New York City News Service http://www.nycitynewsservice.com A Student-Powered Service at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:20:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Where the Snow Goes http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/03/snow-goes/ http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/03/snow-goes/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:18:42 +0000 https://www.nycitynewsservice.com/?p=20862 In this winter of our discontent, New York and other hard-hit cities are facing snow removal challenges.]]>

The color of the snow — rusty white with patches of dirt — matched that of the sanitation trucks that brought it to the mounting pile in the center of a New York City Financial District block on one Wednesday afternoon this winter. Workers from the towering office buildings nearby who were on a smoke break gazed at the story-high pile and rumbling tractors that were shoveling it. One snapped a photo.

At the other end of the block, which was roped off from traffic, two tractors shoveled the snow inside a large, orange, steaming metal vat on wheels — a snow melter. The shoveled loads seemed to disappear into the rising vapor.

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SPECIAL REPORT: The Rap Sheet Trap http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/03/special-report-rap-sheet-trap/ http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/03/special-report-rap-sheet-trap/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:53:44 +0000 https://www.nycitynewsservice.com/?p=20856 Millions of New Yorkers are stuck with mistakes on their criminal records.]]> ]]> http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/03/special-report-rap-sheet-trap/feed/ 0 All Not Aboard on Bus Station http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/02/not-aboard-bus-station/ http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/02/not-aboard-bus-station/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:33:16 +0000 https://www.nycitynewsservice.com/?p=20850 The ongoing George Washington Bridge Bus Station renovation project is littered with broken promises to the community, local leaders charge.]]>

Local leaders in Washington Heights blasted the developer behind the George Washington Bridge Bus Station renovation, charging it failed to hire local workers for the project, is not offering enough community space in the retail complex and is keeping locals in the dark about its plans.

Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who represents the area in which the station sits at West 178th Street and Broadway, ripped the George Washington Bridge Bus Station Development Venture at a meeting of the Council’s transportation committee, saying it hasn’t followed through on promises to work with the neighborhood.

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Paper Victory in Wage Cases http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/02/paper-victory-wage-cases/ http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/02/paper-victory-wage-cases/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:34:42 +0000 https://www.nycitynewsservice.com/?p=20841 Employers have failed to pay tens of millions of dollar to cheated workers, ignoring court orders, labor advocates charge.]]>

The New York State Department of Labor boasts that it has recovered $169.4 million in stolen wages since 2011 through settlements and judgments against employers.

But workers aren’t seeing all of that money.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Mobile on the Move http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/02/special-report-mobile-move/ http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/02/special-report-mobile-move/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:26:59 +0000 https://www.nycitynewsservice.com/?p=20834 A look at how the news travels – and where it's headed.]]> ]]> http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/02/special-report-mobile-move/feed/ 0 Coat Donations, Mercury Drop http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/02/coat-donations-mercury-drop/ http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/02/coat-donations-mercury-drop/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:38:02 +0000 https://www.nycitynewsservice.com/?p=20817 The demand for coats for needy New Yorkers is high, but the supply is low this winter.]]>

A shortage of coat donations amid the frigid winter has left some of the city’s most vulnerable residents without the bare necessities.

New York Cares is out of coats after distributing the last of its 75,000 stock on Feb. 6, according to Katherine Kientiz, a service events officer for the charity. That number fell far short of the 103,000 requests for coats that came from the 480 public and private groups to which New York Cares supplies outerwear, Kienitz added.

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A Scramble for Sanitation Jobs http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/02/scramble-sanitation-jobs/ http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/02/scramble-sanitation-jobs/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 22:56:09 +0000 https://www.nycitynewsservice.com/?p=20810 More than 90,000 candidates are competing for 500 jobs as the city holds its first exams in eight years for a shot to join New York's Strongest.]]>

On a frigid January night in Queens, the wood-panelled society clubhouse was full of people preparing for one of the most important tests they would ever take. New York’s sanitation worker exam was only three weeks away and there was little time for small talk.

More than 40 exam applicants sat in rows of faded plastic chairs, shuffling through practice materials and asking what it was like to pick up the city’s garbage. A group of stern-faced members from the African-American Benevolent Society (AABS) – all current or retired sanitation employees – stood up front and told them that the job could be tough, but the pay is steady and the pension is excellent.

“Once you’re hired, you’ll get a check for the rest of your life,” said Superintendent Lyle Reid.

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Foodies Get a Kickstart http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/01/foodies-get-kickstart/ http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/01/foodies-get-kickstart/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:09:58 +0000 https://www.nycitynewsservice.com/?p=20800 Crowdfunding helps two Brooklyn food businesses beat the odds.]]>

When Elaine Li of Sweet & Shiny Café experienced costly and unexpected repairs for her café and cake decorating business, she turned to Kickstarter for help.

“It saved my butt,” said Li.

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A Push to Open Adoption Records http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/01/push-open-adoption-records/ http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/01/push-open-adoption-records/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:37:09 +0000 https://www.nycitynewsservice.com/?p=20794 A proposed law would grant all adult adoptees born in New York access to their birth records.]]>

Carole Whitehead was 18 when her parents sent her to the Lakeview Home for Unwed Mothers in Staten Island.

“They had only one goal there, which was to get the baby away from the mothers,” said Whitehead, now 70. “They told me if I truly loved my baby, I would give him up.”

When Whitehead surrendered her son, she requested that her confidentiality be waived, so he might one day find her. She was told such waivers were “contrary to the laws of New York.”

In 1963, it was against state law for adopted children to ever view their original birth certificates. It remains so in 2015.

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Runners Chart a Safer Course http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/01/runners-chart-safer-course/ http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2015/01/runners-chart-safer-course/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:25:50 +0000 https://www.nycitynewsservice.com/?p=20788 Just weeks after the New York City Marathon, runners find themselves on extra alert during the dark days of winter. Some are turning to a self-defense workshop for help.]]>

Winter’s dark mornings and early-afternoons have many of the city’s runners logging more and more hours in the dark.  For runners like Vivian Molina, 68, who run alone, winter means an increased awareness about personal safety.

“As a woman I’m very conscious about safety so when this came up, I didn’t even wait two seconds, I just signed us up,” said Molina.

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