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Recent articles by Ayana:

Thomas Jefferson statue will be removed from City Council chambers

NEW YORK — A statue of Thomas Jefferson will be removed from the New York City Council’s chambers at City Hall, a commission voted on Monday. During an hours-long hearing, the New York City Public Design Commission acknowledged the statue needs to be removed before the end of the year, however, a new location has […] → Read More

Adams, Sliwa talk health care options for city residents

NEW YORK — The leading candidates for New York City Mayor agree health care access should be expanded in low-income city neighborhoods. However, Republican Curtis Sliwa and Democrat Eric Adams have very different ideas on how to achieve better access to quality healthcare across the boroughs. Democrat Eric Adams believes temporary COVID-19 vaccination sites should […] → Read More

Manhattan rents soaring toward pre-pandemic levels, experts say

MANHATTAN — After a steep decline during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York City rents began climbing again in recent months, returning close to pre-pandemic levels. A report from ApartmentGuide.com found the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city dropped to $2,927 in February 2021, but then jumped back up to […] → Read More

Adams, Sliwa hit campaign trail with veiled swings at each other

Three weeks before the general election for New York City mayor, Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa both spent part of their day Tuesday connecting with voters. Adams stopped by the urban farm run by The Campaign Against Hunger along Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, where he shared his plan to promote greater access to fresh produce […] → Read More

Return of Columbus Day Parade brings pomp and circumstance — and politics — to 5th Avenue

MANHATTAN, N.Y. — People lined Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Monday, waving Italian flags for the in-person return of the Columbus Day Parade. Timothy Cardinal Dolan told PIX11 News it was good to be back. “It’s so good to be back together like we’re normal again,” he said. Organizers said 35,000 marchers took part in […] → Read More

NYC mayoral hopefuls Adams, Sliwa talk differing plans to stop youth gun violence

NEW YORK — Democratic Mayoral candidate Eric Adams stood with concerned families in Brooklyn Tuesday, expressing alarm over recent youth gun violence across the city. They stood in the community where 16-year-old Cahlil Pennington was shot and killed last week. Adams said he believes it’s time for a different strategy to combat illegal guns. “We […] → Read More

State lawmakers grill officials over conditions at Rikers Island

In the hot seat, state lawmakers grilled the commissioner for New York City jails about conditions at Rikers Island, all while activists nearby sounded off, calling the current state of the facility a humanitarian crisis. Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi and other members of the mayor’s administration faced tough questions during a state assembly hearing. Bronx Assemblyman […] → Read More

After guilty verdict, R. Kelly critics focus on survivors

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The day after R. Kelly’s federal sex trafficking conviction, advocte Kenyette Tisha Barnes was focused on the survivors. “This is Day 1 of healing,” Barnes told PIX11 News on Tuesday. “I would say, if there is a glimmer of hope it is that this conversation continues.” Barnes is one of the co-founders […] → Read More

In R. Kelly verdict, Black women see long-overdue justice

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, decades even, allegations swirled that R&B superstar R. Kelly was abusing young women and girls, with seeming impunity. They were mostly young Black women. And Black girls. And that, say accusers and others who have called for him to face accountability, is part of what took the wheels of […] → Read More

R. Kelly’s rules protected him, prosecutors in sex trial say

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly got away with sexually abusing underage victims for more than two decades by ruling his inner circle enablers with an iron fist, a prosecutor told jurors on Wednesday at the R&B singer’s sex-trafficking trial. “The defendant set rules, lots of them, and he demanded complete obedience,” Assistant U.S. Attorney […] → Read More

R. Kelly unlikely to take stand in sex trafficking trial, lawyer says

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly is unlikely to take the witness stand at his sex-trafficking trial, a lawyer for the R&B singer told a judge Tuesday. The remark by attorney Deveraux Cannick, made with the jury out the courtroom, came as the defense wound down its case at the trial in federal court in […] → Read More

Flood damage still impacting Queens community as cleanup continues

Extensive cleanup from Ida’s floodwaters is still underway at the Fairview Cooperative Apartments in Forest Hills, Queens. Residents are also mourning the loss of one of their own; Darlene Hsu drowned in the basement while checking on the wellbeing of the building’s superintendent. Biden tours NY, NJ storm damage “She had a wonderful soul,” building […] → Read More

Exonerated Five member Yusef Salaam to run for State Senate

NEW YORK — Community activist and Exonerated Five member Yusef Salaam is running for State Senate, PIX11 confirmed Saturday. Salaam was one of five teens — then referred to as the Central Park Five — wrongly convicted in the 1989 assault and rape of a jogger in Central Park. He served more than six years […] → Read More

Cleanup continues for Brooklyn businesses damaged by Ida

BROOKLYN — For Kyle Alston and one of his childhood friends, opening Sneaker Circus was a dream come true. They sold collectable sneakers from all around the country. “We have a lot of rare stuff, sneakers that cost $3,000 and sweatshirts that cost $2,400 — all types of cards and memorabilia,” Alston said. Their Greenpoint, […] → Read More

Accuser testifies about unwanted sexual encounter with R. Kelly at LI hotel

BROOKLYN — An accuser testified about an unwanted sexual encounter she had with singer R. Kelly in a Long Island hotel room during the ninth day of testimony in his sex trafficking trial. A woman testified Tuesday afternoon using the name “Faith” and recalled meeting Kelly in 2017 backstage after one of his Texas concerts. […] → Read More

‘It’s hard, it’s hurtful’: R. Kelly’s sisters speak out amid sex-trafficking trial

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — R. Kelly’s sisters spoke out Wednesday about the toll his sex-trafficking trial is taking on their family. Standing outside of the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, sisters Lisa and Cassandra told PIX11 News they believe their brother is innocent. “We’re just focused on the defense of Robert,” Lisa said. “Justice will prevail, after […] → Read More

Haiti earthquake: NYers helping those devastated by tragedy

NEW YORK — Community leaders and residents gathered in Brooklyn’s Little Haiti community on Monday for a faith vigil after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked the country on Saturday. “This is the opportunity for us to show how beautiful, resilient we are as a community,” City Councilwoman Farah Louis told PIX11 News. While the death […] → Read More

Judge orders NYC to stop moving homeless out of hotels and into shelters

NEW YORK — A federal judge ordered New York City to temporarily stop the transfer of homeless men and women from hotel rooms to congregate shelters after a chaotic few weeks. “The city was trying to do too much too soon and I think the people who run the shelter system knew that but the […] → Read More

A Cuomo impeachment: How would removing the governor from office work?

What if Cuomo doesn't resign? Can New Yorkers recall Cuomo? Has a governor of New York ever been impeached? → Read More

‘He needs to come forward’: Cuomo accusers react to report, Gov’s refusal to resign

NEW YORK — Lindsey Boylan was the first woman to step forward and share her story. While she worked as an economic development official in the Cuomo administration, Boylan says she endures sexual harassment from the governor. It was everything from an unwanted kiss to the suggestion they play strip poker. An attorney for Boylan […] → Read More