News

More Americans see Democrats as "mainstream" on climate, health care

More Americans find the Democratic Party's positions on big issues like climate change, health care and immigration to be "in the mainstream" than Republican stances on those issues, a new WSJ/NBC News poll has found. On climate change, a majority of Americans — 56 percent — say Democrats' views...

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 3:21pm

More than 90 community groups write counter letter to Bezos against HQ2 in Queens

After business leaders, union heads and some politicians penned an open letter to Jeff Bezos asking him to reconsider canceling the Amazon HQ2 in Queens plan, community groups and activists have countered with their own letter that they say more accurately represents resident concerns about the...

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 12:56pm

Inside NYC's largest wastewater treatment plant, a plague of flushed wipes

Whether from flushing the toilet, taking a shower or washing something down the sink, New Yorkers produce about 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater every day. But where does all that end up? If you’re in lower or eastern Manhattan, northern Brooklyn or western Queens, your wastewater probably goes...

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 4:05pm

Open letter in the NYT asks Bezos to reconsider scrapping Queens HQ2

Business leaders, community figures and politicians penned an open letter to Jeff Bezos asking him to reconsider scrapping the Amazon HQ2 in Queens deal. A full-page open letter appeared in Friday’s New York Times to Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, following the recent news from mid-February...

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 12:22pm

You can help researchers curb NYC noise pollution as a citizen scientist

New York City is noisy, and that fact is more than just an annoyance — it’s a public health concern. New York University researchers are trying to mitigate noise pollution in the five boroughs, but first, they need your help. NYU researchers are calling on New Yorkers to sign up as “citizen...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 3:51pm

Bernie Sanders 2020 bid will kick of with Brooklyn rally this weekend

Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders announced earlier in February that he’s once again running for president of the United States, and the Brooklyn-born politician is kicking off his 2020 campaign back in his home borough.  Sanders announced that the first rally in his effort to be the...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:29pm

Heading to a game at MSG? Clear security system lets you skip the line with your fingerprint

The next time you head to Madison Square Garden to catch a Knicks game, you’ll be able to skip the long line outside with just a scan of your finger, thanks to the tech security company called Clear. Clear is already available at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, as well as major airports like JFK,...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:10am

Documentary chronicles Harlem teen's life after doing time at NYC's notorious Rikers Island

New York City no longer detains minors at Rikers Island, one of the most notoriously violent correctional facilities in the country — but that rule wasn’t yet in effect when Michael Martin of East Harlem couldn’t post his $40,000 bail. Martin, now 19, spent five months at Rikers when he was 17...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:22am

MTA fare hikes, toll increases approved by board

Board members voted to implement an MTA fare hike and toll increase on Wednesday that keeps the base MetroCard the same but raises weekly and monthly passes from $32 to $33, and $121 to $127, respectively. The MTA fare hikes will go into effect on April 21, and toll increase on March 31. ...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 12:59pm

1 in 8 students in NYC experience homelessness before 5th grade: Report

One in eight New York City elementary school students experiences homelessness before fifth grade, according to a new study out of New York University. The Research Alliance for New York City Schools at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development looked at student...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 12:43pm

Kenyans charged with imitating president to con businessmen

By Humphrey Malalo NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Kenyan court charged seven men on Wednesday for impersonating President Uhuru Kenyatta and swindling a prominent businessman out of 10 million shillings ($100,000) in yet another high-profile corruption case...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 6:00am

Jumaane Williams wins NYC public advocate election

It’s official: Jumaane Williams is the next New York City public advocate, at least until the end of this year. Williams won Tuesday’s special election for public advocate with about 33 percent of the vote when 83 percent of polls were reporting, according to the Board of Elections — emerging as...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 9:51pm

Metro-North announces start of New Haven line service between Bronx and Manhattan

The Metro-North New Haven line trains will soon travel between Fordham and Manhattan, the MTA announced this week, marking a change in what was previously called “exclusionary” transit in the Bronx. Fordham has been a “discharge only” stop for decades, allowing passengers coming from the suburbs...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 3:20pm

First responders, families gather in Washington to call for Congress to finance 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund

Hundreds of 9/11 first responders, their family members and other supporters gathered in Washington on Monday to call for the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund to be fully financed, so that those harmed by Ground Zero toxins are able to receive financial support. The Victims Compensation...

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 4:27pm

Discuss the new L train repair plan at these MTA open houses

There have been a lot of changes to the L train renovation plan lately after the abrupt cancellation of the complete L train shutdown back in January, and if you’re feeling like you haven’t had a chance to ask a lot of questions, now’s your chance: the MTA announced four open houses in March and...

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 11:06am

Fake Kim goes as real Kim comes: Vietnam expels Kim Jong Un lookalike

By Fabian Hamacher HANOI (Reuters) - An Australian comedian who impersonates North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Monday authorities were deporting him from Vietnam, some 24 hours before the real Kim was due to arrive for a summit with...

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 12:00am

NYC seeing huge increase in ICE deportations, arrests, under Trump: Stringer

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportations have soared in New York City, especially for immigrants with no prior criminal convictions, as a result of President Donald Trump’s policies, according to a report from city Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. Stringer is calling on New York City...

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 4:11pm

HUD names former prosecutor Bart Schwartz as NYCHA federal monitor

NYCHA officially has a new federal monitor that will oversee the city’s public housing system, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced on Friday. HUD Secretary Ben Carson and Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman announced in a release that Bart Schwartz, current chairman...

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 2:19pm

PHOTOS: Celebrating the life of Steve Irwin on his 57th birthday

Steve Irwin, known to many as “The Crocodile Hunter,” would have turned 57 on Friday and Google is celebrating his life with a Google Doodle to illustrate his love for wildlife and his family. The Australian wildlife advocate and TV personality was best known for his popular TV series The...

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 2:10pm

As Trump and Kim prepare for summit, bars in Vietnam serve 'Peace Negroniations'

By Mai Nguyen HANOI (Reuters) - Kim Jong Ale? Rock It, Man? Or how about a glass of Peace Negroniations? Bars in Vietnam's capital are cashing in on the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week with special...

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 2:00am