Suicide Hotlines Are Facing a Surge

Suicide Hotlines Are Facing a Surge

Many suicide and mental health hotlines in New York have seen a rise in the number of calls they receive since the pandemic hit. For instance, The National Alliance on Mental Health in New York has had a 60 percent increase in the number of calls to its helpline, according Matt Kudish, the group’s executive […]

Fighting COVID With Homemade Masks

Fighting COVID With Homemade Masks

Last week, two weeks after New York adopted a shelter-in-place order, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that everyone wear a face covering in public. Mayor Bill de Blasio and President Trump last week also recommended people wear face coverings, though Trump made a point of saying he would not follow the recommendation.  […]

Flushing Away Fines

Flushing Away Fines

A new city policy may soon offer both small business owners—and pedestrians— some relief. If the Mayor’s Office of Operation and city Law Department approves the proposal, the policy would give business owners the chance to have certain fees waived if their business opens its bathroom up to the public. The program is awaiting the […]

When It Rains on the Parade

When It Rains on the Parade

The Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing, Queens kicked off the Year of the Rat with firecrackers, floats, flags, and rain. Lots of it. The damp, cold weather, however, pushed many attendees into local establishments along the parade route.  Many even sought refuge at the Queens Public Library, one of the largest public libraries in […]