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NYPD Boasts of Ticketing Street Vendors Months After Mayor Pledges to Stop Enforcement by Cops

NYPD Boasts of Ticketing Street Vendors Months After Mayor Pledges to Stop Enforcement by Cops

Filed under:Three months after Mayor Bill de Blasio that cops would stop ticketing street vendors, some are still getting hit with costly violations by police as they battle back from the pandemic shutdown.Case in point: NYPD officers issued tickets to two food sellers in Lower Manhattan Monday, in what cops promoted on social media as an to protect quality of life.Unlawful vending can adversely affect local businesses and quality of life. Community members alerted cops to quality of life concerns regarding illegal vending and your cops went to work addressing those concerns. We hear your...

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MTA’s Fare Evasion Math Was Off Track, Review Finds

MTA’s Fare Evasion Math Was Off Track, Review Finds

Filed under:The financially ailing MTA’s estimate that it loses more than a quarter of a billion dollars annually to fare evasion may be way off the mark, according to a new report.The report being released Thursday by the Office of the MTA Inspector General and obtained by THE CITY, contends the transit agency’s past practices for tracking how many subway and bus riders skipped paying were unreliable and plagued by sampling shortcomings.“The rates could have been on target or they could have been wrong,” said Elizabeth Keating, executive deputy inspector general. “There was just no way for...

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NYPD Boasts of Ticketing Street Vendors Months After Mayor Pledges to Stop Enforcement by Cops

NYPD Boasts of Ticketing Street Vendors Months After Mayor Pledges to Stop Enforcement by Cops

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MTA’s Fare Evasion Math Was Off Track, Review Finds

MTA’s Fare Evasion Math Was Off Track, Review Finds

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×The financially ailing MTA’s estimate that it loses more than a quarter of a billion dollars annually to fare evasion may be way off the mark, according to a new report.The report being...

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Sep 17
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NYPD Crime Response Time Still Lags Three Months Post-Protest

NYPD Crime Response Time Still Lags Three Months Post-Protest

Filed under:A review by THE CITY finds police take a full minute longer than a year ago to respond to shootings and other crisis incidents, while ambulances now arrive faster than before.NYPD response times to incidents remain snagged three months after protests against police spurred long delays — while other emergency responders are getting to the scene faster than before the coronavirus took hold.That’s the conclusion of THE CITY’s comparison of medical, fire and police response times so far in 2020, a year defined by sudden and intense demands on those rushing to incidents.Starting in...

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Sep 15
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WiFi Sign of the Times as New Yorkers Gather Outside Libraries for Free Internet

WiFi Sign of the Times as New Yorkers Gather Outside Libraries for Free Internet

Filed under:One New Yorker uses the free WiFi in front of libraries to research music. Another watches movies on Netflix as she charges her computer, while a man videochats with a friend on his laptop.Across the city, people without internet service at home or with limited service on their phones huddle in front of or near some of the city’s 207 branches for access at all hours.Government officials have long struggled to offer WiFi to an estimated who can’t afford private plans for a mobile hookup or home broadband. In February, the de Blasio administration announced an “” to expand...

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Sep 16
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What Do You Want to Ask the Mayoral Candidates? Here’s Your Chance

What Do You Want to Ask the Mayoral Candidates? Here’s Your Chance

Filed under:THE CITY will be meeting in the weeks ahead with the growing crop of 2021 City Hall hopefuls. Tell us what’s on your mind and what you want to know. Your responses will help us come up with some challenging questions.The most important election in a generation for New York City is coming up sooner than you might think.No, we don’t mean this Nov. 3 (though it’s an unquestionably crucial contest and rapidly approaching).The big day for New Yorkers is Nov. 2, 2021. That’s when we’ll pick a new mayor in an election cycle where every major municipal office will be up for grabs, with...

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Thousands of New York ‘Long Haulers’ Struggle with COVID-19 Months After Diagnosis

Thousands of New York ‘Long Haulers’ Struggle with COVID-19 Months After Diagnosis

Filed under:The illness was supposed to last for three weeks, doctors told her.But weeks four through six of COVID-19 were the worst for Holly MacDonald. Her low-grade fever morphed into an all-around fatigue. She began having trouble speaking.And when she stood up, her legs and feet turned purple.“I’d walk too far and then I’d need to be in bed for three days,” said MacDonald, who is 29 and lives in Crown Heights. She had to take administrative leave from her job at a nonprofit where she builds social-media campaigns.A month after getting sick in early March, MacDonald was back in the ER,...

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Sep 16
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These Restaurants Applied to Open During the Pandemic. Now They’re Hoping Indoor Dining’s Return Will Finally Boost Business

These Restaurants Applied to Open During the Pandemic. Now They’re Hoping Indoor Dining’s Return Will Finally Boost Business

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×Steven Cabrera’s dream of opening a restaurant got the official green light from the city in March, a week before all eateries were shut down, save for take-out and delivery, due to the...

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Reuven Blau
Sep 10
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What Rent Drop? Listed Prices Aren’t Budging Where COVID-19 Hit Hardest

What Rent Drop? Listed Prices Aren’t Budging Where COVID-19 Hit Hardest

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×In some parts of the city, rents have dropped since the COVID-19 crisis began. But for neighborhoods that felt the effects of the coronavirus most, listed prices have risen slightly,...

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Sep 10
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How Many 9/11 Survivors Have Died of COVID-19? At Least 42 — and Likely Many More

How Many 9/11 Survivors Have Died of COVID-19? At Least 42 — and Likely Many More

Michael Field arrived at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, shortly after the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers.The FDNY emergency medical technician wound up working at Ground Zero for nine months. He later suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and pulmonary issues — conditions that his wife, Stacey Field, attributed to his work digging through the rubble as the rescue operation quickly turned to a long-term recovery effort.“They were told everything was fine down there,” she told THE CITY.A week after the attack, then-federal Environmental Protection Agency boss Christine Todd...

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Ashley Rodriguez
Sep 11
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NYCHA Roof-Fan Stall Leaves Tenants Exposed to Mold and COVID

NYCHA Roof-Fan Stall Leaves Tenants Exposed to Mold and COVID

NYCHA’s longstanding plan to tackle mold infestations by bringing fresher air to thousands of poorly ventilated public housing apartments could also help tamp down a potential second wave of COVID-19.But there’s a big problem: A major roof-fan replacement project is way behind schedule — and an internal Department of Investigation examination has found the main vendor hired to do the job has a history of alleged safety and financial issues, THE CITY has learned.Housing Authority officials have promised to replace 10,000 roof fans by next June at hundreds of buildings where air circulation...

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Greg B. Smith
Aug 18
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The NYPD Is Withholding Evidence From Investigations Into Police Abuse

The NYPD Is Withholding Evidence From Investigations Into Police Abuse

This story is co-published with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that .ProPublica is working with , / and to report on how allegations of misconduct by law enforcement officers in New York are investigated and to examine and analyze police disciplinary records that have recently been made public.Last summer, New York City police officers drove by two friends sitting on a bench outside a Brooklyn school. The officers stopped, later telling investigators that they suspected the two — a 16-year-old and 21-year-old, both male and Black — of carrying marijuana. As the teenager ran, one of the...

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Eric Umansky
Aug 17
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State’s Growing Budget Hole Threatens NYC Jobs and Aid as Congress Takes a Holiday

State’s Growing Budget Hole Threatens NYC Jobs and Aid as Congress Takes a Holiday

Filed under:With Congress essentially gone until Labor Day and a dire fiscal update from Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are running out of time to deal with budget crises that just took another $1 billion hit.In the short term, the state is withholding 20% of city aid and de Blasio says up to 22,000 municipal layoffs loom. In the long term, the city and state face extended problems from the pandemic-created recession that require permanent reductions in spending, fiscal experts say.“Little to no progress is being made in closing the gaps,” said Maria Doulis, vice...

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Aug 17
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Chirlane McCray Nearly Doubled Her Official Staff Payroll With Undisclosed Taxpayer-Funded Hires

Chirlane McCray Nearly Doubled Her Official Staff Payroll With Undisclosed Taxpayer-Funded Hires

Filed under:The city’s First Lady officially has eight employees who support ThriveNYC and other projects. But at least 14 people on the government payroll work on her team, ahead of a potential Brooklyn borough president run.First Lady Chirlane McCray is employing a shadow staff of at least six full-time workers who don’t appear on her official roster — with their salaries paid by other city agencies or their roles obscured within the wider office of her husband, Mayor Bill de Blasio, government sources say and records show.McCray, who is mulling a run for Brooklyn borough president,...

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Aug 18
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New York Jobless Face New Woes With End of $600 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

New York Jobless Face New Woes With End of $600 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×Despite being laid off, Justin and Terina Sciarrotta have been able to pay the bills.Justin, a union stagehand at a studio producing big shows for a television network, and Terina, a...

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‘ShotSpotter’ Tested as Shootings and Fireworks Soar, While Civil Rights Questions Linger

‘ShotSpotter’ Tested as Shootings and Fireworks Soar, While Civil Rights Questions Linger

As summer begins, audio sensors placed around New York by ShotSpotter Inc. have a lot more to listen for — and account for.Shootings compared with the same period last year, NYPD statistics show.Meanwhile, fireworks, which can sometimes trigger the gunshot-detection technology, have been .Recent news reports show ShotSpotter alerts sending NYPD officers into confrontations — including the by police last month of a gunman in a Crown Heights housing project and a in Harlem, where cops were pelted with debris.The tech is about to come under more scrutiny, thanks to the known as the POST Act,...

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Jul 5
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Budget Cuts Make Rangers an Endangered Species in City Parks

Budget Cuts Make Rangers an Endangered Species in City Parks

Filed under:As calls to “defund the police” hit a fever pitch last month, the city’s Urban Park Rangers — unarmed peace officers who focus on education — suffered a far greater workforce cut than the NYPD.The de Blasio administration decided against bringing back 50 of the city’s 95 park rangers after their year-long stints ended on June 30.The belt-tightening move is expected to save an estimated $10 million in the city’s $88.2 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that began July 1, according to budget officials.“You couldn’t even call it a rounding error,” said former Parks...

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Jul 8
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Pandemic-Emptied Hotels Could Become Affordable Housing, City Officials Suggest

Pandemic-Emptied Hotels Could Become Affordable Housing, City Officials Suggest

Filed under:Potentially thousands of vacant hotel rooms are ripe for conversion into permanent residences, deputy mayor, housing groups and hotel owners agree.City officials are looking to capitalize on a distressed tourism industry by converting commercial hotels into affordable housing — including creating single room occupancy units known as SROs.The exploration of cheaper alternatives for affordable housing and supportive housing — offering health care and social services for people with mental illness or substance abuse disorders — comes as the city prompted by the coronavirus...

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Yoav Gonen
Jun 26
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Affordable Housing Lottery Odds Worst for Those Who Can Afford the Least

Affordable Housing Lottery Odds Worst for Those Who Can Afford the Least

The city’s housing agency this month its online application system to make seeking an affordable apartment easier — but the odds to get a lease remain worst for those with the least.A of more than 18 million applications to the NYC Housing Connect system between January 2014 and March 2019 shows that for every one of the 21,382 new apartments built as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York plan, 314 eligible applications poured in.The lower the rent — and the lower the income of the household applying — the more people applied per apartment.Related“It’s frustrating,” said Grisel...

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Jun 29
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Search the Names of New Yorkers We've Lost to COVID-19

Search the Names of New Yorkers We've Lost to COVID-19

Read the stories of some who died from the coronavirus — and help THE CITY tell the stories of thousands more.THE CITY, Columbia Journalism School and the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNYThe coronavirus has killed more than 22,000 New Yorkers so far. But their loss is incalculable. This is a space to remember and honor every person who died — who they were and what they meant to thiscity.Below are the New Yorkers whose stories we’ve found so far (you can view our  below). This memorial has 1,074 of the 22,470 confirmed and probable deaths. That’s 4.8%.We have a long way...

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Jun 29
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Top NYPD Curfew Cop Faulted for Mass Arrest Tactics During 2004 GOP Convention

Top NYPD Curfew Cop Faulted for Mass Arrest Tactics During 2004 GOP Convention

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Top NYPD Curfew Cop Faulted for Mass Arrest Tactics During 2004 GOP Convention

Top NYPD Curfew Cop Faulted for Mass Arrest Tactics During 2004 GOP Convention

Filed under:The top NYPD cop who oversaw mass arrests in The Bronx on Thursday, which started with officers beating protesters with batons, was cited by the Civilian Complaint Review Board for heavy-handed tactics in a mass arrest during the 2004 GOP convention.Then-Deputy Chief Terence Monahan was in charge on Aug. 31, 2004, when demonstrators were rounded up in Lower Manhattan — even after they’d been told they could march, an examination by THE CITY found.Monahan, now the NYPD’s chief of department, initiated the arrests after deciding demonstrators weren’t properly following police...

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NYPD Shut Off George Floyd Protesters From Legal Help, Attorneys Charge

NYPD Shut Off George Floyd Protesters From Legal Help, Attorneys Charge

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PHOTOS: Bellevue Workers Kneel for Nearly Nine Minutes in Tribute to George Floyd

PHOTOS: Bellevue Workers Kneel for Nearly Nine Minutes in Tribute to George Floyd

Wearing their scrubs and protective masks, hundreds of Bellevue Hospital workers knelt in silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds in honor of George Floyd on Thursday afternoon.That time span is how long a white Minneapolis cop knelt on the 46-year-old black man’s neck on May 25, killing him — and sparking police-brutality protests around the nation and world.Workers at the city-run hospital also chanted, “Black lives matter,” and spoke about the effects of inequality on the communities they serve.Hundreds of Bellevue workers rallied outside the hospital today in solidarity with those...

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