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BY MARK HALLUM | A rally through the streets of Chinatown on Sunday brought out opponents of the mayor’s borough-based jail plan from four of the city’s five boroughs. Residents of Chinatown called on Councilwoman Margaret Chin to vote against the borough-based jail plan as a ULURP application including all four locations goes to a City […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | They may have been without a home, but the four victims of Saturday’s murder spree in Chinatown were mourned at a Monday vigil as part of the community. The Oct. 7 vigil and rally took place at Chinatown’s Chatham Square, just steps away from where four homeless men were brutally bludgeoned […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Two days after four homeless men were bludgeoned to death as they slept on Chinatown streets, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Oct. 7 a series of new homeless outreach initiatives in the Manhattan neighborhood. “What happened over the weekend shakes the conscience of who we are as New Yorkers,” said […]

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BY MARK HALLUM | The question of how to protect lower Manhattan from the threat of rising sea levels is still up in the air, as activists and city officials debated the merits of raising East River Park to defend against sea level rise. A Thursday hearing at City Hall saw no disagreement that something had […]

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BY SENATOR CHARLES SCHUMER | In New York, we draw strength from our incredible diversity. It’s what we’re made from–we are the home to the Statue of Liberty, the home of Ellis Island, and home to more immigrants than just about any other state. A huge and significant part of that diversity is New York’s […]

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BY MARK HALLUM | Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez plans to introduce a “Hail Mary” bill that she says will pump $32 billion in NYCHA and $70 billion into public housing nationwide. Announced on Wednesday at the Alfred E. Smith Houses on the Lower East Side, Velázquez said the bill would provide the capital funding needed to bring NYCHA […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Many New Yorkers have probably had the jarring experience of nighttime construction work in their neighborhood and wondered, ‘How is that allowed to happen?’ Now, a bill has been introduced in the City Council that would limit how often such construction can occur. Council Member Carlina Rivera introduced a bill in […]

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BY MARK HALLUM | With over 76,000 New York City Transit riders enrolled in the Fair Fares program, an organization representing straphangers is checking the pulse of the city’s poorest who get half-priced MetroCards. The Riders Alliance is conducting a surveys to gather information on how the program benefits riders and how it can improve. […]

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BY JOSEFA VELAZQUEZ, THE CITY | This story was first published on Sept. 30 by The City. A key task of the state housing agency just got a lot tougher with a new rent law that expands tenants’ rights and the time they have to file complaints alleging their landlords overcharged them. Yet the Division of Housing and […]

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BY ROBERT POZARYCKI | Who cares about fare evasion and subway homelessness when the trains are crowded and broken? That’s the message 39 organizations, including the Riders Alliance, sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo during a Thursday rally in Midtown Manhattan over an MTA budget that they believe doesn’t make logical sense. Back in June, Cuomo […]

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