Midtown West

Complaints About Chelsea’s Dirty Sidewalks Soar as Tourism Returns

Complaints About Chelsea’s Dirty Sidewalks Soar as Tourism Returns
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As tourism returns, some Chelsea residents feel sidewalks are dirtier than ever, but the New York Department of Sanitation doesn’t see it as a problem.


Housing Works Pushes for Overdose Prevention Centers Amid Changing Administration

Housing Works Pushes for Overdose Prevention Centers Amid Changing Administration
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Local advocacy groups push new Governor Kathy Hochul to bring the Opioid Prevention Center Program to New York City.


The Met Debuts First Opera by Black Composer, Catching Up to New York City Indie Companies

The Met Debuts First Opera by Black Composer, Catching Up to New York City Indie Companies
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“Fire Shut Up in My Bones” opened the Met’s 2021-22 season, marking the first time the 138-year-old cultural institution has staged an Opera by a Black composer. Local opera groups say it’s about time.


Midtown Street Vendors Fight to Survive Amid City’s Reopening

Midtown Street Vendors Fight to Survive Amid City’s Reopening
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When the Covid pandemic forced New York City to lock down last year, street vendors were designated as essential workers. Now, as the city reopens, vendors are facing increased challenges related to licenses and permits.


Senate Bill Looking to Ban Pet Stores From Selling Animals Creates Controversy

Senate Bill Looking to Ban Pet Stores From Selling Animals Creates Controversy
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The New York State Senate approved a bill that looks to prevent pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits. The Assembly is set to vote on the legislation, which has pets stores fearing they will be pushed out of business, later this year.


Helicopter Noise Complaints Up as Commuter Flights Return

Helicopter Noise Complaints Up as Commuter Flights Return
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Commuter flights out of the West 30th Street heliport in Midtown are up so far this year and so are the complaints.


Community Board Fights for Safety Improvements at Crash Prone Intersection

Community Board Fights for Safety Improvements at Crash Prone Intersection
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The intersection at West 42nd Street and 11th Avenue has been the site of ten traffic accidents so far this year.


Complaints About Homeless Population Rise As City Converts Hotels

Complaints About Homeless Population Rise As City Converts Hotels
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Complaints about the City’s homeless population rise as several Midtown hotels are converted into shelters.


City Takes Steps to Accommodate Pets in Homeless Shelters

City Takes Steps to Accommodate Pets in Homeless Shelters
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The City Council approves two bills that aim to make homeless shelters more pet-inclusive.


Sandy Stewart: Singing the Song and Telling the Story

Sandy Stewart: Singing the Song and Telling the Story
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“Just sing the song and tell the story.” For singer Sandy Stewart, that is the task. “I’ve been doing this for 70 years. I know what works,” Stewart said, sitting on the red sofa bed in her one-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side. On Oct. 31, Stewart will receive the Mabel Mercer Award at […]


The NYC Gay Men’s Chorus is celebrating 40 years of musical activism

The NYC Gay Men's Chorus is celebrating 40 years of musical activism
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As the New York City Gay Men’s chorus (NYCGMC) is celebrating its 40th Anniversary season the first new artistic director in 12 years, Gavin Thrasher, has begun his work.


NYPD Still To Deliver On Supreme Court’s Order

NYPD Still To Deliver On Supreme Court's Order
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The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has yet to release the data on arrests and summonses issued to New Yorkers for subway fare evasion across its over 300 stations.


One Day at the Midtown Community Court

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In the heavy, Thursday-morning quiet of the Midtown Community courtroom, screens mounted high on the walls played an informational slideshow. “One of the country’s first problem-solving courts,” a slide read. “If you are mandated to community service or social services sessions, go to the 6th floor: Alternative Sanctions Department.” The first United States Community Court […]


“Freestyle Love Supreme”: The latest iteration of Broadway meeting hip-hop

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Should the urge to see Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda drop his pants to show off a pair of He-Man-patterned boxers ever strike, Broadway’s “Freestyle Love Supreme” is the place to be.  The show, which debuted Oct. 2 at the Booth Theatre, is an improvisational hip-hop musical where audience members share stories and suggestions with performers […]


State proposed e-cig ban creates confusion for NYC retailers

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A statewide ban on the sale of flavored electronic cigarette products and nicotine e-liquids has stalled in court, creating confusion among New York City retailers uncertain about how to adapt their business to a pending regulatory change. There are nearly 1,000 active e-cigarette retail licenses in New York City, according to the NYC Department of […]


NYC soccer leagues struggle for field space

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As they grow, recreational soccer leagues request more field space in New York City parks. But the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation can’t seem to meet their demands.


IKEA shoppers fed up with company’s customer service

IKEA shoppers fed up with company's customer service
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Thousands of IKEA shoppers have fallen victim to the company’s troubled customer service.


Midtown comedy clubs weigh in on Trump bump

Midtown comedy clubs weigh in on Trump bump
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Making fun of Trump may no longer be lucrative.


Case of missing student worries Chinese tourists visiting NYC

Case of missing student worries Chinese tourists visiting NYC
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After a visiting Chinese student went missing in June, Chinese tourists in New York have mixed feelings about safety in the U.S.


Artists create safe community through spoken word

Artists create safe community through spoken word
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In difficult political times, artists from marginalized groups take to the stage.


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.


Seniors face increased difficulty as Almanac predicts blistering winter

Seniors face increased difficulty as Almanac predicts blistering winter
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Seniors and service providers prepare for what the Almanac says will be another tough winter.


As construction increases, new safety initiatives are slow to materialize

As construction increases, new safety initiatives are slow to materialize
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As construction increases in Midtown West, the Department of Building’s safety initiatives are slow to materialize.


Theater community raises funds to combat HIV/AIDS

Theater community raises funds to combat HIV/AIDS
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Every year, the historic theater district transforms into a flea market to raise funds against HIV/AIDS.