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Growing number of seniors rely on cash-strapped food pantry

Growing number of seniors rely on cash-strapped food pantry
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Seniors who rely on a Chelsea food pantry face leaner times as the food pantry struggles with multiple challenges.


New rooftop farm takes aim at Hell’s Kitchen fresh produce shortage

New rooftop farm takes aim at Hell's Kitchen fresh produce shortage
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Residents of Hell’s Kitchen, a neighborhood grappling with lack of access to fresh food, can expect a new rooftop farm in 2018.


Affordable Art Fair makes original works accessible

Affordable Art Fair makes original works accessible
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Now in its 16th year the Affordable Art Fair opened its doors at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea from September 28 through October 2 to aspiring and established art enthusiasts and collectors featuring 500 artists.


Hamilton cast draws voter registration crowd

Hamilton cast draws voter registration crowd
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Cast members from the hit musical “Hamilton” drew crowds as they registered people to vote.


Manhattan Plaza Block Sale puts community over profit  

Manhattan Plaza Block Sale puts community over profit  
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Manhattan Plaza Tenants Association held its sixth annual Block Sale in Hell’s Kitchen.


On the outside: protest at the debate

On the outside: protest at the debate
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Photos tell the story of various groups who took to the streets to protest outside the presidential debates at Hofstra University.


New York’s food first responders

New York's food first responders
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The Detectives Endowment Association canteen truck is among the first to respond to a crisis in New York City, helping to support the servicemen and women who support New York City.


Speak up: What people who aren’t at the podium have to say

Speak up: What people who aren't at the podium have to say
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We hit the streets — and got on buses and landed on rooftops — to find out what the residents of Midtown West want the candidates to address.


Chelsea explosions — ongoing coverage

Chelsea explosions -- ongoing coverage
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Two “intentional” explosions hit Chelsea on Saturday night.


City educators face challenges working with New York’s most vulnerable youth

City educators face challenges working with New York's most vulnerable youth
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Educators who work with homeless, trafficked, or exploited youth face daily challenges that extend far beyond the classroom.


Comic Con proves it’s ‘hip to be square’

Comic Con proves it's 'hip to be square'
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This year’s New York Comic Con attracted its largest crowd ever, furthering the evidence that society has become more accepting of “nerds.”


New park to generate revenue, while detractors question cost

New park to generate revenue, while detractors question cost
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The Hudson Yards/Hell’s Kitchen Business Improvement District is inching closer to acquiring a sole source license for park commerce, but not everyone in the community is happy.


Local law calls for more information about school safety policies

Local law calls for more information about school safety policies
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A local law requiring the New York Police Department and Department of Education to provide information about school safety policies – including the number of metal detectors in schools – was signed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Oct. 13.


Schools with computer science blaze trail ahead of city’s plan

Schools with computer science blaze trail ahead of city's plan
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In mid-September, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to bring computer science education to all of the city’s public schools within the next 10 years. Computer science, the study of how computers and their programs are created, is a complex subject, but an integral one as the worldwide economy becomes increasingly […]


Chelsea street fair struggles to stay afloat

Chelsea street fair struggles to stay afloat
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The London Terrace, a historic pre-war apartment complex in West Chelsea, hosted its 23rd annual street fair in late September. Although the fair is beloved by the community, it is struggling to stay afloat because of city-mandated fees for street fair organizers.


STD clinic’s closure leaves Chelsea in crisis

STD clinic’s closure leaves Chelsea in crisis
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Closure of the free Chelsea Clinic has left the community grappling with whether to seek medical help at a temporary facility on the sidewalk — or not to seek help at all.


Elevator upgrades at 57th Street station entrance moved to 55th Street

Elevator upgrades at 57th Street station entrance moved to 55th Street
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The MTA’s long-awaited plans to install elevators at 57th Street station have begun, to the relief of wheelchair-bound passengers.


Justice Center and neighborhood organizations shine light on financial abuse and domestic violence

Justice Center and neighborhood organizations shine light on financial abuse and domestic violence
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Service organizations and Manhattan Family Justice Center work to spread awareness about the prevalence of economic abuse in cases of domestic violence.


Organizations strive to make adult literacy a priority

Organizations strive to make adult literacy a priority
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Although adult literacy has gotten little attention in the past decade, organizations such as the International Center provide a variety of English classes for adults that encourage conversation.


Young entrepreneurs start consulting firm at Fulton Houses

Young entrepreneurs start consulting firm at Fulton Houses
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Acevedo & Associates, founded by young residents of the Robert Fulton Houses public housing project, tries to bridge the gap between the booming affluence of Chelsea and its low-income communities.


Online component of summer reading program shows mixed results

Online component of summer reading program shows mixed results
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The New York Public Library’s summer reading program recently ended for the year. Readers can choose to log their books electronically or on paper.


Muslim group debates future of Islam

Muslim group debates future of Islam
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Muslim group discusses Islamofascism and true faith.


Parents want French dual language program

Parents want French dual language program
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French parents want to expand the French-Language dual language program in public schools in the New York City. With help and lobbying efforts from the French Embassy, non-profit educational organizations and parents who wish to send their children to learn French at public schools, the number of schools offering the program has increased steadily. And the program may soon extend to Chelsea.


$6,000 a year: Why the city budget for after-school sports isn’t enough

$6,000 a year: Why the city budget for after-school sports isn't enough
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As obesity affects almost one-third of the country’s children, school sports teams are passe, city needs more comprehensive physical education programs.