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The City's New Dollar Menu for Bus Riders

Aug 11, 2010

Photo (cc) 2010 Andrew Silverstein. Dollar van riders reach their destination in Jamaica Eric Simit, a Jamaican immigrant, has been driving private commuter vans, most commonly known as "dollar vans," for


The Price of Increased Surveillance

May 21, 2010

Photos by Andy Humm One of the dozens of cameras -- government and private -- that keep watch on Times Square. There are 82 police cameras and others cameras from stores trained


Council Approves Business Bill of Rights

May 13, 2010

Photo (cc) 2009 Light Snaffler The City Council offered small businesses their own version of the first amendment yesterday by requiring every city inspector give shop owners a business bill of


Haitian's Case Focuses Attention on Deportations

Jan 29, 2010

Photo (cc) CC BY-NC 2.0 Protestors rally in support of Jean Montrevil and against deportations.   The campaign to free community activist Jean Montrevil, a native of Haiti, began on Dec. 30, 2009,


Fighting Complacency on Same Sex Marriage

Jan 08, 2010

Photo (cc) carbonNYC Protestors rallied in support of same-sex marriage in Times Square last fall. "Rally, times square @ 6!" read the enthusiastic text from my boyfriend Joel. In response to my


City's Muslims Report Harassment by Police

Jan 04, 2010

Photo (cc) //www.flickr.com/photos/57121341@N00/1265484066/" target="new">threecee Coming from a family with members who work in law enforcement, Yasmin Nasser used to look at police officers as honest, upstanding and there to protect all


School Holiday Issue Sends Muslims to City Hall

Nov 23, 2009

Photo (cc) Adrian Miles Evening prayers at a midtown mosque. Many Muslim parents want the religion's holiest days to be included in the list of school holidays. Isabel Bucaram of Astoria, Queens,