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An affordable housing co-op in West Harlem is weighing their options — change over to electric heat pumps, install rooftop solar or both. It’s an energy decision they must make in the next couple of years when their boiler that runs on fuel oil #2 needs to be replaced, as new climate laws take effect. For these homeowners, who are all low-to-middle…
 
It’s impossible to keep up with everything happening in New York City arts and culture, but here are a few recommendations for events you shouldn’t miss: 1. "By Land, Air, Home, and Sea: The World of Frank Walter" This show was assembled for the David Zwirner Gallery by Hilton Als, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic for The New Yorker. Walt…
 
The phone has been ringing nonstop at John Deloca’s shooting range since the moment the Supreme Court ruling was announced. Deloca, who owns the Seneca Sporting Range in Ridgewood, Queens, teaches classes that help people get New York City gun licenses and permits. The ruling may mean that New York concealed carry permits – until now granted only t…
 
Natelegé Whaley and Naima Moore Turner started organizing double Dutch outings not just for nostalgic fun, but also to create space for Black people in a rapidly gentrifying borough. The founders of Brooklyn Recess round up eager participants from throughout the city for their jump-rope outings in Brooklyn parks, and sometimes at public events wher…
 
The Supreme Court's ruling Thursday to strike down a century-old law in New York limiting the ability to carry a gun in public has faced immediate condemnation from elected officials. In New York, Governor Kathy Hochul called the decision "reckless and reprehensible," and Mayor Eric Adams said the decision "has made every single one of us less safe…
 
New York parents seeking the COVID-19 vaccine for their infants and toddlers have had little luck so far. Despite the federal government authorizing the vaccines for children ages 6 months to 5 years old over the weekend, supplies of the Pfizer and Moderna shots have yet to be delivered, according to interviews with a half dozen pediatricians, phar…
 
What’s better than spending a lazy summer afternoon strolling in the park or cooling off at the beach? How about bringing along a New York City shelter dog! WNYC’s Amy Pearl tried out the Borough Break program at Animal Care Centers of NYC. Meet Victory! Victory at the Staten Island shore on her day away from the shelter(Amy Pearl/WNYC)Victory the …
 
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide a dispute between New York and New Jersey over the future of a port watchdog agency that was created 70 years ago to combat organized crime. On Tuesday, the court granted both states’ joint motion to decide whether New Jersey can withdraw from the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, a watchdog agency establi…
 
Corrections officers at the Rikers Island jail complex would be barred from holding incarcerated people alone in cells for extended periods of time under legislation that Public Advocate Jumaane Williams plans to unveil today. The draft legislation, shared first with Gothamist, would allow officers to put people in solitary confinement only for a f…
 
Fifty years ago, five burglars were arrested inside the Democratic National Committee Headquarters at the Watergate hotel in the early hours of June 17th, 1972. The ensuing investigation exposed a trail of abuses leading to President Richard Nixon himself. Former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman was a freshman Representative at the time, and quickl…
 
The Harlem Chamber Players swell to orchestral proportions to revive "The Ordering of Moses," a biblical oratorio composed by Harlem Renaissance artist R. Nathaniel Dett, at Riverside Church in advance of Juneteenth weekend. The piece premiered on NBC Radio in 1937, but was cut short before the performance had concluded. Conductor Damien Sneed says…
 
For political clubs, endorsing candidates ahead of elections is the moment many have been waiting for: a time to flex their influence. And shortly after the race in the newly drawn 10th Congressional District took shape, members of the Downtown Independent Democrats and four other clubs wasted little time in scheduling a public forum for candidates…
 
New Jersey has over 100 toxic Superfund sites -- more than any other state in the U.S. And with the worsening climate crisis, time could be running out to clean up these polluted industrial wastelands. NJ Spotlight News has launched a new podcast that documents all of the ways extreme weather is threatening Superfund sites across the Garden State. …
 
A lawsuit filed by one of the victims in the Sunset Park subway shooting could be a test case for a new state law that intends to make it easier to take gun companies to court in New York.Ilene Steur, 49, has sued Glock, which manufactured the 9-mm pistol that a man allegedly used to shoot her and nine other commuters on a crowded subway train in A…
 
A New Jersey program that incentivizes unemployed people to return to work has only distributed a small fraction of its $10 million budget since it launched in late September, records obtained by Gothamist show. The Return and Earn program was announced when the state’s unemployment rate remained alarmingly high at 7.1%. At the time, Gov. Phil Murp…
 
"Quince," a new play being staged at the Bushwick Starr, tells the story of a 15-year-old Chicana confronting her queer identity on the eve of her quinceañera. The staging is so immersive that audience members might feel as though they're distant relatives. Co-produced with One Whale's Tale, the play runs through June 26th in Bushwick, and an adapt…
 
This summer, New York City residents will have a chance to offer feedback on how to update the City Council's legislative boundaries. And the commission tasked with finalizing those maps assures residents that the process won't be anything like the state's chaotic version. We're talking, of course, about redistricting, which happens every 10 years …
 
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has pushed city agencies to clear homeless encampments from streets and subways. He’s said repeatedly it’s about ‘dignity’ and getting homeless people into stable housing. But new data obtained by WNYC from the city’s sanitation department raises questions about the efficacy of those plans. Read the full story on Goth…
 
The law permits police, school officials, family members, and others to request a court order allowing authorities to seize weapons from someone threatening violence. In response to recent mass shootings, a new Executive Order expands the list of those who can file orders, and mandates that state police do so if they see a threat. WNYC's Morning Ed…
 
It's been a pivotal year at the John Jay Educational Campus. Life inside this hulking red-brick building in Park Slope, Brooklyn is like a thumbnail sketch of New York City's largely segregated school system as a whole. Each of its four floors houses a different high school. Millennium Brooklyn, one of the city’s selective schools, has many more wh…
 
"Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars," newly opened at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, includes everything from previously uncirculated demos to personal and professional ephemera. The exhibition is open to the public through March 4, 2023.WNYC Radio
 
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