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welcome back bill! Sept. 20, 2019

The 51 Days of de Blasio’s Campaign Dream

Sept. 20, 2019
The mayor spent more than seven weeks out of town — and at least $200,000 in taxpayer dollars — during his run. Here’s a look at his travels.
The 51 Days of de Blasio’s Campaign Dream The mayor spent more than seven weeks out of town — and at least $200,000 in taxpayer dollars — during his run. Here’s a look at his travels.
  1. welcome back bill!

    De Blasio’s Creative Fundraising Outlives His Presidential Hopes

    The mayor’s unorthodox PACs, which helped fuel his run, drew new FEC scrutiny Friday. The PACs — and questions dogging de Blasio — aren’t going away.
    welcome back bill!
  2. crossing lines

    City Hall’s Protected Bike Lane ‘Green Wave’ Pedals Past Local Foes

    A Brooklyn community board unanimously rejected City Hall’s plans for a new bike lane on Shore Parkway. But that didn’t stop transportation officials.
    crossing lines
  3. on track

    MTA Digs Up More Money to Study Utica Ave. Subway Extension

    Transit officials released a fleshed-out five-year budget proposal Thursday that now includes more funding to examine the century-old idea.
    on track
  4. conflicts of interest

    State Fines Developers for Their ‘Gifts’ to Mayor de Blasio

    On the day the mayor who would be president floated a national campaign finance reform plan, his fundraising tactics trailed him at home once again.
    conflicts of interest
  5. schools

    No Global Climate Strike School Field Trips Allowed, DOE Rules

    Chalkbeat
    Students can still protest without being marked for an unexcused absence — but teachers can’t join them, thanks to a last-minute decision.
    schools
  6. digging for answers

    Utica Avenue Subway Extension MIA as MTA Plans Projects

    The 100-year-old idea, which was revived and pushed by the mayor in 2015, went unmentioned in the MTA’s latest Capital Plan outline.
    digging for answers
  7. social blunder

    HUD’s Lynne Patton Violated Hatch Act with Trump, Kanye West Twitter ‘Likes’

    New York’s top federal housing official, a frequent NYCHA critic, used her office to promote political efforts, investigators found.
    social blunder
  8. making a splash

    East River Swimming Pool One Stroke Closer to Reality

    The Economic Development Corp. is seeking concepts for a self-filtering pool in on the Lower East Side’s shores.
    making a splash
  9. exclusion

    In Ritzy SoHo, a Crusade to Open the Door to Affordable Housing

    Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 300,000-unit program has yet to yield a single new low-cost apartment in Manhattan’s wealthiest neighborhood.
    exclusion
  10. water fight

    Group Floats Separate Swimming for Men and Women at Williamsburg Pool

    A Brooklyn pool’s women-only schedule made waves among civil rights activists three years ago. Now the ladies who swim are offering men a deal.
    water fight
  11. know your rights

    Apartment-Seekers Pressured to Provide Extra Cash Despite New Rent Law’s Limits

    Once a deal sweetener, so-called good faith deposits are increasingly being requested from prospective renters who risk losing their money.
    know your rights
  12. justice delayed

    Dozens of Sex Harass Complaints Left Unresolved for Years at NYC Commission

    City Commission on Human Rights has 44 open complaints of sexual harassment against private firms that were filed more than two years ago, data shows.
    justice delayed
  13. driving up costs

    City Council Puts Brakes on Community Board Spending

    New rules require board votes on big purchases — and limit how funds can be spent following The CITY’s report on one board’s $26,000 SUV splurge.
    driving up costs
  14. going up

    MTA Plan Calls for More Accessible Subway Stations

    A $51 billion proposal revealed Monday calls for making another 66 stations accessible, via elevators and ramps. That’s up from 50 — out of 472.
    going up
  15. text block

    Long-Promised Power to Text 911 Still Hasn’t Arrived on the Scene

    Missing a forecast early-2018 debut, the city lacks a life-saving emergency communications service in place in much of the state.
    text block
  16. lofty goals

    Williamsburg Loft Building’s Tenants See Hopes to Stay Fade

    New owners of Brooklyn’s 240 Broadway proceed with eviction cases and construction as city Buildings Department declines to nix past permit.
    lofty goals
  17. drug related

    City’s Aging Black Residents Dying of Cocaine-Involved ODs in Rising Numbers

    Many of the fatalities are unrelated to opioids, Health Department data show, as officials struggle to understand the increase.
    drug related
  18. immigration

    City Council Tasks Schools With Educating Families on Public Charge Rule

    A bill passed by the City Council Thursday would require public schools to give students “educational materials” about new Trump admin. policy.
    immigration
  19. what the l

    Hot and Bothered: Burning Cables Led to L Train Headaches

    L train riders endured severe delays this week because of “smoldering and hot cables” in the line’s East River tunnel. The MTA is investigating.
    what the l
  20. justice

    Sexual Abuse Plaintiffs Fight Jesuit Efforts to Reveal Their Identities

    Catholic order’s lawyers demand to accusers’ names public in Child Victims Act lawsuits, in what advocates call a ploy to discourage claims.
    justice
  21. carded

    City’s IDNYC Smart Card Chip Plan Slammed as Security Risk

    Councilmember Carlos Menchaca and advocates demand a halt to banking tech in civic ID cards, citing concerns about immigrants and privacy.
    carded
  22. complex situation

    Ex-Gov. Paterson Embroiled in Battle Over His Famed Harlem Home

    The former governor wrote a letter touting expansion project — even as he insists he isn’t taking sides in a fight over historic Lenox Terrace.
    complex situation
  23. losing track

    MTA Taking a Bigger Beating on Subway and Bus Fare Evasion

    A new MTA Inspector General report, obtained by THE CITY, finds that the transit agency’s tracking methods missed the mark, leading to an undercount.
    losing track
  24. accountability

    Mold Grows on Efforts to Clean Up Public Housing Apartments

    The Housing Authority has left tens of thousands of clean-up requests open for months — and even the ones that have been closed may need second look.
    accountability
  25. rising waters

    New Housing Eyed for Brooklyn Lots Ravaged by Sandy

    While Manhattan and Staten Island plan sea barriers, the city banks on one- and two-family homes in southern Brooklyn areas bound to see more floods.
    rising waters
  26. wrong track

    Cuomo Slams His MTA on Spike in ‘Soiled’ Subway Reports

    The governor says commuters’ “quality of life” is suffering amid the marked increase in reports of filthy train cars and other underground woes.
    wrong track
  27. rikers island

    City Jails Board Slow to Act on Solitary Reform, Critics Say

    A Board of Correction hearing on Tuesday drew calls to change New York City’s policies on solitary confinement but yielded no action.
    rikers island
  28. wrong track

    Soiled Subways: It’s a Dirty Job, But Nobody’s Here to Do It

    Amid a spike in reports of filthy cars, the MTA has cut the number of clean-up crews charged with scrubbing trains, thanks to budget issues.
    wrong track
  29. accountability

    City Probers Flagged Anti-Violence Group Cited After Brownsville Shooting

    Investigators slammed Man Up!’s Andre Mitchell for financial and hiring practices while getting taxpayer funds, records obtained by THE CITY show.
    accountability
  30. double dutch

    Manhattan Pols Second-Guess Mayor’s Plan for Lower East Side Flood Barrier

    Netherlands sea-rise expert launches review of controversial $1.3 billion project at behest of Manhattan borough president and local council member.
    double dutch
  31. wrong track

    Why The Subway Stinks: ‘Soiled Car’ Reports Soar This Year

    More than 1,600 incidents slowed service and disgusted straphangers in the first eight months of 2019 — far outpacing the last two years.
    wrong track
  32. trial by fire

    Tenants Ousted by Brooklyn Blaze Fight for Answers and Action

    More than five months after their building went up in smoke, longtime renters are pushing the Sunset Park condominium’s board to rebuild.
    trial by fire
  33. violence behind bars

    Rikers Guards’ Bad Decisions Led to Man’s Death, Suit Alleges

    Casey Holloway was strangled by a fellow inmate who should have been placed in a more secure unit for people with severe mental illness, family says.
    violence behind bars
  34. vertigo

    Don’t Look Down: Short Fencing Makes RFK Bridge Path High Risk, Critics Say

    A low barrier, about four feet high, is all that prevents pedestrians and cyclists on the Triborough Bridge from taking an unwanted plunge.
    vertigo
  35. jails

    Layleen Polanco’s Death Inspires Bail Fund for Transgender Inmates

    The Emergency Release Fund has raised $10,000 and helped free six people so far. Polanco died in solitary on Rikers Island for want of $500 bail.
    jails
  36. street safety

    Out of Line: Missing Street Markings Defy Vision Zero Safety Crusade

    Nearly 2,000 road and bike lane-marking projects are classified as incomplete by the city Department of Transportation, some dating back to 2014.
    street safety
  37. dumping grounds

    East Brooklyn Drives Surge in Abandoned Vehicle Complaints

    DIY used car dealers helped fuel a citywide tripling in 311 calls, which rose to more than 76,000 last year, an analysis by THE CITY shows.
    dumping grounds
  38. queens

    After Primary That Veered Left, Dem Stalwart Katz Lands in Progressive Camp

    Melinda Katz’ plans for reforming the Queens District Attorney’s office suggest she picked up ideas from her rival, progressive upstart Tiffany Cabán.
    queens
  39. special report

    A Reading ‘Crisis’: Why Some Parents Created a School for Dyslexic Kids

    Chalkbeat and THE CITY
    Pioneering Staten Island school, experts say, underscores systemic failures that drive families to seek help elsewhere — often at taxpayer expense.
    special report
  40. law and ardor

    Manhattan DA Vance Gets Ethics Exemption for Donor Review

    To deliver on his pledge to refuse funds from those under probe by his office, Cyrus Vance has government personnel assist with campaign fundraising.
    law and ardor
  41. special education

    Children’s Advocates Say DOE Needs Lesson in Compliance

    Chalkbeat and THE CITY
    The Dept. of Education has ignored orders requiring it to provide services to students with disabilities in a timely manner, new motion claims.
    special education
  42. burial plot

    Trump Clan Final Resting Place Is a Mismanaged Mess, State AG Alleges

    A lawsuit by Attorney General Letitia James charges the leaders of Queens’ Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery took ghastly liberties with funds.
    burial plot
  43. special report

    Who’s Policing You? Top NYPD Ranks Fall Short of Reflecting Communities

    Only one in five officers above captain are black, Latino or Asian, groups that form the majority of New York’s population — and its police force.
    special report
  44. jailhouse block

    As Planned New Jail Looms, Baxter Street Braces for Impact

    With close-Rikers plans headed to key votes, the Manhattan jail’s next-door neighbors want answers about what will happen when construction begins.
    jailhouse block
  45. doubling down

    Ex-Bronx Lawmaker Convicted of Taking Bribes Eyes Two Seats

    Disgraced pol Eric Stevenson, who has said he plans a Congress run, told THE CITY he’s also considering a bid to reclaim his old Assembly post.
    doubling down
  46. criminal justice

    Brooklyn Jail on Fast Track to Shutdown

    Detention Complex looking to clear out within months, moving male inmates into Rikers’ female wing, say union sources.
    criminal justice
  47. going down

    Downtown Tenants and Landlords Skirmish Over Rent Reset

    As residents learn they’re entitled to rent cuts and refunds tied to a tax break, some landlords try to keep the upper hand.
    going down
  48. elevated costs

    L Station Repair Spending Projected to Double as MTA Takes Different Track

    When Gov. Cuomo scrapped a plan to fully shut down the L train’s Canarsie Tunnel, that disrupted projects that would have “piggybacked” onto the work.
    elevated costs
  49. equality

    Shelter Settlement Spawns New Policies to Support Transgender Homeless

    A Commission on Human Rights complaint prompted the Department of Homeless Services to rethink how it deals with transgender people.
    equality
  50. education

    If City Eliminates ‘Gifted’ Programs, Here’s What Could Come Next

    A bombshell report this week by a mayoral advisory group suggested that New York City phase out its “gifted and talented” programs.
    education
  51. back to school

    Thousands of Special Education Students Missed Nearly Two Months of School

    New analysis shows some 26,000 students with disabilities missed 36 days or more of school in a year. Advocates say the kids need more support.
    back to school
  52. corporate communication

    After Amazon Loss, Economic Development Corp. Hired Big Guns for Local Battles

    EDC brought in a top public relations firm to help it “navigate political and community-related opposition” following the HQ2 debacle.
    corporate communication
  53. empty empire

    Three Months In, City’s First Outlet Mall Is Barely One-Third Full

    Staten Island’s Empire Outlets is full of empty storefronts as some wonder if it’ll escape the retail apocalypse.
    empty empire
  54. complex numbers

    East Flatbush Co-op Embroiled in Conflict Still Gets $11 Million State Loan

    Repair funds arrive while lawsuits fly among leaders of Brooklyn’s Harry Silver apartments.
    complex numbers
  55. shelter

    Halfway Into Homeless Revamp, Work Lags as Hotel Use Grows

    While conversions to permanent housing have helped shrink the number of homeless families, transition to promised 90 new shelters proves slow going.
    shelter
  56. queens

    Tiffany Cabán Lost the Queens DA Race, But She’s Still Running

    The insurgent Democrat is talking to Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders as she mulls next steps, determined not to “waste any of what we built.”
    queens
  57. digital delay

    Bronx Housing Developments Still Waiting for Computers Funded Two Years Ago

    NYCHA says it’s still working on buying technology for three community centers. The money came from a grant by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
    digital delay
  58. a sad anniversary

    Thirty Years Later, Yusuf Hawkins’ Murder Still Shocks in a Changed Brooklyn

    Bensonhurst divides among those who never heard of the Aug. 23, 1989, hate crime, those who can’t forget — and those who wish they could.
    a sad anniversary
  59. jails

    Rikers Body Scanners Feed Unrestricted Solitary Confinement

    Jailers can now hold some new arrivals in “separation status” to retrieve smuggled items — bypassing rules on who usually can be kept in isolation.
    jails
  60. public housing

    City Housing Authority Admits It Can’t Get the Lead Out

    The troubled agency concedes it’s currently unable to deliver on a promise to properly inspect apartments for lead paint and clean them up.
    public housing
  61. racket

    U.S. Open Tennis Faults on $311k in Queens Rent: Comptroller

    Ahead of lucrative U.S. Open tournament, Scott Stringer audit finds that the U.S. Tennis Association has shortchanged the people of New York.
    racket
  62. running bill

    City OKed Hotel Plan After Developer Hosted de Blasio Fundraiser

    The hotel plan, which dates to 2017, was approved days after Michael Cheng and associates brought in big bucks for de Blasio’s PAC, records show.
    running bill
  63. growing pains

    Youth-led Brooklyn Garden Plan Tangled in Years of Confusion

    After three years of work, a game of bureaucratic hot-potato throws kids’ hopes for a vegetable patch on a city-owned dumping ground into jeopardy.
    growing pains
  64. transparency

    Closing Doors: MTA Working on Record Spending Plan in Secrecy, Watchdog Howls

    The transit agency’s multi-billion, five-year subway and bus roadmap is mired in mystery, with its release running behind past years, group charges.
    transparency
  65. fire fight

    Cold Water on Queens Firehouse Reopening Hopes After Amazon Breakup

    Discussions for reviving a long-shuttered engine company stall, despite FDNY acknowledgment the booming area needs more emergency responders.
    fire fight
  66. switching gears

    Reversing Course, Dockless Bike Share to Roll on in the Rockaways

    After THE CITY revealed planned shutdown of cycle program along the Queens shore, Department of Transportation gives two-wheelers another whirl.
    switching gears
  67. siren call

    A Drive to Demand Details on Motorists Stopped by NYPD

    City Council Member’s bill seeks demographic info to help determine whether people of color are “unfairly being targeted” by police in traffic stops.
    siren call
  68. saying something

    Subway Chaos Marked Only Latest Pressure Cooker Scare

    While suspicious package calls are down, Friday’s Fulton Street hub scare was at least the fifth cooker-related incident in the last two years.
    saying something
  69. the rent was too high

    More Tenants Fighting for Back Rent After Downtown Ruling

    Residents at one building head for a potential payday as others get ready to join the battle after judge finds against landlords who got tax breaks.
    the rent was too high
  70. epic

    Neverending Story: Brooklyn Library Revamp Drags On For 14 Years

    Patrons at the Rugby branch are relegated to a trailer and frustrations rise over the city’s longest ongoing library renovation project.
    epic
  71. solitary options

    Reimagining New York Jails Without Solitary Confinement

    A growing chorus of critics wants to strictly limit or ban isolation in the wake of Layleen Polanco’s death. But what are the alternatives?
    solitary options
  72. treading carefully

    Nike Springs for Deal to Sport Official NYC Logos

    City tourism bureau goes into business with the sneaker and apparel giant — with warnings to treat workers well.
    treading carefully
  73. prisons

    Longest-Serving Woman Inmate’s Death Makes Her Case a Cause

    The death of Valerie Gaiter, who murdered an elderly Brooklyn couple in 1979, renews push to mandate parole hearings for prisoners over 55.
    prisons
  74. off message

    ‘Tallman’ De Blasio Used Private Email for First 16 Months in Office

    The mayor often relied on his personal account for public business, records show. Meanwhile, his promised email retention policy hasn’t surfaced.
    off message
  75. 2020 vision

    Counting on Old Uptown Playbook for Citywide Census Success

    In 2010, Washington Heights and Inwood had the city’s best response rate. Officials are looking to replicate the magic amid Census 2020’s challenges.
    2020 vision
  76. new lease

    Pols Draft Proposal to Fine Brokers, Landlords Who Flout New Rent Laws

    Two Assembly members plan to introduce legislation to allow thousands in penalties for not following a $20 application cap and other reforms.
    new lease
  77. juvenile justice

    Some Teen Detainees Still Treated Like Adults, or Worse, Despite ‘Raise The Age’

    Despite goals of “Raise the Age” law, about two-thirds of eligible minors are first being processed nights and weekends alongside adults, data shows.
    juvenile justice
  78. moving in

    Real Estate Brokers Blow Beyond New $20 Tenant Fee Cap

    Real estate group tells members that law’s limits on charges for apartment applications applies only to landlords. Tenants and lawmakers cry foul.
    moving in
  79. curb appeal

    Block Party: Cop Cars Still Jamming Bus Stops After Exposé

    THE CITY returned to eight NYPD buildings where police vehicles were obstructing area stops. Five remained clogged, breaking Police Department policy.
    curb appeal
  80. schools

    City Should Test Entire Schools for Lead Paint, Lawmakers Say

    Chalkbeat
    City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Councilmember Mark Treyger, urged the city to expand its testing amid troubling findings in elementary schools.
    schools
  81. special report

    Anti-New York White Supremacist Hate is Rising, NYPD Says

    Racist online rhetoric directed at the city by white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups is growing — along with hate crimes, according to police.
    special report
  82. daddy issues

    Ruben Diaz Jr.’s House Divided: Endorse Dad or Pal in Bronx Congress Race?

    The Bronx borough president punts on backing his father as buddy Marlene Cintron enters the packed contest to replace retiring Rep. José Serrano.
    daddy issues
  83. zoning out

    Queens Neighborhood Fights for Bigger Single-Family Homes, Bucking U.S. Trend

    Local pols embrace single-family zoning in Kew Gardens Hills, even as it falls by the wayside amid an affordable housing crunch in NYC and beyond.
    zoning out
  84. un-conventional

    Queens Republican Convention Shuts Out Public on Judge Picks

    Borough Republicans plan to hold judicial vote behind closed doors, in an unusual move. Meanwhile, the GOP’s DA candidate seeks a shot at the bench.
    un-conventional
  85. curb appeal

    BUS-TED: Police Vehicles Clog Bus Stops Near Precincts

    THE CITY’s spot-check of two-dozen stops around NYPD buildings found one-third blocked by marked police vehicles and cars with windshield placards.
    curb appeal
  86. immigration

    New York Vows to Fight New Trump Green Card Benefits Policy

    Lawsuits planned over change that could hurt 400,000 New Yorkers legally receiving government aid. City pledges hospital access for “all people.”
    immigration
  87. solitary confinement

    Layleen Polanco’s Mother Files Lawsuit Over Rikers Death

    Correction officials ignored the medical needs of the woman who died in solitary — and “took no action” to get her help, court papers charge.
    solitary confinement
  88. the rent was too high

    Tenants of 6,000 Downtown Apartments May Be Owed Back Rent

    A ruling centering on a 1995 tax break deal will allow some Lower Manhattan renters to seek stabilized leases and up to six years of overpayments.
    the rent was too high
  89. gun violence

    Brownsville Demands Action in Wake of Mass Shooting

    Some say Mayor de Blasio’s $9 million criminal justice budget boost isn’t enough as local activists set own priorities for healing the community.
    gun violence
  90. comeback bid

    Melissa Mark-Viverito Congress Run Shadowed by Discrimination Lawsuit

    As she launches bid for seat in Bronx, an ongoing civil rights lawsuit accuses Melissa Mark-Viverito of abusing her power as City Council speaker.
    comeback bid
  91. boxed out

    City Pays Storage Fees for Homeless, But One Bronx Family Still Lost Items

    The city shells out $17.5 million annually to self-storage companies. But some clients report big problems with the little-regulated industry.
    boxed out
  92. highs and lows

    Disparities in Staten Island Pot Arrests Draw Concern

     Cops made 35 marijuana busts this year through June in the precinct area where Eric Garner died in 2014 — far outpacing the rest of the borough.
    highs and lows
  93. beep

    Who’s After Katz? Race for Queens Borough President Is On

    A crowded field is already jockeying to succeed Melinda Katz, who just won the DA primary. Tiffany Cabán apparently isn’t among the current hopefuls.
    beep
  94. haul monitors

    DOE Tardy on Installing GPS in School Buses by Opening Day

    City Council legislation passed in January requires GPS systems in all 9,500 yellow buses, with real-time data for parents, by the first day of class.
    haul monitors
  95. comeback bid

    Bronx Congressional Rivals Tell Mark-Viverito: Stay Home

    The ex-Council speaker, who lives in East Harlem, once served part of the South Bronx district she wants to represent. But she didn’t always want to.
    comeback bid
  96. running bill

    Complaint Hits de Blasio on Campaign Finance ‘Shell Game’

    A nonpartisan watchdog group cites THE CITY’s reporting in FEC complaint charging the mayor flouted federal campaign donation and spending rules.
    running bill
  97. bicycles

    Some Local Pols Want City to Slow Down on New Bike Lane Push

    Mayor de Blasio proposed an 80-mile “green wave” of protected bike lanes by 2021 amid a spike in deaths. But City Council members aren’t all on board.
    bicycles
  98. comeback bid

    Melissa Mark-Viverito Runs for Congress, Touting Progressive Cred

    The ex-Council speaker tells THE CITY she’s ready to join a crowded field vying to replace retiring Bronx Rep. José Serrano at a “critical moment.”
    comeback bid
  99. bitter end

    Katz Wins — Again — as Cabán Concedes in Queens DA Primary

    After Board of Elections wrangling on Tuesday still left Borough President Melinda Katz with dozens more votes, Cabán admits defeat in close race.
    bitter end
  100. schools

    School Officials Promise Lead Cleanup, But Offer Little Testing Advice

    Chalkbeat
    With nearly 900 city elementary classrooms beset by lead paint, officials say they’re moving quickly — but give minimal guidance on blood tests.
    schools
  101. special report

    Gov. Cuomo’s Clemency Out of Grasp for Many Behind Bars

    Some 18 prisoners have walked free before becoming eligible for release, out of nearly 6,500 applications since the governor launched his mercy push.
    special report
  102. making waves

    Radio Diaz: Bronx Pol Hired Alleged Pirate Broadcaster

    Council member and congress hopeful Ruben Diaz Sr. gave campaign cash to a disc jockey flagged by the FCC, election filings show.
    making waves
  103. anchors aweigh

    La Marina Cleared to Reopen With New Identity and Ownership

    A bankruptcy battle over the uptown venue ends with transfer to the operator of Brother Jimmy’s barbecue chain — and a vow for end-of-summer debut.
    anchors aweigh
  104. running bill

    Hotel Owners Seeking City Hall Help Threw a $90K de Blasio Fundraiser

    The Chelsea Hotel team, which needs approval for renovations, collected checks for the mayor from Barry Diller, Diane von Furstenberg and others.
    running bill
  105. raw deal

    Queens Residents Demand Payback for City Sewage Mess

    Astoria homeowners shelled out cash to fix problems caused by a city contractor’s work on their sewer lines. Now they’re fighting for compensation.
    raw deal
  106. rent

    Game Clock Ticking on Affordable Housing at Brooklyn’s Pacific Park

    Local watchdogs doubt the sprawling development that includes Barclays Center will reach the goal of 2,250 low-rent apartments by 2025.
    rent
  107. eric garner

    In Garner’s Staten Island, Locals Say ‘It’s About Time’ on Cop Verdict

    On Staten Island’s Bay Street, where Eric Garner died, an NYPD judge’s recommendation that Officer Daniel Pantaleo be fired was met with relief.
    eric garner
  108. the open newsroom

    The Open Newsroom’s Second Round Is Coming. Sign Up Now

    Our year-long project with Brooklyn Public Library to explore how to make local news more collaborative returns with new meet-ups in August.
    the open newsroom
  109. running bill

    Bill De Blasio’s PACs for Dems Helped His Run, Records Show

    The mayor’s federal and state political action committees have spent nearly $1.2 million — but only $200,000 went to other candidates or committees.
    running bill
  110. rikers island

    Medical Condition Should Have Kept Polanco From Solitary, Experts Say

    As Elizabeth Warren and others called for reform, former jail health experts said Layleen Polanco’s seizure disorder should have been a red flag.
    rikers island
  111. zone defense

    Two Bridges Falling Down as Judge Knocks LES Towers Plan

    A judge ruled the de Blasio administration was out of bounds when it sidestepped the land use review process for the waterfront megadevelopment.
    zone defense
  112. schools

    Lead Paint Found in Hundreds of NYC Elementary Schools

    Chalkbeat
    More than 900 New York City elementary school classrooms tested positive for lead following inspections, according to Department of Education data.
    schools
  113. making it count

    AOC Makes a Bronx Census Push Amid Fears of Lost House Seats

    More than a quarter of the residents in freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ district are non-citizens — the highest percentage in the state.
    making it count
  114. public housing

    Gnawing Problem: NYCHA Far From Meeting Rat Fix Deadline

    The Housing Authority had promised the feds that it would quantify its vermin problem by the end of July and clean up 70,000 apartments in a month.
    public housing
  115. accessibility

    The Elevated Line: MTA Adding More Lifts to 14th Street Stations

    The MTA is rolling out plan to make more stations accessible to those who can’t use stairs or escalators, starting with more elevators on 14th Street.
    accessibility
  116. dollar bill

    De Blasio 2017 Campaign Fined for Employee Violations

    Mayor’s reelection effort failed to pay coverage for family leave, workers’ comp and disability — aid his presidential bid wants to make nationwide.
    dollar bill
  117. running bill

    Chelsea Hotel Steers Donations to de Blasio While Seeking Construction OK

    The historic hotel’s owners helped raise $57,400 for the mayor’s presidential campaign and PACs while trying for approval of overhaul tenants oppose.
    running bill
  118. layleen polanco

    Layleen Polanco Died of Epileptic Seizure in Solitary, Autopsy Reveals

    The 27-year-old was on anti-seizure medication at Rikers Island. Her family lawyer charged she died of “indifference and neglect.”
    layleen polanco
  119. hard choices

    Jury’s Out on Prosecution of Parents Who Leave Kids in Cars

    Some DAs urge caution in pressing criminal charges like those against Juan Rodriguez in the death of his young twins in the Bronx.
    hard choices
  120. disaster watch

    City Nearly Two Years Late on Making 60 Evacuation Shelters Accessible

    The de Blasio administration promised to be ready by September 2017 to accommodate people with disabilities during disasters. New deadline: January.
    disaster watch
  121. re-training

    MTA Needs to Patch Brooklyn Subway Viaduct It Just Spent $275M Fixing

    The F and G train span has “unsatisfactory drainage, leaking joints and deterioration of structural braces” only three years after overhaul.
    re-training
  122. mental health

    Suicide Prevention Hotline to the Rescue on RFK Bridge

    Hours after THE CITY reported the absence of advertised emergency phones along the span’s pedestrian path, the MTA installed one.
    mental health
  123. set sale

    La Marina Closes in on Reopening Under Brother Jimmy’s

    The Inwood waterfront hotspot nears emerging from bankruptcy amid hopes of a late- summer rebirth — if the city’s Parks Department approves.
    set sale
  124. art of the deal

    Community Board Pans Bulked-Up Plans for 5Pointz Towers

    The board nixed a last-minute add-on of 100 units and two stories to the former street art site after an unusual private meeting with the developer.
    art of the deal
  125. mental health

    RFK Bridge’s Suicide Prevention Sign’s Phone Promise Doesn’t Ring True

    A sign on the former Triborough Bridge proclaims “phone ahead.” But no such lifeline exists on the pedestrian section of the span.
    mental health
  126. boxed out

    Fire-Ravaged Bronx Storage Center Leaves Renters in the Dark

    People with storage units at the now-abandoned Tuck-it-Away on Walton Avenue have been waiting for two years to learn what happened to their stuff.
    boxed out
  127. long-distance dedication

    National GOP Eyes Nicole Malliotakis to Flip Staten Island House Seat

    Steve Scalise, Marco Rubio and other Republicans are lining up to support her challenge to Max Rose for the post, which also covers part of Brooklyn.
    long-distance dedication
  128. summer study

    With School ‘Renewal’ Program Canceled, Principals Wonder What’s Next

    Challkbeat
    Now that de Blasio’s expensive and controversial school turnaround plan is being phased out, educators are left in limbo on a replacement.
    summer study
  129. public housing

    Comptroller Scott Stringer Vows to Examine NYCHA Monitor’s $20m Budget Bid

    The comptroller promised to look at Bart Schwartz’ contract. Meanwhile, Stringer revealed NYCHA paid millions for roof repairs covered by warranties.
    public housing
  130. soft cell

    MTA Sends Scrambled Signals on Little-Used $2.5m Bus Wi-Fi

    A document putting the service on the chopping block was an “error.” Some riders said they wouldn’t even notice if the Wi-Fi went away.
    soft cell
  131. nycha

    Public Housing’s Federal Monitor Presented a $20 Million Bill

    Bart Schwartz wants big taxpayer bucks for him and his team as NYCHA grapples with lead and other woes. We look at some fixes $20 million could cover.
    nycha
  132. bridge loan

    Foreclosure on $72m Loan Threatens GWB Bus Terminal Developers

    Lenders take the firm behind the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal overhaul to court after alleged default on payments this spring.
    bridge loan
  133. queens da race

    Katz Tops Cabán in Recount as Queens DA Fight Starts New Round

    Melinda Katz takes a 60-vote lead in Democratic primary for Queens district attorney, but insurgent Tiffany Cabán’s poised for a legal battle.
    queens da race
  134. wrong turn

    Accidental Gatecrasher in BMW Raises Questions About MTA Security

    An allegedly impaired driver who said he was “just following his GPS” crashed far into an ostensibly secure MTA railyard Tuesday, officials said.
    wrong turn
  135. art of the deal

    Queens Community Board Holds Private Meeting With 5Pointz Developer

    Artists blast restaurant get-together ahead of a deadline for input on the latest plan to build luxury apartment towers at the former graffiti mecca.
    art of the deal
  136. bronx science

    South Bronx-Born AI App Aims to Change Maternal Health Disparities

    The Radical Relay app arrives as a city report finds link between discrimination against the most vulnerable pregnant women and dire health outcomes.
    bronx science
  137. accessibility

    Transit Officials Running Late on Accessible Subway Stations

    The list of the next 50 stops due to get elevators is overdue. About 75% of stations don’t fully serve riders with disabilities.
    accessibility
  138. vance's chances

    No Decision From Cy Vance on Fourth DA Term as Challengers Mount

    Several potential candidates are mulling going up against the Manhattan district attorney, who told THE CITY it’s “too early” to say if he’ll run.
    vance's chances
  139. turning a corner

    City Promises Wheelchair Ramps on Every Street Corner

    All 162,000 street corners in New York will be accessible within 15 years as part of a settlement to a federal suit. A monitor will oversee the work.
    turning a corner
  140. hot spots

    Sweltering City Jail Cells Need Air Conditioning, Says Board of Correction

    The BOC conducted surprise visits to jails this weekend and said City Hall must supply relief to inmates and staff before the next scorcher.
    hot spots
  141. switch glitch

    Anger Over $230m Computer System Behind Subway Meltdown

    Critics railed about the glitch that sparked subway chaos in Friday’s heat as records obtained by THE CITY detailed the system’s spotty track record.
    switch glitch
  142. heat wave

    Con Ed’s Brooklyn Blackout Caught Many by Surprise

    The power shutdown for 30K came with scant notice, angering many — including de Blasio and Cuomo. The utility said it averted a bigger crisis.
    heat wave
  143. public housing

    NYCHA Lead ‘Emergency’ as Clean-up Falters and Child Poisonings Rise

    A damning federal monitor report describes failures to protect public housing residents from everything from lead to mold to rats “the size of cats.”
    public housing
  144. eric garner

    Mayor’s Garner-Inspired Cop Discipline Overhaul Questioned

    De Blasio’s plan to speed up internal NYPD probes could jeopardize criminal cases, say some lawyers and prosecutors — including the acting Queens DA.
    eric garner
  145. what's up dockless?

    Dockless Bike-Share Grows in Staten Island, Brakes Elsewhere

    The planned expansion of Citi Bike coincides with the end of the rival program everywhere except Staten Island, where it will expand borough-wide.
    what's up dockless?
  146. switch glitch

    Buggy Subway Computer System Blamed for Heat-Wave Hell Struck Before

    Friday’s rush-hour meltdown marked the latest — and worst — example of persistent problems with Automatic Train Supervision, THE CITY has learned.
    switch glitch
  147. running bill

    MAYORAL MATH: De Blasio Claims Campaign Video Isn’t a Campaign Expense

    The video was paid for by a state PAC the mayor used for fundraising and spending before his presidential run — an approach that’s raised questions.
    running bill
  148. purple people leaders

    MTA Sticks on Decals to Deter Subway Farebeaters

    Signs and purple arrows urge riders to exit through turnstiles in bid to limit unpaid entry through emergency gates in $40 million campaign.
    purple people leaders
  149. running bill

    Bill de Blasio Tapped His State PAC for White House Hopes

    The mayor’s team set up the committee to help Democrats win election in New York. But it helped in the run-up to his campaign, records show.
    running bill
  150. empty chair

    New Housing Honcho a No-Show at Annual NYCHA Town Hall

    Tenants didn’t get a change to welcome — or confront — the beleaguered agency’s incoming $400K-a-year boss Gregory Russ.
    empty chair
  151. running bill

    Mayor Pete Pays for Own Security as Mayor Bill Bills NYC

    While de Blasio make taxpayers foot the expense bills of the cops who follow him on campaign jaunts, Indiana’s Buttigieg picks up his own tab.
    running bill
  152. criminal justice

    Dropped Arrest Records Haunt Legions of New Yorkers

    The Marshall Project
    A lawsuit alleges officers are illegally using information from arrests that have been sealed — spelling dire consequences for those with records.
    criminal justice
  153. zone defense

    Court Knocks Out Building Block of Lower East Side Stacked Tower

    Local opponents of the Two Bridges project hope setback for developer will buy them time to limit skyscrapers on the waterfront.
    zone defense
  154. his life mattered

    The Garner Family’s Quest for Justice, in Photos

    On the fifth anniversary of Eric Garner’s death at the hands of a NYPD officer, here are images of a family’s struggle that resonated beyond New York.
    his life mattered
  155. eric garner

    Eric Garner’s Mother Tells Mayor to ‘Stand Up’ After Feds Ditch Case

    De Blasio didn’t stick around City Hall for a rally with Garner’s family. But he changed how the NYPD will deal with police-involved deaths.
    eric garner
  156. running bill

    New Campaign Travel Costs for de Blasio NYPD Guards Revealed

    Taxpayers’ tab for the mayor’s security detail for presidential campaign travel started two months before his official announcement, records show.
    running bill
  157. making it count

    Tiffany Cabán Beats Melinda Katz in Latest Fundraising and Legal Spending

    The two Queens district attorney hopefuls, locked in a tense recount battle, are looking to high-priced lawyers as they vie to generate donations.
    making it count
  158. driven to distraction

    Taxi Driver Drug Test Failures Soar Amid Growing Stress

    A spike in cab license revocations for marijuana, cocaine and other substances coincides with crushing financial pressures.
    driven to distraction
  159. running bill

    Absentee Mayor’s Blackout Blitz Adds to Taxpayer Tab

    When part of Manhattan was plunged into darkness, de Blasio’s publicly-funded NYPD security team had to book pricey last-minute rooms and flights.
    running bill
  160. juvenile justice

    Summer Reading List: Book Drive Helps Teens Behind Bars in The Bronx

    A Mott Haven bookseller is teaming with juvenile justice advocates to get detained teens more of the titles they want to read.
    juvenile justice
  161. running bill

    De Blasio Cross-Country Presidential Run Takes NYC Taxpayers for a $100K Ride

    The mayor and his wife’s NYPD security details have cost New Yorkers at least $100,000 in campaign travel so far, an analysis by THE CITY found.
    running bill
  162. a step down

    Second Avenue Subway Escalators Fail to Rise: Report

    In the newest stations in the system, only three of 32 escalators met reliability goals, an MTA inspector general report obtained by THE CITY found.
    a step down
  163. blue wave

    Red Fades in Brooklyn: Inside the Race for Borough’s Lone GOP Seat

    Democratic Assembly hopeful Brandon Patterson looks to take Brooklyn’s only current Republican slot amid growing blue wave.
    blue wave
  164. rip

    What Labor Lion Héctor Figueroa Won for Workers

    Union and political worlds mourn a leader who helped secure a $15 minimum wage, paid sick leave and more for New Yorkers.
    rip
  165. special report

    On the Brink of Being Homeless in a ‘Sanctuary City’

    Documented and THE CITY
    After an ICE raid took a Queens family’s breadwinner, his loved ones fight to keep their home, with no help from housing aid off limits to immigrants.
    special report
  166. off track

    The MTA’s Running a Year Late on Its Next 20-Year To-Do List

    The agency’s “needs assessment” looking two decades into the future is being “worked on.” But transit watchdogs say it’s already too late.
    off track
  167. waiting game

    After Four Years and One False Start, Discrimination Watchdog Gets New Boss

    The Equal Employment Practices Commission, which audits city agencies’ employment and sexual harassment practices, had been leaderless since 2015
    waiting game
  168. queens da race

    Tiffany Cabán Raises Volunteer Army of Attorneys in Queens DA Recount

    Meanwhile, Melinda Katz hires a top election lawyer as campaigns’ legal strategies differ dramatically in the fierce post-primary battle.
    queens da race
  169. nellie flies

    Nellie Bly Memorial in Works for Site of Asylum She Probed

    The journalist who rocked New York with her 1887 exposé will be memorialized on Roosevelt Island, amid a wave of monuments to great women.
    nellie flies
  170. cell plan

    BP Brewer Proposes Women’s Jail for Lockup with Central Park View

    The Manhattan borough president wants Rikers women moved into the Lincoln Correctional Facility, a prime property whose future has sparked debate.
    cell plan
  171. eyes in the skies

    New Dawn for Speed Cams Signals Turn Toward School and Street Safety

    Until Thursday, a restrictive state law left miles of dangerous East Tremont Avenue off limits to cameras designed to deter dangerous drivers.
    eyes in the skies
  172. net gain

    City Hall’s ‘Civic Partners’ Snag 250 Tickets to Women’s Soccer Ceremony

    Officials won’t reveal the full guest list, which was heavy on mayoral donors, developers and lobbyists for 2015’s soccer squad celebration.
    net gain
  173. reform deferred

    Jails Board Promises Solitary Confinement Reform — But Delays Action

    Oversight body hears emotional testimony following the death of Layleen Polanco, whose Rikers Island demise sparked movement to overhaul city jails.
    reform deferred
  174. shoring up

    Staten Island Flood Zone Levee Finally on the Horizon

    After three risky years of delay, design is cleared to begin for the 5.3-mile East Shore Seawall, stretching from Fort Wadsworth to Oakwood Beach.
    shoring up
  175. math lesson

    Only Nine Hearing Officers for 9,695 Special Education Cases

    The more than 1-to-1,000 ratio highlights what parents and advocates say is a broken complaint system that delays services to special-needs kids.
    math lesson
  176. department of correction

    Borough Presidents Demand Do-Over on Mayor’s Planned Jail Towers

    City Planning Commission will consider mayor’s case for Rikers Island replacements — amid objections from borough presidents and community boards.
    department of correction
  177. schools

    Fire, Rain and Union Tensions Test a Bronx Charter School

    Staff and families at the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls say conditions deteriorate as the board holds onto a $10 million bank account.
    schools
  178. bumpy road

    Mixed Signals on Guarding Undocumented Driver’s License Info

    Reports ICE accessed photos and personal information in other states sparks cryptic tweet from Cuomo official as lawmaker offers privacy reassurances.
    bumpy road
  179. queens da race

    Tiffany Cabán and Melinda Katz Counting Votes — and Cash

    The too-close-to-call Queens DA Democratic race heads to an expensive lawsuit and manual recount as both sides look to replenish campaign coffers.
    queens da race
  180. special report

    Parents Sacrifice Savings and Careers in Fight for Special Education Services

    A slow, bureaucratic system for resolving complaints over a lack of special education services frustrates many, hitting low-income families hardest.
    special report
  181. no parking

    Locked Out: Key Needed for This Unofficial Park in Harlem

    The West 148th Street space is managed by a local nonprofit residents say is often missing in action. Meanwhile, funding woes snag planned fix-up.
    no parking
  182. dog's best friend

    One Man’s Fight to Fix a Failed Veterinarian Discipline System

    After Harold Lehr’s best friend died following an MRI, the lack of accountability in pet treatment spurred him to push for “Oscar’s Law.”
    dog's best friend
  183. queens da race

    Katz-Cabán Queens DA Primary Race Heads to Recount

    Democratic Party favorite Melinda Katz pulls 20 votes ahead of insurgent Tiffany Cabán after paper ballot tally. Recount — and court fight — on tap.
    queens da race
  184. a new record

    More Than 200,000 Pot Convictions Poised for Clearing

    Decriminalization measure will wipe away low-level marijuana cases — but will still leave many with criminal records stemming from other offenses.
    a new record
  185. hunger

    Summer Free Meal Program for Kids Swallowed by Information Gap

    Chalkbeat
    The city’s food program is designed to combat child hunger. But limited and confusing outreach is leading to a waste of meals and federal dollars.
    hunger
  186. surf's up

    Coney Island Subway Station Buckles Up for a New Ride

    The MTA taps the Luna Park team for an arcade, bar and restaurant complex in the Stillwell Ave. terminal, near the beach, rides and Nathan’s Famous.
    surf's up
  187. slow zone

    Mayor Declares Bicycle ‘Emergency’ While Prior Safety Plan Stalls

    Dangerous swaths of Brooklyn and Queens still lack bike lanes two years into a five-year targeted expansion program.
    slow zone
  188. pot plans

    Staten Island Medical Marijuana Shop on Hold Until September

    It’s been two years since the state officials announced a dispensary was coming. Staten Island is the only borough without one, despite big demand.
    pot plans
  189. queens da race

    Cabán Launches Suit on Eve of Queens DA Ballot Count

    The manual tally of thousands of paper ballots begins Wednesday as insurgent Democrat Tiffany Cabán maintains a 1,199-vote lead over Melinda Katz.
    queens da race
  190. art show

    Developers Hope to Draw Artists Back to Queens’ 5Pointz

    After the whitewashing of the Long Island City graffiti mecca spurred a lawsuit, owners want artists at the planned luxury apartment complex.
    art show
  191. slow ride

    Full N Train Service Back in Brooklyn After Years of Work and Delays

    The final phase of a $395 million, nine-station overhaul that’s been tangling commutes since January 2016, finally ends — six months past deadline.
    slow ride
  192. public housing

    Comptroller: Stop Playing Games with Playground Inspections

    City Comptroller Scott Stringer demanded the city’s Housing Authority inspect its nearly 800 playgrounds, following a report by THE CITY.
    public housing
  193. layleen polanco

    Rikers Island Solitary Unit Back in Use After Polanco Death

    Officials moved eight detainees into punitive segregation unit of women’s jail, despite growing calls to end the practice.
    layleen polanco
  194. son also rises

    Dante de Blasio Returns as His Father’s Secret Weapon

    Six years past his famous TV ad, the new Yale grad talks about his experience with cops after Bill de Blasio invokes him in the presidential debate.
    son also rises
  195. special report

    Punch Cards for Homeless Dangle Hope of Housing, Deliver Waits

    People living on the street say they have to stay put for weeks on end so they can accumulate sign-offs on their ticket to a possible home.
    special report
  196. chemical reaction

    Community Board Sprays Weed-Killer Its Council Pal Wants to Ban

    With $20K secured by Councilmember Fernando Cabrera, Brooklyn CB18 cleared its property using glyphosate — a chemical he hopes to outlaw citywide.
    chemical reaction
  197. street fight

    Crosswalks Return to Busy Bronx Strip, Breaking Legal Standstill

    The Department of Transportation restored pedestrian stripes it had paved over in preparation for now-stalled reconfiguration of Morris Park Avenue.
    street fight
  198. layleen polanco

    Jail Oversight Board Floats Solitary Reforms After Polanco Death

    The Board of Correction, which oversees Rikers Island and other city jails, is mulling ideas to limit the use of so-called punitive segregation.
    layleen polanco
  199. cloudy

    Scrapping Marijuana Raps a Daunting Task for Unprepared System

    The bill decriminalizing pot and expunging records leaves some dazed and confused over next steps. Meanwhile, repercussions remain for immigrants.
    cloudy
  200. the open newsroom

    How Can News Better Serve You? Join The Open Newsroom

    THE CITY and the Brooklyn Public Library are teaming for a year of community meetings to explore how to make local news and info more collaborative.
    the open newsroom
  201. juvenile justice

    No Green Space in Sight at Bronx Youth Detention Center

    Recreation areas still under construction months after “Raise the Age” moved teens off Rikers Island and into the Horizon Juvenile Center.
    juvenile justice
  202. public housing

    Sliding by: NYCHA Skips Playground Inspections, Records Show

    Workers shirked monthly reports, despite promise after Comptroller’s Office audit last year. Quick changes were vowed after inquiries by THE CITY.
    public housing
  203. primary facts

    As Queens DA Race Goes to Ballot Count, Former Favorite Faces Uphill Battle

    With 6,300 paper ballots outstanding, the Democratic primary between party stalwart Melinda Katz and insurgent Tiffany Cabán will run into next week.
    primary facts
  204. aoc effect

    Queens Political Machine Blows Another Fuse With Judge Loss

    Tiffany Cabán’s showing wasn’t the only upset to the borough’s Democratic Party Tuesday. Newcomer Lumarie Maldonado Cruz won a Civil Court primary.
    aoc effect
  205. rainbow connection

    ‘The Olympics of Pride’: Record 4 Million Visitors Expected

    WorldPride festival, Stonewall’s 50th anniversary and two marches spur business promotions, security preparations and a scramble for accommodations.
    rainbow connection
  206. queens da race

    How Tiffany Cabán Went From Nowhere to the Verge of Victory

    The insurgent Queens DA candidate rode the progressive wave unleashed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to buffet the borough’s battered Democratic machine.
    queens da race
  207. queens da race

    Tiffany Cabán Edging Melinda Katz in Close Queens DA Primary

    Insurgent progressive emerges to threaten upset against borough Democratic Party favorite. But 3,000 absentee ballots will decide the race.
    queens da race
  208. public housing