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Chester Soria

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chester.soria@metro.us

Young New Yorkers get crash course on fatherhood

The last thing Kaeran Reyes-Little wants is for his son Darius to repeat his mistakes, of which Reyes-Little said he had more than a few."The basic stereotype of young men of color in New York?" the 25-year-old said, "I was a very good example of that."RELATED: Artists invoke Dante de Blasio to...

Monday, December 14, 2015, 3:30 PM

NYC winter heatwave to cool off as wet weather creeps in

The weekend's unseasonably warm weather will stick around till Tuesday, but will come with some darkened skies.New Yorkers hit the streets in shorts and sandals amid record-breaking high temperatures that hit 66 degrees in Central Park.RELATED: Winter's must-see, most beautiful art exhibitions in...

Monday, December 14, 2015, 2:30 AM

New metroCard tax benefit launches on Jan. 1

Thousands of straphangers across the five boroughs could save hundreds on their MetroCard purchases come the new year.In two weeks, a local law passed by the City Council in 2014 will require any business in New York City with more than 20 workers to let employees pay cover transit expense with pre...

Monday, December 14, 2015, 1:35 AM

Slow downloads? NY attorney general wants to test your internet speeds

Weeks after he asked internet service providers to prove their speeds are up to snuff, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants New Yorkers send over their own evidence.Schniederman's office launched an online survey on Sunday asking internet service customers to measure just how fast...

Monday, December 14, 2015, 12:00 AM

New York City turns toward civic tech during ongoing industry boom

Georges Clement didn't think he would end up working in technology. The 25-year-old Bronx native opted for sociology and African studies over computer science when he went to college.As a product manager, however, he makes up one half of a team that won $25,000 from to further develop an app...

Friday, December 11, 2015, 3:30 PM

Brooklyn tenants push back against alleged neglect

After 43 years living in her Bed-Stuy apartment, Berneda Jackson said she never expected one of the electric sockets in her bedroom to burst into flames one evening earlier this year."I hope and I pray that I don't have another fire when I'm not home," Jackson, 60, said. Her room doesn't have a...

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 3:30 PM

Bronx couple accused of stealing identities of ER patients

A husband and wife team were arrested for what Manhattan prosecutors described as a scheme that took advantage of more than 80 ill patients at Lenox Hill Hospital.Kyle Steed, 30 and his wife Krystle, 30, allegedly used patient information to impersonate multiple emergency room patients, taking over...

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 5:37 AM

NY State board upholds $15 minimum wage for fast food workers

A New York State board upheld the Cuomo administration's efforts to raise the minimum wage for some fast-food workers to $15 an hour over the next three years.The New York Industrial Board of Appeals decided on Wednesday that the state's plan to hike pay for about 200,000 fast-food employees to $10...

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 5:06 AM

NYC lawmakers take stock of local immigration reform amid national debate

A row of young immigrants who escaped violence in their home countries stood behind City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito inside City Hall in July.All of the children were being helped thanks to the council securing almost $2 million for legal assistance for unaccompanied minors. At the time,...

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 3:30 PM

NYC pharmacies to offer anti-overdose drug without prescription

As the number of opioid-related deaths in New York City increased by 56 percent in the last five years, pharmacies across the five boroughs will soon offer medication without a prescription to prevent overdoses.Most of Rite Aid's almost 100 locations will offer the medication known as naloxone —...

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 5:17 AM

New York City Council bill would fine, jail employers who stiff freelancers

Art director and illustrator Lucy Reading-Ikkanda said it took six months to get paid the $17,500 one of her contract employers owed her for work she already did."If I had not invested those many hours chasing down payment, who knows how long I would have waited for that check," she said.RELATED:...

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 2:48 AM

Leaders rally again for stronger, permanent Zadroga Act before 2016

Lawmakers vowed Sunday that they would not leave the halls of Congress without a vote on a permanent bill to cover healthcare costs for Sept. 11 first responders and survivors.The leaders rallied in the shadow of the World Trade Center days after both the House of Representatives and Senate voted...

Monday, December 7, 2015, 4:28 AM

Schumer pushes for vote to ban gun buys by terror watch list suspects

Sen. Chuck Schumer vowed on Sunday to reintroduce a bill that would ban potential terrorists from accessing legal guns.The lawmaker stood in front of a flank of armed counterterrorism NYPD officers in Manhattan's Bryant Park holding heavy arms.RELATED: Chart shows deaths from gun violence vs....

Monday, December 7, 2015, 2:51 AM

Police suspect serial arsonist behind Queens fire

The suspected Queens arsonist behind at least five fires in the last few weeks might have been behind another incident on Sunday.Firefighters responded to a blaze on 69th Road near the Grand Central Parkway in Forest Hills at around 12:15 a.m. to find an under-construction home in flames.RELATED:...

Sunday, December 6, 2015, 11:34 PM

NYC's sunny skies persist during unseasonably warm weather

Weeks of sporadic showers and dropping temperatures fade away this week as meteorologists predict sunshine through the weekend.High pressure that came over the weekend would kick off a full seven days of sun and above-average temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.RELATED: Winter's...

Sunday, December 6, 2015, 10:22 PM

Brooklyn's Puppetworks theater thrives on strings and a prayer

Behind a heavy red door on Sixth Avenue and Fourth Street in Park Slope, some 50 kids sit in a small room painted in bright colors.Puppeteer Michael Leach tested the children on a crash course he gave the gathering of special needs students alongside his small, strung-up co-star.RELATED: New...

Friday, December 4, 2015, 3:30 PM

NYC seeks local partners on new neighborhood websites

You — yes you —might be able to help run your neighborhood's official web hub with the City of New York.City Hall is looking for organizations to manage any one of the 400 individual neighborhood hubs on neighborhood.nyc.RELATED: Bushwick graffiti artist wages war on gentrification, tags local...

Friday, December 4, 2015, 3:00 AM

50K Brooklynites at risk with East New York rezoning proposal: Report

The city's latest plan to revitalize East New York could push out almost 50,000 residents from their neighborhood, according to a new report.Comptroller Scott Stringer's office analyzed the de Blasio administration's proposal to rezone the Brooklyn neighborhood as part of its citywide effort to...

Friday, December 4, 2015, 2:18 AM

New York scribe explores randomness of wrongful convictions

Nationwide studies estimate that as few as 2.3 percent and as many as 5 percent of prison inmates across the country may be innocent.At least 200 people across New York State have been wrongfully convicted and exonerated from crimes that courts later found they did not commit, according to the...

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 3:30 PM

Investigators believe attack on transgender Queens woman was domestic fight

Police officials said the assault on a transgender woman in Queens they investigated as a possible hate crime appears to be a domestic dispute.Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told reporters at an unrelated event that investigators on the case were looking into an existing relationship between the...

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 5:19 AM