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Now, let's get you caught up on some content you may have missed:

🎉 Our top 10 stories of 2023, our first year

See what topped the charts in our first few months!

💰 How to scare your freelance boss into finally paying up

A breakdown on how New York's landmark Freelance Isn't Free has been working in its first few years, and how you can use it to scare the money you rightfully deserve from even the most withholding of bosses.

🏥 Where you can still get Narcan for free (instead of over-the-counter for $44.99)

For something health experts want every person to have, Narcan can be surprisingly hard to get your hands on. Or in some cases, surprisingly hard to keep your hands on. We ran down where you can still get the life-saving anti-overdose medication for free.

🥡 Is Too Good To Go too good to be true?

The new food-saving app is winning fans all over the city. But is it actually helping reduce food waste and lower costs, or is it just monetizing dumpster diving?

🚲 Get on the bike bus: A new movement is changing how kids get to school, and you can help

We did a ridealong with the Bergen Bike Bus, and put together a rundown on what it takes to start your own bike bus at your kid's school. Plus, find out how to grab your own bike and join up with one to make sure these cycling shorties make it to school safely.

🍕 How to unionize your pizza shop

Since news first broke of Barboncino workers’ unanimous vote in favor of forming a union, other workers in the city’s famously brutal service industry have taken notice, and made moves to form union shops of their own.

😷 Where you can still get free COVID supplies and help in NYC

The national emergency is over and the days of COVID testing vans everywhere are long gone. But COVID is definitely still around so we're keeping an updated list of where to find help, from tests and medicine to the latest vaccine info.

🐈‍⬛ How you can help the cat crisis in NYC

The city's shelter and street cat population has been surging since the pandemic. Shelters are overrun, but you can help in lots of ways.

🍹How to-go drinks managed to flop in New York City

After the pandemic, the city's to-go drinks program was supposed to stick around, but it faded away with a whimper. We looked at how it was supposed to work, and why it never really took hold.

🚽 All these new MTA elevators are no good if people keep pissing in them

Disability advocates talked to us about their long fight for more elevators in the subway system — and how that fight is undercut by the lack of public bathrooms.

🎉 We like to party too

We held our first ever event in December 2023 and it was a hit! Check out the photos here and stay tuned for more Groove events very soon (and remember that our paying members get free tickets to some of them too).

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