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Councilmembers Endorse $25 Million for Institutions Targeted by Hate

Councilmembers Endorse $25 Million for Institutions Targeted by Hate

BY JACKSON CHEN | In response to the recent rise of hate crimes in New York City, two city councilmembers are proposing a $25 million fund for security grants to cultural institutions and community centers. Upper West Side Councilmember Mark Levine and Queens Councilmember Rory Lancman together announced the initiative outside City Hall on March […]

Defending New York Values Against New Yorker-in-Chief

Defending New York Values Against New Yorker-in-Chief

BY JACKSON CHEN | It was the Sunday before the election and Faiza Ali, a Muslim-American staffer to City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, was taking the subway to a phone bank, hoping to persuade Muslim voters to head to the polls in support of Hillary Clinton. As she stepped off the subway, an encounter with a […]

Hate Crimes Surge in Wake of Trump Victory

Hate Crimes Surge in Wake of Trump Victory

BY DENNIS LYNCH | Hate crimes have surged in New York City during this divisive election year — and show no signs of letting up — but authorities at the state and local levels are mobilizing to address the problem. The NYPD has logged 35 percent more bias crimes so far this year over the same […]

West 23rd Street Explosion Reports from Sister Papers Chelsea Now, The Villager

West 23rd Street Explosion Reports from Sister Papers Chelsea Now, The Villager

FROM THE STAFFS OF CHELSEA NOW, THE VILLAGER | Chelsea Now and The Villager, sister publications to Manhattan Express, report on the Saturday evening explosion on West 23rd Street and its aftermath: After ‘Craven’ Bombing, Anger and Resolve in Chelsea 29 injured in massive Chelsea blast; An ‘intentional act,’ de Blasio says A Block on […]

Broadway Dancer, Charged in Boyfriend’s Murder, Asked Forgiveness on Facebook

Broadway Dancer, Charged in Boyfriend’s Murder, Asked Forgiveness on Facebook

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A man charged in the August 19 strangulation murder of his boyfriend in the Bronx took to Facebook in the immediate aftermath of the violence with a series of posts that amounted to a cryptic confession of sorts. “Forgive me father,” Marcus Bellamy, a 32-year-old Broadway dancer, wrote at 3:57 p.m. that […]

After Yuge Gamble, Intrepid Trumpie Ends Up in Bellevue

After Yuge Gamble, Intrepid Trumpie Ends Up in Bellevue

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL | An admirer intent on meeting real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump brought Midtown to a standstill on August 10 (as Manhattan Express was last going to press). Traffic didn’t stall at the shock of someone in Manhattan actually supporting Trump. Instead, crowds gathered because the man, identified by police […]

Anti-Gun Activists Target Asset Manager BlackRock

Anti-Gun Activists Target Asset Manager BlackRock

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | LGBT activists affiliated with Gays Against Guns (GAG) took their message to the headquarters of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm, to protest its holdings in two gun manufacturers, Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger. The August 15 protest, that drew dozens to the BlackRock offices on East 52nd Street, focused […]

West Side National Night Out Events Draw Enthusiastic Responses

West Side National Night Out Events Draw Enthusiastic Responses

BY JANE ARGODALE | As part of the annual National Night Out Against Crime, two West Side precincts held outdoor festivities on the evening of August 2 to bring together local police officials and the community. The Midtown North precinct in Hell’s Kitchen and the 10th precinct in Chelsea both hosted events that drew numerous officers […]

Crossfit Games Glock Give-Aways Spark Anti-Gun Anger

Crossfit Games Glock Give-Aways Spark Anti-Gun Anger

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The decision by the founder of the annual Crossfit Games, held over the past week in California, that winners would be awarded a Glock handgun stirred outrage among advocates for gun control, leading to both a change.org petition that the decision be reversed and a July 23 demonstration outside the Midtown […]

After Baton Rouge, St. Paul, Dallas, Local Officials — Largely — Struggle to Embrace Unity

After Baton Rouge, St. Paul, Dallas, Local Officials — Largely — Struggle to Embrace Unity

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With Americans reeling from a week in which they watched video of two African-American men killed in police shootings that many observers concluded involved wildly disproportionate uses of force and then saw five Dallas police officers gunned down in targeted shootings as they oversaw protests over the earlier killings, New York officials […]

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