New York City

Car Free Day coming to New York Saturday for the fourth year in a row

Car Free Day is headed back to New York this Saturday for the fourth year in a row.  The Earth Day celebration closes off large portions of the city to vehicles. Two miles of Broadway and one mile of St. Nicholas Avenue will be reserved for pedestrian and bicycle use only on Saturday, April...

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 4:05pm

Mayor de Blasio rolls out New York City’s Green New Deal

New York City on Earth Day released the OneNYC 2050 blueprint of its Green New Deal, a $14 billion effort aiming to cut down 30 percent of greenhouse emissions by 2030 while creating “tens of thousands of good jobs.”  “Every day we wait is a day our planet gets closer to the point of no-...

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 3:21pm

Swish Ally Fund is hosting another exciting benefit concert to benefit LGBTQ communities

Head to Le Poisson Rouge this Monday to join in on a fun, exciting and meaningful evening. The Swish Ally Fund of the Stonewall Community Foundation will be hosting their Songs in the Key of Equality Benefit Concert: Tomorrow Starts Today on April 22, and everyone is invited out to join in and...

Friday, April 19, 2019 - 1:21pm

Melting snow, road salt causing manhole fires around NYC

FDNY is responding to multiple reports of manhole fires Monday morning as the melting snow and road salt from the overnight storm is wreaking havoc on the utilities system. A call for a manhole fire at 826 Crown Street in Brooklyn came in at 9:06 a.m., the department confirmed, and firefighters...

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 4:40pm

Williamsburg cyclist killed in hit-and-run is 5th NYC bicyclist death this year

Transit activists, City Councilor Antonio Reynoso and Brooklyn residents are gathering in Williamsburg on Monday evening to hold a vigil for Aurilla Lawrence, a 25-year-old bike messenger who was hit and killed by a truck on Thursday. Lawrence was riding her bicycle on Broadway between Marcy...

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 4:38pm

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

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

Here are 26 NYC skateparks to check out this spring

There are many NYC skateparks you can visit across the five boroughs that will give you the chance to perfect your skills, learn something new, or just meet new people with similar interests. The New York City Parks Department opened Mullaly Skate Park in 1988. It’s located in The Bronx and is...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 4:32pm

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

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

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor announce plan to fix MTA

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo have announced a new plan Tuesday to fix the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) system, which serves 8.5 million customers daily. If the 10-point proposal plan is approved, it will use funds generated from electronic...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 3:13pm

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

State senator proposes splitting New York into two states: upper and lower

State Sen. Daphne Jordan (R-NY) has renewed talks of splitting New York into two separate states, upper and lower, according to CBS.  Talk of dividing New York City and the surrounding areas has been a topic of conversation before among lawmakers but plans have always fizzled out and...

Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 3:05pm