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Kristin Toussaint

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NYC Ferry buoys female captains

Constansa Torrejon-Reyes is pretty sure she has the best office view in New York City. Her desk is the helm of a NYC Ferry. On the first truly warm day this spring, she looked out over the controls at the sun glinting off the East River; behind her, a deck full of passengers enjoyed the 70-degree...

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5:00 AM

Community solar aims to bring renewable energy to everyone

Anyone can go outside and enjoy the sun, but can everyone benefit from solar power? If you don’t have the finances, or the roof, to install solar panels, you may have thought you had to miss out on the renewable energy resource, but a movement of “community solar” has been...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 4:06 PM

NYC launches fund to help women's film and theater projects

New York City wants to see more women on screen — and behind the camera.  Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday that the city is launching a $5 million fund to support film and theater projects that are “by, for or about women.” The effort is spearheaded Mayor’s...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 11:56 AM

In #MeToo era, BARCC Walk for Change extra-special for survivors of sexual assault

It’s gotten easier for Kim Warnick to tell her story. That’s not to say it’s ever easy to share that you were sexually assaulted by a coworker, but in the time of #MeToo, it’s becoming a little different. “Three years ago, no one was talking about this, so it’s...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 5:00 AM

Mayor targets 10 most rat-infested NYCHA developments for extermination efforts

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday launched an “aggressive” extermination plan targeting the ten most rat-infested public housing developments. Ten New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments, where about 23,000 people live, will receive dry-ice treatments, full-time...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 3:13 PM

Harvard Law School profs will represent student arrested by Cambridge police

Two professors from the Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute will represent Selorm Ohene, the 21-year-old Harvard student arrested by Cambridge police Friday night. Ohene’s arrest has garnered attention and sparked controversy due to the use of force by officers in...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1:36 PM

NYC mice are carrying antibiotic-resistant bacteria

New Yorkers know to steer clear of the city’s rats for a multitude of reasons, one being that they can carry diseases. Now, a new study out of Columbia University is reminding residents of another rodent to be wary of. Mice in New York City carry disease-causing bacteria, some of which may...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 11:44 AM

NYC will now house inmates according to gender identity

New York City’s Department of Corrections will now house incarcerated individuals based on the gender they identify as, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday. The DOC is also working with the NYC Commission on Human Rights in order to maintain the Transgender Housing Unit as an additional...

Monday, April 16, 2018, 3:00 PM

Muslims for Life blood drive commemorates Boston Marathon bombing victims

It’s been five years since the Boston Marathon bombings, and a local group continues to host a blood drive in honor of those affected. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Boston Chapter will host its fifth annual “Muslims for Life” blood drive at Boston City Hall on Wednesday, April...

Monday, April 16, 2018, 2:39 PM

Cambridge police investigating after officer hit black Harvard student

A video of a Cambridge Police Officer punching a black Harvard student while he was physically restrained has prompted an investigation, the result of which will be made public, Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern assured. Cambridge Police officers responded on Friday night to multiple 911 calls...

Monday, April 16, 2018, 12:40 PM

NYC has 25-year plan to protect its forests from climate change

We know that climate change will affect New York City’s waterfronts, but there’s another ecological feature also at risk: the city’s forests. NYC Parks and the nonprofit Natural Areas Conservancy announced on Monday the creation of a 25-year plan to keep New York City’s...

Monday, April 16, 2018, 11:34 AM

93K small businesses benefited from NYC's Business Improvement Districts: Report

New York City has been making an effort to help small businesses — more than 93,000 of them, according to a new report. The city’s Department of Small Business Services released on Monday a report looking at the success of Business Improvement Districts, or BIDs, in boosting areas in...

Monday, April 16, 2018, 5:00 AM

NYC poverty rate drops: Mayor

Poverty in New York City is at its lowest level since the Great Recession, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday. The mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity released its annual New York City Government Poverty Measure report, which looks both at the poverty rate and the “near-poverty...

Friday, April 13, 2018, 12:29 PM

Magnetic wands may be answer to fixing subway delays: Cuomo

What’s the answer to the dreaded subway delays? Not the wave of a magic wand, but a magnetic wand, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo toured the 9th Avenue subway station in Sunset Park on Thursday to demonstrate what he says is an innovative technology the MTA will be deploying in full...

Friday, April 13, 2018, 9:57 AM

2018 Boston Marathon by the numbers

The Boston Marathon isn’t actually the biggest 26.2 mile race in the United States, but it’s definitely one of the most iconic and notable marathons in the nation — and certainly still a large-scale production. Boston has the oldest marathon in the world, according to the Boston...

Friday, April 13, 2018, 5:00 AM

NYPD neighborhood policing to descend into subway: Mayor

New York City is bringing the neighborhood policing prevalent on its streets down into the subway. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday that the NYPD will be implementing its intimate community policing tactics into train cars and subway stations as a way to keep New Yorkers safe as they...

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 3:38 PM

Staten Island deer population down due to vasectomies

Staten Island’s deer population has dropped 8 percent thanks to sterilization efforts by the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday. An explosion in the borough’s deer population has been causing headaches for residents, but two years into the city’s “deer impact...

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 12:02 PM

New Yorkers filing more complaints alleging misconduct against NYPD: Report

For the first time in seven years, the number of complaints filed by New Yorkers alleging misconduct by NYPD officers has increased, according to the Civilian Complaint Review Board. According to the board’s 2017 annual report, released on Thursday, the independent watchdog agency saw a 5...

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 11:31 AM

Running the marathon? Here’s how to prevent injury and recover

If you’re running the Boston Marathon, your months of training are about to come to a close. But there’s still a lot to know and prepare for in the days before the big race. If this is your first foray into running 26.2 miles, you might also want to know what to expect after you cross...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 3:38 PM

Here's how you can get involved with One Boston Day

One Boston Day is around the corner, and if you’re still looking for ways to get involved, Mayor Marty Walsh has some suggestions. One Boston Day on April 15 is an opportunity, according to the city, to “recognize the good in our community, celebrate one another and reflect on the...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 12:26 PM