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City of Immigrants

Adams and Hochul Point Fingers at Each Other Over Migrants. The Federal Government Is Raising a Middle Finger Right at Them

The sooner New York's leaders realize that the federal government isn't coming to save the day, the sooner they can figure out their own solution to helping asylum seekers.

Staten Islanders Tell Asylum Seekers They’re Not Welcome: ‘Why Not Put Them on Rikers?’

The Staten Island site of a shelter for asylum seekers has seen near-daily protests.

August 29, 2023

After Telling Them There’s ‘No Room’ in NYC, Mayor Adams Now Says Sheltering Migrants Is the ‘Right Thing to Do’

The mayor would very much like someone else to help pay for all this, while threatening further cuts to city programs.

City and State Must Come Up With a Plan to Shelter Migrants, Judge Says

The mayor says ‘There’s no more room,’ but a court says both City and State are bound to provide shelter.

August 4, 2023

‘Let Them Grow’: AOC and Other Electeds Rally Against Scorched-Earth Treatment of Corona Plaza Vendors

After Hell Gate broke the story of a crackdown against street vendors in Queens, local politicians called out a broken licensing system.

August 2, 2023

City Clears Out Corona Plaza’s Popular Street Vendor Market

The plaza usually hosts as many as 90 vendors. After Friday, it was mostly empty.

July 31, 2023

Life at a Migrant Respite Center in Midtown: ‘Sometimes People Fight Just Because It’s So Hot in There’

There's no air-conditioning, conditions are cramped, and inexperienced staff are from a contractor with no experience running shelters.

New Yorkers Looking to Help Migrants Are Greeted With Security, Red Tape

In the East Village, volunteers work to overcome confusion outside one of the City's respite centers.

June 7, 2023