public safety

NYCHA Security Cameras Blocked

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

It’s tough to spot criminals you can’t see.

Yet five NYCHA security cameras at the gritty Van Dyke Houses in Brownsville have been rendered useless since the agency installed scaffolding that blocks their view.


Horseless Carriage Reimagined

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

After a campaign in which he promised to ban horse-drawn carriages as one of his first official acts, Mayor Bill de Blasio is now promising to ban them by the end of the year.

The delay hasn’t stopped owners and animal-rights advocates from looking for alternatives.


Challenges For Waterfront Plan

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Bronx leaders are planning a waterfront district they say will rival Brooklyn Bridge Park – but a draft plan warns of steep challenges in building a neighborhood from scratch on a long-desolate flood zone.

The draft report from SoBRO, the Mott Haven-based development group, raises issues that also include pedestrian safety, waterfront access and site accessibility. The report, obtained by the Mott Haven Herald, comes amidst community members’ concerns about whether the development will have enough affordable housing – or potentially divide the neighborhood between the haves and the have-nots.


A ‘Maple Street’ For Queens

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

To many members of the NYPD, Jack Maple was the crime-fighting genius who developed the CompStat tracking program credited with helping dramatically slash New York’s crime in the mid-1990s.

To the fashion-conscious, Maple was a dapper dresser, always clad in a bowler hat, bow tie and wing-tip shoes.

And to some Richmond Hill residents, “Jack Maple” might soon be the name of the street in their neighborhood.


Scenes From a Tragedy

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

A ‘Vision’ For a Safer Jay St.

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Violence Victims Wait for Homes

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Solitary Confinement Limit Push

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

A Push For Rikers Island Reform

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013