Jennifer Vanasco is a News Editor at WNYC.
The Federal Railroad Administration of the Department of Transportation announced an emergency order Friday requiring Metro-North to control passenger train speeds.
The holiday season means yet more to chose from on New York stages. There are dozens of Christmas-inspired shows — from the classic, to the "Occupy" versions — many family productions to consider if you have visitors in town, and several plays to see before they close.
New Yorkers from the statehouse to the streets mourned South African anti-apartheid leader and former president Nelson Mandela after his death on Thursday.
In June 1990, Nelson Mandela visited New York City. It was his first visit to the United States after being released from prison. At the end of a ticker-tape parade up Broadway's Canyon of Heroes, he stood on the steps of City Hall and gave this speech.
UPDATED. The U.S. Department of Transportations's Joseph Szabo sent a letter to the MTA Tuesday that said "four serious accidents in less than seven months is simply unacceptable" and expressed "serious concerns" after Sunday's derailment in the Bronx.
WNYC reporter Kathleen Horan spent 12 months listening to the legacy of their lives: Paging through photo albums, talking to their families and friends. These are the young people who were lost.
There is currently a critical need for food, clean drinking water, shelter and medicine in the Phillipines. Looking to help? WNYC has compiled some aid agencies providing relief to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
Confused about who can get married in New Jersey when? We break it down for you - with the assistance of Hayley Gorenberg, deputy director at Lambda Legal.
The Obama Administration is planning a military intervention in Syria. In case you just started following the story now, here's what you need to know. UPDATED with information from Obama's Saturday speech.
The new law that makes it easier for people to sue the NYPD for profiling is making police officers into the bad guys, the head of the sergeants’ union says.
A psychiatric hospital in Queens is closing its doors for good within the next few days. The facility's CEO says it's not making enough to operate.
A federal judge struck down the city's stop-and-frisk policing tactic as unconstitutional on Monday. Here is what you need to know.
The Russians in Brighton Beach differ on whether Edward Snowden should have sought asylum in Russia.
A Southern Pudu, a member of the world's smallest deer species, was born at the Queens Zoo last month.
When there's heavy rains, New York City-area residents may receive an ominous-sounding message from the National Weather Service: Flash Flood Warning, Avoid flood areas. But what does that mean?
Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx are all covered by the Voting Rights Act - which might surprise you. Here's what today's Supreme Court decision means for the city.
The Supreme Court ruled today that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and dismissed the California Prop 8 case. But what do the rulings mean? We have (some of) the answers.
Same-sex marriage in U.S. courts didn't start with the case currently pending in the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1967, the Supreme court ruled on a case involving miscegenation and established marriage as a protected constitutional right. Dozens of other court battles have been fought in the decades since to determine how and whether the right to marry - and related benefits - should be extended to same-sex couples.
New York may be joining cities like Toronto, San Francisco and Seattle in implementing a citywide composting initiative meant to cut down on waste. Unclear on the details? Worried about what it means for you? WNYC's Amy Eddings spoke with Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is recommending that the city look into creating a new neighborhood along the East River shoreline as part of his wide-ranging plan to get the city to prepare for climate change.