Hundreds protest Amazon summit to demand the tech giant cut ties with ICE

Hundreds of protesters demanded that Amazon cut any ties it may have with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Thursday protest outside the Amazon Web Services Summit at the Javits Center was sparked by leaked documents showing that Amazon Web Services is willing to provide ICE with its Rekognition Video system. The system identifies people, objects, text, scenes, and activities in images or videos and provides “highly accurate facial analysis and facial recognition on image and video.”

U.S. women’s soccer team arrives in NYC to celebrate World Cup win

They’ve just won the World Cup, but they’re not going to Disney World — the U.S. Women’s National Team jumped on a plane and headed straight for Manhattan. Ahead of Wednesday’s ticker-tape parade honoring the champs after their 2-0 win against the Netherlands in the final, co-captains Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan joined defender Crystal Dunn and midfielder Rose Lavelle to speak with reporters outside their lower Manhattan hotel on Monday.

Team USA’s 4th World Cup win ‘good for our country,’ fans say

Hundreds of New York fans excitedly screamed and chanted with every feat of footwork during the U.S. women’s soccer team’s fourth World Cup win on Sunday. The U.S. beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the final in Lyon, France, after going into half-time with only zeros on the scoreboard. Megan Rapinoe scored the first goal at 61 minutes with a penalty kick and Rose Lavelle found the net for the second score only eight minutes later.

Joey Chestnut devours 12th title at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island

Surrounded by soggy crumbs, empty yellow cups and the cheers of approximately 35,000 people, Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo bit off the most they could chew at Thursday’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Chestnut won his 12th Nathan’s contest with 71 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, falling just four franks shy of besting his own record of 74 hot dogs in 2018. Sudo, 32, ate 31 in 10 minutes, defeating Michelle Lesco, who finished second with 26. 

‘Close the camps’: New Yorkers demand an end to immigrant detention centers

Roughly 450 New Yorkers gathered at four emotional Close the Camps rallies on Tuesday, demanding that Congress put an end to immigrant detention centers. The protests, part of more than 180 happening nationwide, took place at Middle Collegiate Church in Manhattan and in Brooklyn at Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s office, Rep. Max Rose’s office and at Prospect Park West.

Transgender people of color feel left behind in LGBTQ celebrations

Since she was a young teenager in the city’s foster care system, Mariah Lopez said she has encountered endless discrimination and abuse for being a black, Latina transgender woman. Now the 34-year-old executive director of the advocacy group Strategic Trans Alliance for Radical Reform said she is on a mission to help transgender New Yorkers of color escape that same reality. “If you’re of color and you’re queer, it’s worse,” said Lopez, a Brooklyn resident who said she has received little to no help in dealing with decades of harassment and violence.

Park Slope’s own Knuffle Bunny gets a permanent home at the library

Park Slope-based children’s book character Knuffle Bunny was welcomed to a permanent spot in Brooklyn on Thursday. A bronze statue of the stuffed bunny from Mo Willems’ picture book, “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale,” now sits in the garden outside of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Park Slope branch. Children, their parents and Willems himself celebrated the unveiling of the bunny on Thursday with a reading by the author.

Martha Stewart welcomes Union Square facility as a ‘model’ for elder care

Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart joined Mount Sinai medical professionals in welcoming a new senior health care facility in lower Manhattan on Wednesday. Located on the third floor of Mount Sinai-Union Square, the Martha Stewart Center for Living has nine exam rooms large enough for patients and their caretakers. Dubbed a “one-stop shop” for primary and outpatient care, the center is only steps away from other medical services, including dermatology, radiology, urgent care and a pharmacy. The entire center is handicap accessible.

Rent Guidelines Board approves increases for one- and two-year stabilized leases

The Rent Guidelines Board voted Tuesday that landlords may increase rent 1.5% for one-year leases and 2.5% for two-year leases on rent-stabilized apartments. The board’s 5-to-4 vote impacts rent-stabilized leases signed starting October 1. There were about 966,000 rent-stabilized units in the five boroughs in 2017, according to the most recent results of the city’s Housing and Vacancy Survey.

Free Brooklyn Library courses taught by all immigrant faculty

Prompted by the headlines of Stonewall’s anniversary and Black Lives Matter, maintenance workers, retirees and young students raised their hands when asked about the relationship between social movements and democracy at a free class at the Brooklyn Library. They were weighing in on how social actions can change the course of a nation. And their professor, Nara Roberta Silva, summed up the discussion earlier this month, saying, “Social movements have the potential to be the beginning, middle and the end of any civilization.”

E-cigarette imports must undergo more scrutiny to protect kids, Sen. Schumer says

Sen. Chuck Schumer called on the federal government on Sunday to crack down on unregulated electronic cigarette products imported from China.

Schumer requested that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and border control target websites that do not verify the age of customers and that sell illegal pods, which he said come in flavors designed to appeal to kids, such as bubble gum and gummy bears, and mimic Juul’s products. The Senate Democratic minority leader also demanded more vigorous inspections at ports and airports and enhanced monitoring of stores for improperly imported pods, which Schumer said may contain particularly high levels of nicotine, tar or other chemicals that the FDA is not able to regulate. 

NYC grafitti legend ‘Lady Pink’ helps artists paint their future

Sandra “Lady Pink” Fabara’s teenage years were filled with vandalizing subways after dark, running from law enforcement, and partying with the likes of Andy Warhol in New York City. Forty years later, she has traded her spray paint-fueled sprints for a paintbrush, commissions, and a business of giving back.

NYC students’ nutritional health should be top priority: Advocates

As a food journalist, lawyer, and mom of two, Andrea Strong is passionate about children having access to healthy food and nutrition education. On Sunday, she led more than 100 people at the March for Healthy School Food in NYC. The founder of the NYC Healthy School Food Alliance said that many schools are not doing enough to provide proper nutrition and nutritional education programs to students — especially to those who are low income. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 13.7 million young Americans between 2 and 19 years of age are obese in the U.S.; the most impacted of those are in low- to middle-income households.

Brooklyn students tackle social ills, one bench at a time

Surrounded by sports fields and running tracks, eight benches hand-painted by Brooklyn students now sit along the walkway of Prospect Park Parade Grounds — each representing a call to action for social change.

See LGBTQ history through a photographer’s lens

The significance of Pride Month can only truly be understood in the context of the moments that led to the LGBT rights movement in the United States. While it isn’t possible to go back in time, the Museum of the City of New York is helping to bring the Stonewall riots of 1969 to life in a new exhibit.

Williams Pipeline stirs up Sandy memories for Rockaways

Jeremy Jones and his wife, Clare Hilger, lived in a two-story cottage from the 1920s, just a few feet from Rockaway Beach. They loved spending time in the back garden and having family over for shrimp boils and barbecues. And then the worst storm in 100 years washed it all away. Superstorm Sandy’s 115 mph winds broke through their windows and doors in 2012 and robbed them of their picture-perfect beach oasis. It’s been seven years and Jones said he is just starting to see normalcy in the Rockaways again.

Title X marks the spot where New Yorkers need help, advocates say

SoHo used to be one of the few places in New York City that Clara Williams felt safe walking through. But as she neared the Planned Parenthood clinic on Bleecker Street one Saturday morning in 2016, the hot pink letters of her safe oasis disappeared behind a kaleidoscope of anti-abortion signs and pamphlets swirling in front of her eyes.

As STEM field grows in NYC, black representation declines

As a child, John-Charles “JC” Baucom envisioned himself becoming a sage of mysticism. He foresaw a magical wand, cauldron boiling over with potions, and the power to throw fireballs and summon lightning bolts. As he got older, Baucom realized wizardry is not a career that offers real-world benefits, so he decided to trade his wand for a college degree, his cauldron for glass beakers, and his potions for the passion that led him to a dynamic field in chemistry.

Homeless LGBTQ college students in NYC major in survival

As he anxiously sat alone with a worn backpack in the library while groups of coffee-fueled students whispered about their weekend plans, Victor Manuel Markhoff kept his eyes lowered to his high-top Converse, focusing on the only subject he can afford to meticulously study — survival.

Staten Island seawall gets federal funding, construction to move forward

The proposed Staten Island seawall – a 5.3-mile barricade that will be part of a multi-use elevated promenade project – is slated to receive $400 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, officials said Tuesday.

SNAP benefits for March will be released early to ease lingering shutdown pain, Cuomo says

Twenty-one days after the federal government reopened, New Yorkers are still struggling to make up the so-called “SNAP gap” created by the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

Long Island City business owners, workers, stunned by Amazon’s departure

Business owners and workers in Long Island City were still reeling Friday, one day after Amazon announced it would no longer build a headquarters in the Queens neighborhood.

All immigrants deserve driver’s licenses regardless of status, City Council says

Cheers of “Si se puede – Yes we can” echoed on the steps of City Hall Wednesday as City Council members and organizations urged the state to guarantee driver’s licenses for all, regardless of their immigration status. 

Bagatelle NYC serves taste of compassion with Valentine’s Day dessert

Google defends Waze police checkpoints as driver safety measure

Bronx hospital settles suit after illegally billing for rape exams

NYC youth in justice system showcase original music with Carnegie Hall

Black-owned businesses defying the odds of NYC gentrification

NYC weather: Freezing temperatures follow snow squall

TSA workers impacted by government shut down line up for City Harvest food distribution

Courier services in NYC often deliver problems, not packages

Hate crime charges sought in deadly Sheepshead Bay hammer attack

How the government shutdown impacted NYC: Airports, museums and more

DREAM Act latest progressive bill to pass NY Senate

Brooklyn brothers behind Blankets of Hope seek to help 10,000 homeless people

NYC Women’s March signs bring the sass, in art form

8 things to know about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

NoHo, SoHo residents and business owners to be included in city planning process

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