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Street Vendor at 44th & Sixth Rated City’s Best

Street Vendor at 44th & Sixth Rated City’s Best

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | A popular Midtown halal truck has won the Vendy Cup in the city’s annual street food competition. The grand champion in the annual Vendy Awards, Royal Grill Halal Food, was announced on Governors Island on Sept. 22. Royal Grill’s owners attributed their win to their family recipes and homemade sauces, which […]

Bill Aiding Child Caregiver Election Hopefuls Nears Vote

Bill Aiding Child Caregiver Election Hopefuls Nears Vote

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | A City Council bill aimed at boosting representation of women in office is expected to be voted on as early as the end of the month —  at the Council’s next stated meeting on Oct. 31 — according to bill co-sponsor Keith Powers’ office. For anyone vying for an elected post in New […]

UES Electeds Press For More Local Pre-K Seats

UES Electeds Press For More Local Pre-K Seats

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Upper East Side mom Debbie Semaya wasn’t happy about the trek from her neighborhood to a pre-school on E. 35th St. for her daughter, but, looking back, she said she was lucky compared to some parents. Other children in her neighborhood won pre-k seats in their zoned district, but as far away […]

On West 53rd, Affordable Housing Lottery Favors Locals

On West 53rd, Affordable Housing Lottery Favors Locals

BY WINNIE McCROY | After 14 years of negotiations and construction, the huge apartment building at 540 W. 53rd St. is preparing to open their affordable housing lottery. And this charming brick building offers units for a variety of household sizes and income levels from about $39,000­ to $172,000 — from a single person to a […]

In Deep Blue New York, Midterm Battle to Darken the Hue

In Deep Blue New York, Midterm Battle to Darken the Hue

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | Republicans can point out that, under Trump, the economy has seen the longest bull market in history. Meanwhile, a “cultural bull market” of steady social progress has come to an end. With the executive branch in Republican hands for two to six more years, and a conservative majority on the Supreme Court, […]

City Schools Up Resources on LGBTQ Issues

City Schools Up Resources on LGBTQ Issues

BY ANDY HUMM | The New York City Department of Education is stepping up efforts to combat the isolation of LGBTQ youth and educate all students on queer issues, including lessons that integrate historic figures from the community such as the late Stonewall participant Marsha P. Johnson and authors like James Baldwin. The DOE has developed […]

GMHC Honors Corey Johnson, the Late Joan Tisch

GMHC Honors Corey Johnson, the Late Joan Tisch

BY DONNA ACETO | At a gala dinner with 400 guests at the Plaza Hotel on Oct. 9, Gay Men’s Health Crisis raised more than $600,000 to support its programs and client services. The evening’s honorees included long-time trustee Joan H. Tisch (in memoriam), City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Phill Wilson, the president of the Black […]

Conspiracy Theories, Paranoia, and Some Inconvenient Truths

Conspiracy Theories, Paranoia, and Some Inconvenient Truths

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | When German artist Hans Haacke documented real estate moguls Sol Goldman and Alex DiLorenzo’s Manhattan properties in 1971, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s director objected, calling the piece an “alien substance.” A Guggenheim curator was soon fired for supporting Haacke’s works — which presented column after column, neatly arrayed, of public records […]

With Broad Support, Sarah Carroll OKed as Landmarks Chief

With Broad Support, Sarah Carroll OKed as Landmarks Chief

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Sarah Carroll, executive director of the Landmarks Preservation Commission since 2014, won approval from the City Council on Sept. 26 as the agency’s new chair. Carroll, a 24-year veteran of the LPC who has spent much of her time in the agency’s preservation department, will replace former chair Meenakshi Srinivasan, who served […]

Blood Test Could Predict 9/11 Lung Damage

Blood Test Could Predict 9/11 Lung Damage

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Thirty firefighters exposed to World Trade Center toxins have helped researchers at New York University’s medical school to identify a specific set of substances in their blood that helped to predict which 9/11 survivors would develop lung disease. The researchers analyzed levels of hundreds of different metabolites — molecules the body makes […]

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