The last slave in New York refused her owner’s offer of freedom. When the first African-American woman to earn a medical degree in New York died, W.E.B. DuBois gave her eulogy. … Full Article

More than a thousand cops graduate from NYPD police academy

Police Commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio officiated over the graduation of 1,123 new police officers on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. The mayor promised the sea of uniformed officers the full support of the city. … Full Article

De Blasio: NYC’s New Year’s Eve security prep extraordinary

Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday that the city has been making extensive security preparations for New Year’s Eve, with the NYPD and its new anti-terror force coordinating with a number of agencies including the FBI. … Full Article

Build it Back opening new construction centers

The city’s Build It Back program, established in the wake of Superstorm Sandy to help homeowners rebuild their houses, is moving toward its goal of completing its work by the end of 2016, according to officials, who announced that the program is transitioning its case management centers to  … Full Article

Activist Christopher Swain swims in ‘toilet bowl of bacteria’

“There were used condoms, turds and sewage, and my eyes were burning underneath my goggles from the oil,” said clean water activist Christopher Swain after swimming the entire 3.5-mile North Brooklyn dumpsite known as Newtown Creek last week. … Full Article

Tuesday Dec. 29, Our World In Pictures

IRAQ — Islamic State Deaths Continue: Mourners and militiamen carry coffins of three Shiite militiamen during their funeral procession in Najaf on Thursday. … Full Article

Retired Brooklyn judge elected chair of City Tech Foundation

The City Tech Foundation (Foundation) is pleased to announce that it has elected the Hon. Alice Fisher Rubin, retired judge of the New York City Civil Court, as chair of the Foundation. … Full Article

Monday Dec. 28, Our World In Pictures

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Santa and Elves Deliver Toys: Trading his sleigh for FDNY Ladder 214/Engine 111, Santa and his elves arrived at Interfaith Medical Center’s Winter Wonderland to distribute holiday gifts to 400 preschoolers and kindergarteners — ages 3 to 5 — from  … Full Article

Brooklyn Heights neighbors furious over unpermitted work at former LICH property

Neighbors are fuming that the owner of a multifamily building in the Willowtown section of Brooklyn Heights has continued demolition work despite numerous violations reported to the Department of Buildings over more than a month. … Full Article

Stringer Audit: Dept. of Homeless Services places families with children in shelters with substandard conditions

The New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) places homeless families with children in shelters plagued by rodents, mold, peeling paint and broken windows, according to an audit … Full Article


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