Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
On a recent Wednesday afternoon, about fifteen high school students from the International Community High School (ICHS) in the South Bronx stood at the gates of City Hall, where they plan to stand every Wednesday until their demands are met: sports at their school, and all small schools in New York City.
“Chancellor Fariña, you did not read our research. If you did, you would be standing with us and not against us!” belted senior Sory Konate. Other students chanted “Civil rights matter!” to the rhythm of four students drumming on bright orange Home Depot buckets. They stood behind a bright white banner embossed with the image of a clasped black fist and their movement’s social media tag, #civilrightsmatter.
Standing by, distributing fliers and keeping an eagle eye out for councilmembers, was David Garcia-Rosen, the man who had been their school dean until March, when he was removed from the school following another action calling for expanded access to sports.
Monday, May 4th, 2015
Early last month New York State health officials partially lifted a 17-year-old ban on transgender health care from Medicaid, affording people seeking surgeries transitioning from one gender to another coverage for the procedures.
But a key element to transgender health care is still unavailable because there are no surgeons in New York City who specialize in gender reassignment surgery. People who want to have bottom surgery, changing their body below the belt, and top surgery, which changes the body above the belt, need to go out of state for their operations, making the process more complicated, expensive and harrowing.
The regulation, which took effect March 11, has left Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital, which hopes to be the first in New York to provide transitional surgeries, scrambling to meet the new demand.
Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Reed Dunlea captured video of arrests made during a Manhattan protest in support of demonstrators in Baltimore decrying the case of Freddie Gray, who died while in police custody.
Marguerite Ward, in a video for Voices of NY, talked to protestors about complaints over the loaded language used by some media outlets to describe the reaction to Gray’s death.
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.