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The last time subway riders took the B or W trains was the last week of December. The MTA say that's due to persistent staffing shortages related to the pandemic. The agency says it had to make choices about what service to run with the staff it has available. So it suspended those two lines, and cut back several more because it says the affected s…
 
Vanessa Gibson is now etched in history as the first woman elected to serve as Bronx Borough President, and the first Black lawmaker to helm it. The borough presidency is largely ceremonial, long stripped of its statutory power decades ago when the U.S. Supreme Court found New York City’s government unconstitutional. While the job might be an on-th…
 
Last week's devastating fire in the Bronx was a reminder of fires past, and of the crisis of burning buildings that gripped the borough in the 1970s. "There were many families who were burned out of apartment after apartment after apartment," said Joe Flood, author of 'The Fires.' "And they slept with bags packed, with shoes on their feet." Althoug…
 
For years, Spicy Village in Manhattan's Chinatown has won rave reviews from customers - for the food and for the low prices. And now, just three blocks away, it has a sequel of sorts, called New Spicy Village. But it's unclear what the connection is between the locations. Scott Lynch writes about food for Gothamist. Speaking with WNYC's David Furst…
 
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy delivered his state of the state address this week. WNYC's Nancy Solomon joins us for a roundup of the latest in Jersey politics - including the latest on the state's contested redistricting process.Speaking with Weekend Edition Host David Furst she says, "There are two redistricting commissions – one for the Congres…
 
New York's eviction moratorium officially expires as of Saturday, January 15. The state had been prohibiting residential evictions since the early days of the pandemic. It was a way to keep people from being thrown out on the street during a time of economic uncertainty. Now, that blanket protection is no longer in place. But there's still a way st…
 
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is hosting the 10th annual Black Comic Book Festival this weekend. But aside from an exhibition on display at the library celebrating the milestone, all events are virtual for the second year in a row, thanks to surging cases of COVID-19. While it may not have the same sprawling reach as larger eve…
 
New Jersey prisoners who are within a year of their release dates will once again be able to get out early due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When Gov. Phil Murphy redeclared a public health emergency this week due to New Jersey's record-high number of COVID cases, that also reactivated the state's public health emergency credits law. Murphy signed the …
 
Two weeks in, Mayor Eric Adams is still just getting his sea legs at the helm of a vast bureaucracy. As Brooklyn borough president, Adams oversaw a staff of roughly 60 people. As mayor, he is executive-in-chief in charge of around 400,000 municipal employees. And while many of his administration picks have been hailed by political observers, some h…
 
Mayor Eric Adams Adams maintains that students do best in classrooms, but with more than 200,000 kids absent in recent days, he says he will consider a remote option for New York City Public Schools. Administrators say a remote option would be a logistical feat at this point.توسط WNYC Radio
 
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has stopped a controversial vote to OK construction of a new power plant in Newark, after residents rallied against another polluting facility in their neighborhood. The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission was scheduled to vote Thursday at noon on a contract to begin building a $180 million natural gas power plant in …
 
Green activists hailed New York as a leader in the fight against climate change in 2019 when lawmakers approved the Climate Act, a landmark bill committing the state to cut its greenhouse emissions by 85% by 2050. Now comes the hard part. The state Climate Action Council, a 22-member panel that includes state regulators, environmentalists and energ…
 
The MTA received a $6 billion check today from the federal government. It’s the last portion of promised federal Covid relief aid. Officials say its coming just in time. The MTA is counting on this money to balance its budget over the next four years. These new federal funds will help make up for the ongoing loss in farebox revenue due to lower rid…
 
The "Best Photo On Your Phone Contest" is an annual tradition for WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show. Every year, listeners are invited to share their best photo from the year that's sitting on their phone. After sorting through more than 700 submissions, Brian joined All Things Considered host Sean Carlson to discuss this year's three winners and the themes…
 
Newark residents and environmental activists are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to delay plans by a wastewater treatment facility to build a natural gas power plant in an over-polluted corner of the city. The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commision, which serves one in six New Jersey residents and treats waste from states along the East Coast, like New York…
 
Incarcerated men living in a jail facility on Rikers Island say they are on hunger strike, protesting conditions like lack of medical care and access to other services that have persisted since last year due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic and a lack of staffing at city jails. Detainee Ervin Bowins reported that his unit has been denied access to …
 
The number of available beds is a major metric for tracking capacity in hospitals. Not only does it indicate how likely people are to get immediate medical care, but if occupancy rates cross a certain threshold, the state can make the hospital put a temporary halt to elective procedures, which are a major source of revenue. Now, some New York City …
 
New York Governor Kathy Hochul pointed to a "glimmer of hope" in her COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday. Testing shows a slight decrease in the number of infections, particularly for New York City. WNYC's Health and Science Data Reporter, Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky, discusses what the data can actually tell us.…
 
If there's a fire in your building, it may not always be clear in the moment what to do. WNYC's Morning Edition host Michael Hill spoke with retired New York City firefighter and co-founder of NY Fire Consultants Jim Bullock about how to stay safe. Step one: learn what kind of building you live in.توسط WNYC Radio
 
Republican leaders are making good on a threat to fight a recently enacted New York City law extending voting rights to noncitizens in local elections. It would allow more than 800,000 people living and working in the five boroughs to legally register and vote in city elections starting in 2023. WNYC's Brigid Bergin reports.…
 
Long before Lincoln Center became one of the world’s foremost destinations for the performing arts, the land it sits on was at the heart of a thriving Black and Latino Upper West Side neighborhood known for its musical richness. It was called San Juan Hill and it fostered top jazz musicians, Broadway talent and other Black icons — and yet its memor…
 
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