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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul called the Legislature back to the Capitol for an extraordinary session Thursday to pass a bill that, among other things, would ban guns in many public places after the Supreme Court made it easier to obtain a concealed carry permit. Things didn't quite go as planned. The Legislature packed it in around 1 a.m. after Hochu…
 
Timothy Davis recalls spending last summer mostly in his apartment, taking COVID-19 tests weekly to protect immunocompromised relatives — and hunkering over a laptop doing volunteer work remotely. Those days are long gone, though. This summer, Davis, 21, said he plans to make up for lost time with bowling, beach excursions, and spending time with f…
 
The Supreme Court ended its term today by striking a blow to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its authority to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. The opinion addressed a series of lawsuits around the Clean Power Plan — an Obama-era directive meant to curb emissions from energy facilities powered by coal. This directive technical…
 
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul won the Democratic primary for governor Tuesday, becoming the first woman to ever win a major-party gubernatorial nomination in the Empire State, the Associated Press projected. The AP called the race for Hochul at 9:26 p.m. Hochul, of Buffalo, easily warded off challenges from fellow Democrats Tom Suozzi – a Long Island …
 
The 4th of July weekend is nearly here. While many of us are making plans involving cookouts, beaches and fireworks, some New Yorkers are getting ready to spend their weekend in a very different way. Violence interrupters work to try to stop crime before it happens, bringing a public health approach to street violence. And while the 4th of July wee…
 
A bill to regulate New Jersey’s growing temp worker industry passed the state Senate and Assembly on Wednesday and is now headed to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk. The measure will improve working conditions for the state’s nearly 130,000 temp workers who fuel about a quarter of New Jersey’s warehouse labor. Last year, Gothamist reported on the largely un…
 
Walk down the streets of New York City, and it might feel like most people have moved on from the pandemic. But COVID-19 isn’t finished with us. Even though the most recent surge has peaked, cases remain high. The virus is still infecting 3,000 city residents per day — a level that hasn’t really budged for two weeks. This plateau is mirrored in the…
 
The MTA says its congestion pricing program is back on track after federal officials delayed approval of a routine environmental assessment for months. This spring, after MTA officials submitted documents to the Federal Highway Administration they were taken aback when the feds replied with more than 400 follow up questions about the environmental …
 
New York City Council members had 90 minutes on Tuesday to question the city’s jails chief and Mayor Eric Adams' chief counsel about the ongoing humanitarian crisis at Rikers Island, but they declined to ask specific questions or follow-ups about the issues facing the jails complex that have garnered the most public attention. Among the issues not …
 
Peter’s Mine Road is plastered with signs. On one side, they say “congratulations class of 2022.” On the other, they say “Superfund site.” Pollution in this area of Ringwood, New Jersey dates back to 1967, when the Ford Motor Company began dumping paint sludge and other hazardous byproducts from their Mahwah car factory on land surrounding a defunc…
 
New York voters will head to the polls Tuesday to pick the Democratic and Republican nominees for governor. Gov. Kathy Hochul is seeking her first full term, but two of her fellow Democrats -- Rep. Tom Suozzi of Long Island and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams -- are hoping to put her out of work. And there's a heated four-way race am…
 
As voting comes to a close in the New York State primary elections, we gather on the air to talk about the potential nominees, and what this election cycle means for politics in the Empire State. Brian Lehrer hosts a conversation with Jenna Flanagan, host of MetroFocus from the WNET Group; and Brigid Bergin, WNYC/Gothamist's politics and City Hall …
 
An affordable housing co-op in West Harlem is weighing their options — change over to electric heat pumps, install rooftop solar or both. It’s an energy decision they must make in the next couple of years when their boiler that runs on fuel oil #2 needs to be replaced, as new climate laws take effect. For these homeowners, who are all low-to-middle…
 
It’s impossible to keep up with everything happening in New York City arts and culture, but here are a few recommendations for events you shouldn’t miss: 1. "By Land, Air, Home, and Sea: The World of Frank Walter" This show was assembled for the David Zwirner Gallery by Hilton Als, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic for The New Yorker. Walt…
 
The phone has been ringing nonstop at John Deloca’s shooting range since the moment the Supreme Court ruling was announced. Deloca, who owns the Seneca Sporting Range in Ridgewood, Queens, teaches classes that help people get New York City gun licenses and permits. The ruling may mean that New York concealed carry permits – until now granted only t…
 
Natelegé Whaley and Naima Moore Turner started organizing double Dutch outings not just for nostalgic fun, but also to create space for Black people in a rapidly gentrifying borough. The founders of Brooklyn Recess round up eager participants from throughout the city for their jump-rope outings in Brooklyn parks, and sometimes at public events wher…
 
The Supreme Court's ruling Thursday to strike down a century-old law in New York limiting the ability to carry a gun in public has faced immediate condemnation from elected officials. In New York, Governor Kathy Hochul called the decision "reckless and reprehensible," and Mayor Eric Adams said the decision "has made every single one of us less safe…
 
New York parents seeking the COVID-19 vaccine for their infants and toddlers have had little luck so far. Despite the federal government authorizing the vaccines for children ages 6 months to 5 years old over the weekend, supplies of the Pfizer and Moderna shots have yet to be delivered, according to interviews with a half dozen pediatricians, phar…
 
What’s better than spending a lazy summer afternoon strolling in the park or cooling off at the beach? How about bringing along a New York City shelter dog! WNYC’s Amy Pearl tried out the Borough Break program at Animal Care Centers of NYC. Meet Victory! Victory at the Staten Island shore on her day away from the shelter(Amy Pearl/WNYC)Victory the …
 
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide a dispute between New York and New Jersey over the future of a port watchdog agency that was created 70 years ago to combat organized crime. On Tuesday, the court granted both states’ joint motion to decide whether New Jersey can withdraw from the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, a watchdog agency establi…
 
Corrections officers at the Rikers Island jail complex would be barred from holding incarcerated people alone in cells for extended periods of time under legislation that Public Advocate Jumaane Williams plans to unveil today. The draft legislation, shared first with Gothamist, would allow officers to put people in solitary confinement only for a f…
 
Fifty years ago, five burglars were arrested inside the Democratic National Committee Headquarters at the Watergate hotel in the early hours of June 17th, 1972. The ensuing investigation exposed a trail of abuses leading to President Richard Nixon himself. Former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman was a freshman Representative at the time, and quickl…
 
The Harlem Chamber Players swell to orchestral proportions to revive "The Ordering of Moses," a biblical oratorio composed by Harlem Renaissance artist R. Nathaniel Dett, at Riverside Church in advance of Juneteenth weekend. The piece premiered on NBC Radio in 1937, but was cut short before the performance had concluded. Conductor Damien Sneed says…
 
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