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Kala Rama


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Recent articles by Kala:

NYC rents spiking and landlords want them to go higher

NEW YORK (PIX11) — The Big Apple is already one of the most expensive cities in the country and now rents are rising at a rate that’s around double the national average, according to reports The Rent Stabilization Association, which represents 25,000 owners and managers of around 1 million rent-stabilized apartments in the city, on […] → Read More

Advocates for foster care students in NYC demand more school resources

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Advocates and city leaders pressured the Department of Education Wednesday to fulfill a promise to support students in foster care. The DOE announced a division dedicated to the needs of students in foster care in December of 2021. City data shows those children are suffering with low graduation rates along with […] → Read More

NYC schools expands access to Gifted and Talented program for students

NEW YORK (PIX11) — New York City’s Gifted and Talented program will expand to every district with entry points for public school students in kindergarten and third grade, Mayor Eric Adams and Schools Chancellor David Banks announced Thursday. There won’t be a test for 4-year-olds. Students in pre-K4 will be assessed by their teachers with […] → Read More

Grandma killed by stray bullet in the Bronx had lost her husband to COVID: family

FORDHAM HEIGHTS, the Bronx (PIX11) — The innocent bystander gunned down in the Bronx on Monday was a grandma who’d just moved to the neighborhood, family said. Juana Esperanza Soriano De-Perdomo, 61, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the back when an argument between two groups of men escalated. No arrests have been made. Soriano De-Perdomo […] → Read More

Mom who confronted Adams on toddler mask rules fired from NYC job

A mom who confronted New York City Mayor Eric Adams over mask rules for toddlers lost her job at New York’s Law Department → Read More

Mom who confronted Adams on toddler mask rules fired from NYC job

A mom who confronted New York City Mayor Eric Adams over mask rules for toddlers lost her job at New York’s Law Department → Read More

‘KPOP’ the musical coming to Broadway

NEW YORK (PIX11) — The musical “KPOP” is coming to Broadway this fall starring K-pop superstar Luna. “KPOP is the story of global superstars putting everything on the line for a special one-night only concert, when one singer’s inner struggle threatens to dismantle one of the biggest labels in the industry,” said composer Helen Park. “For […] → Read More

NYC court system flooded with eviction cases: housing advocates

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Eviction cases are moving through New York’s court system at record pace, housing advocates told PIX11 News on Monday. More than 200,000 families are fighting to stay in their homes, they said. That is double the amount from this time period in 2021, when the pandemic eviction moratorium was in place. […] → Read More

Taxi, rideshare drivers want fuel surcharge amid rising gas prices

NEW YORK, N.Y. (PIX11) — Taxi, Uber and Lyft drivers are calling on New York leaders to add a fuel surcharge to help cover the rising cost of gas. Gas in the New York City area is close to $5 for a gallon of regular. Drivers are having to work longer hours to make ends meet, […] → Read More

Federal COVID funding running out – How it would impact NYC

NEW YORK, N.Y. (PIX11) — Earlier in March, Democrats in Congress dropped $15.6 billion in funding meant to combat the COVID-19 pandemic from a massive government spending bill. Democrats now hope to pass a separate bill with additional COVID-19 aid, but some New York leaders are worried about what could happen if the federal pandemic […] → Read More

NYC schools tap parent ambassadors for mental health help

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Parents are getting paid $500 to help New York City public school families hit hardest by the pandemic cope with trauma and mental health wellness. Participating parents are called healing ambassadors. Those ambassadors have to complete a four-part professional learning series, which is offered in nine languages, to deepen their skills […] → Read More

For NYC students and parents, a dilemma: No vaccine, no prom

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Before New York City high school students find a dress, a tux or a date, they need to handle one thing: Getting a COVID-19 vaccine. That’s according to the Department of Education, which is only allowing vaccinated to attend prom and athletic competitions. The city isn’t budging on the policy, even […] → Read More

Human services workers rally in NYC for better pay

CITY HALL, Manhattan (PIX11) — Hundreds of nonprofit workers rallied at City Hall in Manhattan on Thursday for the Just Pay Campaign, calling on the City Council as well as Mayor Eric Adams to address low wages paid to human services workers. Despite the importance of the community work they provide, especially during the pandemic, […] → Read More

Family of slain Burger King cashier come face-to-face with alleged killer

EAST HARLEM, Manhattan (PIX11) — The family of murdered fast food worker Kristal Bayron-Nieves was visibly shaken Thursday as they watched her alleged killer enter a not guilty plea. The man, 30-year-old Winston Glynn, was arrested Jan. 13, less than a week after he allegedly shot and killed the 19-year-old cashier. The teen’s mother, Kristie […] → Read More

How one Brooklyn school is shutting down the school to prison pipeline

BEDFORD-STUYVEANT, Brooklyn (PIX11) — At one point, Urban Assembly Unison middle school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn was considered a low-performing school with disruptive and violent incidents among students with distrust in staff. This was five years ago when the principal realized things needed to change so teachers could regain trust from the students. Principal Emily Paige […] → Read More

Mayor Adams brings back country’s largest youth employment program

NEW YORK (PIX11) — The mayor’s bringing back the city’s summer youth employment program with the largest opportunity yet: 100,000 jobs for those from 14 to 24 years old. The city will be partnering with businesses across the five boroughs to give students real world experience and also curb gang violence in the summer. “Right […] → Read More

Chinatown businesses hope year of tiger brings prosperity on eve of Lunar New Year

CHINATOWN, Manhattan (PIX11) — The snow was being cleared from the streets in Chinatown on Monday in preparation for Lunar New Year celebrations. It’s the year of the tiger. Celebrations begin Tuesday and will continue for two weeks. The tiger is known for being courageous, brave, and inspiring good health. The hope is for good […] → Read More

How New York City is trying to address racism in health care, COVID response

HARLEM, Manhattan (PIX11) — Data from the city shows Black New Yorkers are hospitalized for COVID-19 more than any other group. Leaders know low vaccination rates are part of the issue, but they’re also working to combat an even bigger hurdle: racism in the health care system. Harlem community advocate Tanesha Grant told PIX11 News […] → Read More

Vigil held of Asian hate crime victim; community calls for more support

EAST HARLEM, Manhattan (PIX11) – A vigil was held in East Harlem for Yao Pan Ma, a man who died on New Year’s Eve after being in a coma for eight months. He was attacked in what police are calling a hate crime while trying to provide for his family. The community is not only […] → Read More

Advocates call for NYC preschoolers with disabilities to receive mandated services

One out of every three preschoolers with disabilities attending a city-run 3K program did not receive their mandated services during the 2019-2020 school year, according to Advocates for Children of New York. → Read More