Bill de Blasio

Bronx, Policy

Photo by Dan DeLuca on Flickr

The Trump Organization on Monday sued New York City, claiming the cancelation of its Bronx golf course contract earlier this year was politically motivated. In January, just days after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to terminate several agreements with former President Donald Trump’s company, including the contract for Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point. As first reported by ABC News, the lawsuit argues the mayor had a “pre-existing, politically-based predisposition to terminate Trump-related contracts, and the city used the events of January 6, 2021 as a pretext to do so.”

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City Living, Events, Policy

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In April 2020, when New York City was truly the world epicenter for the coronavirus, Mayor de Blasio said that the city would hold a ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes for health care workers, first responders, and essential workers as soon as things reopened. Fast forward 14 months, and this morning the mayor announced that the Hometown Heroes Parade will take place on Wednesday, July 7.

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Museums, Policy

New York City looks to create a museum of nightlife

By Devin Gannon, Fri, June 11, 2021

Photo by Alexander Popov on Unsplash

Although nightlife has long been an integral part of New York City’s culture, there is no organization dedicated to memorializing it. That could soon change. As first reported by the Wall Street Journal, city officials are calling for a new museum that celebrates the history of New York’s late-night culture and the movements born from it.

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City Living, Events

Photo by Ralph_PH on Flickr

June is turning out to be a good month in New York City for rock ‘n’ roll. In the coming days, Bruce Springsteen will return to Broadway, the Foo Fighters will perform at Madison Square Garden, and The Strokes are taking on Irving Plaza. All performances will be at 100 percent capacity and for fully vaccinated fans only.

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City Living, Events

Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on September 23, 2017.Photo by Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office on Flickr

The city will host a massive concert with multiple “all-star” performers this summer as a way to celebrate New York’s comeback following the pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday. The mayor said he is working with music producer and Brooklyn native Clive Davis to put on the show, which could include performances from eight major musicians for an in-person crowd of 60,000 people, according to the New York Times.

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Policy

Photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

New York City will open coronavirus vaccination sites at certain public schools as part of a pilot program aimed at increasing the number of young people who are vaccinated. The program will start at four schools in the Bronx on Friday with one school added each in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week. In the next few weeks, the city expects to expand the program.

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Policy

Rockaway Beach. Photo by Malaya Sadler on Unsplash

Just as it does every year, Memorial Day weekend will officially kick off beach season in New York City. But this year, New Yorkers will be able to enjoy the sun and get a Covid-19 vaccine. Mayor de Blasio announced today that starting this weekend, the city’s mobile vaccine buses will be stationed at Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Orchard Beach, and the Rockaways.

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Policy

Photo courtesy of Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office on Flickr

New York City public schools will not offer a remote option for students next school year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday. Starting on the first day of school on September 13, all students and school staff will return to the buildings full-time. “This is going to be crucial for families,” de Blasio said during a press briefing. “So many parents are relieved, I know.”

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Policy

Photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office on Flickr

With approval from an advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday, the Pfizer vaccine is now available for children ages 12 to 15. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has authorized all New York providers to open eligibility for the vaccine to this age group. In New York City, there are over 200 sites offering Pfizer, the only vaccine approved for those aged 12 to 17, including at dozens of pharmacies across the five boroughs and some state-run sites.

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City Living, Policy

Photo courtesy of the Belmont Business Improvement District

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced plans to reimagine New York City streets once again with “Open Boulevards,” an expansion of the popular Open Streets and Open Restaurants programs that launched at the start of the pandemic. The mayor said the initiative “supercharges” the existing program with “multiple blocks in a row filled with restaurants, performances, and community activities.” The Open Boulevards announcement continues City Hall’s “Streets Week!,” which so far has included new plans to lower speed limits and add protected bike lanes.

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