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UWS Participatory Budgeting Boosts Libraries, Schools, Firehouse

UWS Participatory Budgeting Boosts Libraries, Schools, Firehouse

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA  | Grassroots democracy can be seen in action on the Upper West Side. City Councilmembers Helen Rosenthal and Mark Levine announced winners of their respective participatory budgeting efforts where residents decide what’s to be done with around $1 million in discretionary funds in their district. Thousands of Upper West Siders voted this spring […]

Student Input, September Opening for PS 33 Playground

Student Input, September Opening for PS 33 Playground

BY RANIA RICHARDSON | It was an exciting day for the greening of Chelsea as students and faculty from PS 33 Chelsea Prep, at 281 Ninth Ave., btw. W. 26th & 27th Sts., participated in the groundbreaking for a $1.16 million state-of-the-art playground. The neighborhood space will be located on the W. 26th St. side […]

Council Votes to Shelter Homeless Youth Up to 24

Council Votes to Shelter Homeless Youth Up to 24

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | By unanimous votes on Mar. 7, the City Council approved three measures aimed at strengthening shelter options for homeless youth in New York, including a long contested move to raise the age limit for eligibility in youth shelters to include those 21 to 24 years old. The State Legislature last year […]

NYC Parks OKs Natural History Expansion; Critics Vow Lawsuit

NYC Parks OKs Natural History Expansion; Critics Vow Lawsuit

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Achieving a significant milestone in its effort to build a 245,000-square-foot expansion devoted to science education, the American Museum of Natural History has won approval for the project from the city Department of Parks and Recreation. That approval, announced last week, was necessary since construction of the Richard Gilder Center for […]

Museum Expansion, School Rezoning Dominate District 6 Council Debate

Museum Expansion,  School Rezoning Dominate  District 6 Council Debate

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The primary election contest for the Upper West Side’s City Council District 6 seat features a rematch between the incumbent and the 2013 runner-up, but it was the third candidate’s main issue that dominated the first portion of an Aug. 17 debate in the three-way Democratic race. Speaking in a televised debate hosted […]

In UWS Reelection Bid, Helen Rosenthal Has Both Opponents and Antagonists

In UWS Reelection Bid, Helen Rosenthal Has Both Opponents and Antagonists

BY JACKSON CHEN | Incumbent City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal has at least four opponents in her bid for reelection to her District 6 seat, but those are not the only political antagonists she faces on the Upper West Side. Rosenthal will face off against challengers Mel Wymore and Cary Goodman in the September 12 Democratic primary, […]

LGBTQ Job, Housing, Safety Disparities in Stringer Survey

LGBTQ Job, Housing, Safety Disparities in Stringer Survey

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A survey of LGBTQ residents of New York recently completed by City Comptroller Scott Stringer points to clear disparities in employment and housing opportunities, food security, and public safety that respondents experience due to their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. And despite one score in which the LGBTQ community seems […]

Mixed Reviews for de Blasio, Fariña School “Diversity” Plan

Mixed Reviews for de Blasio, Fariña School “Diversity” Plan

BY JACKSON CHEN | Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, on June 6, released what had been anticipated as an ambitious vision for encouraging student diversity among the city’s public schools. The 13-page plan introduces city initiatives aimed at tackling racial and socioeconomic disparities in classrooms across New York, but it was rolled […]

In Times Square, Volunteers Pitch In to Feed Hungry Kids

In Times Square, Volunteers Pitch In to Feed Hungry Kids

BY JACKSON CHEN | Hundreds of volunteers from Food Bank For New York City and Morgan Stanley converged at Times Square on June 1 to pack a variety of canned foods that will be distributed to the city’s food pantries, soup kitchens, and schools. Out of the office on a sunny and warm Thursday, a large […]

Environmental Study of Natural History Museum Expansion Bared

Environmental Study of Natural History Museum Expansion Bared

BY JACKSON CHEN | The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) took another step in the lengthy approval process for its controversial expansion as the Department of Parks and Recreation released the project’s draft environmental impact statement on May 18. The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation comes with a $340 million price […]

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