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With new ACCESSolar program, NYCHA has solar gardens on the horizon

NYCHA took one step closer to its goal of installing 25 megawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2025 by launching a new program aimed to provide lower-cost clean energy to its residents on Friday. ACCESSSolar, or Accelerating Community Empowered Shared Solar, started accepting applications...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 1:00pm

New York AG talks gun violence with Manhattan high schoolers

On Friday, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released a video of a recent roundtable he had with Manhattan high school students about gun violence. Schneiderman sat down with students from Bard High School Early College Manhattan after...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:48am

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 - 11:27am

Staten Island Urby residents reap what’s sown in on-site urban farm

Brooklyn native Zaro Bates didn’t experience locally sourced food until she attended Cornell University upstate, but once she did, she knew the career path she wanted to sow. “I was looking for something tangible to really feel the impact of my work on a day-to-day basis,” the 28...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 5:02am

New images of 3 World Trade Center released

As the June opening of 3 World Trade Center draws closer, new renderings of the gleaming blue building have been released. The new photos show what the interior and exterior of the 80-story skyscraper will look like. Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, 3WTC is slated to open June 6. Upon...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 2:11pm

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 - 12:52pm

'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 - 11:31am

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 - 10:51am

Soon-to-be FIT grads vie for spot on school’s coveted runway

Doing a senior thesis is daunting for any college student, but for soon-to-be graduates of Fashion Institute of Technology’s fashion design program, it literally comes down to judgment day. OK, it’s technically called Judging Day, and students work all year with industry mentors like...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 5:03am

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 - 11:56am

Art — and life lessons — on display at Lavelle School for the Blind’s art show

For anyone who thinks that a school for blind youth wouldn’t need an arts program, many of its students will proudly teach you otherwise. On Friday, for the third year in a row, Lavelle School for the Blind in the Bronx held its annual art show to display colorful works created by the...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 5:00am

Here’s what rooms at TWA Hotel at JFK will look like

Good news, travel buffs, New Yorkers and history and architecture nerds alike: You won’t have to wait until this time next year to see what rooms inside the forthcoming TWA Hotel at JFK Airport will look like. Developer MCR on Tuesday unveiled a model of one of the 512 guest rooms in the...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 4:11pm

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 - 3:13pm

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 - 11:44am

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...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 9:42am

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 - 3:00pm

City to move doctor’s controversial statue from Central Park to Brooklyn

City officials on Monday decided to move a controversial statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims, “the father of modern gynecology,” from Central Park to the Brooklyn cemetery where he is buried.  The move comes at the recommendation of the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments...

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 2:48pm

Springtime in New York means waterfalls inside the subway

The end of winter is a sigh of relief for many New Yorkers — at least the ones who forget how terrible spring can be. Muggy, foggy, unpredictable and, above all, rainy: These are the joys of March and April as we parade around in shorts and sleeveless dresses in hopes of willing away sweater...

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 12:59pm

Flash flood warning issued for New York City

Though temperatures are hovering in the upper 50s, New Yorkers woke to heavy rain, gusty winds and flood warnings and advisories Monday morning. The rain, along with a few thunderstorms, are expected to remain for much of the day, mainly before 9 p.m., the National Weather Service forecasted, with...

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 12:11pm

#PoetweetNYC 2018 is underway and looking for your best green-themed lines

Are you a poet and ready to let New York City — and Twitter — know it? The ninth annual #PoetweetNYC Twitter poetry contest is officially underway, and you could have the chance to have your words published right here in the pages of Metro. Running today through Friday, #PoetweetNYC is...

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 5:03am