Thousands gathered outside Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday, January 28, to protest a sweeping immigration ban signed the day before by President Donald… Read more “Outraged by Immigration Ban, Protestors Rally at JFK’s Terminal 4”
A new dancer has taken up residence at the New York City Ballet: a giant, bronze sculpture of a hippo in a tutu. The installation, which was built… Read more “New York City’s Newest Ballerina: A Bronze Hippo”
A new bill could make it easier to determine the cleanliness of food carts. Earlier this month, Queens City Councilmember Karen Koslowitz introduced a bill that would… Read more “Bill Would Require Food Carts to Post Letter Grades”
New York City’s 5-cent plastic bag fee may have been delayed by the State Senate. But that’s not stopping supporters of the fee from promoting it.… Read more “City Official Promotes Reusable Bags”
Hundreds of local youth engaged in tense, but sportsmanlike, chess battles at the New York Police Athletic League on Saturday, January 28th. The children hoped to take… Read more “City Youth Face off in Chess Tournament”
During a press conference on May 1, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Clear Channel billboards, which can collect data from mobile phones. Sen. Schumer nicknamed them “spying billboards” and said they could be infringing on people’s privacy.
“A person’s cell phone should not become a James Bond-like personal tracking device for a corporation to gather information about consumers without their consent,” he said.
A group of volunteers spent a Saturday morning picking up trash, plucking out weeds and pruning dead branches in Port Morris, an industrial neighborhood in the southwestern Bronx.
The workload was much heavier than they expected. “It’s pretty gross, pretty dirty,” said a volunteer after seeing small bits of trash scattered around a tree.
“For a long time, the Bronx has been neglected,” said Rosemarie Miner, the volunteer programs coordinator for the New York Restoration Project. “I think we need people to feel like their home is a sacred and valuable place. I hope the work we do can make them feel a little bit more at home.”
Donald Trump won not only the primary in New York, but also the button sales, according to “The Button Man,” 76-year-old Mort Berkowitz, who started making and selling political buttons in 1972. This is his 11th presidential election.
He said the hottest-selling button in this election season so far is “We Shall Overcomb!” with an image Trump’s hair going in many different directions. “Everybody loves it, even people who like Trump,” Berkowitz said. “If Trump and Hillary win the party’s nominations, it will absolutely help my sales. I can retire.”
Elmo, Ironman, the Naked Cowboy and the rest of the Disney gang may soon be restricted to designated zones after the City Council passed a bill that allows for creation of special areas for the animated characters and desnudas of Times Square.
Twenty-six-year-old Phil Krell is no stranger to being alone. For the past year, he has been hitchhiking and traveling to more than 30 states with his typewriter, surviving solely off writing poetry for people in the street.
“I sit out, people give me topics and I will write them poetries on the spot,” said Krell, a Florida native, braving the wind on a chilly Sunday afternoon at Washington Square Park in New York City. He had $20 in his pocket, “but I got a full subway card. That’s a big thing,” he said. “I am solid.” Krell believes hardships make him a better writer. “I want to experience the world, be able to see what life is like and put myself through hard times because that’s where you learn from quicker.”