NYCHA federal monitor: problems persist despite progress

NYCHA federal monitor: problems persist despite progress

The city’s public housing agency, the New York City Housing Authority, has faced many systemic problems for decades. And nearly four years after a court-appointed federal monitor was put in place to oversee NYCHA, a recent report from the monitor reveals that many of those problems persist. Bart Schwartz, the federal monitor, joined Errol Louis … Read more

Misty Copeland reflect on new book, ‘The Wind at my Back’

Misty Copeland reflect on new book, ‘The Wind at my Back’

In her 20-year career with the American Ballet Theatre, Principal Dancer Misty Copeland has shattered countless racial barriers on her way to the top. She chronicles those accomplishments and the struggles to reach them in a new book, “The Wind at My Back.” It’s written through the lens of her relationship with one woman who … Read more

Greg’s Trees owner on how to pick the perfect Christmas tree

Greg’s Trees owner on how to pick the perfect Christmas tree

Christmas trees are being sold all across the city. But not everybody knows how to buy the right one, or how to care for their Christmas tree. Greg’s Trees owner, Greg Walsh, has been selling Christmas trees to New Yorkers since 1985. He has eight locations in the city, with stands in Williamsburg, the Lower … Read more

Breaking down New York’s new public campaign finance program

Breaking down New York’s new public campaign finance program

After Election Day, New York’s new public campaign finance program took effect for future election cycles. In an effort to curb the influence of wealthy donors, smaller campaign contributions ranging between $5 to $250 can now be matched with public funding, similar to New York City’s existing campaign finance system. Although the program hopes to … Read more

NY lawmakers want to hit brakes on a Thruway toll hike

NY lawmakers want to hit brakes on a Thruway toll hike

New York lawmakers want to thwart potential toll increases at the state Thruway for the first time in more than a decade.  But those in the construction industry, as well as the Thruway Authority itself, believe the hikes are necessary in order to shore up aging infrastructure on the 496-mile system.  The Thruway Authority’s board … Read more

Jesse Tyler Ferguson debuts new film

Jesse Tyler Ferguson debuts new film

Tony-winning actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson has a new film out that shines a spotlight on the longest shutdown in Broadway history. The film is titled “Broadway Rising.” On Stage host Frank DiLella recently caught up with the “Modern Family” star to talk about his latest project, which will play in theaters on Monday night. To … Read more

Gingerbread houses, ferries, and MSG highlight new exhibit

Gingerbread houses, ferries, and MSG highlight new exhibit

Baker Sherry Kozlowski’s gingerbread house is more like a gingerbread block. She spent 40 hours crafting the gingerbread tribute to her Queens neighborhood. “This is my imaginary block of goodness. This is all the shops that I shop at regularly, if they were all in one block,” said Kozlowski, who used melted gummy bears to … Read more

60 years of The Beach Boys

60 years of The Beach Boys

Believe it or not, it’s been over half a century since the Beach Boys created that surfin’, Southern California sound. In honor of their 60th anniversary, the Beach Boys celebration included a stop in Los Angeles to check out some never-before-seen photographs of the famous band. Vintage LA’s Alison Martino has more. Watch “The SoCal Scene” … Read more

Advocate breaks down challenges LGBTQ youth face

Advocate breaks down challenges LGBTQ youth face

The House of Representatives will be taking up the marriage equality bill next week, to provide protections for same-sex and interracial marriages. The vote comes as the LGBTQ community looks to heal from the mass shooting at a nightclub in Colorado, just two weeks ago. Closer to home, LGBTQ youth have been facing ongoing challenges, … Read more

Billionaire discusses the future of cryptocurrency in NY

Billionaire discusses the future of cryptocurrency in NY

Shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed into law a new temporary moratorium on certain kinds of cryptocurrency mining at fossil fuel plants. A year ago, newly elected Mayor Eric Adams vowed to make New York the center of the cryptocurrency industry, taking his first few paychecks in bitcoin and ethereum, two of … Read more