New York City

Editor's Note

Editor’s Note: A beloved Upper West Sider is frank about pandemic isolation

Brigitta “Brig” Ortner, a friend of local politicians and a Holocaust survivor, uses a dry sense of humor to keep up her morale.

Ask the Experts

New York City is weighing a major expansion of voting rights. Here’s what you need to know.

Roughly 900,000 immigrants would be allowed to vote in municipal elections under a bill being considered in the City Council, but the mayor’s office doesn’t yet back it.

Housing

How do you make underground apartments safer? Many legislators and housing advocates say legalize them.

Though recent events have thrust the issue to the forefront, advocates have been working on the issue of expanding cellar and basement housing units for decades.

Interviews & Profiles

What Assembly Member Jessica González-Rojas saw at Rikers

Queens legislators are calling on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Kathy Hochul and prosecutors to take immediate steps to address overcrowding on Rikers Island.

Interviews & Profiles

NYC’s emergency management commissioner is planning for the next storm

John Scrivani talks about 9/11, the recent floods and the threat that keeps him up at night.

This Week's Headline

A new LG in town as storm recovery continues

Rounding up the week’s political news.

New York City

DOC pushes improvement plan as Rikers gets worse

As the jail is set to close by 2027, efforts are underway to address living and working conditions at the struggling, understaffed facility.

New York City

Organized labor’s new generation of political directors

A diverse group of staffers are delivering for New York’s top unions.

New York City

Protecting NYC 20 years after 9/11

A look at the controversial counterterrorism efforts that reshaped the NYPD and whether it was all worth it.

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Power List

The 2021 New York City Labor Power 100

The union leaders and labor advocates defending the city’s workers.

Bill de Blasio

Why de Blasio will run for governor … and why he won’t

What’s on the mayor’s mind as he plans his next move

Energy & Environment

Flash flooding highlights immediate dangers of climate change – again

Elected officials and activists say state and local governments need to do more now.

Energy & Environment

How New York can prepare for flooding

A summer of extreme weather continued this week, as Hurricane Ida blew through the state, leading to at least 9 deaths in New York City.

Education

NYC schools and health officials push in-person learning, despite calls for remote option

Here are the key points for why kids are still returning to class, despite concerns members of the New York City Council had during an education committee hearing Wednesday.

New York State

The race to replace Brian Benjamin is on

A long list of candidates are interested in representing Harlem in the state Senate.

Transportation

The MTA isn’t budging on ending shared Access-A-Ride trips

Users want solo rides to resume because of the pandemic, but the MTA claims a driver shortage makes that impossible.