April 17, 2017

City’s PoetweetNYC poetry contest begins today

This one is for the subway writers. The city’s annual PoetweetNYC Twitter poetry contest, celebrating National Poetry Month, is open for submissions today at 9 a.m. through April 27 at 5 p.m. Contest winners and their poems, selected by mayoral first lady Chirlane McCray and a panel of four other judges, will appear here in […]

April 14, 2017

Black and white photos of Passover in Coney Island

Hasidic Jews took to Coney Island beach and amusement park for part of the Passover holiday, which extends from April 10 to 18. The warm weather brought out many families with schools being closed and adults taking off from work for the religious observance. Coney Island has two amusement parks—Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel […]

April 13, 2017

Groups criticize New York’s free college tuition program

On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship, a first-in-the-nation program that provides free tuition to full-time college students whose families earn up to $125,000 a year, passed the state budget vote and will be phased in as early as fall of 2017. Although Cuomo had originally tried to include undocumented immigrants in the legislation, the […]

April 5, 2017

Soho ‘gallery’ showcases cats and dogs up for adoption

“Admit it you want to pet me” reads a sign hanging above a rather luxurious-looking cat-lounge. “I leap tall buildings in a single bound,” adorns a topmost cubby, garnished with a black and white cat.  If you want to kick it with some Instagram-worthy cuties this weekend, go no further than Manhattan’s new Pet Adoption […]

April 4, 2017

Map reveals most lead contaminated water fountains at NYC schools

Initial results from new testing for lead in New York City school water show potentially toxic contamination at dozens of schools. However, city officials insist that all unsafe water is taken off-line. As a response to the water crises in Flint, Michigan, and Newark, New Jersey, the city announced in December that it would test and continue […]

April 3, 2017

De Blasio announces Rikers Island will close

The Rikers Island jail complex will be closed, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday afternoon. “New York City has always been better than Rikers Island. I am proud to chart a course for our city that lives up to this reality,” de Blasio said. “Our success in reducing crime and reforming our […]

March 28, 2017

‘Fearless Girl’ statue will remain on Wall Street for another year, but officials say that’s not enough

The drumbeat for making the statue of Fearless Girl a permanent fixture in Lower Manhattan continues. Over the weekend, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the bronze statue of the little girl staring down the Wall Street bull, which had been installed to celebrate International Women’s Day, will remain through February 2018. But that hasn’t satisfied several […]

March 27, 2017

Petition started to force Melania Trump out of NYC

Fed up with the price of protecting the first lady in her ritzy Manhattan high-rise, taxpayers are urging members of the Senate to force Melania Trump to relocate. Security for Trump and 10-year-old Barron, who currently reside in the president’s Trump Tower, costs an average about   $136,000 daily, according to the NYPD. By June—when mother […]

March 22, 2017

Law assigning hundreds of NYC spots to car-shares now in effect

Signed into law Tuesday, the program dedicates 600 vehicle spaces—300 on-street and 300 off-street—throughout the five boroughs to companies such as ZipCar, Car2Go and Hertz. It is intended to encourage car-sharing in order to reduce the number of privately-owned vehicles in the city, thereby easing pollution and traffic. MORE AT METRO NY…

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March 17, 2017

NYC’s 5 most popular Irish bars for St. Paddy’s Day libations

We all have our favorite neighborhood bars, after-work bars and fancy bars. But when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, it’s all about finding a proper Irish bar and the right crowd to celebrate with. Ride-sharing company Lyft just released their driver data (based on pick-ups and drop-offs) on where the action is on St. […]

March 15, 2017

Grab $12 brunch and more deals during Dine in Brooklyn 2017

Brooklyn’s own restaurant week is back to help you make budget-friendly discoveries of new hidden gems or try a popular hotspot. Dine in Brooklyn returns Monday, March 20, through Thursday, March 30, with three ways to save on meals. Take a leisurely two-course lunch that’ll set you back just $15, or seem like a high roller […]

March 14, 2017

Foreclosure prevention programs face budget crisis

Leon Keith nearly lost his three-family home in the Bronx in 2012, after becoming ensnared in a high-profile Ponzi scheme. He credits the foreclosure prevention services operated by the Legal Aid Society helping him in court and in obtaining a loan modification that enabled him to pay his mortgage. “They [Legal Aid] stuck to a […]

March 13, 2017

New-York Historical Society’s ‘Saving Washington’ highlights how women help build the United States

Think you could’ve helped unite the United States? You can try your hand at informal diplomacy by taking a seat at first lady Dolley Madison’s dinner table — which has gotten some 21st-century updates. The interactive table is the showpiece of Saving Washington, the inaugural exhibit of the New-York Historical Society’s upcoming Center for Women’s […]

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