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Kristin Toussaint

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Parents of Saheed Vassell demand action on day of his funeral

The parents of Saheed Vassell, the Brooklyn man shot and killed by police in early April, spoke out on Friday about the death of their son and their demand for action from officials. Vassell, 34, who was mentally ill, was fatally shot on April 4 in Crown Heights by NYPD officers who believed he...

Friday, April 20, 2018, 12:38 PM

Real-time train predictions will be more accurate, MBTA says

The MBTA said it has improved its subway arrival prediction times, so you can plan your trips with MBTA.com and some smartphone apps with more confidence. This improvement to the MBTA’s real-time information follows an announcement in March the transit authority made concerning its...

Friday, April 20, 2018, 12:04 PM

Central Park to be car free starting this summer: Mayor

Cars will be banned from Central Park beginning this June, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday. The park will become completely car-free 24/7, 365 days a year starting on June 27, the city said in a statement, which is the day after public school classes end and the first day that outdoor...

Friday, April 20, 2018, 10:56 AM

NYC air at cleanest level since monitoring began: Mayor

Take a deep breath in New Yorkers: The city’s air is the cleanest it’s been since officials began monitoring its quality, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday. In time for Earth Day this Sunday, the mayor announced the release of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's...

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 12:52 PM

'Fearless Girl' statue moving to New York Stock Exchange

New York City’s Fearless Girl is getting a new, permanent home. The bronze statue will move from its spot across from Wall Street’s Charging Bull statue to a new location in front of the New York Stock Exchange. Mayor Bill de Blasio and State Street Global Advisors, the financial firm...

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 11:30 AM

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