About 5,200 school safety agents, a branch of the NYPD, patrol New York City’s public schools, making them one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the country. Critics say having so many agents in schools is setting kids up for jail.
X, who says he is 54, has lived on the streets of New York City for the past year and a half, following the successive deaths of his mother, brother, sister and niece – his “best friends” – which led to alcoholism, substance abuse and eviction from his apartment.
[caption id="attachment_13803" align="alignleft" width="388"] An ad for home remodeling in the Bukharian Times newspaper. Photo Credit: Bukharian Times[/caption]
Wet cement fumes rise and mingle with the syrupy scent of crab apples, which drop from Forest Hills’ scrawny trees en masse and ferment in residential gutters. Several antique Tudor homes on these quiet streets display construction permits. But the charm of their Gothic gables and quaint brick blanches in comparison to the large homes built by the neighborhood's newest neighbors. Glistening pink marble, Romanesque columns, Palladian windows, and stone lion gargoyles butt up against the hedge, looming large, loud and conspicuous.
GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson sparked a firestorm recently after saying, in an interview, that he would not advocate for a Muslim becoming president. He said Islamic values are inconsistent with those of the U.S. Constitution.
[caption id="attachment_13756" align="alignnone" width="600"] Graffiti, peeling paint and cracked walls are visible at the Bay Parkway train station on the N Line in Brooklyn, NY. Photo: Sneha Antony.[/caption]
Colorful graffiti have taken over parapet walls of the above-ground stations from 8th Avenue to 86th Street in Brooklyn on the Coney Island-bound N Line. Peeling paint and layers of green mold compete for attention. Rain falls through cracked ceilings onto commuters’ heads at the Kings Highway station, located seven stops past 8th Avenue station in southwest Brooklyn.
Community Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann called the conditions at the stations “deplorable.”
“Some of the