STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- And you thought this weekend was brutal!?!Try the summer of 1936. On July 9 of that year, it reached an unbearable 106 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. That’s almost a full 10 degrees warmer than the high forecast for Sunday. More importantly, that 106 reached in ’36 was approximately 30 years before air conditioning became widely accessible.And it doesn’t even factor in the RealFeel, heat index or whatever you’d like to call the combination of heat and humidity.While the heat wave this weekend has had some Staten Islanders begging for a reprieve, just remember, it could be worse: Forty-two years ago today, on July 21, 1977, it was 104!Here are the 10 hottest days in New York City history, according to the National Weather Service.1. July 9, 1936 -- 106 degrees2. July 22, 2011 -- 104 degrees(tied) July 21, 1977 -- 104 degrees (tied) Aug. 7, 1918 -- 104 degrees 5. July 6, 2010 -- 103 degrees(tied) Aug. 9, 2010 -- 103 … [Read more...] about Heat wave: Here are the 10 hottest days in New York City history
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[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox .] Three weeks after the Democratic primary for Queens district attorney, where the leading candidates are separated by 16 votes and election officials are undertaking a painstaking manual recount, the only certain outcome is change. Led for 28 years by Richard A. Brown until his death in May, the prosecutor’s office had in many respects been frozen in time. But the candidates vying to replace him campaigned on reform, none more so than Tiffany Cabán, the 31-year-old public defender who is as intent on constraining the office’s powers as she is on exercising them. Neck and neck with Melinda Katz, the Queens borough president, Ms. Cabán ran a campaign that attracted the endorsement of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and seemed to signal that the wave of progressive prosecutors elected to big cities across the country — from Chicago to Dallas to Philadelphia — had arrived in New … [Read more...] about Where Law-and-Order Justice Still Reigns in New York City
This article is by Sophie Kasakove, with photography by Tracie Williams. In the meeting room at Red Hook Initiative (RHI)—a Brooklyn community-development nonprofit dedicated to youth empowerment, social justice, and sustainability—a large painting hangs high up on the wall, bordered by the words “rebound and rebuild.” It shows the neighborhood of Red Hook in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, with waves crashing on a row of sandbags, as cans of food, light bulbs, and batteries lie strewn about haphazardly. Last summer, a group of residents of Red Hook’s public-housing developments, just across the street from RHI, gathered here for the orientation meeting of RHI’s 10-week emergency-preparedness training, called “Local Leaders.” Tevina Willis, a Local Leaders facilitator, says that the first question she asks at an orientation is, “Where were you during Hurricane Sandy?” If people hesitate to answer, she’ll start with … [Read more...] about Is New York City’s Public Housing Ready for the Next Storm?
Jeff Bezos’ Amazon canceled plans to build a campus in Long Island City, Queens. Kaitlyn Flannagan/Commercial Observer Amazon has canceled plans to build part of its second headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, after the e-commerce giant faced fierce opposition from lawmakers and residents over the billions of dollars in government subsidies, the company announced this morning.“While polls show that 70 percent of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City,” the company said in a statement.It continued: “We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion—we love New York, its incomparable dynamism, people and culture—and particularly the community of Long Island City, where we have gotten to know so … [Read more...] about Amazon to New York City: Drop Dead
(CNN)The Democratic leaders of California and New York City are taking steps to provide health care coverage to some undocumented residents. On his first day in office, California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a budget on Monday that would make California the only state in the nation to provide coverage to undocumented young adults through its Medicaid program. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an even more ambitious program on Tuesday called NYC Care that would provide coverage for all New Yorkers. There are roughly 600,000 residents without health insurance, half of them undocumented immigrants. "From this moment on in New York City, everyone is guaranteed the right to health care," said de Blasio, comparing it to the universal pre-K program his administration implemented several years ago. New York City birth certificates get gender-neutral option NYC Care will start rolling out in coming months and will take more than two years to be fully implemented, de Blasio … [Read more...] about California, New York City move to provide health care coverage to undocumented residents