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The Deliveristas’ Long Journey to Justice

The City Council led the nation Sept. 23 by passing a set of bills to ensure bathroom access, minimum pay and more for the app-based delivery workers who kept New Yorkers fed during the pandemic. Here’s what you to know about the Deliveristas’ ongoing journey.

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New York City Passes Landmark New Protections for Food Delivery Workers

The Deliveristas who kept New Yorkers fed during the pandemic will get bathroom access, minimum delivery payments and the tips they earned, under bills approved Thursday by the City Council. Supporters hope the first-of-their-kind regulations will become a national model.

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NYC Food Delivery Workers Face Paltry Pay and High Risks, Analysis Shows

The city’s 65,000 app-based food delivery couriers earn an average of $7.87 an hour before tips — propping up a multi-billion dollar tech industry that relies on young immigrant workers who deal with robberies, crashes and worse on city streets.

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COVID Complicates Back-to-School Lunch Plans for NYC Students

Eating at an indoor restaurant is limited to those who have been fully vaccinated. But in classrooms, many students remain too young for vaccines. Experts warn that lunchtime could be the riskiest part of the school day.

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Food Delivery Workers Toiling Through Historic Flooding Call Skimpy Wages and Tips ‘A Cruel Joke’

Even as the city shut down amid record rainfall, e-bike couriers kept picking up food for paltry pay — including $5 for an hour-long journey from Astoria to Brooklyn. Los Deliveristas Unidos members renewed their demands for better treatment.

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NYC’s ‘GetFood’ Free Meal-Delivery Service to End This Fall

The popular pandemic-inspired program for senior citizens and homebound New Yorkers who can’t afford delivery will shut down when fed funding ends in October, THE CITY has learned.

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With Grandmas Fully Vaxxed, Staten Island’s Maria Enoteca Restaurant Returns

The eatery, powered by "nonnas" — or grandmothers — from around the world, has gone organic and added a Japanese element ahead of its grand reopening Friday. The eatery had shut early in the pandemic, due to the ages of its beloved rotating chefs.

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NYC Public School Families to Get Up to $1,320 Per Child in Food Help

Families will receive up to $132 for the months their child was out of school buildings for more than 12 days, under federal COVID relief program. Since New York City is a universal school lunch district, all will get benefits, regardless of income.

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NYC Senior Centers Stuck in Post-COVID Reopening Limbo: ‘It’s Mayhem’

De Blasio has vowed to fully reopen the city on July 1, but center operators say they’ve heard nothing. Meanwhile, older New Yorkers are eager to get back to in-person meals and socializing: "They cry," says Manhattan BP Gale Brewer.

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Brooklyn Restaurant Renaissance is Cooking, Poised to Overtake Manhattan as City’s Food Capital

Hundreds of new establishments have received permits to open this year, surging into work-from-home neighborhoods while shunning business districts decimated by the pandemic.


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New York’s Plastic Bag Ban Yields No Fines for Grocers Six Months In

The state’s delivered 64 warnings — but no penalties — to supermarkets and other stores that flout the rules, records show. Some environmentalists say the pandemic’s no excuse for violators.

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Crown Heights Grocer Sued Over Campaign to Save Supermarket

As a neighborhood rallies to rescue Associated grocery on Nostrand Avenue from the bulldozer, landlord alleges a scheme to sabotage planned housing and retail.

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Mutual Aid Group Volunteers Need COVID-19 Vaccine Help, de Blasio Tells Embattled Cuomo

The mayor spoke out after THE CITY revealed the do-gooders who help neighbors were snubbed. Meanwhile, the number of city residents to get the shot surpassed one million as the governor was on the verge of losing his pandemic powers.

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New York’s Emergency Food Workers and Volunteers Finally Get Their Shot at COVID Vaccine

The Cuomo move followed pressure from nonprofit pantries and meal deliverers that help keep legions of food-insecure New Yorkers fed amid the pandemic. But mutual aid members apparently don’t count.

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With Hunger Growing, Brooklyn Food Pantries Look to Expand Before Passover

Masbia, which operates around the clock, five days a week with two pantries in Brooklyn and one in Queens, is expanding its capacity ahead of what is traditionally the busiest time of the year.

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Hunts Point Produce Market Workers End Strike with a Raise

The nearly week-long walkout over the dollar-an-hour hike sought by the Bronx workers who helped keep New Yorkers fed during the pandemic drew the attention of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other pols.

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Food-Insecure New Yorkers Seek More Meal Deliveries From City

A survey commissioned by the de Blasio administration and obtained by THE CITY uncovered a profound need for more food — including a preference for produce they could cook at home.

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What the $900 Billion Federal Pandemic Aid Deal Means for New Yorkers

The package offers temporary relief for the unemployed, small business owners and others. It also will help the MTA avoid massive transit cuts. But dealmaker Sen. Chuck Schumer emphasized it’s just a Band-Aid.

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Fridges Feeding the Hungry Weather Growing Pains With Creative Alliances

A pandemic-spurred movement has seeded 70 community refrigerators and counting on sidewalks throughout the city — but still not nearly enough to meet neverending demand. Now some established food pantries are aiding the effort.

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PHOTOS: Brooklyn Food Pantry Offers Thanksgiving Help at Start of Challenging Holiday Season

The Masbia pantry in Borough Park drew long lines this week, with some traveling from across the city to collect staples at a time when the pandemic has increased food insecurity.