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Ralph R. Ortega

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Opinion

Editor’s note: Moving MSG could be a winner for New York City

Opening up Penn Station to let in light would be a good thing for commuters – and potentially the Knicks.

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Opinion

Editor’s Note: Missing the 9/11 Tribute Museum

The museum’s location in lower Manhattan was closed just about a month before this year’s observance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Personality

Personality

Julie Menin on expanding Wi-Fi to NYCHA residents

The New York City Council member also discusses the detection of arsenic in the water at the Jacob Riis Houses and cuts to the Department of Education budget in an interview with City & State.

Editor's Note

Personality

Editor’s note: Policymakers must stop the continued suffering of carriage horses

The city’s elected officials are missing how New Yorkers have a lot of love for animals by not addressing this controversy.

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Opinion

Editor’s Note: Migrants arriving in NYC deserve their day in court

Nonprofits working with the new arrivals have received hundreds of improperly addressed asylum hearing notices.

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Opinion

Editor’s Note: Go ahead, stomp the spotted lanternfly

New Yorkers may find relief from some of the frustrations that have hit the city this summer by doing their civic duty and killing this pest on sight.

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Opinion

Editor’s Note: Penn Station art promises to ‘energize’ trips through the transit hub

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s $22 billion redevelopment plan should do the same for the rest of the station and the area.

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Opinion

Editor’s Note: Migrants are people, not pawns

Texas and Arizona’s little game of busing people who crossed the border illegally to Washington, D.C., has now got New York City involved.

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Opinion

Editor’s Note: NYN Media gets a new look

We’ve refreshed our website to improve on the user experience and better showcase news and opinion for New York’s nonprofit community.

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Opinion

Editor’s Note: Marijuana sales are all over New York, why ruin a good thing?

The state Office of Cannabis Management warned 52 “ilicit retail operations” to stop the unlicensed sale of pot products, while others in government have turned a blind eye to those defying the law.

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Opinion

Editor’s note: ‘Get stuff done’ delivers for Juneteenth

It looks like Mayor Eric Adams’ determination helped create a paid holiday in celebration of Juneteenth for all municipal employees for the first time in city history.

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Opinion

Editor’s Note: Celebrating My Comrade magazine’s place in New York history

Drag queen Linda Simpson founded the publication in 1987, leading the charge for “Gay Lib” as the AIDS crisis was unfolding.

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Opinion

Editor’s Note: A call for saving the medallions along the Avenue of the Americas

There were once 300 medallions with the national seals of countries in the Western Hemisphere, but now only a handful remain, rusted and neglected.

Personality

Personality

A new group to help Times Square emerge from COVID-19 pandemic

A Q&A with Times Square Alliance President Tom Harris about the Midtown BID Coalition and what’s being done to connect homeless people with services.

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Opinion

Editor’s Note: City & State New York and PIX11 to co-moderate lieutenant governor Democratic primary debate

The event, presented in partnership with the Coro New York Leadership Center and hosted by the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, will be livestreamed on June 1.

News & Politics

Politics

City & State event highlights efforts to help MWBEs

The annual Diversity Summit gathered stakeholders to discuss how to improve the competitive procurement process.

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Opinion

Editor’s Note: ¡Ay caramba! There’s no easy way of saying ‘gerrymandering’ in Spanish

This dirty word from politics has no easy translation for Spanish-speaking voters, who along with the rest of the electorate need more education on the redistricting process.

Opinion

Opinion

Editor’s Note: Leave Delgado’s ethnicity alone

Debating what a person thinks about their own ethnic background is offensive.