AMANDA MIKELBERG

Another disabled train disrupts Tuesday morning commute in NYC

Another episode in New York City’s recent series of train-related problems that have led to delays happened on Tuesday morning, when an NJ Transit train got stuck in a tunnel. The empty commuter train heading from New York City's Penn Station got stuck in a tunnel after 8:30 a.m. It was...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:47pm

G is for graffiti: The new alphabet city is Prospect Lefferts Gardens

He’s going to spell it out for you: art feeds young minds. Pierre Francillon has a dream to fill the outer walls of Prospect Lefferts Gardens with building-sized flashcards to catch the eyes of the area’s fastest growing population: kids under 10. And with the help of a team of...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 10:20am

Too Many Zooz is New York's busker band miracle

It’s been a hard day’s work. Your legs manage to carry you to the subway station where suddenly live music greets you. Is that “Norwegian Wood”? Your blood pressure drops. Isn’t it good? “The people need music and music needs the people,” said Matt Doe,...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 5:06am

Train experts puzzled by broken wheels cited in two Penn Station derailments

Yet another train derailment on Monday at Penn Station has experts' wheels turning aboutthe apparent uptick in commuter train issues in the New York region recently, with four crashes occurring in six months.At around 9 a.m. on Monday, aNJTransit train carrying 1,200 passengers derailed at a slow...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 2:34pm

Hard work ahead for advocates who convinced de Blasio to close Rikers Island

A dream that seemed unfeasible a few months ago — to close the troublesome Rikers Island jail — apparently will be realized because of the unrelenting advocates who turned a remote possibility into a priority in the space of a year.A new report about the jail’s ills released Sunday coincides with...

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 5:27pm

This is what New York's Waldorf-Astoria will look like in three years

Finally, details of the mysterious renovations that will shut down the Waldorf Astoria Hotel for at least two years have been revealed.Renderings of the refurbished lobby, the facade and key interior spaces were unveiled Wednesday. They show a faithfulness to the historical original design and art...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 5:20pm

Map shows most lead contaminated water fountains at NYC schools

Initials results from new testing for lead in New York City school water show potentially toxic contaminationat dozens of schools. However, city officials insist that all unsafe water is taken off-line.As a response to the water crises in Flint, Michigan, and Newark, New Jersey, the city announced...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 1:56pm

Harlem artist's 'Foreign Postcards' divorces Arabic from fear

On any given Sunday, Jamila Hooker will be in her Harlem apartment with a magic marker in hand, making black swooping marks on postcards that she will mail to dozens, hundreds, thousands of people across the globe.All she wants in return is a photo of the recipient holding the postcard on which she...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 5:00am

City of Refuge: African coalition stages refugee encampment in protest of Trump immigration policies

Tents began to pop up Tuesday morning in the cemetery at Trinity Church as people hurried into downtown offices. A quick glance would give the impression that the churchwas accepting refugees.That’s exactly what a coalition of refugee advocates, protesting President Donald Trump’s immigration...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 4:14am

Trump's new climate change policy: Will the EPA still protect the environment?

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday dramatically undoing many of the nation'sclimate-change regulations that former President Barack Obama had implemented or supported. The previous measures had promoted clean energy and worked to reduce carbon emissions.The new Trump...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 1:57am

Chelsea Market evacuated for roof fire

Chelsea Market and several other offices in a West 15th Street building had to be evacuated Tuesday because of a roof fire that broke shortly after noon.Smoke could be seen billowing from the top of the building at Ninth Avenue and West 15th Street. In addition to the upscale food market, the...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 10:32pm

Another year for 'Fearless Girl' statue on Wall Street isn't enough for elected officials

Originally posted at 12:20 p.m.The drumbeat for making the statue of Fearless Girl a permanent fixture in Lower Manhattan continues.Over the weekend, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the bronze statue of the little girl staring down the Wall Street bull, which had been installed to celebrate International...

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 9:02pm

Jewish accounting students prepare taxes, repair cultural strife in Brooklyn for free

Last year, a client walked out of the Touro College free tax preparation clinic beaming with new knowledge that a fat $10,000 tax refund was heading his way.Many people, especially immigrants, wouldn’t know they overpaid their taxes or know how to get it back without professional help, one student...

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 3:37am

Harlem apartment complex leaves thousands without gas service since November

Residents at themammoth West Harlem apartment complex have suffered through a Dickensian winter.Tenants in about 1,200 apartments at 3333 Broadway weren’t able to boil water on their stoves, let alone bake a Christmas ham.Someliving at Riverside Park Community even went without heat and hot water...

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 2:30pm

House Republican Dan Donovan to vote 'no' on Trump's health care bill

On the day before President Donald Trump’s bill to repeal and replace Obamacare is put to a vote, New York City’s only Republican congressman, Dan Donovan, was still torn between GOP loyalty and protecting the healthcare that many of his constituents rely on.“Congressman Donovan is currently...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 3:03am

Parking paradox: Law assigning hundreds of NYC spots to car-share services meant to ease parking

Tuxedo-clad Gria Jacobs has been a chauffeur in NYC for three years, she said from behind the wheel of her Mercedes. For her, looking good while driving is easy. Parking is hard.Every year, Jacobson has to shell out $3,000 to $4,000 in parking tickets, the painful price of doing business. And she...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 2:30pm

Trump signs bill to send people to Mars

President Trump has his sights set on Mars.On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed a bill providing a $19.5 billion funding boost to NASA in 2018with the specific intent of Mars exploration andto send a manned mission to the red planet.The new bill, named NASA Transition Authorization Act,will...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 3:28am

NY Attorney General hires corruption prosecutors to target Trump

On the same day that the FBI director confirmed the agency is investigating possible Russian interference in the presidential election, the New York attorney general said he has hired two special prosecutors to scrutinize the Trump administration.Attorney General Eric Schneiderman hired Howard...

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 2:33pm

Happiness guru to America: Politics divide, love conquers

PK Mahanandia will speak at the United Nations on Monday, and will after appear at the book signing alongside the author at 1 p.m. at the United Nations Bookshop, GA building, Visitors' Concourse.Why did the UN invite you to speak on March 20?It is International Happiness Day. Maybe people aren’t...

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 5:00am

Higher MetroCard prices now in effect

Beware the new fares.MetroCard price changes that wereapproved in January went into effect Sunday. The price of a subway ride remains the same $2.75, but the bonus on purchases of $5.50 and over drop from 11 percent to5 percent.Commuters who buy weekly and monthly MetroCards will go from paying $...

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 6:02pm