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Hoboken Hasn’t Had a Traffic Death in 4 Years. What’s It Doing Right?

Hoboken Hasn’t Had a Traffic Death in 4 Years. What’s It Doing Right?

Every product is independently selected by editors. Things you buy through our links may earn New York a commission.It’s not quite the prairie, but Hoboken feels downright roomy. Wander down the wide, busy sidewalks of Washington Street, the city’s main strip, past the poke joints and (so-so) bagel shops, or through the unusually narrow side streets that run east and west, and one thing becomes clear. Specifically, oncoming traffic. A pedestrian doesn’t have to play the same perilous game of New York City crosswalk chicken, where you squint through the windows of a massive metal box to...

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Spend All Day With This Interactive Map Of NYC's Astounding Linguistic Diversity

Spend All Day With This Interactive Map Of NYC's Astounding Linguistic Diversity

Reader support makes Gothamist’s local journalism possible. For our spring membership campaign, we’re looking for 250 new Gothamist members by the end of the month. Make a donation to support Gothamist and local news today.Take a few minutes of your Friday to fall deep down the rabbit hole of New York City's jaw-dropping linguistic diversity.This is the product of more than a decade of research from the , a group that seeks to document and preserve smaller, minority, and Indigenous languages across New York City.Each of the 1,200 dots on the map either reflect a conversation with someone...

April 16, 2021
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Cuomo Locates $5 Billion In Budget To Avoid Taxing The Rich

Cuomo Locates $5 Billion In Budget To Avoid Taxing The Rich

On Monday afternoon, during a call with reporters in which he refused to take questions about the into his alleged misconduct, Governor Andrew Cuomo asked his budget director to make an announcement. The state had just "identified" an extra $5 billion in the annual budget, and there would be no need to go through with any planned budget cuts, or on wealthy New Yorkers."So as of right now we have the resources necessary so that there would be no cuts in the governor's budget so you wouldn't require any significant level of tax increases to pay for the restorations," Cuomo's budget director,...

March 24, 2021
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The Mayor's Office—Not The NYPD—Will Now Issue NYC Press Credentials

The Mayor's Office—Not The NYPD—Will Now Issue NYC Press Credentials

The decades-long era of the NYPD deciding which journalists and is coming to an end. On Thursday, the City Council that transfers the power to issue press credentials from the police department to the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment.“Freedom of the press is one of our country’s greatest protections. In New York City, we are taking one step further today to ensure that this protection is guaranteed,” Manhattan Councilmember Keith Powers, the main sponsor of the bill, said in a statement after its passage.While MOME will issue the press credentials, the city's Office of...

March 27, 2021
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Manhattan DA Drops Charges Against Driver Of $800K Car Who Crashed His Way Through Midtown

Manhattan DA Drops Charges Against Driver Of $800K Car Who Crashed His Way Through Midtown

Last April, the driver of a rare, $800,000 Porsche sped through the streets of Midtown and before he was finally stopped by the NYPD. No injuries were reported, but Benjamin Chen, 33, was charged with reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs."What the fuck is wrong with this dude?" one bystander exclaims from one of cars he slammed into.Earlier this week, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. dropped the charges against Chen. “The People are moving to dismiss this matter because the case cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” court records .Vance's...

March 19, 2021
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Precious Time Is Running Out To Change Your Political Party Registration To Vote In June's All-Important Primary

Precious Time Is Running Out To Change Your Political Party Registration To Vote In June's All-Important Primary

The Experiment, from The Atlantic and WNYC Studios, is a new weekly podcast that looks at the powerful ideas that shaped the United States—and what happens when America’s big ideals collide with people’s everyday lives.Do you want your vote to influence who becomes the next , , and , and who becomes your new , and Did you neglect to make any fun President's Day plans? Thanks to signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday night, you now have through February 16th to change your political party affiliation, and maximize the impact of your vote in the upcoming June 22nd primary.In New York, only...

February 15, 2021
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Police Union Boss Charged With Misconduct For Bigoted Tweets And Abuse Of Authority

Police Union Boss Charged With Misconduct For Bigoted Tweets And Abuse Of Authority

The Experiment, from The Atlantic and WNYC Studios, is a new weekly podcast that looks at the powerful ideas that shaped the United States—and what happens when America’s big ideals collide with people’s everyday lives.The NYPD's civilian watchdog agency has substantiated misconduct charges for the first time against Sergeant Ed Mullins, the head of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, for making bigoted and profane statements on Twitter and for posting the arrest record of Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter last year.The from the Civilian Complain Review Board against the active-duty police...

February 13, 2021
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After Legitimizing Trump's Election Lies, NY's Congressional Objectors Face Skittish Donors

After Legitimizing Trump's Election Lies, NY's Congressional Objectors Face Skittish Donors

Hours after violent insurrectionists were finally cleared from the Capitol on January 6th, 147 Republican members of Congress voted to object to the electoral college victory of President-elect Joe Biden, undeterred in their allegiance to President Donald Trump, who had incited the riots.For the four New York representatives who voted against certifying the election results -- Republicans Nicole Mallotakis, Lee Zeldin, Chris Jacobs, and Elise Stefanik -- their decision may come with financial costs, as some top donors have either backed away from their candidates, halted political donations...

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January 15, 2021
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NYPD Commander Accused Of Racist Message Board Comments Retires With Pension

NYPD Commander Accused Of Racist Message Board Comments Retires With Pension

The NYPD Deputy Inspector has filed for retirement, days after he was suspended without pay.This past October, the City Council's Oversight and Investigations Division showing that a series of deeply racist, homophobic, and misogynistic comments on an anonymous message board were made by Deputy Inspector James Kobel, the commanding officer of the NYPD's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity. Kobel's duties included "promoting a fair and inclusive workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment."According to the report, Kobel frequented the Law Enforcement Rant, an from current...

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January 12, 2021
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New York Is In A Financial Tailspin, Millions Are Suffering. Why Shouldn’t Billionaires Pay More Taxes?

New York Is In A Financial Tailspin, Millions Are Suffering. Why Shouldn’t Billionaires Pay More Taxes?

Consider This, from NPR and WNYC, is the first podcast (ever!) to offer a mix of national and local news, every weekday at 5 PM. With NPR’s Audie Cornish and WNYC’s Rebeca Ibarra.Before the pandemic, Sergio Ajche could earn as much as $200 a day as a roofer. Now he mostly makes a living on his bicycle, working for tips through food delivery apps. On a good shift, Ajche said he can make $100, but other days he goes home with $5.Ajche and his wife aren’t able to file for state unemployment, and they weren’t eligible for the $1,200 stimulus checks or the $600 a week federal benefits.“We know...

October 29, 2020
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