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The number of people trespassing on subway tracks has ticked up for the past three years. And its deadly, with 68 people killed last year. This week the MTA put out a report outlining how it plans to prevent track intrusions. The report finds in most cases people are choosing to go on to the tracks—these aren’t accidents. Most incidents delay train…
 
The horrific shooting in a Texas elementary school Tuesday had some familiar elements for the families that lost children in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012. That shooting took the lives of 20 children and six adults. Former Gov. Dan Malloy led the state during the shooting. He spoke to WNYC Morning Editio…
 
In the MTA’s ongoing efforts to address fare evasion, MTA Chair Janno Lieber has recently taken a new tack: appealing to riders’ morality. He says people who pay the fare feel like "suckers" when they see others hopping turnstiles or going through the exit gate. WNYC's Stephen Nessen talked to commuters to find out if this is how they view fare eva…
 
Nassau Community College's former observatory is looking for a new home, and a group of amateur astronomers hopes it could become New York City's first for-the-public observatory. The Garden City school closed the 12-foot-high, 6-foot-wide observatory at the end of 2019 as it prepared for renovations. The structure, which was used by astronomy stud…
 
After shutting down during the pandemic, Harlem icon Charles Pan-Fried Chicken is back with two new locations. Scott Lynch joins Weekend Edition host David Furst to talk about a big return for Chef Charles Gabriel. Charles Pan-Fried Chicken: The Harlem location at 340 West 145th St., at the corner of Edgecombe Avenue. The UWS location is at 146 Wes…
 
A court-appointed mapmaker finalized New York's congressional districts and state Senate districts early Saturday morning, putting them in place for the next decade - barring any further lawsuits. Carnegie Mellon University fellow Jonathan Cervas, who was tasked with redrawing new district lines after a set of Democrat-drawn maps were overturned, r…
 
Former Mayor Bill de Blasio officially announced Friday that he will run for U.S. Congress, entering what is expected to be a crowded field of Democratic contenders for a newly carved out 10th district — stretching from Lower Manhattan to the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Borough Park and Park Slope. “People are hurting, they need help, they need help …
 
Less than a year ago, Gregory Mingo was serving out a double life sentence that began with his incarceration in 1981 and was set to end in 2031. But now, at the age of 69, Mingo is a free man, and looking to shape criminal justice policy in New York. WNYC’s Arun Venugopal has more on his new life as an activist, and the obstacles to change.…
 
In the valley below Times Square's electrified billboards and skyscrapers stands a 30-foot tall inflatable sculpture: a horror comedy mashup of a child’s bouncy castle and a nuclear mushroom cloud. At the very top are big black letters that demand “Zero Nukes” in the eight languages of the countries thought to possess nuclear weapons: English, Russ…
 
New York City’s risk level for COVID-19 upgraded from medium to high on Tuesday, according to a bulletin from the city’s Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan. The announcement came a day after Vasan issued a new advisory about the spread of the coronavirus, which has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 New Yorkers since the pandemic emerged in ea…
 
A 31-year-old woman incarcerated at Rikers Island died Wednesday, officials said. She was the 21st person to die in city custody since the beginning of last year. The cause of Mary Yehudah’s death is under investigation, according to the Department of Correction. She was pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital. The Daily News reported that Yehudah suf…
 
Kevin Noel spends his days selling electric bikes and scooters — and helping clients whose vehicles are misbehaving. He’s never had a problem with his own ride, a blue-and-white e-bike decorated with stickers, but he has heard the stories about electric-bike fires and seen his fair share of fried batteries. “I charge it inside my house,” Noel, who …
 
Just below the World Trade Center and Liberty Park in Lower Manhattan, you’ll find Washington Street, a stretch of four relatively nondescript blocks – there’s a hotel, a Starbucks, a burger place. But from around 1880 to 1940, this street was the hub of a thriving neighborhood called Little Syria. And that neighborhood gives its name to a new show…
 
A New Jersey State Police sergeant won’t face criminal charges after he fatally shot and killed a Black man on the Garden State Parkway two years ago. The state Attorney General’s Office said a state grand jury declined to charge Sgt. Randall Wetzel in the shooting death of 28-year-old Maurice Gordon. He died two days before George Floyd was killed…
 
New York City Mayor Eric Adams hopped on an Amtrak train and headed north Tuesday – all in a last-minute attempt to convince Albany lawmakers to support the city’s agenda before they end their annual session in two weeks. Adams, a Democrat, worked the halls of the Legislative Office Building in Albany, darting from meeting to meeting with rank-and-…
 
New York voters and candidates have a busy summer in store for them, with not just one but two primary dates. This is all the result of the redistricting process in which a Steuben County judge ruled the initially drawn maps were unconstitutional. WNYC's Jon Campbell and Brigid Bergin explain. Read more about the redistricting process and how this …
 
Once again WNYC's Culture and Arts Editor Steve Smith joins David Furst for our weekend arts planner. This week, it's a mix of new visual art and new music.1. Lauren Halsey's first solo exhibition in New York David Kordansky opened his first gallery in Los Angeles’s Chinatown in 2003, and rapidly developed a reputation for showcasing the city's mos…
 
Nestled inside Stokes State Forest in New Jersey, about a half-dozen children are setting up insect traps, using vanilla cookies and tuna to see what six-legged creatures they snag. “Doing science is very easy, you can just go to the dollar store like I did,” Denise Manole, 24, said as she led a class on identifying insects on a spring morning. “It…
 
New York was trying to send a message. The state permitted marijuana possession last year, but recreational sales of the drug remain illegal until regulators can set up business licenses. This process has been slow — with the first legal sales still months away. But recreational dispensaries didn’t want to wait and began “gifting” their customers w…
 
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