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“Electoral Earthquake” in State Senate Primaries

“Electoral Earthquake” in State Senate Primaries

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | It was “an electoral earthquake that reverberated all the way to Syracuse.” That’s how State Senator Brad Holyman, a Democrat who represents Manhattan’s West Side, described the Sept. 13 primary that saw seven Democratic state senators, including six of the eight former members of the controversial Independent Democratic Conference, lose to progressive […]

Mathews-Palmer Playground Officially Reopens

Mathews-Palmer Playground Officially Reopens

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | The spiffy silver caboose rocked back and forth as children’s cries of joy could be heard. The railroad car was a nod to Mathews-Palmer Playground’s past, fittingly, as on July 31, its present began — the playground was officially reopened. It has been a long track to the opening of […]

Penn South Plaque Lauds the Bayard Rustin Legacy

Penn South Plaque Lauds the Bayard Rustin Legacy

BY WINNIE McCROY | With reverence for history and in high spirits for the occasion meant to mark it, a crowd of 200 gathered on the morning of Thurs., June 28 for a dedication ceremony unveiling a plaque to honor civil and gay rights activist Bayard Rustin (1912–1987). In addition to community groups and elected […]

Vacancy Tax Would Fine Landlords Who Let Storefronts Languish

Vacancy Tax Would Fine Landlords Who Let Storefronts Languish

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | As the specter of empty storefronts continues to haunt the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s floating of a possible penalty for landlords who leave properties vacant for long periods of time has been greeted by elected officials and advocates as an encouraging sign. “I’m heartened [by] City Hall’s attention to […]

Progressive Hell’s Kitchen Club Sticks with Cuomo

Progressive Hell’s Kitchen Club Sticks with Cuomo

BY NATHAN RILEY | Right in Cynthia Nixon’s backyard, just weeks after the actor and activist announced her Democratic primary challenge to Andrew Cuomo, the Hell’s Kitchen Democrats — a progressive newcomer on the local political club scene — voted on Apr. 5 to endorse the two-term governor for reelection. The club held its first endorsement […]

Competing Transit Solutions Abound, But Not Debate Among Them

Competing Transit Solutions Abound, But Not Debate Among Them

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | Can the Gordian knot that is the city’s transit system crisis be untangled? At a transportation forum last week, experts, advocates, and public officials looked at the many different threads of the problems facing a system in dire straits — with both bus and subway ridership down amidst widespread complaints about […]

Baby’s Delivery Team Had Blue Scrubs With Badges

Baby’s Delivery Team Had Blue Scrubs With Badges

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Amidst the deluge of traffic, screeching sirens, and overall tumult of Manhattan’s far west 40s, a sidewalk ceremony took place on 10th Ave. on Feb. 15 honoring Police Officers Tiffany Phillips and Carlos Guadalupe. At the event, where they were joined by their fellow officers assigned to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s […]

Resistance Town Hall Shows Tough Task of Voter Mobilization

Resistance Town Hall Shows Tough Task of Voter Mobilization

BY EDDY MARTINEZ | Manhattanites packed an auditorium last week to listen as a state senator and a leading progressive policy advocate addressed how to craft an effective local resistance to the administration in Washington. But in the process, they found themselves searching for an answer to a question years in the making: How can Democrats […]

Gale Brewer Emphasizes Residents’ Input on Land Use Choices, Updating City Charter

Gale Brewer Emphasizes Residents’ Input on Land Use Choices, Updating City Charter

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In 1989, after the US Supreme Court ruled that New York City’s powerful Board of Estimate, which gave each borough equal say despite enormous population disparities, violated the Constitution’s one person-one vote principle, voters approved the most sweeping Charter revision since the city became unified in 1898. Now, Borough President Gale Brewer […]

Honoring King While Resisting Trump

Honoring King While Resisting Trump

BY REBECCA FIORE | Nearly a half-century after the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and on the holiday memorializing him, hundreds gathered together in the freezing cold of Times Square for a Rally Against Racism, held in response to President Donald Trump’s most recent inflammatory and racist comments — referring to Haiti, […]

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