An effort to replace obsolete pay phones with Wi-Fi kiosks that offer free web surfing and phone calls has been a hit with panhandlers and the homeless, the least wired people in the city. … Full Article

Thursday Jan. 7, Our World In Pictures

GEORGIA — Christmas Celebrated: Citizens carry national flags as they take part in a religious procession to mark Orthodox Christmas in Tbilisi on Thursday. Christmas falls on Jan. … Full Article

City to reimburse non-public schools for security guard costs

Private and religious schools will be able to hire security guards and get reimbursed by the city, thanks to a new law Mayor Bill de Blasio signed on Jan. 5. … Full Article

De Blasio aims to fix troubled homeless shelter system

As New York City grapples with its homelessness crisis, many of those sleeping on the street have said they'd prefer to be outside than contend with the city's at-times overburdened, dirty and even dangerous shelter system. … Full Article

Reaction swift to ‘outrageous’ NRA bullet image of Brooklyn pols

Like the bills or hate them, keep your hands off Brooklyn officials. … Full Article

Order to remove homeless from NY streets faces challenges

As bitter winter weather arrived in the Northeast, New York's governor issued an executive order requiring the homeless to be forcibly removed from the streets in freezing temperatures, an unprecedented government intervention that faced immediate legal questions and backlash. … Full Article

Crime declines in NY amid major police policy changes

New York's mayor and police commissioner said that crime statistics released Monday prove it is possible to usher in a less aggressive style of policing and lower crime at the same time. … Full Article

Bay Ridge stepping up efforts to help homeless

The problem of homelessness in New York City hit home for the Community Board 10 district manager in December, when she learned that a mother and child were sleeping in a bank ATM vestibule on Fifth Avenue across the street from the board’s Bay Ridge office. … Full Article

NYC commuters get new tax break

Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Sen. … Full Article

Monday Jan. 4, Our World In Pictures

CONEY ISLAND — Neighborhood Hosts Celebration: The Parachute Jump is lit up on Thursday for a New Year’s Eve celebration hosted by ONE Brooklyn and other local officials. … Full Article

N train station repairs begin Jan 18.

An ambitious project to renovate several stations along the N subway line in Southwest Brooklyn will enter a crucial new phase on Jan. 18, as repairs begin in earnest. The project will mean more than a year of detours for thousands of subway riders. … Full Article


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