Tag: Johnson, Corey

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 Bruising Fight Over New York’s Next Taxi Chief

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] For months, tensions have mounted between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council over how to respond to a crisis in the taxi industry that has bankrupted hundreds of drivers and led thousands more to the brink of […]

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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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The Empty Storefront Crisis and the End of the American Dream

Sam Il-Rumi came to the United States with his parents and brothers in 1980, fleeing the occupied West Bank and settling in New York, where his father opened a pet-food store in the East Village. Sam was a young man when he arrived, and within nine years he had acquired and sold two delis in […]

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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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