyman wants kosher and halal meals available in NYC schools

A state assemblyman wants New York City’s school cafeterias to do a better job of catering to the religious dietary restrictions of students. David Weprin, a Queens Democrat, has introduced a bill requiring city schools to provide kosher and halal meals when requested. “If we can...

Monday, April 24, 2017, 11:48 AM

Returning veterans marching into the solar industry

Ranger training prepares a soldier for combat, and possibly a role in a zombie thriller like “Range 15”, but definitely not a civilian career. That’s what Bob Hanvy discovered after 23 years as an infantryman who, returning from four tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq and...

Monday, April 24, 2017, 5:00 AM

Police release names of five victims of Queens fire

Police on Monday released the names of the five people killed when a fire roared through a two-story house in Queens on Sunday afternoon. The dead included two teenagers and two young children. The five killed were Destiny Dones, 20, Melody Edwards, 17, Jada Foxworth, 16, Rashawn Matthews, 10,...

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 4:56 PM

A NASA climate scientist explains what research is showing us about the Earth right now

Ahead of his Earth Day-focused lecture at the Hayden Planetarium, NASA climate scientist Benjamin Cook discussed with Metro how important satellite imagery is to the study of the Earth’s environment. He also discussed NASA’s continuing effort to gather more information about the planet...

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:57 PM

Oxygen-infused 'super water' could protect NYC schools from lead hazards,technology CEO says

After water testing in Flint, Michigan, exposed dangerous levels of toxic lead in the city’s drinking water, national attention focused on the issue of water quality. In New York City, recent tests of public school drinking water found some alarming results: 1 in 20 taps across the school...

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:00 AM

Another disabled train disrupts Tuesday morning commute in NYC

Another episode in New York City’s recent series of train-related problems that have led to delays happened on Tuesday morning, when an NJ Transit train got stuck in a tunnel. The empty commuter train heading from New York City's Penn Station got stuck in a tunnel after 8:30 a.m. It was...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 12:40 PM

Too Many Zooz is New York's busker band miracle

It’s been a hard day’s work. Your legs manage to carry you to the subway station where suddenly live music greets you. Is that “Norwegian Wood”? Your blood pressure drops. Isn’t it good? “The people need music and music needs the people,” said Matt Doe,...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 5:00 AM

Bloomingdale's 59th Street swarmed for union contract rally

City and state officials were set to close in on Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street Tuesday, not for a sale, but to support the store’s 2,000 unionized workers who are seeking a new contract ahead of a May 1 deadline. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and several elected officials...

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 12:08 PM

G is for graffiti: The new alphabet city is Prospect Lefferts Gardens

He’s going to spell it out for you: art feeds young minds. Pierre Francillon has a dream to fill the outer walls of Prospect Lefferts Gardens with building-sized flashcards to catch the eyes of the area’s fastest growing population: kids under 10. And with the help of a team of...

Monday, April 17, 2017, 5:21 PM

Free school lunch for all, NYC borough presidents insist

There could be such a thing as a free lunch … in New York City schools. In a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, all five borough presidents asked that money be put aside to expand the city’s free lunch program to all public school students and not just those eligible on the basis of...

Monday, April 17, 2017, 12:09 PM

City's official PoetweetNYC poetry contest begins today

This one is for the subway writers. The city’s annual PoetweetNYC Twitter poetry contest, celebrating National Poetry Month, is open for submissions today at 9 a.m. through April 27 at 5 p.m. Contest winners and their poems, selected by mayoral first lady Chirlane McCray and a panel of four...

Monday, April 17, 2017, 5:00 AM

Tax March organizers reject President Trump's 'nonsensical' tweet that someone paid for rallies

The Tax March in New York “exceeded expectations,” in both number of participants and in the hostile reaction from the president on Twitter, a rally organizer told Metro. On Sunday, Trump tried to delegitimize the Americans who exercised their First Amendment right in the nationwide...

Sunday, April 16, 2017, 2:13 PM

NYC street closures for Car Free Day on Earth Day

On Earth Day last year, a new city tradition was born: Midtown and Downtown thoroughfares were closed to cars in a gesture of reducing pollution. Now in its second year, Car Free NYC: Earth Day will take place on April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero...

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 12:23 PM

The story of the Trump chicken, the official Tax March mascot

A writer attending a political action workshop had a "yuge" idea. “I said we need to get some big Thanksgiving Day balloon to demonstrate the buffoonery of this situation,” Danelle Morton said, referring to a certain president now in office and his aversion to releasing his...

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 5:00 AM

NYC Tax March organizer on how to get Congress to subpoena Trump's tax returns

The New York Tax March, set for Saturday, is expected to draw thousands of people who will demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns. One of those protesters will be Wes Shockley, the event organizer who dreamed up the idea in January. It has mushroomed into planned protests in dozens...

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 5:00 AM

Upcoming Tax March in NYC calls on Trump to release tax returns

Patriots pay taxes, and American presidents should be proud to prove that. That, according to the organizers and participants of Saturday's tax day rally, to take place in New York City and dozens of other communities around the country. Thousands of people are expected to take part in the Tax...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 2:28 PM