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How Can We Avoid Another Eric Garner Tragedy?

The lethal trap was already set, but it was undoubtedly triggered by the NYPD. It’s unfortunate that even under “progressive” leadership, our City’s officers are either still unaware of or simply don’t care to abide by the 20 year prohibition against employing choke holds. But it’s not surprising: as much as Mayor de Blasio has been doing to address poverty in the City many of the most entrenched problems facing New Yorkers, including over-policing, remain unchanged from their December 31st, 2013 status. A violent, health-endangering interaction for Garner could have arguably come from anywhere, but it didn’t: it came from those we pay to protect us daily….

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This Is A Way Around The Wall Between NYC’s Food Swamps And NY Farms

For a while local produce has suffered from high prices, mostly a reflection of the high transportation costs of getting the product to the City’s market. Meanwhile some parts of the City have suffered from an abundance of low quality food options. As Christy Harrison, a New York-based nutritionist and registered dietitian notes of some neighborhoods according to the New York Observer, “if the produce is there, then sometimes the produce is pretty sad.”

GrowNYC wants that common sentiment to end…

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Here’s Mayor de Blasio’s NYPD vs. Black Men, In 5 Videos

Considering what’s in the following videos, Dante may need to be careful. The Mayor’s Black son is entering that age range when most Black males become targets for NYPD harassment and excessively violent arrests….

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In Eric Garner’s Death, Video Proof Of The Tale Of Two Policing Styles

It’s a perpetual deja vu. It always goes the same way. Cops surround a man of color. Man of color talks. Man of color sometimes gets upset, but not always. Cops begin an arrest. Man of color gets jumped by a ridiculous amount of blue. Man of color may or may not die. Usually, nothing happens to the officers.

What’s sad is that, yes, there will be vigils. Maybe a march or two. But in a couple of weeks traditional and social media will have forgotten about it. They will have moved on to some celebrity fiasco or a new stupid dance with song accompaniment. Until another man of color is killed. And the cycle repeats….

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Health Worsens And Obesity Grows Among Those Unemployed The Longest

And even when the unemployment is relieved, the effects may still linger. According to Gallup, “a 2009 study of Pennsylvania workers laid off in the 1970s and 1980s found that even 20 years later, these workers were 10% to 15% more likely to die in a given year than those who had not suffered a job loss….

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The Bronx Lens: Jekyll And Hyde in Crotona

The Bronx Lens is an initiative to document the Boogie Down as it is now, not only to enlighten its residents and the world of its beauty and bleak nature but to also serve as a time capsule for future generations. This will be accomplished through photos of the architecture and its people, neighborhood by neighborhood. As this is a personal journey, it makes sense to begin where it all began for me: 174th Street & Crotona Park. (Also known to some as East Morrisania)….

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DOE Reversing Decades Of Terrible Food Policies

Although progress on both issues is small so far, it represents a distinct change in how food politics is addressed systemically in the City. Yet while these problems may lend themselves to some internalization by the DOE, others remain problematic. “We have done a lot in schools. But kids are exposed to a lot when they walk out the door,” said Johnson according to NBC….

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Why The Bronx Is The New Front Line of The City’s Shopping Center War

The Bronx seems to be New York City’s new frontier in the competition for Westchester’s high-income spending. Suburban residents typically travel into city centers for shopping, and for a while Midtown has been the City’s main magnet for suburban shoppers. But two malls in Westchester, Cross County and Ridge Hill, have been bringing the convenience of varying retailers to at least the western corridor served by I-87. Now Bay Plaza, led by Macy’s and a handful of higher-end retailers, hopes to take advantage of the neglected eastern corridor where I-95 runs down from Mamaroneck. The hope is that eastern Westchester shoppers will join a growing number of wealthier Bronx shoppers in making Bay Plaza the City’s most northern suburban style shopping magnet…

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Don’t Let Your Con Ed Bill Keep You From Turning On The Air Conditioning

Summer heat waves are especially uncomfortable in Cities. The urban heat island effect raises temperatures as much as 22 degrees more in some metro areas. As a result apartments become massive ovens when the sun is up, and take forever to cool down during the evenings. Con Ed prices, already cited for possibly contributing to rent burden, shoot through the roof when you’re using your badly needed air conditioning….

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What if Mayor de Blasio Built More NYCHA Housing?

Personal convictions aside, would our affordability crisis improve if Mayor de Blasio could construct more public housing? The question may be flawed, instead perhaps we should ask if NYCHA is the best use of our rent relief dollars. Evidence suggests that we could do a lot better than NYCHA, keeping fewer of the social and economic costs that seem to accompany public housing….

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