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MTA to Start Phasing Out MetroCards in 2019, Officials Say

The old system will be fully phased out by 2023.  View Full Caption DNAinfo/Gwynne Hogan NEW YORK CITY — The MetroCard is about to expire. The MTA will roll out a “contactless” payment system while phasing out MetroCards starting in 2019, agency officials… Continue Reading →

City Didn’t Police Tax Breaks Landlord Got for Deregulating Apts.: Lawsuit

Tenants of this building are suing their landlord, claiming that the landlord illegally deregulated rent-stabilized units while receiving tax abatements form the city. View Full Caption DNAinfo/Danielle Barnes MANHATTAN — A Harlem landlord enjoyed nearly $100,000 in tax breaks under… Continue Reading →

Car Bursts Into Flames on FDR Drive, Officials Say

A car burst into flames in the southbound lane of the FDR Drive near East 116th Street Tuesday evening, Oct. 17, 2017. View Full Caption Twitter/Evan Gallahou MANHATTAN — A car burst into flames on the FDR Drive during the Tuesday evening… Continue Reading →

Vacant Lot in East Harlem Transformed Into an Outdoor Brazilian Restaurant

Vidigal View Full Caption EAST HARLEM — It’s Rio on the Harlem River. What once was a graffiti-adorned lot on 120th Street overgrown with weeds is now a little slice of Carnivale. Ramiro Silos, who used to decorate window displays… Continue Reading →

3-K Arrives In Two More Districts Next Year as Mayor Plans Full Expansion

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Farina inside a “mommy and me” class inside P.S. 316 in Ozone Park. View Full Caption DNAinfo/Katie Honan NEW YORK CITY — The city’s 3-K program will expand to two more school districts… Continue Reading →

No Shootings in Nearly a Year in This Harlem Area Once Known for Violence

It has been 346 days since the last shooting, according to an anti-violence nonprofit.

MAP: Harlem’s Black Churches Cash in on Gentrification

Harlem’s dwindling churches View Full Caption HARLEM — Churches are losing members but gaining profits from gentrification.  Nearly two dozen churches have either closed or been sold to developers for more than $50 million over the last decade, according to a review by… Continue Reading →

‘Moonlight’ Director Insists on Shooting James Baldwin Film in Harlem

“It was the wish of the Baldwin estate and a wish of myself, as a creator, that we do it here.”

MAP: Harlem’s Black Churches Cash in on Gentrification

Harlem’s dwindling churches View Full Caption HARLEM — Churches are losing members but gaining profits from gentrification.  Nearly two dozen churches have either closed or been sold to developers for more than $50 million over the last decade, according to a review by… Continue Reading →

City Suing Landlord of ‘Hazardous’ East Harlem Building Lacking Cooking Gas

231 East 117th Street View Full Caption EAST HARLEM — A city housing agency is suing a, East 117th Street landlord to force him to correct a host of violations and pay thousands of dollars in fines a week after… Continue Reading →

The Woman Behind Whole Foods’ Top Selling Hot Sauce Calls Harlem Home

Vy “Mama” Higginsen has lived on 126th Street all of her life. Four generations of her family have been there for nearly 100 years. View Full Caption DNAinfo/Gustavo Solis HARLEM — Vy Higginsen has been an advertising executive, a disc jockey,… Continue Reading →

The Woman Behind Whole Foods’ Top Selling Hot Sauce Calls Harlem Home

Vy “Mama” Higginsen has lived on 126th Street all of her life. Four generations of her family have been there for nearly 100 years. View Full Caption DNAinfo/Gustavo Solis HARLEM — Vy Higginsen has been an advertising executive, a disc jockey,… Continue Reading →

City Suing Landlord of ‘Hazardous’ East Harlem Building Lacking Cooking Gas

231 East 117th Street View Full Caption EAST HARLEM — A city housing agency is suing a, East 117th Street landlord to force him to correct a host of violations and pay thousands of dollars in fines a week after… Continue Reading →

NY Congressman’s Business Card Doubles As Bogus Parking Permit

The permit says “OFFICIAL BUSINESS” and was placed on a dashboard next to a hat bearing the congressman’s name. View Full Caption Twitter/@ctoocheck NEW YORK — Someone used Congressman Adriano Espaillat’s business card to make a fake parking permit and… Continue Reading →

8 Things To Do in Your Manhattan Neighborhood This Weekend

Performances include jousting at the Medieval Festival held in Fort Tryon Park. View Full Caption Flickr/PamelaVWhite All Weekend ► Black Panther Film Festival Where: Maysles Cinema in Harlem When: Starts Friday at 7 p.m. and runs through Oct. 7 at 7 p.m…. Continue Reading →

Melissa Mark-Viverito’s Silence on Asthma Protection Bill Angers Advocates

A Harlem non-profit is criticizing City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito for not supporting an asthma protection bill. View Full Caption William Alatriste/NYC Council EAST HARLEM — An environmental justice group charges Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has abandoned asthmatic New Yorkers failing to support… Continue Reading →

17 Subway Lines Slated For Service Changes This Weekend

The M train is one of 17 subway lines slated for service changes this weekend. View Full Caption DNAinfo/Michael Ip MIDTOWN — Service on 17 subway lines will be affected this weekend by work on signals, rails and stations. Here’s… Continue Reading →

Harlem Exec and Wife Get Prison Time for Stealing From Senior Meals Program

The executive director’s wife was sentenced to a 2.5 year prison term.

Melissa Mark-Viverito’s Silence on Asthma Protection Bill Angers Advocates

A Harlem non-profit is criticizing City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito for not supporting an asthma protection bill. View Full Caption William Alatriste/NYC Council EAST HARLEM — An environmental justice group charges Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has abandoned asthmatic New Yorkers failing to support… Continue Reading →

El Barrio Rallies to Help Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria’s Devastation

The Casabe Senior Houses, where most of the residents are Puerto Rican, is collecting donations.

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