CUNY officials say that if the Bloomberg Administration follows through with its budget cut plans, community college students will suffer from a domino effect. At a City Council hearing Monday, CUNY officials said cuts to instructional staff will lead to fewer classes, larger class sizes and lower graduation rates. CUNY students also face a five-percent tuition hike.
Grease, toilet paper and fecal matter were leaking into a Brooklyn creek that empties into Sheepshead Bay for almost seven years, according to Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes. On Wednesday, Hynes announced the arrests of four property owners and managers for environmental crimes.
An advocacy group is accusing the city's Department of Education of manipulating data to make it seem like schools have more space than they actually have.
Community gardeners still have reservations about the new rules the Department of Parks and Recreation has drawn up to regulate them. Under the rules, the Department can close a garden that has gone into default. But gardeners and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn say its not clear what that means.
On Wednesday morning, Port Authority officials said the good weather had kept flights on track. The Transportation Security Administration said the lines had been moving smoothly at the region's airports, despite word that passengers would protest new full-body scanners at security checkpoints.
The number of hungry New Yorkers has increased by almost 7 percent since last year, according to a survey by New York City Coalition Against Hunger and half of the feeding organizations surveyed had to turn hungry people away.
On Monday, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced Food Works, a plan to address five areas along the city's food cycle: production, distribution, processing, consumption, and post-consumption. The City spends around $175 million on food for schools, jails, senior centers and more. Quinn said she wants to use that purchasing power to refocus the food system so it can create more jobs, improve public health and protect the environment.
A suspected Russian arms dealer was ordered held without bail Wednesday on charges that he supported terrorists who wanted to overthrow the Columbian government and kill Americans. Through an interpreter, Vicktor Bout pleaded not guilty in Manhattan Federal court. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says Bout's arrest showed he's not beyond the reach of the law.
For twenty years, Federal immigration officials have been stationed on Rikers Island. Critics say the Department of Corrections offers them too much assistance in identifying foreign-born non-citizens, some of whom end up in deportation proceedings. The practice came under fire Wednesday during a City Council hearing. Critics say all too often immigrants who are in detention, but have not been convicted of a crime, are reported to ICE, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Funds set up by the German government to compensate Holocaust victims were the target of a scheme that siphoned off some $42 million in phony claims. U.S. Justice Department officials have charged 17 Brooklyn residents in the operation.
The new LED lights installed in Grand Central Terminal's zodiac twinkle in accordance with each star's brightness in the night sky.
From anger about a love child's press coverage to chest-thumping challenges of manhood, Carl Paladino managed to keep his name in the headlines thoughout the race for New York Governor. Pegged as a foul-mouthed, uncontrollable candidate, Paladino made regular bombastic statements during his campaign.
Steven Vendola had just finished his dinner when he heard the sirens outside. He was already going out to get some air, so he decided to take his dog with him. "I went out with my dog, and I never went back in again," said Vendola. The 81-year-old retired dancer sobbed as he told what has happened to him since he lost his apartment in a fire on April 11, 2010.
The City Council approved the largest zoning amendment in Queens history on Wednesday. The amendment will help maintain the character of three Queens neighborhoods by preserving the the low density, suburban feel of hundreds of blocks. A smaller area in the West Village was also rezoned.
Bicyclists who were wrongfully detained and arrested while participating in "Critical Mass" rides won a $965,000 lawsuit against the city. The 83 cyclists will receive $500 each for getting a minor citation and one plaintiff who was arrested multiple times and injured in the process could receive up to $35,000.
Public officials took sledge hammers to a ceremonial brick wall in front of the Farley Post Office Monday afternoon. The groundbreaking is for the first phase of Moynihan Station, which will be constructed under the post office steps facing Eighth Avenue.
With a soft, squishy thrust of a roller, the CoolRoofs program painted its millionth square foot of white roof on top of a housing project in the Bronx Wednesday. To celebrate the coverage, sporting an orange T-shirt just like the other volunteers, Mayor Michael Bloomberg helped roll that patch into place.
Many New Yorkers are familiar with car sharing services like Zipcar, and now city employees will be too. The city is testing out car sharing for part of it’s fleet and hoping the savings will follow.
On Monday, police arrested a ninth suspect in a set of alleged, violent anti-gay attacks earlier this month. Twenty-two-year-old Rudy Vargas Perez is allegedly a member of the Latin Kings Goonies, a group police say is a loosely-organized street gang accused of kidnapping and torturing a 30-year-old man and two teenagers in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx.
Federal prosecutors are charging nine longshoremen from the Port of New York and New Jersey, and thirteen others, with trafficking drugs and defrauding investors.