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Robert Jackson Wins Big Against Incumbent Senator Marisol Alcántara

Robert Jackson Wins Big Against Incumbent Senator Marisol Alcántara

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Third time’s the charm for Robert Jackson, the former city councilmember and longtime education activist. After unsuccessfully seeking the State Senate District 31 seat in 2014 and 2016, Jackson defeated incumbent Senator Marisol Alcántara in Thursday’s Democratic primary. Alcántara was heavily criticized for joining the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) — the […]

IDC Issue Animates UWS State Senate Primary

IDC Issue Animates UWS State Senate Primary

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | In next Thursday’s Democratic primary, State Senator Marisol Alcántara and former City Councilmember Robert Jackson will face off for the second time — but the political dynamics in New York have changed a lot since their first encounter in 2016. This year, party activists as well as many mainstream Democrats, fired […]

Battle Against Supertalls Hits W. 66th St.

Battle Against Supertalls Hits W. 66th St.

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | An Upper West Side block association is revving up the fight against a proposed tower at 50 W. 66th St., and in the process, it scored a meeting held last Tuesday with the Department of City Planning to talk about zoning loopholes the group says are spawning inappropriately tall buildings north […]

Change in the Air: But in the Cards for Cynthia?

Change in the Air: But in the Cards for Cynthia?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Following an Aug. 22 appearance before a small crowd of mostly young LGBTQ people of color at a downtown Brooklyn hotel, Cynthia Nixon took a moment to answer the most critical question NYC Community Media had about her uphill quest to become governor of New York. How in the less than five […]

Central Park an Oasis for Cyclists, As Long as They Get There Safely

Central Park an Oasis for Cyclists, As Long as They Get There Safely

BY SAM BLEIBERG | Cyclists, joggers, walkers, and all manner of rollers earned a sanctuary from danger and stress when the last car rolled out of Central Park. The move to designate Central Park as a car-free space starting in June was a major victory for safe streets advocates and cyclists of all levels. At last […]

New Chancellor Could Step Up DOE Efforts to Combat Bullying

New Chancellor Could Step Up DOE Efforts to Combat Bullying

BY ANDY HUMM | School starts Sept. 5 in New York City for 1.1 million students in 1,800 schools with a new chancellor, Richard Carranza, who has served in San Francisco and Houston and who wrote in June about his support for his gay twin brother, Reuben, and explained “Why It’s So Important to Include LGBTQ […]

Cuomo Pressured to End Overdoses

Cuomo Pressured to End Overdoses

BY NATHAN RILEY | At its largest demonstration ever, End Overdose NY tried to shame Governor Andrew Cuomo into introducing comprehensive changes that will bring down the number of opioid-related deaths. The protestors from the harm reduction community who support a public health approach dramatized their criticism by marching from the New York City morgue […]

Second Entrance Open at 34th Street-Hudson Yards Station

Second Entrance Open at 34th Street-Hudson Yards Station

BY MICHAEL ROCK | Development of the Hudson Yards neighborhood reached another milestone early on the morning of Sat., Sept. 1, as the second entrance and exit for its subway station opened to the public. The 34th Street-Hudson Yards station is the only such stop west of Ninth Ave. and south of 59th St. Its opening […]

Protected Lane Around Central Park Demanded After Cyclist’s Death

Protected Lane Around Central Park Demanded After Cyclist’s Death

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | In the nearly two weeks since the death of 23-year-old Australian cyclist Madison Jane Lyden on Central Park West, City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal has been calling for a two-way protected bike lane circling around all of Central Park. Lyden — a tourist whose death has rallied cycling activists in their demands […]

City Reneging on All-Affordable Plan on W. 55th St.

City Reneging on All-Affordable Plan on W. 55th St.

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | A long-promised 16-story, 100-percent affordable apartment building in Hell’s Kitchen could instead become a development of 30 to 50 stories with a majority of the units offered at market rate, according to four plans that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office proposed to local elected officials earlier this month. A plan to build […]

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