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Saturday, April 04, 2009
The Mets had an auspicious win last night at the first exhibition game in their new stadium, beating the Red Sox 4-3.
Mets fans reveled in Citi Field's open space and surprisingly good ball park food on the promenade deck and various eateries.
Lifelong Mets fan Steve ...
Thursday, April 02, 2009
As temperatures rose into the 60s today, New Yorkers emerged after the long winter to play. Taking in the sun in the West Village, Marcus Slade, 37, a chef and party promoter, taught us that trash talk is essential at the "Cage," the basketball court at West Third street and Sixth Avenue.
Students from the Brooklyn Waldorf School used today's good weather to stretch their legs and, thanks to their teacher Susan Phar, shed their winter gear. Six-year-old Zisi Blades and his friend Noah, "the Boa Constrictor," drew airplanes and a radio, tuned to WNYC, in the dirt at Fort Greene Park. Their classmates offered mounds of dirt to anyone that wanted one and prepared for this evening's "Scooter Olympics."
Sunday, March 29, 2009
While the Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved fares and toll hikes by 25 percent and reduced service on trains and buses Wednesday, legislation by opposing Democrats is stalled in Albany. One of the more vocal state senators, is Carl Kruger of Brooklyn.
WNYC spoke with a few residents of his ...
Friday, March 20, 2009
At 7:44 a.m. the vernal equinox heralded in the first day of spring. It didn't feel like it, but at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden signs of spring were everywhere.
Uli Lorimer, the curator of the native flora collection at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, hacked down his Charlie Brown Christmas-like ...
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The third climber from last summer's rash of New York Times building scalers has has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless endangerment.
David Malone, of West Hartford, Connecticut was arrested on July 9 for ascending to the 11th floor and draping a banner that depicted Bin Laden holding Bush like a ...
Friday, March 13, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Hundreds of pro-Independence Tibetans and other supporters marched down 42nd Street from the United Nations to the Chinese embassy Tuesday. Wrapped in Tibetan flags and head bands they chanted slogans and carried black flags that read '50 years of Resistance,' in memory of the failed uprising 50 years ago that ended with the Dalai Lama fleeing in exile to India.
Friday, March 06, 2009
It’s that time of year when we spring forward… so don’t forget to set your clocks ahead an hour this Sunday when daylight saving time goes into effect.
And while you’re changing your clocks, the New York Fire Department wants to remind New Yorkers that it is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Lieutenant Anthony Mancusso says smoke detectors are of no use if the batteries are dead.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
More than 100 CUNY students are preparing for meetings tomorrow with Albany lawmakers to discuss Governor Paterson’s proposed $65 million budget cut to tuition aid and community college funding.
Like many students at Bronx Community College, Monique Lewis, 38, juggles work, studies and family. She is studying social work and has five children, the youngest is five and the oldest, 22. If the proposed funding cuts pass she may see her tuition rise by 15 percent or about $400.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
At City Hall today, Council members heard suggestions on reforming New York's 36-year-old Rockefeller drug laws. Critics of the law say the mandatory 15-year sentence for a first time conviction for selling or possessing two ounces of a controlled substance is too harsh. Simone-Marie Meeks of the New York Academy of Medicine thinks reforms need to include integrating government and medical professionals.
The NYCLU provided a report citing criminologist Alfred Blumstein: “That with respect to drug offenses, the much higher arrest and conviction rates for blacks are not related to higher levels of criminal offending, but can only be explained by other factors, including racial bias.”
Friday, February 20, 2009
Local students and city residents gathered outside NYU’s Kimmel student center today to show support. Some banged drums, others just chanted, “Solidarity.”
Drew Phillips a 22-year-old philosophy major at NYU was one of the last five protesters to emerge and said his student coalition, Take Back NYU!, felt helpless when the university did not respond to a letter written in September that called for more 'accountability and transparency' in the school's budget and funding. There demands are posted here.