More of the city's restaurants have been bringing their "A" game in the last few years, as the number of closures due to health code violations has dropped significantly since the letter grading system was put on the menu in 2010.
As of Monday, the city's health department temporarily shut down 1,133 eateries this year due to violations, 21 fewer than last year and 571 fewer than...Read more »
New York City's immigrant population has reached a new peak of more than three million people -- 37% of our population -- solidifying the Big Apple's position as what is arguably the most diverse metropolis in the world, according to a new report by the mayor's office.
Dominicans (380,200) are the most populous immigrant group, followed by Chinese (350,200) Mexicans (186,300) placed third,...Read more »
The MTA Wednesday passed a $13.5 billion budget for 2014 after a failed attempt to inject millions of dollars for improvements.
MTA board members Allen Cappelli and Mitchell Pally offered to add a $25 million fund for service improvements, but the matter was set aside until April.
Pally said the fund is small change to a multibillion-dollar budget.
"There are significant places...Read more »
The MTA and the public transit union Wednesday stuck to their opposing goals for a new workers contract, with the head of the labor organization hinting at a strike.
TWU Local 100 president John Samuelson demanded wage increases for his 35,000 members without offering concessions the MTA wants in exchange.
TWU members, who went on strike for three days in 2005, have been working without...Read more »
Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday used his last major speech as mayor to declare that an “urban renaissance” is well underway.
Michael Bloomberg yesterday used his last major speech as mayor to hail an “urban renaissance” that’s well underway — and to warn it could be undermined if his successor doesn’t stand up to municipal unions and halt the “explosion” of pension and benefit costs.
Without...Read more »
A blind man who fainted and fell onto the New York City subway tracks with his guide dog will be able to keep his canine companion even after the black Labrador retriever retires next year — thanks to an anonymous donor.
In an emotional news conference Wednesday, Cecil Williams told reporters at St. Luke's Hospital in Manhattan that the donor will pay for his guide dog Orlando's lifelong upkeep...Read more »
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio already is under pressure from school principals to live up to his campaign promises on education. Good for them. It's not a moment too soon.
About 140 principals have signed an open letter asking de Blasio to roll back some of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's signature education policies, including high-stakes testing, and to deliver on his promise of universal pre-K.
The...Read more »
The race for City Council speaker — the most powerful citywide post after the mayor — has narrowed to a handful of hopefuls.
The front-runner is reportedly Melissa Mark-Viverito, a councilwoman who represents parts of upper Manhattan and the Bronx. Mark-Viverito is a close ally of the mayor-elect, Bill de Blasio, who has reportedly been lobbying council members to pick her.
Among the...Read more »
New Yorkers really want to meet and greet the next mayor in his own home.
Bill de Blasio's office said that 7,000 people applied for the Jan. 5 tour of Gracie Mansion in the first three hours that it offered registration on its website Wednesday.
The free event includes a room-by-room walk-through of the first floor of the mansion, where the first family will reside. The tour ends with...Read more »
Finding the truth in professional wrestling is like trying to find, if you'll excuse the cliché, a needle in a haystack.
"It's impossible," says author David Shoemaker, who offers a high-brow examination of the popular sports entertainment in his new book "The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling."
"The wrestlers and promoters themselves spend...Read more »