Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Growing up amid grit and glamour, these ’80s kids learned how to make creative lives of their own. ByNaomi Fry April 17, 2018 When you were a child, you likely didn’t watch “Gigi” on the TV in your parents’ townhouse with the Studio 54 impresario Steve Rubell, as New York City’s brightest social and creative lights rang in the new year on the floors below. The novelist Kurt Vonnegut probably didn’t take a liking to you at a social gathering, showing you off to guests as if you were his very own 3-year-old. And it’s virtually certain that even if you did call your own father by his first name, and even if that name happened to be “Don,” your dad was decidedly not the legendary artist Donald Judd, nor did you live in a cast-iron building turned permanent Minimalist art … [Read more...] about The Children of New York City’s Greatest Generation
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Inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex will now be housed according to their gender identity. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Starting this October, New York City will be housing incarcerated people according to their gender identity—making New York one of the first major cities in the United States to adopt such a policy.The city’s Department of Correction (DOC) will be responsible for administering the change.The DOC will work with the New York City Human Rights Commission (CCHR) to maintain the Transgender Housing Unit as an another safe housing option for transgender inmates. The DOC will also continue to carry out individualized assessments of inmates as it selects safe and gender-affirming housing options.The DOC oversees 12 inmate facilities, nine of which are located on the Rikers Island jail complex.“It’s the city’s responsibility to protect the rights and safety of all New Yorkers and that means protecting transgender individuals in city jails as … [Read more...] about New York City Announces Plan to House Inmates According to Gender Identity
Police officers arresting a protester. Drew Angerer/Getty Images The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) says the number of allegations of misconduct against members of the NYPD increased in 2017 for the first time in eight years.CCRB said there is no way to determine whether the increase means that there is a higher rate of misconduct or that people are reporting more but noted it held more informational events (expanded outreach) in 2016 and 2017 than in the previous three years altogether.The mayor thinks the uptick in complaints is likely due to expanded outreach and maintained that NYPD’s disciplinary system is solid, while police reform advocates say the system is still flawed.In 2017, CCRB received 4,487 complaints from civilians about allegations of force, abuse of authority, discourtesy (rudeness) or offensive language by members of the NYPD—a five percent increase from 2016, according to the report. This marks the first increase in the annual … [Read more...] about Misconduct Complaints Against New York City’s Cops Are Increasing—But Why Exactly?
Mayor Bill de Blasio says that the poverty rate in New York City has dropped substantially since he first took office in 2014. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Mayor Bill de Blasio says that New York City’s poverty rate is at its lowest level since the Great Recession, with 141,000 fewer New Yorkers in poverty or near poverty in 2016 than there were in 2013. His goal is to get 800,000 individuals out of poverty or near poverty by 2025.The city’s poverty rate dropped to 43.5 percent in 2016—a 1.6 percent decrease from the 45.1 recent rate in 2014, according to the annual New York City Government Poverty Measure report prepared by the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity (NYC Opportunity). And the number of New Yorkers who are in poverty has gone down since 2014, from 20.6 percent to 19.5 percent.In 2016, the NYCGov poverty threshold was $34,402, compared to $31,756 in 2015 and $31,581 in 2014, the report said. The official U.S. poverty threshold in 2016 was … [Read more...] about New York City Poverty Rate Hits Lowest Level Since Great Recession
Omega Mckenzie leaves her housing complex in Brooklyn before moving to Atlanta, Georgia. Spencer Platt/Getty Images As non-profit affordable housing developers, we talk a lot how affordable housing provides stability and opportunity for low- and moderate-income families who are working hard to make ends meet in costly housing markets. But affordable housing also makes it possible for senior citizens, many of whom live on fixed incomes, to remain in their beloved communities for the long term. By 2060, the number of Americans over 65 is going to double. Housing these senior citizens is a looming crisis, and we are already beginning to see that disaster results when we don’t take the necessary steps to be prepared.In 2011, the first wave of Baby Boomers—the generation of Americans born between 1946 and 1964—turned 65. In a little over a decade, the number of Americans over the age of 65 will top 71 million, which is about 25 million more than the amount of seniors … [Read more...] about New York City Is Struggling to House Its Aging Population