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Immigration Advocates Join Garodnick’s Second “Call to Action”

Immigration Advocates Join Garodnick’s Second “Call to Action”

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Soviet Union in the 1970s was a hostile environment for its Jewish residents. Simply speaking Hebrew or observing the Sabbath could get you thrown in jail. And the glass ceiling was ever-present for those Jews who were able to find work. As a young Jewish girl, these were the circumstances […]

City More Than Doubling Funding for Lower-Income Tenants in Housing Court

City More Than Doubling Funding for Lower-Income Tenants in Housing Court

BY JACKSON CHEN | The city will pump millions of new dollars into tenant legal services that by the fifth year will represent an increase of $93 million over current levels, according to a February 12 announcement by Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The new funding will more than double […]

Garodnick Leads Charge on Small Business Rent Tax Relief

Garodnick Leads Charge on Small Business Rent Tax Relief

BY JACKSON CHEN | City Councilmembers across Manhattan are calling for reform of a decades-old commercial rent tax they say is burdening many local businesses into extinction. The commercial rent tax (CRT) was created in 1963 as a revenue generator that charges businesses paying more than $250,000 in annual rent a 3.9 percent levy. In […]

Judge, Rabbis Joined in Resistance to Trump Immigration Order

Judge, Rabbis Joined in Resistance to Trump Immigration Order

BY PAUL SCHINDLER & MANHATTAN EXPRESS STAFF | As a three-judge panel weighs the government’s appeal of a bold February 3 temporary restraining order from a Seattle federal district judge, President Donald Trump continues to be frustrated – at least temporarily – in his effort to enforce a sweeping, though ineptly crafted and implemented order […]

An Amazon Site You Can’t Reach on Your Laptop

An Amazon Site You Can’t Reach on Your Laptop

BY JACKSON CHEN | Amazon — which for years has posed a mortal threat to bookstores everywhere — is changing up its customary strategy, at least in a handful of cases nationwide. Here in New York City, it’s planning to open its first local brick and mortar book store at 10 Columbus Circle. In response, local […]

Spurred by New Bus Terminal Threat, Hell’s Kitchen Residents Forge New Coalition

Spurred by New Bus Terminal Threat,  Hell’s Kitchen Residents Forge New Coalition

BY JACKSON CHEN | At the Hell’s Kitchen South Community Coalition’s first official meeting on February 7, members presented the results of an expansive neighborhood survey conducted since December and began discussing their goals moving forward. The coalition was first ignited as the community’s way of responding to its lack of public input into the […]

Valuing Midtown Development Right Sales Stirs Opposition

Valuing Midtown Development Right Sales Stirs Opposition

BY JACKSON CHEN | Representatives of landmarked buildings, preservation advocates, and the Real Estate Board of New York all criticized a set floor price standard established for development right sales under the proposed Midtown East rezoning during a February 6 public hearing at Community Board 5. The rezoning is aimed at bringing modern office development to […]

Film, Panel Take Aim at Epidemic of Hate

Film, Panel Take Aim at Epidemic of Hate

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | With hate frighteningly in the air these days, the word was emblazoned in blue on the marquee of Chelsea’s SVA Theatre on January 29. So was Brad Hoylman’s name — because the state senator, himself the victim of recent hate-motivated harassment, is trying to help people find answers to what is fueling […]

Non-Profit Funding Scramble Shifts from City Hall to Albany

Non-Profit Funding Scramble Shifts from City Hall to Albany

BY JACKSON CHEN | With a storm of uncertainty and unwelcome signs coming out of the new Trump administration, a coalition of non-profits are looking to the state and its budget to help shore up their frayed sector against a widely anticipated decline in federal resources. Across New York, more than 300 non-profit organizations have […]

Lex Line Riders Breathe Easier as Second Ave Subway Catches On

Lex Line Riders Breathe Easier as Second Ave Subway Catches On

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Second Avenue Subway is succeeding in relieving congestion for Upper East Side commuters on the Lexington Avenue lines, according to statistics released this week by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. A month into service, the Second Avenue Subway saw more than 155,000 riders on January 27, according to the agency’s numbers […]

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