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UWS Traffic Safety Fears Grow

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Pedestrian fatalities dipped citywide last year after the introduction of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero program – but the crackdown on drivers seemingly had little effect on the Upper West Side.

The 10025 zip code recorded six pedestrian deaths in 2014 – up from one the previous year.

Upper West Side community leaders contend the mayor’s plan to eliminate pedestrian fatalities by 2024 has made zero progress in their bustling neighborhood. They’re calling for stricter traffic regulations and urging people to be careful every time they step off the curb.

 

Summit Tackles Gender Equality

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Thousands of women from around the world flocked to the United Nations to promote gender equality and better business practices. The event, hosted by the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a partnership of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, drew business leaders, government officials – and a few men.

Also on hand was presumed presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, who opened the event at the UN after addressing questions about why she used her personal email account when she was secretary of state.

The two-day event drew more than 6,000 participants to discuss concrete steps to advance gender equality in the workplace and in communities across the globe.

Staten Island’s Heroin Problem

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Kayla Vitale’s heart stopped for more than 15 minutes as she was being transferred from one hospital to another after overdosing on heroin. “I wasn’t supposed to live,” she said recently

Now Vitale is five-months sober – and sharing her story. She hopes that her near-death experience will help prevent others from suffering a similar – or worse – fate.

Vitale is from Staten Island, where heroin death rates are 30 percent higher, per capita, than the city average. Experts believe heroin use skyrocketed following the 2012 passage of the I-STOP law, which made opiates harder to get.

Opiate addicts were forced to look elsewhere in order to feed pill habits, with many moving onto heroin, experts say.

Foodies Get a Kickstart

Friday, January 30th, 2015

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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