When people come to City Hall, or when they are standing outside protesting on the steps, they need to see that City government isn’t a distant and damaging force. They need to see women, people of color, and immigrants. You can’t begin to have the trust it takes to run a City unless people see themselves running the City. — Deputy Mayor Richard Buery
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2017 State of The City Address, as delivered at the Apollo Theater in Harlem
I want to welcome you all to the Apollo Theater.
It is a joy to be here with you. I want to thank everyone at the Apollo Theater for welcoming us and hosting us. Now, I want you to know I just rubbed the Tree of Hope, so I’m feeling very good about things tonight.
Here is what I love about the Apollo Theater — it’s not just that it’s famous, it’s not just that it’s quintessentially New York. It’s a symbol…
Photographs by Edwin J. Torres
In the heart of Long Island City sits Queensbridge Houses — former home to New York legends like NBA star Sean Green and hip hop legend Nas. In stark contrast to the Queensbridge of a decade ago, its residents have seen an entire year without a single homicide, and this week, Mayor de Blasio visited Queensbridge to announce a new initiative to prevent gun violence. …
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