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De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

BY NATHAN RILEY | A multi-year push in New York City to offer drug users a safe place for consuming their drugs seems destined for success after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support for “overdose prevention centers.” Public health advocates voiced enthusiasm as the news spread on May 3 that the administration had reached out […]

Expanding Affordable Housing, Green Space in Hell’s Kitchen

Expanding Affordable Housing, Green Space in Hell’s Kitchen

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | The Hell’s Kitchen South Coalition (HKSC) unveiled a draft of its neighborhood plan at their Tues., April 3 meeting. “We are excited to share what we’ve been working on in the past year,” the Reverend Tiffany Triplett Henkel, chair of the coalition’s steering committee, said to kick off the meeting […]

Morningside Heights Students Join Nationwide Walkout Over Guns

Morningside Heights Students Join  Nationwide Walkout Over Guns

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | As 10 a.m. approached on Mar. 14, the middle and high school students in Morningside Heights’ Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science & Engineering (CSS) poured from its W. 123rd St. entrance, across from Morningside Park, and circled the adjoining school yard. They stood relatively silent for 17 minutes in memory of […]

JPMorgan Chase’s Big Plans on Park Ave. Create First Skirmish Under East Midtown Rezoning

JPMorgan Chase’s Big Plans on Park Ave. Create First Skirmish Under East Midtown Rezoning

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Last summer, after more than four years of effort — including an initial false start late in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s final term — the city approved a major rezoning plan for the East Midtown area from Grand Central Terminal north that will allow for new office tower development while providing funding for […]

Meth Deaths Surging Again in New York

Meth Deaths Surging Again in New York

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While still well below overdose deaths attributable to opioids, methamphetamine overdose deaths in New York City rose by more than 200 percent in 2015 and 2016 compared to the number of such deaths in 2013. The city health department is reporting that there were 55 methamphetamine overdose deaths in the city […]

Mayor Presents Increased Budget With Big Asterisk

Mayor Presents Increased Budget With Big Asterisk

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing to increase spending by roughly $2 billion in the city fiscal year that begins on July 1, cuts in federal and state support for the city may force the mayor to curtail those plans. “This budget proceeds against a backdrop of tremendous uncertainty,” the […]

At Packed Inauguration, Johnson Makes It Official

At Packed Inauguration,  Johnson Makes It Official

BY EILEEN STUKANE  | Every seat in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Theater, capacity 700, was filled by the time City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s formal inauguration opened on Jan. 28. In introductory remarks, Aleta Lafargue, president of the Tenants’ Association at Manhattan Plaza, said, “I know I speak for […]

Again, A Massive Women’s March in Manhattan

Again, A Massive Women’s March in Manhattan

BY EILEEN STUKANE | The pink “pussyhats” showed up on thousands of heads again as the second Women’s March on New York City brought an estimated 200,000 people onto Central Park West from W. 61st St. to W. 80th St. and beyond. “I love the fact that I cannot see the end of this,” said […]

Corey Johnson Faces the Daunting Budget Realities of Trump’s America

Corey Johnson Faces the Daunting Budget Realities of Trump’s America

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As Corey Johnson assumes the role of speaker of the City Council, he has made some important and expensive promises that multiple constituencies are expecting him to keep. But he is also facing the prospect of cuts in federal and state dollars that could make fulfilling those promises difficult. “Almost a […]

Nearly Unanimous: Corey Johnson Is the New Speaker

Nearly Unanimous: Corey Johnson Is the New Speaker

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | One thing was said over and over again about Corey Johnson as the City Council convened to elect its new speaker — the 35-year-old works hard. “Everybody in this body cannot deny that Corey Johnson worked harder to be the speaker of this body than anybody else in this body,” said Laurie […]

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