Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
Barnum Andrew Underwood was a lover of rooftops and adventure. He stole underwear, shredded toilet paper with gusto and ran wild through a newspaper distribution center in Long Island City more than once.
Barnum was also a dog – a black lab mix – and one of the last of what Sunnyside United Dog Society (SUDS) members call the “SUDS originals.” Those were the dogs there at the beginning, the ones who inspired their owners to create a popular dog run in Lou Lodati Park that opened nearly 18 months ago.
Monday, October 26th, 2015
Rikers Island has been at the center of controversy amid allegations of mismanagement, mistreatment of inmates and a lawsuit filed earlier this year accusing correctional staff of sex abuse.
Protesters mounted a sit-in at the city’s largest jail complex to call for the facility’s closure and an end to police brutality nationwide. The demonstration was part of #RiseUpOctober, a series of rallies against abuses by law enforcement authorities.
Saturday, September 19th, 2015
City officials hoped that Mayor De Blasio’s landmark Universal Pre-K (UPK) program would draw 73,000 students in its second year, but only 65,000 youngsters have enrolled so far. Deputy Mayor Richard Buery wants parents to know they can still sign up their 4-year-olds for this school year by dialing 311, going to nyc.gov/prek or texting “Pre-K” to 877-877 for assistance.
To help get the word out about the program, which costs city taxpayers $300 million annually, Buery joined Queens Borough President Melinda Katz at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a new Pre-K classroom in seemingly unlikely, but appropriate, spot: a Long Island City library.