N.Y. Democrats Ask Biden to Intervene at Rikers, as de Blasio Plans Visit

In a letter to the president on Friday, several members of Congress said New York City “cannot be trusted” to manage the jail, which has descended into chaos.

#de-blasio-bill, #khadu-stephan-d-2021, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #torres-ritchie-1988, #united-states-politics-and-government

Latest Death at Rikers: Isaabdul Karim, Who Almost Qualified for Release

Isaabdul Karim was being held on a parole violation when he died on Sunday, becoming the 11th person incarcerated at the jail to die this year.

#absenteeism-and-truancy, #correction-department-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #deaths-fatalities, #hochul-kathleen-c, #jacobi-medical-center, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #probation-and-parole, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #schiraldi-vincent-n

He Nearly Qualified for Release From Rikers. Instead, He Died There.

Isaabdul Karim was being held on a parole violation when he died on Sunday, becoming the 11th person incarcerated at the jail to die this year.

#absenteeism-and-truancy, #correction-department-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #deaths-fatalities, #hochul-kathleen-c, #jacobi-medical-center, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #probation-and-parole, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #schiraldi-vincent-n

N.Y.C. Schools’ Covid Strategy: Test More, but Keep Classrooms Open

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced weekly testing of students and relaxed quarantine rules but continued to resist mandatory vaccination of schoolchildren.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #teachers-and-school-employees, #vaccination-and-immunization

Hochul Orders Release of 191 Detainees as Rikers Crisis Deepens

The New York governor signed a bill on Friday that authorized the release of the detainees, but the population of the city’s notorious jail will remain far higher than it was last spring.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #correction-board-nyc, #correction-department-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #hochul-kathleen-c, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #schiraldi-vincent-n

Rikers Island Is an Endless Catastrophe

The mayor promised to close the jail years ago, but the situation there is as desperate as it’s ever been.

#bail, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

Here’s Why Rikers Island Is in Crisis

A number of recent deaths have prompted questions about the notorious New York City jail complex. Here are some answers.

#correction-department-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #deaths-fatalities, #new-york-city, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

De Blasio’s Return-to-Work Mandate for City Employees Is a Mistake

The mayor’s rushed, illogical return-to-office mandate for city employees is a big mistake.

#city-planning-department-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

With Rikers in Crisis, Critics Wonder: Where Is Bill de Blasio?

The mayor is facing growing calls to address chaotic and violent conditions inside New York City’s vast jail complex.

#adams-eric-l, #corrections-department-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #sliwa-curtis

11 Deaths Put Focus on N.Y.C.’s Failure to Make Basement Apartments Safe

Even before a deadly storm, a pilot program was supposed to lead the way toward legalizing tens of thousands of dangerous basement units.

#affordable-housing, #basements-and-cellars, #citizens-housing-and-planning-council, #cypress-hills-local-development-corp, #de-blasio-bill, #east-new-york-brooklyn-ny, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Curtains Up! How Broadway Is Coming Back From Its Longest Shutdown.

Determined to reopen, crews are dusting off spotlights, dancers are relearning steps, and everyone is testing, testing, testing as theater seeks to rebound from the devastating pandemic.

#aladdin-play, #albee-edward, #australia, #bareilles-sara, #black-lives-matter-movement, #carney-reeve, #chicago-play, #contact-tracing-public-health, #cordero-nick, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #costumes, #culture-arts, #de-blasio-bill, #dear-evan-hansen-play, #diller-barry, #england, #exercise, #fans-persons, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #girl-from-the-north-country-play, #hadestown-play, #hall-mark, #hamilton-play, #harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-play, #heating-ventilation-and-cooling-hvac, #jagged-little-pill-play, #lackawanna-blues-play, #mason-luba, #mcdonagh-martin, #mcnally-terrence, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #moulin-rouge-the-musical-play, #mrs-doubtfire-play, #music, #new-york-city, #pass-over-play, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #race-and-ethnicity, #roth-jordan, #rudin-scott, #shutdowns-institutional, #the-lion-king-play, #theater, #theaters-buildings, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #vaccination-and-immunization, #van-hove-ivo, #waitress-play, #whos-afraid-of-virginia-woolf-play, #wicked-play, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

NY Edges Closer to Pre-Covid Life, as City Workers Return

The city’s more than 300,000 municipal employees must report to full-time, in-person work on Monday. Many of them are not happy.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #district-council-37, #government-employees, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #organized-labor, #telecommuting, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-environment

Fans Returned, a Grand Slam Was Chased, and Teenagers Stole the Show

The 2021 U.S. Open has by no means been conventional, but amid a fluctuating pandemic, it has been a notable milestone on the road to tennis and civic normality.

#canada, #de-blasio-bill, #djokovic-novak, #fernandez-leylah-2002, #osaka-naomi-1997, #raducanu-emma-2002, #tennis, #united-states-open-tennis

New York Edges Closer to Prepandemic Life, as City Workers Return

The city’s more than 300,000 municipal employees must report to full-time, in-person work on Monday. Many of them are not happy.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #district-council-37, #government-employees, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #organized-labor, #telecommuting, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-environment

How the Mayor’s Big Decision Could Upend N.Y.C. School Admissions

New York City’s highly competitive gifted and talented programs could be overhauled in one of the last major policy moves from Mayor de Blasio.

#admissions-standards, #black-people, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #gifted-students, #new-york-city, #segregation-and-desegregation

The Storm Warnings Were Dire. Why Couldn’t the City Be Protected?

New York City and state officials knew heavy rains were coming, but their preparations couldn’t save the city from death and destruction.

#de-blasio-bill, #floods, #global-warming, #hurricane-ida-2021, #infrastructure-public-works, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #rain, #subways, #weather

Why New York Couldn’t Be Protected From Hurricane Ida

New York City and state officials knew heavy rains were coming, but their preparations couldn’t save the city from death and destruction.

#de-blasio-bill, #floods, #global-warming, #hurricane-ida-2021, #infrastructure-public-works, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #rain, #subways, #weather

43 Die as Deadliest Storm Since Sandy Devastates the Northeast

A huge volume of rain overwhelmed the region’s infrastructure, showing the lethal impact of climate change.

#basements-and-cellars, #de-blasio-bill, #environment, #floods, #hurricane-ida-2021, #new-york-city, #northeastern-states-us, #weather

How Ida Turned Basement Apartments Into Death Traps

At least 11 people were found dead in basements after torrential rains flooded New York City — nearly as many as those killed by Hurricane Ida in Louisiana, where the storm made landfall.

#adams-eric-l, #affordable-housing, #basements-and-cellars, #buildings-department-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #deaths-fatalities, #floods, #global-warming, #hurricane-ida-2021, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

Keeping 1 Million N.Y.C. Students Safe Amid the Delta Variant

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the school safety reopening plan on Thursday, raising questions about the city’s readiness to bring back all its students to schools next month.

#coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #new-york-city, #teachers-and-school-employees, #tests-medical

Central Park Concert Draws Thousands to Cheer New York’s Comeback

Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Jennifer Hudson were set to celebrate the city’s emergence after the hardships of the pandemic, even as the spread of the Delta variant has driven up cases again.

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Restaurants Sue to Stop NYC Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate

The lawsuit argues that city officials are unfairly singling out restaurants, gyms and other businesses with overly rigid restrictions.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-city, #restaurants, #staten-island-nyc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Clock Is Ticking: What We Know About N.Y.C.’s School Reopening Plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio has insisted that all students will return to classrooms full-time, despite the Delta variant.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #education-department-nyc, #masks, #mulgrew-michael, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #teachers-and-school-employees, #vaccination-and-immunization

Companies Rethink Imposing Vaccine Mandates

New outbreaks have companies weighing their options.

#barrack-thomas-j-jr, #colony-capital-llc, #de-blasio-bill, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization

As Virus Cases Rise, Another Contagion Spreads Among the Vaccinated: Anger

Frustrated by the prospect of a new surge, many Americans are blaming the unvaccinated. A tougher stance may backfire, some experts warn.

#alabama, #california, #children-and-childhood, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #disease-rates, #government-employees, #hospitals, #new-york-city, #rumors-and-misinformation, #shutdowns-institutional, #vaccination-and-immunization, #veterans, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-science

Variants and Vaccinations: The State of the Virus in N.Y.C.

The Delta variant has driven up coronavirus case counts, and some experts worry that the vaccination effort is moving too slowly.

#astor-place-manhattan-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #kmart-corp, #new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization

Unions Spurn N.Y.C. Parade Honoring Essential Workers

Several unions have declined to participate in a ticker-tape parade that was meant to celebrate the workers who kept New York City running through the pandemic, citing low pay and a contract dispute.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #district-council-37, #emergency-medical-service, #fire-department-nyc, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #organized-labor, #parades, #wages-and-salaries

As Delta Risk Looms, New York City Scales Back Covid Monitoring

The positive test rate in the city has crept up near 1 percent in recent days.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #medicine-and-health, #new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization

Stringer Sues to Halt de Blasio’s Pandemic Spending Powers

The city comptroller, Scott Stringer, wants to regain oversight of the city’s pandemic spending, which he said has been characterized by “overpayment and overpurchasing.”

#billie-jean-king-national-tennis-center, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #new-york-city, #stringer-scott-m, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #ventilators-medical

N.Y.C. Reaches Deal on Record $99 Billion Budget to Aid Pandemic Recovery

The budget includes $14 billion in federal pandemic aid.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #johnson-corey, #new-york-city

Delta Variant in N.Y.C.: What to Know

City health officials are closely watching the highly infectious form of the virus, which could fuel outbreaks in low-vaccinated areas.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #fauci-anthony-s, #new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

After Another Times Square Shooting, Police Officers Will ‘Flood’ Area

The second shooting in the tourist destination in two months came as New York City is emerging from the pandemic and confronting a wave of gun violence.

#de-blasio-bill, #firearms, #police, #police-department-nyc, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny

Lawmakers Sue N.Y.P.D., Saying They Were Beaten With Bicycles at Protest

State Senator Zellnor Myrie and Assemblywoman Diana Richardson say they were assaulted and pepper-sprayed by the police during last year’s Black Lives Matter protests.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #brooklyn-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #myrie-zellnor, #police-department-nyc, #richardson-diana-c, #state-legislatures, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Modest Rent Increases Approved for 2.3 Million N.Y.C. Tenants

The Rent Guidelines Board voted to allow 1.5 percent increases for the second six months of one-year leases. Tenants had pushed for rent reductions.

#affordable-housing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #landlords, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rent-control-and-stabilization, #rent-guidelines-board, #rent-stabilization-assn, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

Trump Sues N.Y.C. for Ending Golf Course Contract After Capitol Riot

The Trump Organization, which had a 20-year contract to operate a public golf course in the Bronx, claims it was unfairly targeted.

#central-park-manhattan-ny, #de-blasio-bill, #golf, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #new-york-city, #presidential-election-of-2020, #professional-golfers-assn, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-golf-links-at-ferry-point, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wollman-rink-manhattan-ny

How the Candidates for N.Y.C. Mayor Would Tackle Homelessness

In the Democratic primary’s last days, and with New York’s economy starting to regain its footing, a chronic problem gains new urgency.

#adams-eric-l, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #donovan-shaun-l-s-1966, #elections-mayors, #evictions, #garcia-kathryn, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #homeless-persons, #mcguire-raymond-j, #mental-health-and-disorders, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #stringer-scott-m, #wiley-maya, #yang-andrew-1975

How New York City’s Law Department Got Hacked

Hackers used one worker’s login information to penetrate the Law Department’s network after officials failed to implement a simple security measure.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #de-blasio-bill, #law-department-nyc, #new-york-city, #software

N.Y.C. Workers Will Not Have a Paid Day Off for Juneteenth

Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed last year that Juneteenth would be an official holiday. City workers learned this week they would not be getting a paid day off after all.

#de-blasio-bill, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #juneteenth, #new-york-city, #paid-time-off

8,000 Homeless People to Be Moved From Hotels to Shelters, New York Says

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement signals the beginning of the end to an arrangement that many homeless people said provided a better living environment.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #homeless-persons, #homeless-services-department-nyc, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

New York Is Getting $22 Billion in Federal Aid. How Should It Be Spent?

Business leaders warn the mayor that an influx of aid could be squandered on short-term programs that won’t help the unemployed.

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Is Bill de Blasio Secretly Backing Eric Adams for Mayor?

The mayor is not making a public endorsement in the primary race, but he is believed to favor Mr. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president.

#adams-eric-l, #de-blasio-bill, #democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #endorsements, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #primaries-and-caucuses

Candidates’ Blueprints for Easing the Housing Crisis

Democrats running for mayor face a problem that may have worsened during the pandemic.Their plans have overlaps and differences.

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Fireworks Are Back in N.Y.C. Are We in for Another Loud Summer?

It’s a seasonal tradition in the city’s streets, but the displays might not have the same energy they had last year. 

#de-blasio-bill, #east-river-nyc, #fireworks, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #independence-day-us-july-4, #macys-inc, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #summer-season

New York City Plans a Central Park Mega-Concert to Celebrate Reopening

The mayor’s office has asked the producer Clive Davis to sign up musical stars for an event on the Great Lawn in August.

#central-park-manhattan-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #davis-clive, #de-blasio-bill, #pop-and-rock-music

Homeless Men Lose Court Battle to Stay in Upper West Side Hotel

The city said the men at the Lucerne could stay there until a larger move of homeless people out of hotels amid the reopening.

#coalition-for-the-homeless, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #homeless-persons, #homeless-services-department-nyc, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #lucerne-manhattan-ny-hotel, #new-york-city, #newman-andy, #upper-west-side-manhattan-ny

Summertime … and the Sloganeering Is a Little Awkward

Cities and states are spending millions to promote tourism as they reopen, but the marketing campaigns aren’t always the catchiest.

#advertising-and-marketing, #art, #chicago-ill, #cincinnati-ohio, #connecticut, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #de-niro-robert, #federer-roger, #greece, #hamilton-ohio, #hancock-michael-b, #hockney-david, #illinois, #khan-sadiq, #new-york-city, #road-trips, #slogans-and-mottoes, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization

Will New York City Finally Have a Bus Mayor?

Eight leading mayoral candidates share their ideas and plans for improving public transit.

#adams-eric-l, #buses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #mcguire-raymond-j, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #stringer-scott-m, #transit-systems, #wiley-maya, #yang-andrew-1975

The End of Online Classes

Masks will still be required, and schools will follow social-distancing guidelines, but vaccinations are not yet mandatory.

#de-blasio-bill, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #education-department-nyc, #elections-mayors, #fumudoh-ziwe, #new-york-city, #yang-andrew-1975

N.Y.C. Will Eliminate Remote Learning for Next School Year

All students and staff members will be back in school buildings full time come September, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #e-learning, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture

How City Hall in New York City Saved Local News

City agencies are spending at least half of their ad budgets on local newspapers and websites. 

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