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SoHo »

Street Vendor Stabbed by 'Wild Man of SoHo' to Get Award at Vendys

Baare Batchiri, 60, was hospitalized for 10 days after he was attacked with a pair of scissors.

Concourse Village »

Vigil Held for Inmate Killed in Rikers Mental Health Unit

Bradley Ballard died after being locked alone in his cell for seven days, advocates say.

Washington Heights »

Rangel Debate Telephone Skit Ridicules Opponents

Rangel's challengers called his behavior inappropriate given the forum's focus on poverty.

Carroll Gardens »

Participatory Budgeting Brings in Women and Minority Voters, Study Shows

Low-income, minorities and women were more engaged in participatory budgeting, a new study shows.

East Harlem »

East Harlem Councilwoman Wins Top Marks on Human Rights Report Card

City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito won the top spot on the Urban Justice Center's report.

Lower East Side »

LES Residents Still Without Power and Heat Threaten Rent Strike

Residents of Knickerbocker Village are considering a rent strike after two weeks in the dark and cold.

Concourse Village »

Claremont Houses Tenants File Lawsuit Over Rat Infestation

Claremont Houses' tenants are suing NYCHA for failing to fix a rampant rodent problem, they say.

Washington Heights & Inwood »

Illegal Street Vendors Warned of Imminent Police Crackdown

Illegal street vendors in upper Manhattan are being warned that their days are numbered. 

Harlem »

East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito Tops Human Rights Report

A new report by the Urban Justice Center gave top marks to East Harlem City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito for her work on human rights.

Greenwich Village & SoHo »

LGBT Youth Group Planning West Village 'Pop-Up Center'

The LGBT youth organization FIERCE plans to create a mobile "pop-up center" in the West Village, the group said in an interview Wednesday.

East Village & Lower East Side »

Food Fight Erupts Over Popular Chinatown Greenmarket

Advocates charged the police with harassing produce vendors at the bustling Forsyth Street market.

East Village & Lower East Side »

Lower East Side Tenants Claim Their Building is Unlivable, Sue Landlord

Tenants from 101 Stanton St. are suing their landlord to have an independent party make repairs to their building.

East Village & Lower East Side »

Chinatown Restaurant Workers Sue Shanghai Cafe for Allegedly Withholding Wages

Former employees of the Shanghai Cafe on Mott Street are suing the restaurant for allegedly violating labor laws.

Manhattan »

Christine Quinn Gets Low Marks on Human Rights from Urban Justice Center

While Christine Quinn has spoken out on recent hate crimes, a nonprofit group argues her human rights record is subpar.

Harlem »

East Harlem Councilwoman Gets A+ on Human Rights

Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center called Melissa Mark-Viverito tops on the City Council for her stance on human rights issues.

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