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Christopher Robbins is a New York City reporter covering transportation, affordable housing, local politics, and criminal justice. His work has also appeared in New York Magazine, The Village Voice and The New York Times. Chris is a graduate of Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke, Virginia, and enjoys biking to Fort Tilden in the summertime.

Christopher Robbins

Introduced at the height of the pandemic to give New Yorkers more physical space to roam, the Open Streets program is popular, but often relies on volunteer organizations to do all of the work.


"Most of us work full time, ten to twelve hours a day, and you need to use the bathroom," said one worker who has been denied the use of a restroom by restaurants for which he delivers food.


Some observers were predicting a loss of two seats for New York, due to pandemic migration and the anti-immigrant policies of the Trump administration.


It will be the court's first major Second Amendment case in more than a decade, and the first since ultraconservative justices gained a majority of the seats on the court.


"We unlock what architects currently call the sixth wall in the room."


The fight over Greenpoint’s Open Streets has literally devolved into a Superfund site.


You might listen to a man in deep eastern Queens tell a story about his childhood in his native Amuzgo, or read about how 3,000 German refugees speaking Palatine German were stranded on Governors Island in 1710.


The police commissioner and the mayor blame bail reform and the court system, but experts say the pandemic's effect on society cannot be understated.


The snails have also been observed eating more than 500 species of plant, making them adept at tearing through crops.


Overall, the state will be spending an extra $18 billion more than last year. Here’s how the budget is shaping up so far:


"The HALT Solitary Confinement Act will put an end to the use of long-term solitary confinement in our state, a practice that has perpetuated violence and caused irreparable harm."


Can you smoke weed on the street? Will your conviction be expunged? What about growing marijuana?


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