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Thousands of migrants have vanished near the United States-Mexico border, leaving their families to wrestle with stalled investigations and attempts at extortion. Experts warn that people trying to enter the country could lead to more disappearances.

If a plan to replace Rikers Island jail with four borough jails is approved by the Mayor’s Office, Rikers will close in 2026. But community boards are rejecting the plan.

Student leaders at Teens Take Charge, a student-led education equity advocacy group reflect on how the Specialized High School Admissions Test shaped their involvement in the student group. The group says abolishing the test is just one piece of solving the school segregation debate.

Yordy, 16, was thrust into adulthood after migrating from Guatemala. He was separated from his mother, and his 6-year-old brother became his responsibility. Still, he’s just a teenager, his cellphone always in his hand.

Three members of New York’s hip-hop scene, two artists and a DJ, explore incorporating different influences into their craft, while also hoping to regain New York rap’s relevance in popular music. To create a new “New York sound,” they draw on deep connections from their lives, surroundings and careers.

Adult literacy classes teach students, most of whom are immigrants, English language skills and offer a gateway to opportunity and services. Advocates are fighting budget cuts to ensure future funding for the literacy programs.

Naquasia Pollard was only 19 when she was arrested. While serving a 15-year sentence, she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. College and Community Fellowship, a nonprofit that helps women with criminal justice histories, is guiding her to a master’s degree.

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For the next 20 years, because of the calendar, Muslim students across high school and college campuses are going to have to balance fasting for Ramadan and the rigor of the academic year. Fortunately, their schools know how to accommodate them.

Chivona Newsome, a newcomer to politics, is running for Congress in her South Bronx district. But she’s not the only one. In one of the poorest congressional districts in the nation, the race for the 2020 Democratic primary is already crowded.

Though the Bronx is not the most populous borough, its housing court is the busiest. Many residents face years of uphill battles. For those with the will to fight, there’s just waiting and isolation, but those without the will simply give up.

A pair of New York City-based Yemeni-American women have formed a political consulting firm called Arab Women’s Voices as a means of generating employment and encouraging dialogue between government officials and the Arab and Arab-American community.

New York City is full of hidden urban farms, which can expand access to healthy food, provide jobs and build strong community bonds. Some seek to feed a community, while others seek to feed the soul.

Traditional barbershops can be the ultimate boys’ club, fostering a mentality that can enable misogyny and cultivate toxic masculinity. Two female-owned barbershops, Ztylez Studio and Camera Ready Kutz, Inc., fight those stereotypes by creating an inclusive, safe space for their diverse clientele.

Plant ownership is rising among millennials, who increasingly take to it as a way to assert responsibility over caring for a living thing. Many have no idea where to begin for fear of killing their plants, so they enter the world of plant care via social media hashtags, group classes and online sites to get tips, ask questions and grow online networks.

Catalina Cruz, who represents the 39th District in Queens, is trying to help immigrants because she knows the path they walk. But she doesn’t want to be known only for the issue of immigration.


Advice columns have been a staple of American society for decades, dispensing advice about careers, health and relationships. Those seeking words of wisdom about immigration have turned to a New York City-based columnist.

Five people have been killed on their bikes in South Brooklyn so far this year. Bike advocates say protected bike lanes would help. Residents disagree.

A law protecting freelancers’ rights and the creation of a hub to serve them in Brooklyn are serving the city’s slice of a growing independent workforce.

Stories of rats, sexual harassment and the psychological toll of delays are growing in concert with the increasing unreliability of the city’s 115-year-old subway system.

The Tony-award winning director Kenny Leon adapted the Shakespeare comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” with an all-black cast and a modern setting for a production in Central Park. The director’s partner in reimagining the play was a Columbia professor who “eats and sleeps and drinks Shakespeare.”

New York’s delivery workers are often required by their employers to use illegal e-bikes for their jobs — and they’re paying the price. The police can confiscate their bikes and issue fines of up to $500, leaving them with no way to make money.