Hundreds march in 85th Annual Pulaski Day Parade

The heavy rain did not stop hundreds of parade-goers from celebrating their Polish pride on Sunday. “Even though it’s raining, we’re happy to be here all together,” said parade participant Beata Spillman. “We come every year. We love seeing each other and marching down Fifth Avenue.” The 85th annual Pulaski Day Parade kicked off in … Read more

Education Coordinator Discusses State Test Scores

This week, the city released state math and English test scores for third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders. The results show a mixed bag for city schools. The city says the switch to distance learning during the height of the pandemic appears to have had a negative effect on outcomes, especially in math. … Read more

Taxi drivers, elected officials applaud debt relief program

Taxi drivers took to the steps of City Hall on Friday to announce a new debt relief program. While a deal was first announced last year under former Mayor Bill de Blasio, the framework was only finalized last month, with the support of Mayor Eric Adams. Adams was joined Friday by two other powerful elected … Read more

Taxi drivers, elected officials applaud debt relief program

Taxi drivers took to the steps of City Hall on Friday to announce a new debt relief program. While a deal was first announced last year under former Mayor Bill de Blasio, the framework was only finalized last month, with the support of Mayor Eric Adams. Adams was joined Friday by two other powerful elected … Read more

Breeding Endangered Turtles in the Bronx

The Roti Island snake-necked turtle gets their name from their incredibly long neck. The turtle, which is only found in Indonesia, is functionally extinct and has not been seen in the wild for years. “These turtles here have been decimated by… [an] about collection for the pet trade, habitat destruction, things like that,” said Jim … Read more

Whale population is growing fast off the coast of Brooklyn

New York City may be called the concrete jungle, but it isn’t known for the most exciting wildlife. Just off the coast of Brooklyn is a journey that changes that perception. “Right in front of us at 12 o’clock, about a mile or so, there was a big splash,” said Mitchell Steinhardt, a naturalist with … Read more

Accused killer of EMT deemed fit to stand trial

Jose Gonzalez was ruled Thursday to stand trial in the Bronx Supreme Court. Gonzalez is accused of driving the ambulance of FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo in 2017 – running her over and ending her life. “Every time I see him know that I have to breathe the same air as him, it’s nauseating,” said Arroyo’s … Read more

Easthampton yoga studio improves community mental health

EASTHAMPTON, Massachusetts – As the mental health conversation grows across the country, some say yoga can play a role in caring for the mind.​ “Yoga is more than just moving in poses,” says Kate Stenson, director of Nirvana Yoga. “It’s more about the breath. There’s meditation. There’s focus. It’s the union of body, mind and … Read more

BQE Redesign Plan Faces Backlash From Brooklyn Residents

A controversial plan to divert trucks from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to local streets is met with resistance. Residents say their streets are already unsafe and can’t handle more traffic. “This is a residential street. It’s not a truck route,” said Amanda Ritchie, who lives with her family on East Fifth Street in Brooklyn’s Windsor Terrace. … Read more

A unique way to give city trees a second life

The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx is the largest botanical garden in the United States and home to tens of thousands of trees. One tree that stood for nearly 100 years was among a handful of trees cut down because they were damaged, diseased, or dead. Most of these are turned into mulch. … Read more