Tag: New York City

The ‘Lady of the House’ Who Was Long Entangled With Jeffrey Epstein

Shortly after Ghislaine Maxwell arrived in New York from England in the early 1990s, she was looking for a new start. She had just lost her father, a British media mogul, along with much of her family fortune and her social standing. Soon she was on the rise with the help of her new boyfriend, […]

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In N.Y.C., Dining Remains Outdoors Only for Now

[Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.] It’s Thursday. We’re off tomorrow for Independence Day, but we’ll be back on Monday. ImageCredit…Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times While New York City residents can expect to once again enjoy manicures and tattoos beginning Monday, they won’t be able to dine inside a restaurant […]

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Thousands Join N.Y.C. Bike Protests: ‘It’s Like Riding in the Cavalry’

For nearly 15 minutes, an uninterrupted stream of bicyclists passed through Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn on Saturday, moving in a line that stretched several blocks in both directions. Jingling bike bells, the riders chanted, “Whose streets? Our streets” and “Say his name: George Floyd.” Many had hand-drawn signs — including “We Demand Change” and “Defund […]

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N.Y. Officials Halt Indoor Dining, Alarmed by Virus Rise in Other States

With the coronavirus spreading rapidly in other large states like California, Florida and Texas, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday that New York City would not resume indoor dining at restaurants next week as anticipated. The decision to indefinitely delay indoor dining, which was made in conjunction with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, comes as […]

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Why Surviving Covid Might Come Down to Which NYC Hospital Admits You

In Queens, the borough with the most coronavirus cases and the fewest hospital beds per capita, hundreds of patients languished in understaffed wards, often unwatched by nurses or doctors. Some died after removing oxygen masks to go to the bathroom. In hospitals in impoverished neighborhoods around the boroughs, some critically ill patients were put on […]

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Did Floyd Protests Lead to a Virus Surge? Here’s What We Know

For more than two months, the authorities had been urging New Yorkers to stay indoors and keep their distance from others. But after the police killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, tens of thousands of New Yorkers poured into the streets, day and night, to protest police brutality and racism. Epidemiologists braced for a surge of […]

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N.Y.C.’s Budget and a Cut to N.Y.P.D. Funding, Explained

ImageCredit…Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi for The New York Times New York City’s budget process isn’t usually this heated. As the city slowly reopens during the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials are facing a gloomy fiscal reality and demands from protesters against police brutality to slash the Police Department’s funding. I asked my […]

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In Early February, the Coronavirus Was Moving Through New York

A new study offers the first physical evidence that the coronavirus was circulating at low levels in New York City as early as the first week of February. The city confirmed its first infection on March 1. Mathematical models have predicted that the virus was making its way through the city weeks before then, but […]

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Coronavirus Was Moving Through NY in Early February

A new study offers the first physical evidence that the coronavirus was circulating at low levels in New York City as early as the first week of February. The city confirmed its first infection on March 1. Mathematical models have predicted that the virus was making its way through the city weeks before then, but […]

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$1 Billion Is Shifted From N.Y.P.D. in a Budget That Pleases No One

New York City officials on Tuesday agreed to a grim coronavirus-era budget that will sharply curtail municipal services, impose a hiring freeze and, in a move meant to placate calls to defund the police, shift $1 billion from the Police Department. The $88.1 billion budget reflected the economic shutdown that followed the outbreak, causing a […]

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$1 Billion Is Shifted From NYPD in a Budget That Pleases No One

New York City officials on Tuesday agreed to a grim coronavirus-era budget that will sharply curtail municipal services, impose a hiring freeze and, in a move meant to placate calls to defund the police, shift $1 billion from the Police Department. The $88.1 billion budget reflected the economic shutdown that followed the outbreak, causing a […]

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Students Create a Magazine to Salute Their Heroes: Chefs of Color

At Food and Finance High School, a New York City public school devoted to culinary arts, the Junior Spring Showcase is a big deal. The students, who split their days between academic classes and hands-on work in the kitchen, prepare for the event all year. They work within a theme, studying a chosen topic and […]

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Rethinking Indoor Dining in N.Y.C.

Weather: A high of around 80, with a slight chance of morning showers and thunderstorms later in the day. ImageCredit…Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, worried about the surge in coronavirus cases in the South and the West, decided to forgo the usual chart of new virus cases at his news briefing […]

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Insurgent Wave in New York Pushes Old Guard Democrats Aside

It was evident in marquee congressional contests, in a county district attorney race and in numerous battles for state legislative seats: A political sea change has swept New York. After the count of ballots cast in person last week, insurgent Democrats were poised to topple or succeed longtime incumbents. Many of the challengers are candidates […]

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De Blasio and Council, Facing Fiscal Crisis Over Virus, Agree on Budget With Big Cuts

Bowing to political pressure and a bleak fiscal reality that evoked municipal crises of decades past, New York City officials on Monday agreed to an austerity budget that includes drastic cuts to city services and a $1 billion shift of resources out of the New York Police Department. New York, like the rest of the […]

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Spurred by the 2019 Death of Layleen Polanco, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Moves to End Solitary Confinement in City Jails

Photo: Jamie McCarthy (Getty Images) A year after trans Afro-Latina Layleen Xtravaganza Polanco died while imprisoned in solitary confinement at Rikers Island, New York City Bill de Blasio has vowed to end the practice “once and for all.” Advertisement The mayor made the announcement during his Monday briefing, invoking Polanco’s name as well as that […]

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After More Than a Month of Protests in New York, What’s Next?

Tens of thousands of New Yorkers have poured onto city streets for the last month. They have marched hundreds of miles, closed bridges, shut down highways and, most recently, taken up residence outside City Hall, calling for the police budget to be slashed. In the chaotic first days of the city’s protests demanding police reform, […]

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Broadway Will Remain Closed Through the Rest of the Year

Broadway will remain closed for at least the rest of this year, and many shows are signaling that they do not expect a return to the stage until late winter or early spring. The Broadway League said Monday that theater owners and producers will refund or exchange tickets previously purchased for shows through Jan. 3. […]

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Public Spaces Weren’t Designed for Pandemics. N.Y.C. Is Trying to Adapt.

A sweeping red-glass staircase in the heart of Times Square that is a magnet for selfie-snapping tourists has been barricaded off. There are calls for one-way sidewalks on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where the concrete is too narrow to keep people six feet apart. Tables for two and potted trees may soon replace […]

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Mayor de Blasio, Bring Back Summer Jobs

As our country grapples with both a global pandemic and the devastating impacts of long-term systemic racism, political leaders are rightfully looking to enact policies that meaningfully benefit low-income and minority communities. Many solutions will take time, but there is one action that mayors across the country — including in New York City — can […]

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These Are the Heartbreaking Belongings That Covid Victims Left Behind

When virus patients died, New York hospitals were faced with a sensitive problem: What to do with thousands of personal items? June 29, 2020 ImageMount Sinai Hospital collected and stored Rafael Eli’s belongings soon after his death in April. Rafael Eli, 68, stopped breathing in the early hours of April 16 after having spent 18 […]

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How the Floyd Protests Turned Into a 24-Hour ‘Occupy City Hall’ in N.Y.

It started on Tuesday night when about 100 protesters began occupying City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan — with some spending the night — in an effort to draw more focus to their demand for deep budget cuts to the Police Department. In a matter of days, a movement took root. What started on a […]

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N.Y.C. Pride: How the Virus and Protests Changed a 50-Year Celebration

Not six months ago, the idea of this year’s Pride March in New York City, on the 50th anniversary of the first parade, would have conjured images of colorful floats and hundreds of thousands of revelers packed into city streets. But under the threat of the pandemic, and with official festivities canceled, the march on […]

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Beaches and Swimming During Covid: Only For the Rich?

Like other crises in the past, the coronavirus pandemic has provided an opportunity for communities to act on their most exclusionary impulses. This summer, private pools and beach clubs, as well as public facilities in wealthier areas, are reopening with new measures to ensure that the general public stays out: hiring more security, aggressively checking […]

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Actual Coronavirus Infections Vastly Undercounted, C.D.C. Data Shows

The number of coronavirus infections in many parts of the United States is more than 10 times higher than the reported rate, according to data released on Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The analysis is part of a wide-ranging set of surveys started by the C.D.C. to estimate how widely the […]

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Why Out-of-Work New Yorkers Are Starting Cooking Businesses

In 2013, after years of working as an art director, Miriam Weiskind gave into her love of pizza, first giving pizza tours and then making them at Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Earlier this year, she lost both jobs because of the pandemic. “I was trying to file for unemployment and I was one of […]

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