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Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season and ignites the pressure we sometimes feel to rush out there to take advantage of everything the region has to offer during the warmer months. But WNYC is here to help. Our news site Gothamist is out with an extensive list of fun and affordable summer activities in the region. And…
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The city is considering buying homes from residents of a small flood-prone section of Flushing, potentially presenting homeowners with the tough choice of selling and relocating or putting their faith in a series of projects aimed at reducing the chronic risk from storms. The voluntary buyout strategy, supported by local elected officials and debat…
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Nassau County and its police department were held in contempt of court this month for ignoring an order from a panel of appellate judges to hand over a document it has spent four years and $100,000 in taxpayer funds to keep secret.The closely guarded document? The police department’s phone directory.…
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The owners of 64 New York City office buildings are interested in converting their properties into housing, according to new data from the Department of City Planning. City Planning Director Dan Garodnick said the owners or their representatives each contacted the city’s Office Conversion Accelerator Program, which is supposed to serve as a one-sto…
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The inquiry's wide scope has some faculty questioning whether silencing dissent at the university — particularly that of pro-Palestinian voices — was its real objective. At the same time, critics — including elected officials and Jewish organizations — have long maintained that the school was a hotbed for antisemitism and said the inquiry was overd…
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José Colón has watched many people die behind bars. The 42-year-old is serving a sentence of 30 years to life at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, and has spent the last few years caring for other incarcerated men who are sick and dying. As Colón ages and his own health deteriorates, he is seeing firsthand why he doesn’t want to become one of them. …
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The trial of a former president taking place in New York City. And a courtroom drama happening a block away is also getting a lot of attention. That would be the trial of New Jersey Senator Bob Menenez, who is charged with bribery and corruption along with his wife and two businessmen. WNYC's Nancy Solomon spent much of the week in the courtroom. S…
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A crazy month in New York City sports continues. In playoff basketball, The Knicks come home to Madison Square Garden for a winner-take-all game 7 against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semi finals. Meanwhile, in hockey, the Rangers are on their way to the Eastern Conference Finals in the NHL playoffs. This weekend, sports journalist …
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A state initiative aimed at helping homeless New Yorkers living on the streets and subways has placed more than 450 individuals in long-term or permanent housing in two years, new data from the governor’s office shows. Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Safe Options Support program deploys trained social workers, clinicians, nurses, case managers and people who h…
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School districts across our region and the country continue to look for strategies to address learning loss from the COVID-19 pandemic. But Union City School District, home to some of New Jersey's lowest-income students, is meeting academic goals without a lot of state assistance. Silvia Abbato, superintendent of Union City District schools, and Ma…
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Queens has one of the largest Guyanese populations in the United States, and I've been eager to try the restaurants in the neighborhoods of Richmond Hill and Ozone Park, which make up Little Guyana. Rich curries, fresh seafood, root vegetables and fruits can be found in many of the country’s most iconic dishes. Metemgee (a vegetable and dumpling st…
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Officials in Newark are bringing back a dormant curfew. Starting May 3, the city mandated that people younger than 18 be accompanied by an adult if out after 11 p.m., with only a few exceptions. After curfew, kids and teenagers can be stopped by police, who will call in a trained social worker and try to contact their parents. City officials have f…
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Many psychiatric patients at New York City’s public hospitals are cooped up during their stays with no opportunity to go outside, sometimes for weeks or months at a time, according to a new report by a state watchdog agency that monitors treatment of psychiatric patients and a nonprofit legal group. Morning Edition spoke with WNYC's Caroline Lewis …
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If you go out for coffee, you've probably noticed that prices keep going up. According to our friends at Eater New York, the average price of a specialty coffee drink is between $6 and $7 these days. Melissa McCart, the editor of Eater New York, joins us to talk about some of the reasons for the increase. Speaking with Weekend Edition host David Fu…
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The New York City mayor's race doesn't kick in until next year. We still have a presidential election to deal with between now and then. And at this moment, Mayor Adams is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. But the list of people who might be ready to challenge him continues to evolve. This week, New York state senator Zellnor Myrie said …
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Lawmakers in New Jersey are moving ahead with a bill that would revise the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA). The controversial measure could be voted on by the full state Senate and Assembly as early as Monday. CJ Griffin is a media and public interest attorney whose legal work focuses on OPRA. She’s also a fierce opponent of the new bill and…
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The five-week course called Culinary Career Pathways for New New Yorkers was launched in April by the nonprofit group Hot Bread Kitchen, which trains New Yorkers for jobs in the food industry. But the benefits and possibilities extend far beyond the individuals in this classroom.
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