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Why Is Mayor De Blasio Breaking 4 Promises Within 400 Yards of His Own Home? Part Four: Low-Income Housing

Matthew Chapman | Posted 12.07.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

Yorkville and East Harlem already have some of the worst pollution and highest asthma rates in the city, and now 100 to 500 extra diesel trucks are going to roar through an entirely residential neighborhood to dump their loads in a stinking, two acre, heavy-duty industrial facility in front of public housing.

Why Is Mayor De Blasio Breaking 4 Promises Within 400 Yards of His Own Home? Part Three: Education

Matthew Chapman | Posted 12.05.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

Children are far more sensitive to pollutants than adults. That's why hundreds of doctors signed a petition urging first Bloomberg and now de Blasio not to build a massive garbage site next to an athletic center in Manhattan used by 34,000 city kids.

Commemorating the Lives of Italian-American, Non-Traditional Social Workers, From East Harlem

Joseph LoGiudice | Posted 07.01.2014 | New York
Joseph LoGiudice

The Pascales are the few people who can light that flame of hope through their beautiful and touching stories, especially during this grim time of capitalism that overshadows individuals' basic rights and needs.

Power of Organizing Rooted in Participatory Action Research

Donna Nevel | Posted 05.27.2014 | Education
Donna Nevel

El Museo del Barrio offered a warm, welcoming space consistent with the spirit of the day. Working with social justice oriented childcare and interpretation collectives and community food cooperatives contributed to an inclusive and participatory event that celebrated the strengths of the many communities that were there.

What Happens After A Collapse?

Colorlines | Posted 03.24.2014 | Black Voices

On March 12, 2014, my father forwarded a New York Times article with the headline “At Least 2 Killed in East Harlem Building Collapse.” A brief no...

Our Aging and Dangerous Urban Infrastructure

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Steven Cohen

This is not a problem limited to New York City, but one that is seen throughout the United States. In many cities of the "Rust Belt", the infrastructure crisis has been a fact of life for decades.

Death Toll Rises In Harlem Gas Explosion

AP | JONATHAN LEMIRE and VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 03.13.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — Rescue workers using dogs and thermal-detection gear to search rubble for more victims of a gas explosion found an eighth body on Th...

Politicians React To Harlem Explosion

The Huffington Post | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

Two buildings in Manhattan's East Harlem neighborhood collapsed around 9:30 a.m on Wednesday following a massive explosion that left at least two peop...

Multiple Deaths Reported After Harlem Building Collapse

Posted 03.13.2014 | Crime

Two buildings collapsed in East Harlem on Wednesday morning after a massive explosion, leaving at least six people dead. The buildings, which colla...

East Harlem Tables: Food and Italian Immigrant Cultures

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 05.05.2014 | Taste
Fabio Parasecoli

When friends visit NYC from out of town, we often end up taking a stroll through Manhattan's Little Italy. Although they have seen it in movies and in TV shows, they tend to have a limited sense of how and why immigrants moved between different neighborhoods over time.

'Talking Trash' Report Slams NYC's Expensive and Environmentally Outdated Garbage Plan

Matthew Chapman | Posted 04.21.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

For the first time in a decade-long fight against a garbage site slated to be built in surreal proximity to public housing, a report has been published that exposes not just the absurdity of this one site, but the absurdities and weaknesses of the entire plan it is a part of.

New York: The Tale of Two Cities

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D. | Posted 03.08.2014 | New York
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.

When Bill de Blasio moved into Gracie Mansion, he became mayor of 59 community districts that constitute New York City. As he eloquently described during his campaign, these districts comprise two distinct cities that have very little in common.

Separation of Powers: Still Alive and Well in NYC

David Nocenti | Posted 03.05.2014 | New York
David Nocenti

Some have reported Mayor de Blasio's efforts to influence the Speaker race with all the shock and dismay of Louis Renault discovering that there was gambling going on in Rick's Café as he received his winnings. Fortunately, the reports of the death of an autonomous City Council have been greatly exaggerated.

Giving Tuesday: Magnify Your Generosity This Year

David Nocenti | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
David Nocenti

The initiative struck an instant chord -- last year over 2,500 partners from all 50 states led charitable giving campaigns, and more than 50 million people worldwide spread the word about Giving Tuesday, as evidenced by milestone trending about the day on Twitter.

Serving The Underserved Through Education in East Harlem

Marissa Shorenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Marissa Shorenstein

Samantha, Brianna, Anthony and so many like them at Union Settlement show us the power of giving and how far a little help can go.

Dante de Blasio's Circles of Hell

Matthew Chapman | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

The New York Times reports that Mayor-elect de Blasio is having second thoughts about living in Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the mayor. The announcement came after a meeting with Mayor Bloomberg during which they discussed "the intricacies of garbage pickup."

Where to See Cool Graffiti in New York City

U.S. News Travel | Posted 11.07.2013 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

Over the past few weeks, renowned British street artist Banksy has taken New York City by storm, leaving a trail of spray paint in his wake. But graffiti is nothing new here: The city has long acted as a blank canvas to artists.

NYCHA Ordered To Pay Single Mother $20,000 Over Cold Water

The Huffington Post | Jane Janeczko | Posted 10.31.2013 | New York

Cheryl Brown and her three children were without hot water for two years in their East Harlem apartment. Adding injury to insult, The New York Daily N...

An Environmental IQ Test for the Next Mayor of New York

Matthew Chapman | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

There are garbage transfer stations in industrial areas in the outer boroughs. To get to them, unregulated private garbage trucks must pass through residential neighborhoods causing pollution. Fearing for their children's health, the residents want help. As mayor of this city, which of the following solutions would you support and why?

Who Does How Much Homework: A Response to The Atlantic

Anna Leahy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Anna Leahy

Too much homework is a problem, and the fast-approaching Common Core State Standards will probably make that situation worse. But there exist bigger problems in this world, too, and these overarching problems are not unrelated to who's doing how much homework.

Disappearing Acts: Talking Storytelling, Spanish Harlem, and Prep School Suspensions with Author Greg Takoudes

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 11.15.2013 | Books
Stacy Parker Le Melle

To get out. To start fresh someplace new, someplace purportedly better. This dream has driven migration for centuries. Whether we're escaping the fie...

NY Case Questions Blacks' Use Of The N-Word

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 11.03.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK — In a case that gave a legal airing to the debate over use of the N-word among blacks, a federal jury has rejected a black manager's a...

Mayor Bloomberg's Legacy: Dismantling Our Communities' Social Service Infrastructure

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 08.26.2013 | New York
Melissa Mark-Viverito

Mayor Bloomberg has made privatization a hallmark of his administration, which has been most salient in his administration's rampant contracting out of municipal services. But in this final year, we are watching as this agenda goes into overdrive.

NYPD Steps Up Security After String Of Attacks

AP | Posted 01.27.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly is stepping up security in East Harlem after a string of violent robberies targeting peopl...

How I Love the Classics

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 12.04.2012 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

While watching the Mambo Legends Orchestra, my eyes would occasionally drift to the dance floor. I smiled as enthralled dancers, older and young, demonstrated that they were totally hip to what was happening on stage.