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Phillip Pantuso

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The weather forecast for this weekend portends the lovely, early-spring resplendence that is the New Yorker's reward for enduring punishing winters: temperatures in the high-60s, lots of sunshine, a cool breeze. Sure, Friday doesn't look great, with its high of 60, overcast skies, and 40 percent chance of rain, but the remainder of the weekend is prime time to hit the park, perhaps with a friendly animal and the concealed beverage of your choice. Getting...
Gunfire erupted around 8:30 p.m. last night outside the Pentecostal Emmanuel Church of God, at 1365 Flatbush Avenue. A wake for a 39-year-old Bloods gang member had just concluded. NBC New York reported that three mourners fired shots into the crowd, with at least one shooter returning fire from the church vestibule. In all, 15 shots were fired, leaving two dead and four others injured. The funeral was for José “Cheo” Robles, a 38-year-old who reportedly died of...
When all subway news seems like bad news, it's worth celebrating any update from the MTA that portends even a slight quality-of-life uptick. Today brings us just such a happy missive: the MTA announced that, starting in December, it plans to increase service on the L, M, 2, and 7 lines. About time? This comes a week after the MTA-led report that, in 2014, the subway system had higher ridership than at any point since...
On Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio released his much-anticipated OneNYC plan, which establishes a plethora of social, economic, and civic initiatives and goals so chosen to responsibly guide a growing New York City into the future. OneNYC is intended to be a blueprint for the modern metropolis, and is replete with buzzword-cum-principles that purport to determine that growth in a time of economic inequality, potential environmental calamity, and social unrest; abstract words like "just," "equitable," "resilient,"...

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