Tag: Johnson, Corey

Rikers Would Close in Historic Plan to Remake N.Y. Jail System

Even as New York City has recorded a sharp plunge in crime in recent years, its jail complex on Rikers Island has been plagued by levels of abuse, neglect and mismanagement that have turned it into one of the country’s most notorious correctional facilities. The dismal conditions have set off waves of protests, lawsuits and […]

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Cars All but Banned on One of Manhattan’s Busiest Streets

New York City has been steadily taking space away from cars since the first pedestrian plazas were carved out of the asphalt streetscape more than a decade ago. Roads that were once the exclusive domain of cars have been squeezed to make way for bike and bus-only lanes. Precious parking spots have been turned into […]

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The Subway Is No Longer a Daily Disaster. But Can It Be Great Again?

It was only two years ago that New York City’s subway fell into such a dire crisis that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took the extraordinary step of declaring a state of emergency, pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into the system and hiring one of the world’s most respected transit leaders. The subway has rebounded […]

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Why Gay Conversion Therapy Will Be Legal Again

Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high in the upper 60s. The weekend should be pleasant but overcast, with a chance of showers tomorrow night. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Sept. 30 (Rosh Hashana). ImageCreditDave Sanders for The New York Times Gay conversion therapy has been prohibited in New York City since 2017. Surprisingly, it will […]

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To Save a Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy, New York Will Repeal It

Nearly two years ago, the New York City Council celebrated when it passed a far-reaching ban on conversion therapy, a discredited practice to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. On Thursday, Corey Johnson, the gay, H.I.V.-positive speaker of the Council, said that the Council would act swiftly to repeal the ban. The move […]

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Trump Tower on Obama Avenue: 290,000 Say Yes, but It Won’t Happen

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] New Yorkers have been finding more and more ways to protest President Trump, from stripping his name off buildings he once built to holding demonstrations outside his Midtown Manhattan home/office. The latest effort: an online petition signed by more […]

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Plan for Supertall Tower Looming Over Lower East Side Is Halted, for Now

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The constant charge of high-rise developments that have demolished, rebuilt and reshaped so many New York City neighborhoods has largely marched on unimpeded in recent years despite fierce objections from community groups and preservationists. That changed on Thursday. A […]

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The Power Went Out. Where Was de Blasio?

In a union hall lobby in Waterloo, Iowa, Mayor Bill de Blasio slouched down into a corner, his presidential stump speech safely delivered, but with a more pressing issue at hand. About 1,000 miles away, large swaths of Manhattan’s West Side were still enveloped in darkness by a massive power failure, and Mr. de Blasio […]

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Electric Scooters Are Coming to New York, but You Can’t Rent One in Manhattan

New York State is on the verge of embracing electric scooters and bicycles in a victory for tech leaders and delivery workers who have fought for months to make the speedy devices legal. State lawmakers reached a deal this week on electric scooters and delivery bikes. There is just one catch — scooter rental companies […]

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5 Takeaways From New York City’s $93 Billion Budget Deal

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Five years ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the parameters of his first New York City budget, weighing in at $75 billion. With each successive budget, Mr. de Blasio and City Council leaders have spent more taxpayer money, hiring […]

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Facing Ruin, Taxi Drivers to Get $10 Million Break and Loan Safeguards

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] For more than a decade, the New York City agency that oversees the taxi industry stood by while thousands of cabdrivers became mired in reckless loans that saddled them with debt they could not afford and helped lead to […]

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The Story Behind the Police Commissioner’s Handwritten Stonewall Apology

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Faced with a renewed call last week to apologize for the 1969 raid on the Stonewall Inn, the New York Police Department proclaimed that the “N.Y.P.D. of today is much different than the department of 50 years ago.” It […]

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Is This Gay, Sober, Poem-Writing City Council Leader the Mayor New Yorkers Want?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] On Friday, he read from a poem by Walt Whitman, “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” seeking to highlight the need for more funding for New York City libraries. Two days earlier, he took on slightly less demanding prose: “Too Many Carrots,” […]

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Electric Scooters Are Sweeping the Country. New York Says Not So Fast.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When Helmis Ortega visited Atlanta not long ago, he toured the city on an electric scooter. Once back in New York City, he was struck by the scooter-free streets. “It blew my mind,” said Mr. Ortega, a paralegal who […]

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