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On the rocky banks of Newtown Creek on Thursday, local environmental activists hauled out five large black contractor bags worth of trash – a shoe, beer cans, masks and lots of plastic. They didn’t gather in Maspeth to remedy a superfund site soiled with decades worth of dumping, but rather to call upon Gov. Kathy Hochul to put pressure on the New …
 
The former Alaska governor returned to Elio's restaurant Wednesday night and dined outdoors just days after it was revealed she tested positive for COVID-19. Gothamist's Jake Offenhartz spoke with host David Furst about spotting Palin on the Upper East Side.WNYC Radio
 
Mayor Adams has been granted a waiver to hire his brother to a top security post. But WNYC's Brigid Bergin reports, City Hall agreed to a set of strict guidelines to avoid violating anti-nepotism laws. Read more on Gothamist.com.WNYC Radio
 
Last Friday evening, a small crowd of people began assembling on a street corner in the Bedford Park section of the Bronx. Shivering passersby stopped in their tracks to watch the crush of TV cameras that had descended upon the working-class neighborhood, Standing with their heads bowed next to brightly-lit deli, they were holding a vigil for a bab…
 
New York state officials are expressing alarm after a new report uncovered the head of the consulting firm running New York's troubled emergency rental assistance program boasting about profits. The Washington Post reports the CEO of Guidehouse, Scott McIntyre, told employees in November that the company had made 38% margins on its contract with th…
 
More details are emerging this week in the New Jersey case of a political operative who hired two hit men to kill an associate, and then paid the men at a diner. Sean Caddle, 44, of Hamburg, N.J., pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire. He was allowed to remain at home on $1 million bail. The…
 
New York City has released its final count of traffic fatalities from last year, the deadliest one since 2013, with 273 people killed by vehicles. The city can use the data to pinpoint and prioritize the most dangerous neighborhoods. District 31 in Queens, which includes Far Rockaway, Arverne and Edgemere topped the list last year with 11 deaths. O…
 
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has announced new plans to fight gun violence. The announcement follows a series of high profile incidents, including the fatal shooting of two NYPD officers. Adams says he's putting more officers on patrol in high-crime neighborhoods, and hiring more so-called violence interruptors to mediate conflicts. But some crit…
 
COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in New Jersey are dropping, as the state's omicron surge shows signs of receding. State officials said Monday infections and hospitalizations likely peaked there earlier this month. About two weeks ago, new COVID cases in New Jersey hit an all-time high. Since then, cases have decreased by more two-thirds. Hospit…
 
Violence rocked the New York City Police Department Friday night after two police officers were shot while responding to a domestic violence call in Harlem. The gunfire killed 22 year-old officer Jason Rivera, and Officer Wilbert Mora remains hospitalized in critical condition. These were the third and fourth NYPD officers shot just last week after…
 
Fifteen people held at the Rikers Island died in 2021. It was an especially deadly year for the jail complex, where the vast majority of people are awaiting trial. Those who died were all Black or Latino men, ranging in age from 24 to 64. Violence, medical neglect, and overdoses drove the majority of the fatalities. Reporters Bliss Broyard and Lisa…
 
Lots of restaurants offer a 'soup and a sandwich' combo lunch special. But why bother with TWO food items when it can be brought together as one? Now, R&D Foods in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn has done just that. Scott Lynch, who writes about food for Gothamist, joins Weekend Edition host David Furst for a review of the 'Chicken Soup Sandwich.'…
 
With the Jets and Giants out of the picture, the Buffalo Bills are the only hope for a New York team to advance in the NFL playoffs. Besides, those two other teams play in New Jersey. So let's get real: Buffalo is home to the state's only NFL franchise. The Bills will take on the Kansas City Chiefs at 6:30 p.m. Sunday for the right to advance to th…
 
Kathy Hochul cemented her status as the frontrunner in her bid for a full, four-year term as New York governor with a potent one-two punch this week. First came the poll. Siena College found her with a more-than-30-point lead in a Democratic primary amongst her various rivals, and that was before former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided ag…
 
The call comes in at 4 am. Some waterfowl are in trouble out in the lake at Prospect Park, their webbed feet stuck frozen to the ice coating the water. In the predawn darkness, our hero slips out of bed and races to the park, where she carefully slides across the dangerous ice to save the creatures. That rescuer is Marty Woess, Wildlife and Aquatic…
 
Former President Donald Trump is the target of at least three separate investigations that are in the news this week. One in Congress, one being conducted by the New York State Attorney General, and one from the Manhattan District Attorney. Reporter Ilya Marritz, who covers Trump legal matters for NPR, spoke with WNYC Consider This host Jennifer Va…
 
Asian New Yorkers are experiencing a surge in political power, but at a legislative agenda breakfast meeting Thursday the epidemic of anti-Asian harassment and violence overshadowed the political gains. Rep. Grace Meng [D-Queens] highlighted Saturday’s fatal attack on Michelle Go, an Asian American woman killed after being pushed onto subway tracks…
 
A piece of New York City transit history has been sold at auction: the iconic Staten Island ferry named for John F. Kennedy. It spent decades shuttling countless people back and forth across New York Harbor before it was retired last year. Acting Senior Port Captain Kenneth Meurer is one of the people who once captained the ferryboat. He spoke abou…
 
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg took the oath of office almost three weeks ago. Bragg campaigned on a platform of criminal justice reform and reducing the number of people sent to prisons and jails. But his early efforts have faced pushback from police unions, politicians and Mayor Adam’s newly-appointed NYPD Commissioner. And Bragg may soo…
 
Most of the $40 million dollars New Jersey set aside to help immigrants and workers excluded from pandemic relief funds will be re-allocated for other state expenses. Officials say they didn't get enough applications before the federal dollars had to be spent. WNYC's Karen Yi spoke with Morning Edition host Michael Hill. For more on the story visit…
 
Gov. Phil Murphy was sworn in for his second term Tuesday, after becoming the first Democratic governor to win reelection in New Jersey in 44 years. In his speech, Murphy promised to lower property taxes, reduce health care costs and make college more affordable. “I’m not going to be satisfied with just slowing property tax growth,” he said. “I wan…
 
New York City Mayor Eric Adams is facing controversy after tapping his brother, Bernard Adams as head of his NYPD security detail. Last week, the mayor made clear he would defer to guidance from a small city agency tasked with holding the conduct of public servants to the highest ethical standards: the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board. WNY…
 
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