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Former Mayor Bill de Blasio officially announced Friday that he will run for U.S. Congress, entering what is expected to be a crowded field of Democratic contenders for a newly carved out 10th district — stretching from Lower Manhattan to the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Borough Park and Park Slope. “People are hurting, they need help, they need help …
 
Less than a year ago, Gregory Mingo was serving out a double life sentence that began with his incarceration in 1981 and was set to end in 2031. But now, at the age of 69, Mingo is a free man, and looking to shape criminal justice policy in New York. WNYC’s Arun Venugopal has more on his new life as an activist, and the obstacles to change.…
 
In the valley below Times Square's electrified billboards and skyscrapers stands a 30-foot tall inflatable sculpture: a horror comedy mashup of a child’s bouncy castle and a nuclear mushroom cloud. At the very top are big black letters that demand “Zero Nukes” in the eight languages of the countries thought to possess nuclear weapons: English, Russ…
 
New York City’s risk level for COVID-19 upgraded from medium to high on Tuesday, according to a bulletin from the city’s Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan. The announcement came a day after Vasan issued a new advisory about the spread of the coronavirus, which has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 New Yorkers since the pandemic emerged in ea…
 
A 31-year-old woman incarcerated at Rikers Island died Wednesday, officials said. She was the 21st person to die in city custody since the beginning of last year. The cause of Mary Yehudah’s death is under investigation, according to the Department of Correction. She was pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital. The Daily News reported that Yehudah suf…
 
Kevin Noel spends his days selling electric bikes and scooters — and helping clients whose vehicles are misbehaving. He’s never had a problem with his own ride, a blue-and-white e-bike decorated with stickers, but he has heard the stories about electric-bike fires and seen his fair share of fried batteries. “I charge it inside my house,” Noel, who …
 
Just below the World Trade Center and Liberty Park in Lower Manhattan, you’ll find Washington Street, a stretch of four relatively nondescript blocks – there’s a hotel, a Starbucks, a burger place. But from around 1880 to 1940, this street was the hub of a thriving neighborhood called Little Syria. And that neighborhood gives its name to a new show…
 
A New Jersey State Police sergeant won’t face criminal charges after he fatally shot and killed a Black man on the Garden State Parkway two years ago. The state Attorney General’s Office said a state grand jury declined to charge Sgt. Randall Wetzel in the shooting death of 28-year-old Maurice Gordon. He died two days before George Floyd was killed…
 
New York City Mayor Eric Adams hopped on an Amtrak train and headed north Tuesday – all in a last-minute attempt to convince Albany lawmakers to support the city’s agenda before they end their annual session in two weeks. Adams, a Democrat, worked the halls of the Legislative Office Building in Albany, darting from meeting to meeting with rank-and-…
 
New York voters and candidates have a busy summer in store for them, with not just one but two primary dates. This is all the result of the redistricting process in which a Steuben County judge ruled the initially drawn maps were unconstitutional. WNYC's Jon Campbell and Brigid Bergin explain. Read more about the redistricting process and how this …
 
Once again WNYC's Culture and Arts Editor Steve Smith joins David Furst for our weekend arts planner. This week, it's a mix of new visual art and new music.1. Lauren Halsey's first solo exhibition in New York David Kordansky opened his first gallery in Los Angeles’s Chinatown in 2003, and rapidly developed a reputation for showcasing the city's mos…
 
Nestled inside Stokes State Forest in New Jersey, about a half-dozen children are setting up insect traps, using vanilla cookies and tuna to see what six-legged creatures they snag. “Doing science is very easy, you can just go to the dollar store like I did,” Denise Manole, 24, said as she led a class on identifying insects on a spring morning. “It…
 
New York was trying to send a message. The state permitted marijuana possession last year, but recreational sales of the drug remain illegal until regulators can set up business licenses. This process has been slow — with the first legal sales still months away. But recreational dispensaries didn’t want to wait and began “gifting” their customers w…
 
Next fall, educators will screen all public students for dyslexia. In a pilot program, teachers at 160 schools will get special training on how to support students with reading difficulties. And two public schools will launch dyslexia-specific programs. The goal is to have one in every borough by 2023.…
 
Opening a black shell case to display his wares on an early May afternoon, a marijuana dealer in Brooklyn began pulling out a wide variety of edibles that were nestled among vape pens and jars of flower. Some products were obviously homemade — but with packaging that appropriated popular brand names. Round, multi-colored “Skittles” gummies came in …
 
An independent oversight board for the Rikers Island jail complex issued a damning report on Monday that found three inmates died this year after they fell ill and correction officers failed to render aid. One man was sick for days, vomiting and defecating on himself, but correction officers didn’t bring him to nine scheduled medical appointments, …
 
New York will direct $35 million to health care providers in an effort to expand access to abortion procedures and bolster security at clinics, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday. Hochul, the first woman to serve as governor, said the state will create a dedicated Abortion Provider Support Fund in the wake of the leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft op…
 
In the wake of last week’s leaked Supreme Court draft opinion overturning the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy, the country has been thinking about, and planning for life in America if and when Roe is overturned, and considering the vast inequities that will exist between women who have access to legal and safe abortion, and those who …
 
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