Kristin Toussaint

Reporter

kristin.toussaint@metro.us

2018 Columbus Day Parade: Start time, route, street closures

“In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue,” so goes the saying that pretty much all Americans learn in elementary school. And on Monday, the 2018 Columbus Day Parade will sail along New York City’s Fifth Avenue. New York’s Columbus Day Parade, organized by the Columbus...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 4:08 PM

6-alarm fire in East Village injures 14 firefighters, 3 civilians

Seventeen people were injured in a six-alarm fire that burned through the East Village on Wednesday. The blaze began early Wednesday morning and burned for hours, forcing two Manhattan schools nearby to cancel classes and all school activities. Captain John L. O’Connell of the NYPD 9th...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 3:31 PM

Boston's first hotel strike underway as Marriott workers walk out

About 1,500 Marriott Hotel workers walked out Wednesday morning to demand a living wage, marking the start of the first hotel strike in Boston history. After months of failed negotiations, Unite Here Local 26, the union representing the hotel workers, said they were forced to strike. “After...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 11:37 AM

Pets now allowed on all New York public transportation during emergencies: Cuomo

Good news for New Yorkers and their furry best friends: pets are now allowed on any New York public transportation when evacuating during a state of emergency. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the change into law this week. He noted how many pet owners refused to evacuate during Superstorm Sandy flooding...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 10:21 AM

The 10 best NYC neighborhoods for bookworms: StreetEasy

New York is a literary hub, that’s for sure, but are some NYC neighborhoods better for bookworms than others? That’s the question StreetEasy aimed to answer with its latest report. October is National Book Month and in celebration, real estate site StreetEasy took a look at the best...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 5:00 AM

Here’s why Massachusetts is so politically active

There seems to be a protest nearly every day lately. Whether opposing Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, showing support for immigrants or saying they are against gun violence, people are stepping out into the streets in droves for causes they believe in. And Massachusetts...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 4:21 PM

MassDOT issues travel advisories ahead of Columbus Day weekend

Columbus Day is coming up quick, and for many in Massachusetts and beyond, that means a three-day weekend. Are you planning any Columbus Day weekend travel? If so, take note. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is already warning residents of some travel advisories According to the DOT...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 11:50 AM

Brett Kavanaugh will not return to teach at Harvard Law School

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will not return to teach at Harvard Law School this winter. Harvard Law School students previously wrote an op-ed calling on the administration to take the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh seriously and investigate him before allowing him back on...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 9:47 AM

PHOTOS: City Hall Plaza protestors call on Sen. Jeff Flake to reject Kavanaugh

After being confronted by two sexual assault survivors on Friday who opposed his decision to move forward the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake was greeted by hundreds of sexual assault survivors and supporters in Boston on Monday. Flake was scheduled...

Monday, October 1, 2018, 5:03 PM

Everything to know about Edwin Raymond, NYPD sergeant who says department won't promote him for supporting Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick’s NFL protests have garnered immense support by some, and intense backlash by others. Now, one of those supporters, NYPD Sergeant Edwin Raymond, says he’s seeing some retaliation for having backed Kaepernick’s actions. Sgt. Edwin Raymond says that the New York...

Monday, October 1, 2018, 3:46 PM

Red Sox owners planning to build new performing arts venue 'Fenway Theater'

Boston’s Fenway neighborhood could be getting a new performing arts center soon called the Fenway Theater. Fenway Sports Group, the parent company of the Boston Red Sox, recently announced that it will “actively explore” the development of a 5,000-capacity performing arts venue...

Monday, October 1, 2018, 12:54 PM

Citi Bike promo aims to encourage more female cyclists for Women's Bike Month

To kick off Women’s Bike Month on Monday, Citi Bike announced that with every new rider who uses a specific promo code for a free first ride, the company will make a donation to Girl Up, a UN Foundation initiative that works to achieve gender equality. Citi Bike officials made the...

Monday, October 1, 2018, 12:38 PM

NYPD asking for public's help identifying person in Bronx puppy abuse case

Officials are asking for the public’s help identifying a suspect related to the case of a Bronx puppy found beaten and tied to pole. Looking Glass Animal Rescue shared the story of Cleo, a four-month-old beagle puppy found tied to a pole in the Bronx and suffering from severe injuries last...

Friday, September 28, 2018, 4:18 PM

What to know about Ana Maria Archila, the Queens woman who confronted Sen. Flake

Queens woman Ana Maria Archila has been identified as one of the women who confronted Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator Friday morning. Early on Friday, Flake announced that he would vote in favor of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, becoming the swing vote to push Kavanaugh out of the...

Friday, September 28, 2018, 2:49 PM

National sexual assault hotline saw 200% surge in calls during Kavanaugh-Ford hearing

Sexual assault hotlines reported an increase in calls during the Brett Kavanaugh hearing on Thursday in which Christine Blasey Ford testified about her alleged sexual assault. RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, saw “unprecedented wait times” for both its hotline and...

Friday, September 28, 2018, 12:18 PM

Flash flood watch issued for Boston, most of Massachusetts

Massachusetts weather is set to be a bit wet today, with most of the state under a flash flood watch. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch on Friday morning for Boston and the majority of Massachusetts, as well as Rhode Island and parts of Connecticut. The flash flood watch...

Friday, September 28, 2018, 10:05 AM

SummerStage in Central Park to get $5M makeover for 2019 season

SummerStage in Central Park is an annual highlight for many New York City music lovers, and its organizers say it’ll be even bigger and better next year thanks to $5 million in renovations. City Parks Foundation, a private nonprofit that has organized SummerStage since 1994 (though...

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 3:28 PM

Explore the Google garage, see these Google Easter eggs for the search engine's 20th Birthday

Google Search is pretty ingrained in our lives, and with all the information on the internet available a few keystrokes and a click away, it’s hard to believe there was a time before the useful internet tool. September 27 marks Google's 20th birthday, and in honor of that the company...

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 12:00 AM

First Baker-Gonzalez debate in race for Mass. gov set for Oct. 9

In less than two weeks, Bay Staters will be able to watch the first of three gubernatorial debates as incumbent Charlie Baker faces Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez in the race for governor of Massachusetts. The first gubernatorial debate is scheduled for Oct. 9, with WBZ-TV host Jon Keller as...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 3:52 PM

Brooklyn Navy Yard sees record job growth

The Brooklyn Navy Yard is making itself known as a manufacturing hub here to help New Yorkers find employment, and it seems to be working. The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation’s employment center connected 459 people to jobs in fiscal year 2018 — the most single-year hires...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 12:53 PM