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April 2015

The waiting area at Animal Care & Control of NYC on 110th between 1st and 2nd Avenues smells like vinegar. The cinder-block walls are a pale yellow and sea foam green and visitors can hear dogs bark and whimper through the walls. The animals sit in kennels upstairs. Visitors must sign in before browsing the rooms and hallways filled with their potential pets. The volunteers are friendly—they walk through each room, checking on the animals, spraying down dog kennels, taking the dogs out for walks, and rearranging cat cages. First impressions, not withstanding, Animal Care & Control, a non profit organization that runs

On Wednesday Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled OneNYC, a 332-page manifesto detailing the administration’s vision for the city’s future. Just as with previous plans, OneNYC continues to focus on growth, sustainability, and resiliency, but de Blasio has chosen to include an emphasis on equity in the aim of decreasing New York’s growing income inequality. The more than 200 new initiatives include ambitious targets—such as lifting 800,000 New Yorkers out of poverty by 2025, and sending zero waste to landfills in 2030. Speaking at a press conference following the announcement, de Blasio acknowledged that not everyone believes the goals can be achieved. “I don’t

[caption id="attachment_13304" align="alignnone" width="920"] A rendering of the Crossing at Jamaica Center, a proposed 680,000-square-foot mixed-use development expected to break ground later this year. (Greater Jamaica Development Corporation)[/caption] Flushing Meadows Park. Kaufman-Astoria Studios. Citi Field, the home of the Mets. These are all Queens landmarks on many tourists must-see lists. But Sutphin Boulevard? If the plans of a group of local officials and real estate agents play out, it soon will be. At least 150 people packed the main room at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens on Wednesday, all anxious to realize the vision that prompted Lonely Planet to name For college prep student Maria Garcia, 20, it has been a struggle to complete homework at home. Garcia, who will be attending Hostos College in the fall, said that she has to ask friends to use their Wi-Fi in order to get her work done. But now, that will change as Garcia will be able to borrow a free portable Wi-Fi device from the Mott Haven library close to her home. A few dozen Bronx residents like Garcia stood on line to receive a Sprint mobile hotspot device by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on Thursday morning at the Mott Haven