For the first time in 35 years, the Big Apple Circus will not be performing at Lincoln Center for the holidays. The circus canceled its upcoming season in July and filed for bankruptcy three weeks ago. Since then, the circus has said it wants to keep its Clown Care program going. The outreach program has clowns dress up as doctors to do rounds in pediatric wards of hospitals. Now, the Clown Doctor community is trying to figure out what’s next. Tom Piccolo reports.
President-elect Donald Trump pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act throughout his campaign. That pledge would particularly affect women who rely on Obamacare for access to affordable birth control. Since the election, doctors have reported a significant uptick in the number of women seeking long-term forms of contraception, particularly the intrauterine device, or IUD. Rebecca Scott reports.
Researchers are lining up behind an experimental drug treatment that reduces symptoms of depression within hours. Ketamine—an anesthetic also used as a party drug— has led to many new depression treatment clinics across the U.S. over the past five years. Researchers and doctors are calling it the biggest breakthrough in depression research in 30 years. Taylor Wizner reports.
Next month, construction will begin on the Bayview Correctional Facility at the corner of 20th and 11th avenue. The former women’s prison will be renovated as a women’s center housing nonprofits and other businesses. But many of the people involved in the transition still remember the site as it once was. Meg Dalton reports.
One family in Broad Channel, Queens has something special to celebrate this holiday season. After struggling for four years to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, they finally got their home back last month. Sushmita Pathak reports.
Internet security –and insecurity—was big news in 2016. Think Hillary Clinton’s email server, WikiLeaks, Russian hackers. It’s all making some people think more about their own cybersecurity. On a recent Saturday in Brooklyn, people gathered to learn tips to stay safe online. Josie Albertson Grove has the story.
Over the past few years, computer science programs across the country have tried drive home one clear message to young people: Coding is cool. Reporter Courtney Vinopal visited one Bronx high school as it prepared to give a major presentation on coding to the community. Here, students are developing apps to help their neighborhoods.
Teen Vogue has been trending on Twitter lately. The magazine many think to be about fashion and makeup has been taking a more political stance. A big reason for that has been their new editor. In May, Elaine Welteroth became only the second African American editor-in-chief of a Conde Nast magazine in the company’s more than 100-year history.
The game of chess has a long, long history in New York. People were playing it for hundreds of years before Bobby Fischer came along as a 13-year-old kid in 1956. And it’s back, thanks to this year’s World Chess Championships, which were held in the US for the first time in 21 years this November. Pia Peterson reports.
Cell phones – they store our bank passwords, photo albums, and private messages. But there’s more to a phone than what’s inside. A new study finds that trace evidence from the surface of cell phones could help create a suspect profile in a criminal investigation. Jill Bosserman reports.