Tenants learn how to battle bad landlords

Making the list is important for a new nightclub, or getting that elusive reservation in the city’s hottest restaurant. But one list no one should be clamoring for is the public advocate’s annual “Worst Landlord List,” designed to publicize and shame the worst apartment building owners in the city.

Rivera pushes to regulate drug prices, despite veto

Prescription drugs can be expensive. Costs can be shocking — and sometimes outright prohibitive — for someone taking a long-prescribed pill for anything from high blood pressure to anemia, or who has dealt with a surprise round of antibiotics.

Give an inch, take a meter as poets celebrate at cafe

As many an open mic poet knows, finding a decent venue that doesn’t run too late and has an audience that’s receptive and respectful seems like a myth. Bushwick warehouses at 2 a.m., are filled with drunks and bitter writers. Greenwich Village hideouts are brimming with “flower power” ghosts from the past. But then there’s An Beal Bocht Café.

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MTA will delay cuts to express buses between Manhattan, Bronx

It seems the fight by express bus riders to maintain after-hours service connecting the Bronx and Manhattan has ended in victory.

Neighborhood house closes in on new exec director

It’s not a matter of if, but when. It’s not months, but rather weeks — even days. Riverdale Neighborhood House is on the verge of naming a new executive director just months after Dan Eudine stepped down. And Amanda Salzhauer couldn’t be more excited about the future of the 147-year-old institution.

Advocates herald cash bail reform as a good first step

Criminal justice reform has taken center stage in New York City over the past year, from closing the infamous Rikers Island, to upgrades in evidence discovery, to efforts that could make trials faster.

SPORTS

Young Tigers eyeing postseason run

Before the 2019-20 basketball season even began, Will Cushing knew it might be an uphill fight to secure a playoff bid. His Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy girls basketball team was a little lacking in veteran leadership with just three seniors on his roster. So surely there would be challenges along the way.

Plan for more cops squeezes subways for cash

More police are coming to New York City’s subway system as early as this month, designed to help crack down on fare beaters and other issues the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says is costing it money (and reputation).

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Rivera almost loses routine endorsement from Ben Franklin Club

It was just another meeting of the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club, as nearly 100 people squeezed into the club's  quaint storefront space on West 231st Street.

Activist wants to rename street after developer

The battle to save Villa Rosa Bonheur might be lost, but the effort to create a legacy for the one-time Spuyten Duyvil landmark is just beginning.

GREEN SCENE

Unearthed tree stumps filled with ancient past mysteries

Fossils can be found everywhere, and we have our share here in New York.

Major city crossing will get more expensive for everyone

The George Washington Bridge is one of the most expensive bridges in the city, with cash-paying drivers forking over $15 per crossing, and those with E-ZPass shelling out between $10.50 and $12.50, depending on the time of day.

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OBITUARIES

Fay Lewin really enjoyed life

Longtime Riverdalian Fay Lewin passed away on Nov. 23, 2019. She was 98.

POLITICAL ARENA

Lawmakers hike security funding

U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel has joined a coalition of federal lawmakers pushing $90 million in additional federal funding to help improve security for what they have determined to be high-risk non-profits.