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Around press time for this feature, Jose Lopez was pretty busy—as he told us, with his position as Organizing Director for Make The Road New York, he was totally swamped with #ResistTrump work.  Based in Bushwick, Lopez helps Make The Road New York—known as MRNY—toward the organization's mission of building the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. Recently, Lopez was...
It’s safe to say that Coney Island’s nostalgic glory wouldn’t be possible without its biggest advocate: Dick Zigun, Founder of the Mermaid Parade. As the founder of CONEY ISLAND USA, the arts organization, back in 1980, and having invented the Mermaid parade back in 1983,  Zigun is the South Brooklyn arts aficionado of the century. He describes his work perfectly by saying he’s a playwright within a community of circus freaks and tattooed geeks,...
The Monday after Thanksgiving, already a pretty fraught day of post-travel and post- or current Thanksgiving hangover, was a whole lot worse than normal for about 10,000 commuters who signed up for monthly MetroCard users. Thanks to a technical glitch, the combination MetroCard and Long Island Rail Road/Metro-North issued by mail for December had zero days worth of rides on them, leaving a whole lot of angry people banging on the touchscreens of MTA...
Seems like Mayor De Blasio is finally making good on one of his campaign promises. Multiple sources indicate that De Blasio will introduce a bill next week banning carriage horses in the city, starting in 2016. One of the major objections to a proposed elimination of the industry has to do with jobs: The carriage horse drivers are one of the blue-collar institutions of New York City, and banning horses will essentially put those...

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