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Past articles by Cristian:

NYC restaurant owners say they can’t find workers as pandemic restrictions ease

As New York’s eateries get back to normal, one challenge facing the industry has been getting people to come back to work. Pat Hughes — owner of Hellcat Annie’s and Scruffy Duffy’s in Hell’s Kitchen — held an open call Tuesday looking for servers and bartenders. “We didn’t get one applicant. Not a single applicant […] → Read More

New normal: Can employers, businesses require COVID-19 vaccines?

Can your employer require a vaccine? The short answer is: yes. As we continue to push toward a new normal, many employers are weighing whether or not to require employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in order to return to work. This week Delta Airlines became the largest U.S. company to announce all new employees […] → Read More

Tech jobs now outpace all other industries in NYC: report

The future of New York City is in tech, according to a new report by the Center for an Urban Future, which found that during the pandemic, one in every five available jobs in New York City were in the technology sector. “More than health care, double that of finance. Five times more than hospitality […] → Read More

Hoboken councilman accused of fleeing city during pandemic, renting out apartment on Airbnb

HOBOKEN, N.J. — Hoboken City Councilmember Mike DeFusco has been renting out his home on Airbnb during the pandemic, according to multiple reports. Since the summer of 2020, his residence has hosted about two dozen visitors. PIX11 News has learned it was even rented out for a full 28 days at one point. Some of […] → Read More

12-year-old boy shot in Brooklyn ran into liquor store for help

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn — A 12-year-old boy who was shot in the chest in Brooklyn on Saturday night ran into a liquor store to get help. He was on Malcolm X Boulevard near Madison street when two groups fought down the street and shots rang out just before 9 p.m., investigators said. The boy ducked behind […] → Read More

Rally to demand Gov. Cuomo establish $3.5 billion ‘excluded workers’ fund

MIDTOWN, Manhattan — On Easter Sunday, around 200 people gathered in front of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Midtown Manhattan office to pressure the state to approve a $3.5 billion “excluded workers fund” that would aid those who don’t qualify for federal stimulus, included undocumented immigrants. The group, which included religious leaders, prayed, brought flowers […] → Read More

NYC boutique gyms remain closed, as larger chains reassure customers it’s safe to work out

Smaller, boutique fitness studios want to reopen like their larger counterparts. → Read More

Silver alert issued for missing Brooklyn woman after son set himself on fire

SHEEPSHEAD BAY, Brooklyn — A 77-year-old Brooklyn woman was reported missing Tuesday night after her son, 46, set himself on fire and took his own life, according to police. Emergency officials responded to the scene at Bedford Avenue and Avenue Y in Sheepshead Bay at about 5:35 a.m. Tuesday, where they found the 46-year-old man […] → Read More

Chinatown stabbing being investigated as possible hate crime, police say

A man was stabbed in Chinatown on Thursday evening, police said. → Read More

Woman, child found dead in NJ pond, authorities say

A woman and child were found dead in a New Jersey pond, officials said. → Read More

New Jersey art teacher inspires students through superhero Tiktok videos

From Superman to Thor, in a time when we could all use a superhero, New Jersey art teacher and football coach Timothy Carr has transformed into one on Tiktok every day. → Read More

Popular bar Tracks marks grand reopening as data shows 92% of NYC restaurants couldn't pay full rent

More than 90% of New York City restaurants couldn't pay full rent in December. → Read More

Newburgh police investigate death of 7-year-old boy

Law enforcement sources tell PIX11 News that officials are investigating if a 7-year-old boy in Newburgh who died was the victim of abuse and if he may have been neglected and malnourished by his caretakers. → Read More

New York City real estate business shows signs of recovery

New York City's real estate professionals are optimistic that the worst of the pandemic's impact on the market is now behind us. → Read More

$165,000 in merchandise stolen from SoHo Chanel store part of robbery pattern, NYPD says

Four people stole 44 handbags from the SoHo Chanel store, police said. → Read More

Bronx defenders call for reparations over 'kettling' arrests

Lawyers representing protesters who were injured during a controversial police encounter between a group of Black Lives Matter demonstrators and the NYPD are calling for reparations. → Read More

NYC man set to be deported despite 100-day moratorium, attorney says

A 27-year-old man has been told he'll be deported Monday, despite a recently announced Biden administration 100-day moratorium on deportations. → Read More

Group of Long Island Moms organize Lottery pool again, this time virtually

A group of Long Island moms organized a virtual pool for the Mega Millions and Powerball lottery drawings. → Read More

4 critically injured in Bronx fire, including 4-year-old boy

Four members of a Bronx family are all currently at a local hospital in critical condition — including a 4-year-old boy fighting for his life — after a fire late Tuesday morning. → Read More

Hundreds of anti-Trump protesters rally in Brooklyn for 2nd straight night

BROOKLYN — Anti-Trump protesters rallied at the Barclays Center for a second consecutive night Thursday. They were calling for the removal of President Donald Trump in response to the riots at the Capitol Wednesday. New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams also attended. He's among those calling for the president to be removed via impeachment or the 25th amendment. "It's an opportunity to… → Read More