In his first major policy address since the election, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio said Monday the city has arrived at a moment for "transformational change" in the way its 1.1 million public-school students are educated.
He's assembling a policy group to work out details for providing a free prekindergarten program to all city children, a signature campaign issue. And he wants to... » more
If you're looking for a way to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy through Dec. 1, the New York Public Library has you covered.
In "Dearest Jackie: On The Death of JFK," the library presents a selection of photographs, prints and letters from its collection that depict the nation's grief following the assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.
These include an emotional... » more
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday he is leaving Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio a budget that is balanced through mid-2015, and fiscal watchdogs predicted that would give the new administration more flexibility.
Higher-than-expected tax revenue of more than $500 million, plus the sales of city-owned buildings and new taxicab medallions, helped erase a projected $2 billion shortfall for the... » more
The Manhattan district attorney's office Thursday charged a relative of Anjelica "Baby Hope" Castillo with her murder more than 20 years after her death.
Conrado Juarez, 52, was charged in the 1991 murder of the 4-year-old girl whose body was found in a cooler on the side of the Henry Hudson Parkway. She was known only as Baby Hope until cold-case detectives identified her this year.
"For... » more
Terrorism, anthrax, and Superstorm Sandy — plus blizzards and blackouts — have permanently thrust New York City government into the business of disaster response and planning.
A mayor faces important choices of how to conduct that business — options that go beyond picking police, fire and health commissioners. Emergency-management professionals, whose job it is to prepare for grim scenarios,... » more
Outgoing Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky on Thursday said he will hold a vote to approve rules for e-hail apps next month, before Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio takes over City Hall.
Yassky was pleased with the results of a three-month TLC study of the e-hail pilot program that showed nearly 55,000 people requesting a taxi using the app more than 233,000 times. A quarter of e-hail... » more
Up to a thousand New York City yellow taxis are going to help kick off the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium by draping their cars with football ads.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission approved the initiative to slap a Super Bowl design on the vehicles' trunk, hood and roof, even though Commissioner David Yassky said he has rejected about a dozen similar requests as "visual clutter."
But... » more
At 1:30 p.m. 50 years ago Friday, President John F. Kennedy was murdered in a Dallas motorcade, and for many of us, the memory lives on like an unhealed wound on the soul.
On Nov. 22, 1963, we lost infinitely more than a popular young president. We lost a vital part of the bold, confident vision he challenged us to embrace.
"The torch has been passed to a new generation," JFK... » more
The stressful passenger crowding, delays and congestion common at area airports near the holiday season could become the norm, according to two reports released Wednesday.
The reports from the U.S. Travel Association and the Eno Center for Transportation warn that America's aviation system is reaching capacity, particularly in the New York City-area airports, John F. Kennedy, Newark Liberty... » more
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has met with at least three contenders for police commissioner, he said Wednesday.
They are Bill Bratton, who served as the NYPD’s top cop under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani between 1994 and 1996; Philip Banks III, now chief of department under Commissioner Ray Kelly; and the first deputy commissioner, Rafael Pineiro, the NYPD’s highest-ranking Hispanic.
De Blasio... » more