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Transportation Is Hot Button at East Side Town Hall

Transportation Is Hot Button at East Side Town Hall

BY LEVAR ALONZO | Residents of the East Side were primed and ready as Mayor Bill de Blasio fielded questions from all comers on Tues., Sept. 26 at a three-hour town hall meeting. Well over 200 people were in attendance at the High School of Art and Design on E. 56th St., with District 4 Councilmember […]

Advocates Charge Homeless Shelters Lax in Supplying Narcan to Prevent Overdoses

Advocates Charge Homeless Shelters Lax in Supplying Narcan to Prevent Overdoses

BY NATHAN RILEY | Advocates for the homeless are pressing the City Council to mandate that shelter staff from the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) as well as their clients have ready access to medicine that reverses overdose poisonings, allowing the victim to breathe unassisted almost immediately. Nobody disputes the need for making Narcan available […]

Artifacts of Continent’s First Nations Restored at AMNH

Artifacts of Continent’s First Nations Restored at AMNH

BY LEVAR ALONZO | The American Museum of Natural History has announced a $14.5 million project to update, restore, and conserve its Northwest Coast Hall by 2020, just in time for AMNH’s 150th anniversary. The museum’s oldest exhibit, the Northwest Coast Hall collection is home to the cultural and artistic expression of the indigenous First Nations […]

New Laws Give More Muscle To Tenant Safety

New Laws Give More Muscle To Tenant Safety

BY EILEEN STUKANE | Tenants subjected to dangerous and intentionally demoralizing conditions were given new hope last week, in the form of legislation designed to, among other things, mitigate “construction as harassment” — a tactic employed by landlords and building owners in which unpleasant living conditions are used to harass rent-regulated New Yorkers until they […]

Midtown South Group Seeks Seed Money for Rooftop Garden

Midtown South Group Seeks Seed Money for Rooftop Garden

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | The Midtown South Community Council’s cleanup crusade continues. While the council, known as MSCC, did not have meetings in July or August, its president, John A. Mudd, and its board members were still busy working on improvements for the area, which spans 29th to 45th Sts., from Lexington to Ninth […]

In Las Vegas’ Wake, Gun Violence Activists Mass in Manhattan

In Las Vegas’ Wake, Gun Violence Activists Mass in Manhattan

BY DONNA ACETO AND ANDY HUMM | Gays Against Guns was formed in June 2016 in the wake of what was then the most lethal mass shooting in modern American history — the murder that month of 49 people and wounding of another 58 in an Orlando gay nightclub holding its weekly Latinx night. On October […]

East Siders Jam Forum on Proposed Constitutional Convention

East Siders Jam Forum on Proposed Constitutional Convention

BY LEVAR ALONZO | State Senator Liz Krueger, Citizen Action of New York, the Legal Aid Society, and the Lexington Democratic Club, along with other Upper East Side Democratic clubs, co-sponsored a Sept. 14 forum on the proposal to hold a state constitutional convention. Area residents packed the All Souls Church at 1157 Lexington Ave. […]

Democrats in Hell’s Kitchen? Believe

Democrats in Hell’s Kitchen? Believe

BY NATHAN RILEY | Donald Trump’s election provoked waves of revulsion all over New York City. In Hell’s Kitchen, a full-time drag performer, realizing his rights would be under attack, sought advice from a politically connected friend — City Councilmember Corey Johnson, who suggested he join a political club. Following up on that suggestion, Marti […]

Keith Powers Coasts to Easy Victory in District 4

Keith Powers Coasts to Easy Victory in District 4

BY LEVAR ALONZO | A clear winner emerged from a crowded field of nine Democrats vying in last week’s primary for the District 4 City Council seat. Keith Powers, a third-generation resident of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, easily topped the field, winning more than 41 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the […]

Rosenthal Beats Back Challengers on UWS

Rosenthal Beats Back Challengers on UWS

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Incumbent District 6 City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal easily surmounted challenges from her 2013 runner-up, Mel Wymore, and Dr. Cary Goodman to win renomination in last week’s Democratic primary. Rosenthal captured just under 65 percent of the vote, compared to 31 percent for Wymore and four percent for Goodman. Wymore, a longtime member […]

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