Posted inNYPD

Unions, Pols Push NYPD to Put Civilians in More Desk Jobs Currently Held by Cops, as Calls to ‘Defund’ Police Grow Louder

Additional reporting by Alyssa Katz When New Yorkers walk into a police precinct, they are generally greeted by a uniformed officer behind a desk who spends shifts answering the phone and filing paperwork.   Cops have handled clerical duties for decades despite multiple legal rulings ordering the NYPD to replace those officers with less expensive civilian […]

Posted inCoronavirus

Officials Urge Cuomo, de Blasio To Act On ‘Uneven’ COVID-19 Death Toll

Need to know more about coronavirus in New York? Sign up for THE CITY’s daily morning newsletter. Responding to signs that coronavirus is exacting an outsize toll on black and Latino New Yorkers, elected officials are stepping up pressure on Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to disclose details — and act. On […]

Posted inBrooklyn

Beijing to Brooklyn ‘Friendship’ Arch Gift Collapses

Sign up for “THE CITY Scoop,” our daily newsletter where we send you stories like this first thing in the morning. It was touted as a gift from Beijing to Brooklyn: an ornate, 40-foot-tall “friendship” archway to welcome visitors to Sunset Park’s bustling Chinatown. In April 2013, then-Borough President Marty Markowitz revealed the planned present, […]

Posted inDepartment of Correction

Borough Presidents Demand Do-Over on Mayor’s Planned Jails

When the City Planning Commission on Wednesday formally hears the mayor’s proposal to build a new jail in every borough except Staten Island, it will weigh some pointed pushback from borough presidents. Of the four, only Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is definitively in favor of her borough’s planned jail tower — and even then, […]