If you came across a gaggle of children exploring a city park this week, it’s because of the city’s Urban Park Rangers. Kids Week is a free program timed with DOE spring break. And as Rebekah Ward reports, it’s about more than just fun and games.
More than 400 acres of land will open up in New York City in the next decade. The catch? It’s on Rikers Island. The city is discussing their plan to close Rikers and move detainees into smaller jails in each borough. But some groups are already eyeing the land and contemplating the possibilities.
The NYPD says that their unit that investigates sex crimes is the best in the country. But victims of sexual assault and advocates say that while the police detectives have definitely improved in recent years – how they talk to survivors still has a long way to go. Both sides agree training is the answer, but as Stevie Hertz found, the question has become – how much?
New York City has a lot of waste. And most of it, is food waste. Last year, the Department of Sanitation collected nearly 30,000 tons of banana peels, coffee grounds and expired lettuce. And the city is expanding its composting program. But not mandating it. If it did, it could be collecting 40 times that. As the program stands now, few people are participating. And environmentalists are hoping to get that number up. Meira Gebel reports.
HOST: The Gateway Project is un umbrella for a dozen projects. The most urgent is the one to build a tunnel under the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey. It’s the most urgent because the existing tunnels are about a hundred years old, and were floaded by hurrican Sandy with salt water that […]
New York City – the city that never sleeps – is about to get a nighttime mayor. The position’s officially called Director of Nightlife. And, as Patricia Yacob reports, part of the goal is to bring more of the city’s clubs and music venues back to life.
More than half of adult New Yorkers are overweight or obese. But nonprofit is trying to change that statistic through a younger crowd: kids. More than 200 public school students had a field day in the Upper East Side hosted by Asphalt Green. Melissa Caceres reports on how childhood exercise isn’t just good for the […]
The deadly gas explosion in East Harlem three years ago represented a worst case scenario. Con Edison’s settlement of more than $150 million with New York signals an increased city-wide focus on gas leaks. One residential building in West Harlem has been without gas since November, after one call led to extreme precaution. Hannah Long-Higgins has the story.
Superstorm Sandy was four years ago and New York City is still dealing with the damage it left behind. The latest project – repairs to the L train line connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan. But this will leave riders with few options for getting between the two boroughs. Stephan Bisaha went to Brooklyn to hear how L train riders were taking the news.
Student safety is measured in numbers of violent incidents. But the problem is what numbers do you use? An advocacy group is taking the Department of Education to court. It says because it claims the city is not doing enough to keep students safe. They city says schools are safer. On some level, the disagreement comes down to which sets of numbers you’re looking at. Gilda Di Carli reports.
Last week, New York Public Service Commission approved a plan put out by ConEd — the largest utility company in the state — to distribute new high-tech meters to more than four million customers within the next few years. Reporter Jephie Bernard says these new meters are supposed to get New Yorkers thinking about their electrical use more than just when they pay their monthly bill.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced yesterday it will spend tens of billions of dollars to upgrade LaGuardia and Newark airports. It also committed to upgrading the city’s main bus terminal at Port Authority– even before it knows how much it will cost. Katie Ferguson has more.