Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other southern border officials continued busing migrants—many asylum seekers—to New York City. A former NYPD officer was sentenced to 10 years for participating in the Jan. 6 insurrection. The unionization vote for Staten Island’s Amazon distribution center was upheld federally. Boxer Earnie Shavers, known as one of the hardest hitting heavyweights, died at age 78. And Serena Williams was eliminated in her final U.S. Open by Australian Ajla Tomljanovic. Ten people were fatally stabbed in Canada. The college football playoffs announce they will expand to a 12-team tournament by 2026. Apple revealed—and soon released—the iPhone 14. An NYPD officer was shown on camera hitting a Black teen in Harlem.
The West Indian Day Parade and J’Ouvert returned to Brooklyn for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Kathy Hochul dropped the subway mask mandate. Retired broadcaster Bernard Shaw died at age 82. DOE announced no more snow days thanks to remote learning. And the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene vaccinated local raccoons for rabies. Arsenic was reported to be found in the water supply of NYCHA’s Jacob Riis Houses in East Village before the city revealed faulty results by the contracted lab. Mayor Eric Adams drank from the complex’s tap to prove the water is safe. New York banned concealed carry guns in sensitive zones like Times Square after a recent ruling overturning many state gun control laws. Columbia University admitted to submitting misleading data to the U.S. News rankings. The MLB acknowledged minor league unionization. And Queen Elizabeth II of England died at age 96.
Shaun Powell—one of 12 Black firefighters killed on duty during 9/11—was immortalized in a Bed-Stuy street naming. “The White Lotus” won five Emmy awards. New York Times union members rejected return-to-office requests. Singer R. Kelly was convicted of child pornography and sex abuse charges. Broadway’s Cort Theater was renamed after actor James Earl Jones. DOE Chancellor David Banks kicked off the school year at I.S 232 Middle School with famous alum Cardi B. Besides famous rappers, NYPD officers are also found at NYC schools, prompting backlash from advocates who argue the move hurts Black and brown students. And Howard blanked Moorehouse 31-0 at the HBCU NY Football Classic. Four detainees died in DOC custody in 30 days. The African American Day Parade returned to Harlem. Thespian Wendell Pierce starred in a Black-led Broadway rendition of Arthur Miller’s classic “Death of a Salesman.” The Las Vegas Aces won the WNBA title. And “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper Coolio, born Artis Leon Ivey Jr., died at age 59. Hurricane Fiona hit the Caribbean, leaving much of Puerto Rico without power. Hurricane Ian hit the coast of Florida. A new autopsy report shed further light on the Colorado police killing of Elijah McClain. Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders died at age 81. Black-owned Atlanta eatery Slutty Vegan opened a Brooklyn location.
The Amsterdam News hosted the eighth Labor Breakfast Awards, celebrating the Coalition of Labor Union Women. Youngsters in Kenya pursued restitution from the Global North for change. And Ketanji Brown Jackson was the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court, taking her seat to end the month.