New York City Council passes legislation to hold City-funded social service providers accused of sexual harassment and abuse accountable

On August 27, 2021 the City Council unanimously passed legislation introduced by Council Member Helen Rosenthal to ensure that reports of sexual harassment, abuse and/or assault involving City-funded social service providers are handled appropriately. Intro 2284 was introduced after clients … Read More

Chancellor Meisha Porter announces health and safety measures for the 2021-22 school year

Chancellor Meisha Porter announced on August 26, 2021 additional details regarding the health and safety measures in place for the 2021-22 school year. Last year, a peer-reviewed medical study found that a student or staff member participating in in-person learning in New Y ork … Read More

City Council Passes Legislation Mandating Free, Comprehensive Doula Services for Incarcerated People on Rikers Island

On August 26, 2021 the City Council overwhelmingly passed legislation introduced by Council Member Helen Rosenthal to increase critical maternal health services for people incarcerated on Rikers Island. Intro 1209 will be one of the first local laws in the … Read More

Majority of COVID-19 illness, hospitalizations and deaths are among not fully vaccinated New Yorkers data reveals

New York Health Department released on August 25, 2021 new data on vaccine effectiveness and breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Between January 17 and August 7, 2021, 96.1% of COVID-19 cases, 96.9% of COVID-19 hospitalizations, and 97.3% of COVID-19 deaths … Read More

The 47th Annual HARLEM WEEK is on!

Photos credit: Bill Moore The 47th Annual HARLEM WEEK, an eight-day live and virtual event celebrating the best of Harlem launched this year on August 6, 2021 with landmark events including Senior Citizens Day, Great Jazz on the Great Hill, … Read More

Harlem Hellfighters 369th Unit Honored with Congressional Gold Medal

Photos credit: Bill Moore On August 13, 2021 Senator Gillibrand, Congressman Tom Suozzi, Senator Charles Schumer, Congressman Adriano Espaillat, celebrated the creation of a Congressional Gold Medal honoring the “Harlem Hellfighters” for bravery and outstanding service during WWI. The 369th … Read More

Nigerian-American Designer Moshood celebrates 27 years in Brooklyn

Photos credit: Bill Moore Nigerian-American Designer Moshood celebrated 27 years in Brooklyn with fashion and music on August 1, 2021. Moshood, who came to New York from Lagos, Nigeria in the 1980’s to teach through his fashions to love and … Read More

Advance Child Tax Credit Payments explained

The advance child tax credit allows qualifying families to receive early payments of the tax credit many people may claim on their 2021 tax return during the 2022 tax filing season. The IRS will disburse these advance payments monthly through December 2021. … Read More

Immigrants one step closer to pathway to citizenship

On August 11, 2021, Senate Democrats passed the first step towards a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation infrastructure package. The ambitious legislation earmarks $107 billion to provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, and … Read More

Legal Services NYC Creates New Guide to Help Small Businesses Fight Eviction After Moratorium Lifts

Legal Services NYC, in partnership with the Law Office of Daniel F. Pepitone, PLLC, announced “A Commercial Tenant’s Guide to Landlord Disputes: Understanding Court Procedure and Answering Petitions or Complaints in NYC,” a new guide to help small business owners … Read More

Financial assistance for undocumented workers, Excluded Workers Fund (EWF), now available

The Excluded Workers Fund (EWF) provides financial help to New Yorkers who lost income during the COVID-19 pandemic and were left out of various federal relief programs, including unemployment and pandemic benefits. Applications are now live and funds for the … Read More

Senegalese travelers unhappy with Delta Airlines but lack options

There was frustration in the air among the more than 150 passengers looking to board Delta’s Boeing 757-200 aircraft heading to Dakar, Senegal on July 17, 2021 with the hope of celebrating Eid-al-Adah, one of the most important Muslim holidays, … Read More

Harlem-born Hip-Hop legend Biz Markie’s funeral will take place on August 2 in New York

The funeral of Hip-Hop legend Biz Markie born Marcel Theo Hall known for his Top 40 hit, “Just A Friend” and his recurring role on “Yo Gabba Gabba”, will take place on August 2 in Patchogue, New York. Other Hip-Hop … Read More

SBA’s application portal for Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness to open on August 4

Photo credit: Taniasv The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching a streamlined application portal to allow borrowers with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $150,000 or less through participating lenders to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA. This … Read More

Council Votes to Protect Small Businesses by Extending Third-Party Delivery App Fee Caps

Photo credit: Alessandro Biascioli Continuing the vital work of protecting New York City’s small businesses, the Council voted on July 29, 2021 to extend measures passed earlier in the pandemic to help keep these businesses afloat. The first of these … Read More

A Pizza Hut and a McDonald’s must pay a total $221,356 in restitution to 135 workers for violating the Fair Workweek Law

NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Acting Commissioner Sandra Abeles announced on July 29, 2021 settlement agreements with two fast food franchisees, a Pizza Hut in the Bronx and a McDonald’s in Brooklyn, to resolve violations of the … Read More

Community leaders demand Mayor de Blasio Keep His Word and Remove NYPD From Street Vending

Photo credit: Martin Raab On July 23, 2021 a group of city and state representatives alongside community-based organizations representing small businesses, immigrant worker rights, and public space accessibility advocates released a letter demanding the immediate removal of NYPD presence in … Read More

1000 Immigrant Essential Workers and Allies Rally at Columbus Park to Demand a Path to Citizenship

One thousand immigrant essential workers rallied on July 23, 2021 at Columbus Park in Manhattan as part of a nationwide day of action to demand a pathway to citizenship be included in the infrastructure package. “Essential workers are critical to … Read More

Harlem Muslim New Yorkers celebrate Eid-al-Adha on July 20

Photos credit: Bill Moore On July 20, 2021, Harlem Muslim New Yorkers celebrated Eid-al-Adha, a holiday commemorating the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own son Ismael as an act of obedience to Allah. Every Eid-al-Adha, Muslims around the world … Read More

SBS Commissioner Doris, Melba Wilson and community leaders visit Harlem Businesses

Photos credit: Bill Moore NYC Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris and community leaders toured small businesses in Harlem on July 20, 2021 to promote the Shop Your City campaign, a City initiative to encourage New Yorkers to support … Read More

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