The Villager, Manhattan Express, Downtown Express, Chelsea Now

As a general assignment reporter with these three newspapers, I covered Manhattan’s neighborhood news south of 14th Street, the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, and Midtown.

My articles range from transportation and development news on major stories such as the city’s plan to close Rikers Island and the L train shutdown to stories including a squad of sanitation trucks camped out on a residential sidestreet to Washington Square Park’s ‘serial farter’ and ‘living statue.’ 

Some of my articles provide news coverage of citywide issues with a hyperlocal lens. I asked Stuyvesant teens what they thought about the mayor’s plan to scrap the specialized standardized test to increase diversity and highlighted downtown precinct data on the disproportionate marijuana arrests of black and brown people in my coverage of the mayor’s new pot policy.

During June’s primaries, I spoke with Errol Louis on NY1’s Inside City Hall about the 12th Congressional District’s primary election between longtime incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney and NYU professor Suraj Patel. I was also the first reporter in the city to cover a competitive primary in a Downtown civil court election and covered one of the historic wins of an IDC-challenger in the State Senate primaries.

I brought attention to another common source of lead exposure in private housing from construction dust as the city weighed a package of 25 lead poisoning prevention laws and extensively covered tenant harassment issues in the East Village and Lower East Side.

Resiliency infrastructure projects to protect the city from storm surge flooding and sea level rise is another beat I focus on. At two separate meetings in the city, the U.S. Army Corps revealed differing opinions on a process to choose a storm surge barrier plan — a massive infrastructure project in the scoping process to protect over 2,000 miles of shoreline in New York and New Jersey.

I featured a woman who was one of the thousands displaced when Lower East Side tenements were razed in the 1960’s. She moved into an affordable apartment in the newly built Essex Crossing developments some five decades after her family was displaced — a testament to history and the complexities of development and gentrification in an ever-changing city through the eyes of a lifelong Lower East Sider.

In another ongoing development story in Two Bridges, I documented public records showing the city had apparently bailed on a decade-old plan to build a playground on the same lot where a 62-story building is being proposed.

Some of my articles were republished in Schneps Community News Group’s sister papers Chelsea Now and Gay City News. See below for more of my articles.

Tenant Harassment

Private buildings have a load of lead problems, too: Tenants, advocates
Bowery tenants bash Betesh, saying he ditched return date
Croman even worse from behind bars: Tenants
Tenants claim win on right of return at Bowery building
To catch a Kushner: False filings can open door to harassment
Petition, politicians ask hedge fund to waive $250k fee for evictees
Homeward bound! Bowery tenants ready for end-of-Aug. return

Resiliency

Great barrier grief: Study to evaluate five storm-barrier plans, but locals, experts pan process
City presents Two Bridges flood-protect plan
Wave vs. glacier: Slow pace of resiliency plans will leave Downtown at risk for many years to come

Politics

Also on the ballot: Civil court primary is another hot race
With help from Patel gaffes, Maloney holds onto East Side seat
Maloney and Patel spar in debate as primary vote looms
It’s ‘movement vs. machine,’ Nixon tells Dems
Patel ran strongly vs. Maloney in East Village, boroughs
N.Y.U. prof and ‘truther’ poised to challenge Maloney in primary
Three other candidates also vying for East Side Assembly seat 
Robert Jackson wins big against incumbent Senator Marisol Alcántara
IDC issues animates UWS State Senate primary

Development

Seward Co-op’s vote on air rights leaves developer ‘bewildered’
De Blasio: Old P.S. 64 owner ‘exceedingly uncooperative’ on sale
Two Bridges tower site was slated to be public playground
Towering fear for Two Bridges: Gentrification
Two Bridges towers study lowballs impact on school seats, displacement, community says
Planning gives more time for public input on Two Bridges towers
Prison riot: City agrees to hold town hall in wake of jailhouse backlash
‘No jail!’ Boos drown out hearing on Downtown prison
Prison uprising! Furor over change of jail site
‘Historic mistake’: Hotel project imperils museum house
Rivington rally’s cry: Meet with us, Mayor
Battle against supertalls hits West 66th Street
The shadows megatowers cast on a light-starved city
City reneging on all-affordable plan on West 55th Street
Losing battles, supertall opponents hope to win the war
St. Bart’s air rights fuel JPMorgan megatower
City greenlights Sutton Place megatower
UESers debate how to curb mushrooming supertalls
Seaport’s Pier 17 opens this month
3 WTC opens, along with two long-closed streets
Natural wonder: Pier 26 to showcase Hudson’s ecology

State

Pols: Focus on banks behind ‘predatory’ landlords
Gottfried and O’Donnell: Combat opioids with pot

City

Activists cautiously hopeful on ‘Nightlife Mayor’: But boss Menin gives confidence
Sarah Carroll, new Landmarks chief, aims for ‘balance’
Johnson might try to steer traffic plan around Legislature
Under fire, Landmarks leader readies to resign
A boost for moms running for office
Residential parking permits pushed for Upper Manhattan
Zoned out: Bill expanding WTC no-vending zone rankles street-cart vendors
Pot smoking arrests to stop. Or will they?
Whoa! Johnson calls for ‘cap’ on hail apps like Uber and a study

Transportation

Clinton’s the problem, L.E.S. locals tell D.O.T. about bridge-traffic hell
Air to Kenmare, busloads of worry at L public meeting
Fear L shutdown will be ‘Nightmare on Kenmare’
M.T.A. misses the bus on switching to electric during L train shutdown
Verrazano study verifies: 2-way toll would slash traffic
L of a lot of issues raised at L train town hall
CB7 pushing for protected bike lane on Central Park West
Protected lane around Central Park demanded after cyclist’s death
Disability advocates complain B,C renovations ignore accessibility
With ambitious asks, bus advocates await MTA plan
Protected bike lane pitched at Queensboro approach
Crosstown bike lanes remain CB8 flashpoint
Beat that light, every bus rider says silently
Riders caught unawares by UWS shuttering of B, C stations

Arts, Culture, Community Voices

A planet in peril is focus of new AMNH exhibit
Central Park honors women’s suffrage, and its complicated history
One over-Arching question in ‘Living Statue’ bust: Why?
‘Living statue’ petitions to regain park perch
Club Cumming shows spark drama at C.B. 3
‘Rejoice!!!’ Cumming says as club’s shows are O.K.’d
Ex-lax-clusive: ‘Village Farter’ blows his cover
Good causes fuel grueling paddle ’round Manhattan
Nine revolting Rebekah Mercers, in one museum!
Street art: Murals commissioned around 2 WTC site
The color of money: Flashy new art decks the halls of NYSE
Lest we forget: Museum of Jewish Heritage marks Holocaust Remembrance Day
Battery Park Baker: BPC high schooler debuts at Smorgasburg
Celebrating more than a century
Cacophony of colors brings harmony at Governors Island Holi Hai celebration
‘We won’: Original SPURA tenant finally back home

Courts

Dwellers are kvellers after judge SLAPPs down bar’s defame suit
September start for 2nd Ave. gas-explosion trial
Vance targets wage theft in Manhattan construction
Labor pains: Unions rally Downtown as Supreme Court weighs future of organized labor
Wage war: DA says construction company stole $1.7 million in workers’ pay through fraud scheme

Neighborhood Issues

East Siders trash garbage trucks parking ‘plan’
Oversize stores are still a big problem in Soho and Noho
Friends bring in funding, and also the public
Downtown’s sports pier caught in squeeze play
UWS participatory budgeting boosts libraries, schools, firehouse
All booked up: CB1 worries zoning change will push more hotels into crowded Downtown
CB1 asks city to rein in film permits
High impact: Could ‘developmental impact fees’ ease Downtown’s growing pains?
9/11 victims can still get help

Education

Test case: Stuyvesant grads want more diversity, but cautious about scrapping SHSAT
School’s new mural helps rock students’ world
‘Do it all’ science teacher wins coveted award
New special-ed school was a long time coming
Upper East Side high school grads win scholarship, mentorship honors
Longtime leader of BMCC to step down
Academic and activist: Stuyvesant grad tapped as 2018 Milken Scholar

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