Sam Lewis

Planned Parenthood rally in folley square spring 2011
Sam Lewis  |  August 11, 2011 1:08 PM | 3 Comments
Starting this spring, students in New York City's middle and high schools will be required to take comprehensive sex education classes. Planned Parenthood of New York City President Joan Malin discusses the new program.
Plans to charge drivers to cross 60th Street from uptown, and impose tolls for the first time on the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg, and Ed Koch Queensboro bridges.
Adam Lisberg City Hall News  |  August 9, 2011 10:05 AM | Comments
Could the Port Authority’s proposed $4 toll increase on Hudson River bridges and tunnels be the catalyst to put tolls on the free East River bridges and impose congestion pricing?
waffles food truck flickr_by Tasayu Tasnaphun 2
Sam Lewis  |  August 3, 2011 6:00 AM | 6 Comments
Despite an increase in the popularity of specialty food trucks, new rules and regulations limit where they can operate. What can New York learn from other cities?
Flickr/Leo Reynolds
Leah Robinson for City Limits  |  August 2, 2011 3:12 PM | Comments
Jostling, Criminal Trespassing, Disorderly Conduct, Loitering and several other New York State laws contain broad and equivocal wording. Opponents of over-policing are targeting these "vague" laws. City Limits reports.
COLORS is a worker-owned cooperative dedicated to improving working conditions, wages, racial equality, and career mobility in the restaurant industry. Former workers from Windows on the Word established the restaurant on 417 Lafayette Street in Manhattan. Photo AP/Bebeto Matthews
Sam Lewis  |  July 29, 2011 6:00 AM | 3 Comments
One year ago, the city began branding restaurants with grades based on cleanliness and food safety -- but how can you tell what the conditions are for workers?
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Sam Lewis  |  July 28, 2011 8:08 AM | 1 Comment
Over the past week, news about the Bronx has cast the borough in a spectrum of lights, from a model for urban redevelopment to a place riddled with failing infrastructure.
A group of men hug as caskets are loaded into hearses at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church in Flora Park, NY, Thursday, July 30, 2009.  The funeral mass was for Diane Schuler, Erin Schuler, Kate Hance, Alyson Hance and Emma Hance, all of whom died in a minivan going in the wrong direction on a parkway and crashed on Sunday, killing eight people total.  AP Photo/Seth Wenig
Sam Lewis  |  July 26, 2011 6:00 AM | 30 Comments
Two years after Diane Schuler killed eight people — including herself, her daughter and three young nieces — while driving the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway, a new HBO documentary by award-winning filmmaker Liz Garbus digs into the driver's past.VIDEO
An old public service announcement in the subways advised New Yorkers to keep their furnaces clean. Decades later, building boilers still account for a major share of the city's air pollution. Gotham Gazette/Ian Wescott
Sam Lewis  |  July 25, 2011 1:37 PM | 3 Comments
Black smoke spewing from building tops is not exactly a summertime image -- us New Yorkers like our heating oil issues to emerge at seasonally appropriate times, like Thanksgiving, thank you very much. But after the mayor announced that the city would begin phasing out the two worst kinds of oil by 2030, some buildings figured they better start cleaning up their act -- and soon.
As the heat wave spreads across the country, the Tri-State Region prepares for temperatures in the 100s. Here, a boy plays in water from a fire hydrant (Summer 2010). MetroFocus/Sam Lewis
Sam Lewis  |  July 22, 2011 4:28 PM | Comments
This summer's scorcher may seem unprecedented, but it's been worse...In 1896, New York City experienced a heat wave that pushed the heat index above 120 degrees for nearly 10 days, killing at least 1,500 people.
Actors perform "Resist the Grid," a song about the city's decision to create Manhattan's famous grid pattern in 1811. Photo Courtesy of Doug Silver
Sam Lewis  |  July 22, 2011 6:00 AM | Comments

The lights dimmed and a hooded character emerged from the aisle. “Ya wanna buy some weed?” he asked an audience member. Three other actors crept on stage, “smoke, smoke?” they probed.”The Greenwich Village Follies” offers an 80-minute lesson on the history of the Village.

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