Rebecca Bellan

Rebecca Bellan writes about cities, culture, health, and travel.

What New Research Shows About Ride-Hail Racism

A new study finds that changes ride-hail companies have made to prevent discrimination by drivers can prolong the time people of color wait for a ride.

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What Early-Career Income Volatility Means for Your Middle-Aged Brain

A long-term study of people in four cities finds that income volatility in one’s 20s and 30s correlates with negative brain effects in middle age.

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NYC: Where the Police Offer a Free Art Class Instead of Prosecution

Since a diversion program, Project Reset, started in Manhattan, district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. says that prosecutions for low-level offenses have halved.

Two women painting colorful panels outdoors with other artists in the background

East Harlem Hasn’t Gotten Its Subway Yet, But It Is Getting Vibrant Art

As East Harlem waits for the Trump Administration to fund the Second Avenue subway, the Uptown GrandScale Mural Project is changing blight to beauty.

An old house beside a modern building with a sign reading "Brooklyn Cocktail Lounge"

Did a Brooklyn Home’s Tunnel Provide Passage to Escaped Slaves?

Underground Railroad participation is hard to prove. Activists battling to save 227 Duffield Street from demolition say its fate will show what New York values.

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How NYC Cut Some New Yorkers’ Commute Time in Half

New York City’s MTA is planning to extend a successful program that increases transit equity by pegging discounts to underserved locations rather than people.

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The Dangerous Standoff Between Uber and Buenos Aires

While Uber and Argentine officials argue over whether the company is an app or a transportation company, drivers suffer fines, violence, and instability.

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$23 Billion Education Funding Report Reveals Less Money for City Kids

City public school kids receive less money than rural or suburban ones. The situation is worse in districts that serve mostly children of color according to a report from EdBuild.

The exterior of a Sweetgreen fast-food restaurant in New York City.

As More Cities Ban Cashless Businesses, New York Wants to Follow

Some New Yorkers believe cash-free businesses violate civil rights and want to join cities like Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington in banning them.

Positive Tomorrows's new building to house its school that serves homeless children.

In Oklahoma City, a School Designed for Homeless Children

Positive Tomorrows’s new building will meet the unique needs of homeless students. Main request by kids without homes for playdates: a place to sit with friends.

A fleet of electric vehicles in Pittsburgh.

The Grim State of Electric Vehicle Adoption in the U.S.

Plugging in cars and trucks will be critical to averting climate catastrophe, according to the IPCC. How far has the U.S. come?

The ‘Cafes’ Where Women Go to Breastfeed

Come for the free lactation consultation. Stay for the fellow moms.

Roselyn Grullon, Amaurys Grullon, and Josue Caceres in front of their shop, Bronx Native on Lincoln Avenue. It is one of the new businesses by Bronx locals hoping to take control of the changes in the borough.

The Bronx: Don’t Call It a Comeback

These Bronx natives have been here for years. In the midst of rapid gentrification, they say they are taking control and offering the borough cultural experiences that as youngsters, they had to venture downtown to find.