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Students Can Still Get Free Meals— From the City and Elsewhere

Mayor Bill de Blasio visits the Meal Hub at P.S.1 in April. (Photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

As kids all over the city entered summer break on Monday, the New York City Department of Education decided to continue its Free Meals initiative. Originally restricted to students and, subsequently, children, the grab-and-go program was expanded in early April to include adults as well, and will continue to operate this way throughout the season. More →

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Bad Weather Leaves Outdoor Restaurants Stinging in the Rain

What’s worse than a rainy Saturday afternoon? A rainy first Saturday of outdoor dining after months of waiting. 

“That’s a pain,” said Jimmy, a bartender at Kenn’s Broome Street Bar in Soho as people deserted its outdoor terrace during an intense episode of rain. “We’re losing so much clients because of the weather. Usually it’d be crowded, especially on a Saturday afternoon.” More →

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New York Workers and Scholars in Limbo Abroad as Trump Suspends Visas

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement office at JFK. (Photo: noway on Flickr)

Soon after Yukti visited India in February to get her H-1B visa stamp, American consulates around the world shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, the 28-year-old New Yorker hasn’t had a good night’s sleep and she has lost seven pounds. Over the past four months, she has delayed her return flight to the US four times, called the consulate in Mumbai daily until almost every phone receptionist knows her full name, and pleaded her case to no avail. Now, thanks to President Trump’s latest visa suspension order, which bans foreign workers with no H1-B visa stamps from entering the US, she is looking at another six months of unpaid leave from the Manhattan bank where she worked, while stranded in India. More →

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Behind Closed Gates, Brooklyn Community Gardens Continue to Plant Seeds of Change

(Photos: Marialexa Kavanaugh)

On the corner of Hancock St. and Marcus Garvey Blvd. is a small patch of earth called the Hancock T&T Community Garden. A wooden sign protrudes from behind its fence, displaying portraits of iconic Black change-makers like Angela Davis, Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass. In large, bold letters are the words “The Gateway To The Ancestors,” which hang above these lines. More →

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Can New York’s Dog Walkers Dig Themselves Out of a Hole?

Nicholas Rodriguez of Doors & Dawgs.

Nicholas Rodriguez was a doorman concierge before starting Doors & Dawgs in 2014. After seeing local dog walkers pick up countless furry clients at his building, Rodriguez decided to start his own business based in Tribeca and Battery Park City. Initially his ideal way to pay for school, the dogs made him so happy that he made it a full-time profession. More →