Posted inTransportation

Weight, Wait: MTA Scrambles for Detour After DOT’s Surprise Bridge Sign

The MTA had to reroute buses on the fly late Wednesday after the city Transportation Department determined the rides are too overweight for a century-old bridge that links Brooklyn and Queens over Newtown Creek. Buses, which weigh between 21 and 34 tons, had to be redirected away from the city-owned Grand Street Bridge — which […]

Posted inCity Agencies

Lander Audit Finds ‘Fair Share’ Failures, Uneven Siting of Shelters and Services

New York City has a mandate to distribute services and facilities, including shelters, fairly across the city, but it’s failing to do so — and is not being transparent about it, according to a new audit by Comptroller Brad Lander’s office.  The report and audit, provided to THE CITY, found that city agencies have not […]

Posted inHow to New York

How to File a Freedom of Information Law Request and Avoid Process Pitfalls

Want a copy of a parking ticket? Information about a long stalled city construction project? Or details about a city contract?  FOIL, or Freedom of Information Law, is the answer — if you’ve got patience and persistence. FOIL requires city agencies and departments to hand over public documents. Journalists use the law to force city […]

Posted inJails

More than 15,000 Rikers Jail Video Visits Canceled Since 2020

The city Department of Correction has canceled 15,129 jail detainee video visits since its online system launched department-wide in 2020, straining relationships among loved ones, according to records obtained by THE CITY.  The remote option for people to connect with those behind bars was launched during the pandemic, when in-person visits were blocked to prevent […]

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What Voters Should Know About 2023 Elections in NYC

Have a question for THE CITY about elections, voting and local campaigns? Let us know at with the subject line “Election” — or by texting “Election” to (718) 215-9011. Hearing from you makes our reporting better! With no federal or statewide races, 2023 is an off-year for politics — except in New York City. Here, […]

Posted inTransit

City Moving Slow on Requirement for Sidewalk Ramps at Every Corner

The city’s commitment to upgrading or installing pedestrian sidewalk ramps at every street corner in the five boroughs — as required by federal disability law — has run into some roadblocks, records show. The discovery of ramp-free locations that were not previously identified, along with pandemic-driven construction delays, officials say, have combined to push back […]