Tracy Lee

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Traveling photo exhibit reflects the stories of the Bronx in its changing face

Bronx graffiti artist KingBee looks at his street art at the corner of 172nd street and Jerome Avenue and wonders how long it will be there.“I don’t know,” he says in response to it maybe being knocked down, remarking that there’s “no telling” how long things will last.A building is decorated with...

Monday, March 7, 2016, 3:30 PM

Out in the cold: Giving voice to NYC's homeless residents

Just off 31st Street and 6th Avenue, 60-something-year-old Cheryl Pierce was wearing a white faux fur comforter over her head on a bench towards the end of the evening rush.Her turquoise wool trench coat underneath, Pierce was layered for the brisk winter night in one of her normal spots.“It’s much...

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 11:30 PM

Brooklyn Boy: Father, son duo inspire others through art

Howard Collins, Jr, brings his shoulders and feet in a slink-down electric style snake move down an aisle at a 7 Eleven in downtown Brooklyn.The eight-year-old has nicknamed the move “GP Push” where his shoulders and feet both echo each other into a push-pull, he describes.“When I first started...

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 3:30 PM

Uniting Brooklyn's Haitian community through beats

Out of his apartment in Bed-Stuy, Haitian DJ Hard Hittin' Harry has built up a global audience from the spins of a turntable that represent an intersection of cultural roots that touch everywhere from Port-au-Prince to Lagos.In his signature gray pointed beard with tinted shades, the 49-year-old...

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 4:16 AM

NYers band together to shovel out

As the city dug its way out of nearly 27 inches of snow, one Upper East Side man spread the love by sharing the shoveling.Joe Sinagoga, 54,was out in the streets with his $15shovel, helping people along his way all afternoon. Each time the city gets blanketed, he sets off on a mission to get people...

Monday, January 25, 2016, 5:11 AM

Bronx group vows to fight against gentrification

Longtime Bronx resident Lourdes de la Cruz vows to continue to fight the battle against gentrification but she says hope can only go so far if the city doesn’t listen to concerns of communities.The 48-year-old fears will be directly impacted by the Jerome Avenue zoning that is part of Mayor de...

Sunday, January 10, 2016, 6:28 PM

Late start to resolutions

Better late than never.Normally, New Year's resolutions start on, well, New Year's, but for many New Yorkers, the Friday holiday pushed the start of their self-imposed suffering back a few days.An Upper East Side sports bar saw at least one patron delay his self-improvement program so he could...

Monday, January 4, 2016, 9:23 AM

“Daily nightmare” for families living in NYC shelters, says Stringer

Home to nearly 58,000 people, including 23,000 children, NYC’s shelters have been a “daily nightmare” for families where conditions were "deplorable," charged Comptroller Scott Stringer.In an audit that shed light where NYC’s Department of Homeless Services has "fallen, tragically, horribly short...

Tuesday, December 22, 2015, 12:41 AM

Shoppers enjoying the bustle of last-minute gift lines

Holiday shoppers in the city during the last Sunday rush before Christmas enjoyed the hustle in their last gasp for gifts.“I think I always seem to shop at the last minute when everyone is hustling and bustling, it makes it feel more festive,” said Brooklyn’s Adelle Lopez.Carrying an Old Navy bag,...

Monday, December 21, 2015, 5:21 AM

Sex crimes on subway leave women feeling unsafe

As reports of sex crimes on the subway rose,a 15-year-old girl was grabbed by a stalker on the same subway platform twice in one week.Last Wednesday, the girl reported that a man on the platform of the Atlantic Avenue stationstared at her, then followed her and approached her, grabbed her arm and...

Thursday, December 17, 2015, 5:32 AM

NYCHA 'woefully unprepared' for next weather disaster

More than three years after Hurricane Sandy,New York City’s Housing Authority is “woefully unprepared” in the face of another weather disaster and roughly400,000 tenants are at “extreme risk," according to a city audit released Tuesday.Comptroller Scott Stringer's officepainted a grim picture of...

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 3:12 AM

New Metro racks premiere on 34th Street

As part of the effort to make the area more navigable, the 34th Street Partnership and several newspapers, including Metro unveiled redesigned news racks to reduce the clutter of individual boxes.The 34th Street Partnership — a coalition of property owners, tenants and city officials — aims to...

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 12:39 AM

NY pols call on feds to prevent terror suspects from legally buying guns

In a loud push Sunday, Gov.Andrew Cuomo and Sen.Charles Schumer called on the federal government to help the state block individuals on the terror watch list from making legal gun purchases.By having the terror list set as one of the criteriaused infederal background checks in New York State, Cuomo...

Monday, December 14, 2015, 1:10 AM

Small business owners push back on red tape in NYC

Eunice Lee is a second-generation small business owner in New York, but she said constantly struggles with the realities and risk of being an entrepreneur in Manhattan.And there's one question she said she always dreads: "What will happen next when you re-sign a lease?" Lee asked.RELATED: As NYC...

Friday, December 11, 2015, 5:07 AM

War of words erupts between Donald Trump, local NYC leaders

GOP presidential front leader Donald Trump fired back against a rally of local leaders Manhattan on Wednesday morning, accusing them of ignoring "filthy conditions" in New York City.The steps in front of City Hall were crowded with local advocates, religious leaders and New York City lawmakers...

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 12:07 AM

Beyond dangerous residents, public housing residents still feel unsafe

Public housing tenants say the New York City Housing Authority's efforts to keep them safe aren't happening fast enough.Residents at Manhattan's East River Houses affirmed to Metro New York that a recent investigation into NYCHA's stalled cooperation with the Police Department has put tenants in a...

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 5:19 AM

Seized Brooklyn rabbits up for adoption

Rabbits rescued and nursed back to health from the home of an accused Brooklyn hoarder almost a year ago will be up for adoption on Saturday.Fifty of the 180 seized rabbits can be adopted for a fee of $25 in an event hosted by ASPCA and NYPD at the Central Park Zoo entrance and Union Square.Seized...

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 3:30 PM

Fire Smith & Wesson, Public Advocate tells TD Bank

Public Advocate Letitia James on Sunday demanded “immediate action” to be taken by TD Bank, calling on the banking institution to sever ties with a gun manufacturer whose weapons carried out last week’s deadly shooting in San Bernardino.Smith & Wesson, the gun maker of the AR-15, a military...

Monday, December 7, 2015, 2:59 AM

MTA board unanimously approves $26B capital plan

The MTA board on Wednesday unanimously approved a $26.1 billion capital plan in its largest capital plan in history, signaling its push ahead in a months-long fight of political disagreement.At the heart of the 2015-19 program were the much needed “necessary” changes across its entire...

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 5:02 AM

1 dead, 6 injured after truck slams into Bronx building

Truck hits & kills a woman in the #Bronx Six others are hurt @AliBauman on scene http://t.co/HYcquV3MUM pic.twitter.com/50jtsHKm6b— Magdalena Doris (@MagdalenaDoris) October 12, 2015One person died and six people wereinjured when a Coca-Cola truck crashed into a Bronx building Monday...

Monday, October 12, 2015, 4:29 PM