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NYU has petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals in a faculty retirement lawsuit. The deciding factor in the case could be a previous ruling by the Supreme Court. (Photo by Marva Shi)

NYU petitions Supreme Court over faculty retirement plan suit

By Michael Morris, Contributing Writer December 14, 2021

A $350 million lawsuit alleging that NYU failed to responsibly oversee faculty retirement plans may be revisited by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling could set a precedent for similar retirement...

John’s of Bleecker St. is a pizzeria located on 278 Bleecker St, and one of the restaurants saved by the Open Restaurant program from the impacts of COVID-19. (Photo by Kevin Wu)

Outdoor dining plan sparks space conflicts among Village residents, businesses

By Emma Grimes, Contributing Writer December 12, 2021

New York City's Open Restaurants program is on track to become permanent. Since its emergency authorization due to COVID-19 in June 2020, more than 10,000 restaurants have enrolled in the program, which...

NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service is located on 295 Lafayette St. NYU Wagner recently launched its NYC 2025 initiative to address New York City’s COVID-19 economic recovery and racial justice. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Wagner develops plan for NYC economic recovery and racial justice

By Maria Freyre, Staff Writer December 12, 2021

NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service recently launched its NYC 2025 initiative, a project that will propose public policy strategies for New York City’s COVID-19 recovery to mayor-elect...

The MTA is responsible for public transportation in the New York City metropolitan area. The NYU School of Global Public Health received a $4 million federal grant to study the impact of COVID-19 on transit workers. (Staff Photo by Ryan Walker)

NYU researchers win $4M grant to study COVID impact on transit workers

By Nicole Chiarella, Contributing Writer December 9, 2021

When COVID-19 began to spread in New York City last March, the services of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority were deemed essential, and transit employees were required to report to work. In the...

Michael Steinhardt and his wife, Judy Steinhardt made two $10 million donations to the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in 2001. Michael Steinhardt was ordered to surrender 180 stolen antiques worth $70 million on Dec. 6 and received a lifetime ban on acquiring artifacts. (Image via nyu.edu)

Michael Steinhardt surrenders stolen antiquities worth $70 million 

By Kristian Burt and Rachel Cohen December 7, 2021

Michael Steinhardt, after whom the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development is named, was ordered to surrender 180 stolen antiquities worth $70 million on Dec. 6. The Manhattan district...

On Nov. 16, over 100 New York Times employees and supporters protested outside of the company’s Manhattan headquarters. They rallied against the company’s alleged union busting and contract delays. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

New York Times employees protest alleged anti-worker policies

By Gianna Jirak, Staff Writer November 18, 2021

More than 100 employees of The New York Times and their supporters gathered outside of the company’s headquarters in midtown Manhattan for a rally on Tuesday, Nov. 16, to protest the company’s alleged...

A $1 million grant has been issued to NYU professors Debra Laefer and Rae Zimmerman for the study of underground infrastructure in response to climate change. Laefer, a Tandon engineering professor, and Zimmerman, a professor of public administration, now co-lead the Unification for Underground Resilience Measures project. (Staff Photo by Ryan Kawahara)

After disastrous storms, NYU wins $1M grant to study subsurface NYC infrastructure

By Meghana Kakubal, Contributing Writer November 9, 2021

Hurricanes Henri and Ida tore through the New York City metropolitan area in late summer 2021, shutting down public transit, flooding basement apartments and killing 46 people. New York governor Kathy...

A person wore a New York Taxi Workers Alliance T-shirt at the hunger strike on Oct. 20. The two-week hunger strike ended on Nov. 3 with a successful negotiation of a debt relief agreement. (Staff Photo by Sirui Wu)

NYC taxi workers strike deal, end hunger strike

By Abby Wilson, Staff Writer November 8, 2021

A two-week hunger strike organized by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance ended on Nov. 3 after the union representing New York City taxi drivers negotiated a debt relief agreement with the city government...

CAS junior Karishma Chari (second from left) joined the New York Taxi Workers Alliance hunger strike for 52 hours in solidarity with the taxi drivers. Taxi drivers are calling for debt forgiveness and advocating for workers’ rights. (Photo by Hai Tu)

NYU student hunger strikes for 52 hours in solidarity with taxi drivers

By Abby Wilson, Staff Writer November 3, 2021

For two and a half days, Karishma Chari didn’t eat. Her hunger strike was an act of solidarity with taxi drivers who reached 15 days on hunger strike Wednesday as part of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance’s...

New York City’s vaccine mandate for municipal workers led to a protest march on Monday. Paramedics, police officers, firefighters and other municipal workers voiced their opposition to the mandate through signs, speeches and chants. (Staff Photo by Ryan Kawahara)

City workers storm Brooklyn Bridge protesting vaccine mandate

By Rachel Cohen, Rachel Fadem, and Ryan Kawahara October 26, 2021

Thousands of protesters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan on Monday afternoon to oppose New York City’s vaccine mandate for its municipal workers.  The group first gathered at 11:30...

Members of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance are on strike, protesting exploitative licensing regulations and calling for debt relief. The union began an indefinite hunger strike on Oct. 20 outside of City Hall. (Staff Photo by Sirui Wu)

‘Loss is not an option’: New York’s taxi drivers begin hunger strike

By Abby Wilson, Staff Writer October 21, 2021

Members of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, the union representing taxicab drivers in New York City, gathered outside City Hall on Wednesday night to mark the beginning of a hunger strike. Approximately...

Arts activism group Confront Art repainted their statue of George Floyd after it was vandalized on Oct. 3. The statue is part of the SEEINJUSTICE installation, which memorializes key figures from the 2020 racial injustice protests. (Staff Photo by Ryan Kawahara)

Union Square statue of George Floyd vandalized two days after unveiling

By Abby Wilson, Contributing Writer October 13, 2021

A bronze bust of George Floyd in Union Square was vandalized in broad daylight on Oct. 3, just two days after it was unveiled to the public. The statue was restored the same day by Confront Art, the activist...