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Less than two weeks after shuttering schools due to rising coronavirus rates, Mayor de Blasio says they'll reopen for 3-K and elementary students next Monday, and for District 75 students next Thursday. But there's no plan yet in place to bring back middle and high school students. Read more on Gothamist.…
 
We asked Macy’s if we could talk to their famous Santa about what it's like to interact with eager children in the age of Covid. The company replied by email: “Santa is gearing up for the holiday season ahead and is not available for interviews." So we said to ourselves, "Fine! We'll talk to Rory Scholl instead — he's been a Santa in New York for 1…
 
Turkey, sweet potatoes, corn bread—chances are that's not what the Pilgrims ate on the first Thanksgiving. Nor did they exactly "invite" their Native American counterparts to partake in the feast. Nor was it even really a "thanksgiving." Instead, that 1621 meeting between Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe came about as a misunderstanding. After thei…
 
Stuyvesant, Nostrand, Bergen, Van Cortlandt. Many of NYC's streets and neighborhoods were named for wealthy residents of the 17th, 18th and 19th century. But many of these people made their money in the slave trade. Now a new effort aims to increase awareness of the origins of that wealth. Reporter Bethel Habte profiled the project, called Slavers …
 
Democratic officials in Hudson County, NJ, voted Tuesday night to continue to jail immigrants for the federal government, reversing a 2018 plan to phase out the contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and rejecting 10 hours of heated and universal opposition from residents. More than 150 people dialed into a marathon virtual meeting to sp…
 
New York continues to reflect upon the life and legacy of Mayor David Dinkins, the city's first and only African American mayor who has died at 93. A trailblazer, Dinkins faced ongoing and some say unfair scrutiny. WNYC's City Hall and Politics reporter Brigid Bergin reports on the ways in which Mayor Dinkins and his administration faced a series o…
 
Government officials and health experts are warning people to stay home this Thanksgiving holiday and avoid large family gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Yet hundreds of thousands are expected to travel in our region. New York state has a tough quarantine policy for anyone arriving from outside the region but the enforcement has bee…
 
The family of a man who was shot and killed by police last year is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the city. WNYC's Yasmeen Khan reports the lawsuit claims officers made an illegal stop, then "recklessly" fired their weapons — killing both Antonio Williams and a fellow officer, Brian Mulkeen.…
 
Workers at Newark Liberty International Airport are urging New Jersey lawmakers to pass a bill that will provide a benefits supplement that would help them afford health insurance. The baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and wheelchair attendants at Newark airport are low wage sub-contractors, and many of them can't afford the health plan offered by t…
 
Legal Aid says children who live in shelters haven’t been able to participate in remote learning since the pandemic started due to lack of WiFi. The non-profit is demanding the de Blasio administration install WiFi in shelters that serve homeless families with children by early January. That’s much earlier than the deadline the city has committed t…
 
The saw-whet owl smuggled into Manhattan in the boughs of the Rockefeller Christmas tree made big news after it was discovered by a worker. But, incredibly, it WASN'T THE FIRST TIME wildlife had made the trip to the city wrapped in a tree bound for the plaza. Adorable, Ominous Owl Found Tucked Into Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree https://t.co/ly5…
 
While New York City public schools have gone fully remote after the city hit a three percent COVID-19 positivity rate, some suburban school districts in our area are moving to more in-person instruction. The South Huntington school district in Suffolk County transitioned kindergarten and third grade students to full in-person learning last week, an…
 
The pandemic has upended school for more than one million New York City public school students, their families and their educators. The city's rising COVID-19 positivity rate has forced schools to go all-remote for the second time this year, with students learning through devices or in some cases, worksheets. Justin Reich is the director of the Tea…
 
Mayor Bill de Blasio's commissioner for transportation Polly Trottenberg has resigned. When Trottenberg started in 2014, she took on the ambitious goal of eliminating traffic fatalities in ten years, the Vision Zero plan. She got speed cameras installed outside schools across the city, dropped the speed limit to 25 miles per hour, and installed nea…
 
The New Jersey Apportionment commission meets every ten years to draw a new map utilizing data from the U.S. Census. It’s made up of 10 appointees -- five Democrats and five Republicans. This time around, all of them have direct ties to the most influential party machines in the state. "There's no ordinary voter in this state that would look at who…
 
Democratic officials in Hudson County, NJ, are poised to reverse their 2018 decision to stop detaining immigrants at the county jail, and are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a new contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Under public pressure, Hudson County freeholders and Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, all Democrats, decided two years …
 
Nine immigrants detained for months or years at the Bergen County Jail in New Jersey are entering their tenth day on a hunger strike on Monday, demanding release so they can challenge their deportation cases from the outside. One detainee told WNYC he is even asking to be deported, saying he is that desperate to be freed. Detainees are concerned ab…
 
Dr. Laura Iavicoli, the public hospital system’s senior executive for emergency preparedness and an Emergency Room physician at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, said hospitals are going from “busier than normal” to “a little stretched.” In recent days, Bellevue in Manhattan and Jacobi in the Bronx have had to transfer ICU patients to other public hospi…
 
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