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07.30.14 Sophie Weiner

Staten Island’s troubled 120th Precinct is being sued for the wrongful death of Irving Mizell, a 52-year-old man died from a heart attack while in NYPD custody. Mizell complained about having breathing issues while he was being booked at the precinct and was pronounced dead at the Richmond University Medical Center. The Daily News reports that “the medical examiner ruled […]

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07.28.14 Sophie Weiner

An annual basketball tournament at Berry Houses in Staten Island was interrupted by the arrival of a police car, but not in the way you might think. Organizers from the Under The Lights basketball league asked the local patrolling unit if they’d be willing to allow players to slam dunk over their car, and surprisingly, […]

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Marina Galperina

The least populated borough in the city has the highest number of most-sued NYPD officers, Daily News reports. Staten Island’s 120th Precinct is particularly troubled, covering the area near Tompkinsville Park where Eric Garner died after Officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in an illegal chokehold. The 120th Precinct narcotics unit specifically has cost the city $6 million in […]

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07.23.14 Amy K. Nelson

A local reverend and community activist recently shared a pair of videos on his Facebook page of an NYPD officer placing what looks like a chokehold on a man in a Manhattan subway station, in a confrontation that occurred just days before the same physical tactic, which is prohibited by the police department, befell a […]

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07.18.14 Amy K. Nelson

A disturbing video the New York Daily News posted on its website Friday shows a plain-clothes police officer choking a Staten Island man, who later died. The video, captured by a civilian bystander, begins with 43-year-old Eric Garner telling the cops he “didn’t do shit,” and that he was “minding his business.” The tension escalates […]

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04.28.14 Andy Cush

On Friday, Rep. Michael Grimm‘s attorney announced he was facing federal criminal charges, and this morning, the Staten Island Republican surrendered to the FBI and was arrested. The charges against Grimm apparently relate to Healthalicious, the Upper East Side restaurant he had a stake in before running for office — and not the $10,000 he […]

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04.21.14 Andy Cush

Drivers on Staten Island’s Hylan Boulevard this week have been greeted by a towering portrait of Ronald Reagan, musclebound like a non-bald Mr. Clean and wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the phrase “Dear God, Let Me Go Back For Just A Day.” The artist is Scott LoBaido — previously noted for terrible subway safety ideas […]

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04.16.14 Andy Cush

The solar panel-laden behemoth in the rendering above is P.S. 62, a school set to open in Staten Island next year that will allegedly produce more energy than it consumes. How? Well, there are the solar panels, as well as a wind turbine, exercise equipment that generates energy, and geothermal wells for heating and cooling. […]

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03.21.14 Andy Cush

Above, watch the trailer for Graves of Arthur Kill, a short documentary about a Staten Island haven for dilapidated, decommissioned boats. The production value looks a little low, but it’s worth watching for all of the beautiful decay on display. “It appeals to a certain mindset,” director Gary Kane told DNAinfo. “People who love the waterfront and are into […]

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03.17.14 Andy Cush

Seventy-five percent of Staten Island residents are overweight or obese, according to Borough President James Oddo making it the unhealthiest borough in the city. Staten Island dwellers are also significantly more likely to smoke or contract heart disease than other New Yorkers. “The cold hard truth is that we as a community are not as healthy […]

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