A woman near the stage gyrates her hips, punching both fists forward alternately to the beat with three children watching and copying. The Jam Syndicate band and Billy Grant, its lead vocalist, have just started their two-hour performance of funk and rhythm and blues songs. “Shake what yo’ mama gave ya,” Grant raps, as the […]
Cathy Guerriero, a Democratic candidate for public advocate, greeted commuters Tuesday morning at the St. George Terminal on Staten Island as they left the ferry that brought them from Manhattan free of charge. “Don’t forget to vote for Guerriero,” a member of her campaign team shouted repeatedly, taking breaks when all the passengers in […]
By Pierce Gibson Crosby ¦ Published December 16, 2012 With the holiday season quickly approaching, this week Hurricane Sandy victims will begin receiving their insurance claim settlements in the mail from both local policy providers and nationally sponsored agencies. Property owners and businesses have filed for everything from lost hours at work, […]
As the hours ticked away toward the end of Election Day, Republican Party volunteer Ann Lettis was calling residents in Staten Island to remind them to vote, and check if they needed a lift to a polling station. She volunteered dozens of times before, but never had so many problems getting a hold of people. […]
Tuesday morning, Maria Martucelli, 58, stood in the basement of the Dongan Hills home where she has lived since 1985. Wearing navy rain boots, she walked around the muddy remnants of what was once a comfortable living space for her invalid father and her 26-year old son, Justin. Sheet rock covered the floors and […]
News of the New York City Marathon cancellation caused major inconveniences for the runners. But the race was not on the minds of the residents of Staten Island where the marathon begins. Staten Island Residents Not Focused on Marathon Cancellation from NY City Lens on Vimeo.
Hurricane Sandy devastated many parts of the city. Staten Island was hit especially hard. Steve Silva brings us the story of how one man’s basement was destroyed, and how the community came to his help.
Noise from generators reverberated through the storm-ravaged streets of Hoboken, N.J., directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan, on Sunday. Neon-green posters attached to buildings and shop windows directed people to free battery charge centers. Stores along the main street of the city were covered with so much wood, you couldn’t tell the difference […]
Volunteers Out in Force on Staten Island, But Some Residents Are Still Angry Relief Didn’t Arrive Sooner
Nearly a week after hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on New York City, New Dorp Beach still looked as though a bomb had just exploded over the tiny seaside community. Along Cedar Grove Avenue, a trail of houses remain completely mangled. Battered cars, some with shattered windows and traces of water still pooling in them, littered the sidewalks; one SUV sat perched on top […]
When the New York City Marathon was cancelled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, a group of runners banded together to bring additional aid to one of the city’s hardest hit boroughs: Staten Island. Relief Runners Aid Staten Island After Sandy from NY City Lens on Vimeo.
For most families in New York, the living room is the heart of a home. For the Ingenitos, who have lived in their house on Topping Street, a few hundred feet from New Dorp beach on the east side of Staten Island, it certainly was. But, the Ingenitos’ living room has lost its cozy feeling.
Parents on Staten Island are concerned that special education programs are being underfunded in New York City. The Board of Education came to Hungerford Elementary to hear what the parents complaints were about the current climate in classrooms.
Fifteen reporters from the NYCity Lens were on assignment across New York City Thursday afternoon as Occupy Wall Street’s Day of Action unfolded. Here are their stories.
Runners who were not chosen to take part in New York City’s yearly marathon discovered that, just as there is more than one way to skin a cat, there are other ways to secure a spot in the popular race.
Getting there was a marathon in itself. While Saturday night partiers were making their way home, thousands of runners emerged onto the streets at 5 a.m. to make it in time for the 8:30 a.m. start of the 2011 New York City Marathon.
“We don’t have that kind of money,” Navarro’s fellow driver, Marlo Mejia said.
Mejia thinks he might need up to $8,000 for painting his car and meter and for other requirements, if he wants to continue his business. He’s driven a livery cab for seven years, but says he has not had enough left over to save a large amount after expenses. “We may need to look for some people who have money to pay.” He laughingly added, shrugging, “Jewish? Russian Mafias?” He isn’t the only driver who jokes about such things.
The storage shelves at Project Hospitality’s Bay Street food pantry are almost bare. Three cardboard trays of canned fruit, some boxes of dry cereal, and a few straggling loaves of bread are all that is left in the main pantry after the morning rush to help Staten Island’s hungry and needy.