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booking ahead 8:22 PM

Year After Amazon Announcement, Suspicions Cloud LIC Vision

8:22 PM
Developers say they’re looking for community input on the Queens neighborhood’s path while some local groups are calling for a moratorium on building.
Year After Amazon Announcement, Suspicions Cloud LIC Vision Developers say they’re looking for community input on the Queens neighborhood’s path while some local groups are calling for a moratorium on building.
  1. a little relief

    Parks Department May Shrink Costly Bathrooms to Save Cash

    With the parks’ comfort stations running up to $6 million, the agency is looking toward smaller, prefabricated potties as a cheaper alternative.
    a little relief
  2. water bill

    How Lower East Side Coastal Plan Braces for Climate Change

    The City Council votes Thursday on the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, which aims to save Lower Manhattan from rising waters.
    water bill
  3. subways

    Cost of MTA Accessibility Study Rising Faster Than Elevators

    The budget for a feasibility study into installing more subway lifts and ramps to help people with disabilities has jumped 70%, MTA documents show.
    subways
  4. a call to action

    City’s Delayed Response on 911 Overhaul Declared an Emergency

    Lawmakers and advocates demand action, saying snagged plans for a temporary texting system and a comprehensive digital upgrade put lives at risk.
    a call to action
  5. tps

    Some New Yorkers Live on Borrowed Time While Awaiting Immigration Program’s Fate

    Trump efforts to end Temporary Protected Status for some countries leave 15,000 city residents looking for a Plan B to stay in the U.S. legally.
    tps
  6. unwelcome mat

    Queens Homeless Shelter Foes Make Last-Ditch Efforts to Stop Project

    A City Council member and local opponents to planned a shelter for homeless men in a former factory site in Glendale call for probe, plan lawsuit.
    unwelcome mat
  7. crossed tracks

    State Pols Hold Rare Transit Hearing at Same Time as Monthly MTA Meetings

    MTA officials may have to hop a turnstile if they want to quickly shuttle between dueling sessions Tuesday amid biggest-ever spending plan.
    crossed tracks
  8. policing

    CCRB Probes Cops’ Detention of Brooklyn Kids on Halloween

    The Civilian Complaint Review Board is investigating incident in which three boys were grilled — allegedly without being allowed to see their parents.
    policing
  9. public housing

    Cold Truth for NYCHA Tenants: No New State-Funded Boilers for Four Years or More

    Federal monitor OKs long-delayed release of $450 million for public housing upgrades — but new equipment remains many winters away from firing up.
    public housing
  10. stand back

    Buildings Commish Backs off Order for Q-Train Neighbors to Inspect Subway Walls

    After THE CITY’s report and an MTA intervention, city bureaucrats say homeowners can ignore citations for failing to inspect a busy transit trench.
    stand back
  11. justice

    Judge Upholds Right to Anonymity for Child Victims Act Accusers

    Jesuits lose court battle to reveal identities of people who’ve filed sexual abuse lawsuits against them in wake of new state law.
    justice
  12. supply chain

    No Coastal Flooding Protections In Store for City’s Largest Food Hub

    Local critics say de Blasio administration plan for Hunts Point Food Distribution Center only focuses on half of the resiliency equation.
    supply chain
  13. next up

    Amoy Barnes Looks to Build on Staten Island’s Growth Surge

    City Council candidate hoping to succeed “trailblazer” Debi Rose promises to bring development dividends to the North Shore.
    next up
  14. policing

    Cops Swarmed, Detained Brooklyn Trick-or-Treaters Past Midnight

    Police released three boys after detaining them at the 76th Precinct while investigating a reported cellphone robbery in Carroll Park.
    policing
  15. wall of confusion

    Brooklyn Homeowners Wall-Eyed at City Demand They Inspect Q-Train Trench

    Flatbush and Ditmas Park residents aghast at Department of Buildings order for reports on century-old walls they say are the MTA’s responsibility.
    wall of confusion
  16. blue line

    Black Deputy Commissioner Passed Over for Top Job Conceded NYPD Racial Struggles

    In an August interview with THE CITY, Benjamin Tucker defended the NYPD — while admitting lack of diversity worsened by legacy of “stop and frisk.”
    blue line
  17. contender

    Former City Veterans’ Commissioner Loree Sutton Eyes 2021 Mayor’s Race

    State election records show the former Army psychiatrist filed a campaign committee for a run to succeed Bill de Blasio in City Hall.
    contender
  18. pier pressure

    To Expand Hudson River Park, Tow Pound May Finally Get Hauled Off the Waterfront

    The NYPD is evaluating how it could relocate the notorious Pier 76 vehicle lot, making way for the park to grow and raise cash.
    pier pressure
  19. wrong direction

    Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Complaints in Subway See Dramatic Rise

    Attacks and graffiti aimed at Jews have surged more than 160% in the subway this year over last, according to MTA data obtained by THE CITY.
    wrong direction
  20. on the horizon

    Correction Officers Get Lavish Welcome at Juvenile Center They’re Due to Exit

    Records show nearly $17 million spent on facilities for guards mere months before children’s agency takes over Horizon facility in the South Bronx.
    on the horizon
  21. second chances

    Proposed State Parole Overhaul Gains Wider Backing

    The New York State Bar Association is endorsing a push to eliminate jailing for minor technical parole violations.
    second chances
  22. public housing

    ‘Shoddy Work’ by No-Bid Contractors Now a Target for NYCHA’s Federal Monitor

    Weeks after a special report by THE CITY on costly unsupervised construction jobs, the Housing Authority is put on notice to clean up its act.
    public housing
  23. options trading

    Ranked Choice Voting Could Change How NYC Elections Get Fought and Won

    New tiered balloting system is likely to win approval — and lead to unexpected alliances between candidates usually at each others’ throats.
    options trading
  24. jails

    Correction Officers Are Top Donors to Unopposed Bronx DA Darcel Clark’s Campaign

    Union representing jail guards investigated and prosecuted by her office gave $22,000 to fund for an unchallenged reelection.
    jails
  25. paper trail

    Facing City Subpoena, Queens Tenants Group Fights for the Right to Flyer

    Organizers alarmed as Sanitation Dept. strong arms Google to unmask source of Amazon-LIC protest flyers last winter.
    paper trail
  26. queens da race

    Underdog Queens Republican DA Candidate Calls Himself the Anti-Progressive

    Former NYPD officer and criminal defense attorney is hoping to be the first Republican elected to borough’s top prosecutor spot since the 1920s.
    queens da race
  27. schools

    Even More Students’ Special Education Evaluations Delayed

    An increasing number of public school kids were delayed in getting evaluated for special education services last year, violating federal timelines.
    schools
  28. college try

    Big-Time Builders Line Up for Shot at Prime Manhattan CUNY Property

    “It screams for condos” said a rep for one developer eyeing money-making possibilities on prime John Jay College real estate.
    college try
  29. too late

    City Mental Health Services Checked In on Man Killed by Cop — After He Died

    “I said, ‘This phone call is very triggering.’ I hung up,” Kwesi Ashun’s sister told THE CITY. “I mean, how much can a person take?”
    too late
  30. going national

    Tiffany Cabán Teams With Working Families Party in Transition

    Labor-aligned political group, under fire from Gov. Cuomo, looks to expand influence as criminal justice reform catalyst via rising star Cabán.
    going national
  31. letter man

    Staten Islander Behind 16-Foot ‘T’ for Trump Sign Running for City Council

    Sam Pirozzolo — guess his middle initial — wants voters to recognize his own name now. “I will not back away from Donald Trump,” he vows.
    letter man
  32. schools

    A Tale of Two Special Education Evaluation Systems in NYC Schools

    Chalkbeat and THE CITY
    Critics say the city’s inability to fully assess kids’ needs leads parents with means to seek private help while many others have nowhere to turn.
    schools
  33. gone phishing

    NYC Census Scam Fighters Gearing Up for 2020 Battle

    The first-ever digital count brings new risks. Among New York’s weapons to fight misinformation: libraries — and buying up URLs con artists covet.
    gone phishing
  34. storm watch

    Council Deluges City Hall with Criticism Over Sandy Response, Seven Years Later

    The 2012 storm’s anniversary spurred complaints about slow progress as lawmakers vowed a hearing on the flood insurance crisis revealed by THE CITY.
    storm watch
  35. jails

    City Jails Board Issues Proposed New Solitary Rules After Delay

    Isolation of inmates would be limited — but not eliminated — under a long-fought Board of Correction plan that spurred a public battle with City Hall.
    jails
  36. special report

    NYCHA’s Post-Sandy Rebuild Mired in Delays and Dubious Contracts

    Red Hook and Riis houses residents live in construction mazes while most damaged complexes are still awaiting repairs seven years after the storm.
    special report
  37. education

    Number of Homeless NYC Students Remains Stubbornly High

    Chalkbeat
    A tenth of students — about 114,000 kids — in New York City public schools lacked stable housing last school year, according to new data.
    education
  38. jails

    Jail Guards Using Violent Force More Often, Monitor Says, in ‘Toxic Environment’

    Department of Correction cited for violations of court pact to reduce head blows and other pain-inflicting acts by “hyper-confrontational” officers.
    jails
  39. special report

    Flirting With Disaster: Flood Zones Still Uninsured Years After Sandy

    Nearly 85% of NYC houses and apartments FEMA flags as vulnerable don’t have flood insurance — putting 250,000 homes at risk, our investigation found.
    special report
  40. behind bars

    Prison Payout Little Solace After 22 Months in Solitary Confinement

    Bronx man receives $200,000 settlement, years later. But it won’t end the “permanent headache” he says he got during a fracas with guards.
    behind bars
  41. unexpected development

    Troubled Nonprofit Gets Payout in Flip of Bed-Stuy Landmark to Upscale Developer

    City deed restriction removal paved the way for a court-ordered $12 million sale of a historic building supposed to be used for “youth development.”
    unexpected development
  42. airing differences

    Private Trash Carters on Road to Missing Emissions Upgrade Deadline

    Scores of trucks are behind on meeting 12-year-old federal diesel engine standards as the Jan. 1 deadline on a city-mandated upgrade approaches.
    airing differences
  43. bus stopped

    Bus Rides Slowed in Muck of MTA-Transit Union Contract Feud

    Commuters slog through longer waits, thanks to repeated, union-ordered “safety checks,” labor and management sources told THE CITY.
    bus stopped
  44. jails

    Layleen Polanco’s Family Accuses City of Stalling on Lawsuit

    The de Blasio administration seeks a delay pending probe into the transgender woman’s death at Rikers Island. Her family is furious.
    jails
  45. education

    Schools Where Students Opted Out of Exams Hit with New Tests

    Chalkbeat
    Kids in Brooklyn and East Harlem face six additional standardized tests this year. Parents weigh their options as they fume over “a slap in the face.”
    education
  46. jails

    Mayor ‘Interfered’ With Jails Overseer on Solitary Confinement, Member Charges

    Dr. Robert Cohen of the Board of Correction alleges delay of a planned vote to limit punitive segregation is part of bid to weaken reforms.
    jails
  47. bitter end

    How Manhattan’s City Bakery Crumbled, Under Weight of Debts

    While doing brisk business in sweet treats, the Union Square institution was embroiled in high-cost borrowing from an industry under state probe.
    bitter end
  48. emergency plea

    Queens Candidates’ Life or Death Call for More Trauma Care

    The Trace and THE CITY
    Borough president hopefuls speak out after our team report reveals gunshot victims are more likely to die the farther they are from a trauma hospital.
    emergency plea
  49. breakdown

    Mayor’s Mental Health Crisis Response Offers Weak Dose of Care, Advocates Warn

    The father of cop shooting victim Saheed Vassell welcomed a test sending clinicians on 911 calls. Others express “shock” reforms don’t go farther.
    breakdown
  50. schools

    NYC Schools Online Applications a Big Fail, Parents Say

    Chalkbeat
    As students vie for middle and high school slots, parents say the city’s digital portal remains confusing and error-prone: “People are panicking.”
    schools
  51. money in politics

    Ritchie Torres Reaps Real Estate Cash in Bronx Congress Run

    The Council member leads the fundraising race, with the vast majority of his $878,000 in contributions coming from outside the borough, records show.
    money in politics
  52. jails

    Solitary Confinement Reform Pushed Back Again as City Hall Balks

    The Board of Correction planned to propose new limits on isolating inmates in city jails Tuesday, but will delay amid mayoral pressure, sources said.
    jails
  53. breakdown

    No More EDPs: NYPD’s Emergency Plan to Deal with Mentally Ill New Yorkers

    Cops will start teaming with mental health workers on 911 calls and will no longer refer to “EDPs” under reforms aimed at stemming bloodshed.
    breakdown
  54. switch glitch

    Cursed High-Tech Subway Signal System Slated for Pricey Replacement

    Bane of delayed F and G train riders, the MTA’s 13-year-old problem-plagued Bergen Street switches in Brooklyn will cost $47 million to redo.
    switch glitch
  55. homelessness

    Wards Island Homeless Shelter Operator Gets Another 4.5 Years Despite Troubles

    HELP USA is set to run Clarke Thomas facility until mid-2024 under $45 million city pact amid open building code violations, records show.
    homelessness
  56. left turn

    Queens Political Novices Step Up to Challenge Democrats

    A slew of first-time candidates, many backed by Democratic Socialists of America, are going up against long-time incumbents in the borough AOC shook.
    left turn
  57. jails

    De Blasio Ousts Key Solitary Confinement Foe as Reform Nears

    Bryanne Hamill loses her Board of Correction seat amid wrangling over putting limits on isolating inmates in city jails, sources said.
    jails
  58. 2020 vision

    New Central Brooklyn Food Co-op Aims to Nourish and Empower Locals

    A crowdfunding campaign, starting this week, seeds a black-led, customer-owned hub for affordable fresh food Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights and Brownsville.
    2020 vision
  59. special report

    Gunshot Victims Have Highest Chance of Dying in Queens

    The Trace and Measure of America
    Data indicates distance to a trauma center plays a life-or-death role. There’s only one trauma center in southern Queens, and it’s struggling.
    special report
  60. schools

    Rising School Bus Woes Plague Special Needs Students

    Chalkbeat and THE CITY
    Our analysis found an average of 500 delays a day in the first weeks of classes. Parents describe marathon trips and bizarre detours.
    schools
  61. round two

    Amazon Slayer Mike Gianaris Gets a Primary Amid Ongoing HQ2 Fallout

    The Long Island City state senator is set to launch his reelection campaign, flanked by activists who helped him foil the tech giant’s Queens dreams.
    round two
  62. schools

    A Call to End Special Education Hearing Delays Amid ‘Harm’ to Students

    Chalkbeat and THE CITY
    Education advocates demand “immediate action” on overhauling a complaint system that flouts legal deadlines, making students wait for needed services.
    schools
  63. jails

    What You Need to Know About the Rikers Replacement Vote

    The City Council is poised to OK four new borough-based jails Thursday. But the historic plan’s fate depends on a lot more than shuttering Rikers.
    jails
  64. not so fast

    Staten Islanders Say Innovative Bus Route Crosses a Line

    Locals are OK with an express bus on old railroad lines and viaducts. But they’d rather see traffic on a pedestrian esplanade than Richmond Terrace.
    not so fast
  65. immigration

    Immigrant New Yorkers in Limbo After Courts Halt ‘Public Charge’ Rule

    Uncertainty leaves many avoiding government benefits, despite legal decisions blocking the Trump administration’s bid to penalize green card hopefuls.
    immigration
  66. text block

    City’s Delayed Response Time Threatens to Snag 911 Overhaul

    Two-plus years in, officials haven’t picked a firm to digitize the emergency system — meaning a delay to at least mid-2024, THE CITY has learned.
    text block
  67. locked out

    Chelsea ‘Women’s Building’ Backers Break Out of Prison Conversion

    Philanthropists from the Buffett family drop high-profile plans to turn the former Bayview Correctional Facility into a hub for female empowerment.
    locked out
  68. justice

    New York’s Most Desperate Caught Up in ‘Crimes of Poverty’

    Thousands of people are arrested on petit larceny charges every year in New York City. Their fates can depend on who’s doing the prosecuting.
    justice
  69. burning questions

    Film Probes Causes, Legacy of South Bronx Fires

    While The Bronx is no longer burning, it’s simmering with political activity. A new documentary looks at the ongoing impact of the 1970s blazes.
    burning questions
  70. schools

    State Lawmakers Eye Changing School Funding Formula Amid High Stakes for City

    Chalkbeat
    State dollars make up about a third of city schools’ $34 billion budget. But critics say the city is being shortchanged amid growing student needs.
    schools
  71. disconnect

    City’s Online Referral Service for Veterans Struggles to Connect

    The VetConnectNYC site, which costs taxpayers more than $500,000 a year, was used by 522 veterans or their families in 11 months, city data shows.
    disconnect
  72. cashing in

    Opportunity Zone Boosts Bids for Hot Bronx Property

    NYCity News Service
     Developers bet on reaping big rewards for pouring dollars into a quickly gentrifying strip in Port Morris, thanks to a federal tax credit.
    cashing in
  73. development class

    CUNY Vies to Cash in on Its Prime West Side Real Estate

    A former John Jay College building on Manhattan’s Amsterdam Avenue could make way for a lucrative private tower with new school facilities and more.
    development class
  74. waiting game

    Tenants Hire Contractors to Help Back Rent Overcharge Claims

    New rent law could mean bigger payouts for those who seek a second opinion on landlords’ claims about the cost of apartment renovations.
    waiting game
  75. off the books

    Proposal for ‘5Pointz Towers’ Library May Have Sad Ending

    Queens library officials signal interest in community board’s 11th-hour demand, but the developer of the old graffiti art site isn’t on the same page.
    off the books
  76. juvenile justice

    Legal System Off to Slow Start on ‘Raise The Age’ Night-Court Fix

    An amended law intended to quickly move kids out of the adult criminal system and ease the burden of extra court dates is having growing pains.
    juvenile justice
  77. moving ahead

    How the MTA Plans to Spend Billions on its Subway Wishlist

    Will your commute speed up, via new signals? Will your station get an elevator? Find out via our interactive look at the record $51.5 billion plan.
    moving ahead
  78. track changes

    Rockaway Branch Rail Reboot Study Finally Lands

    After THE CITY’s inquiries, the MTA put out a long-delayed report on reviving a long-dormant Queens railway stretch. The verdict: possible but pricey.
    track changes
  79. schools

    Queens School Pens New Chapter on Teaching Kids to Read

    Chalkbeat
    Parents and educators are watching as Long Island City’s P.S. 111 puts paraprofessionals on the front lines of literacy, with an emphasis on phonics.
    schools
  80. nowhere to go

    Homeless Seek an Elusive Safe Refuge in the Subways

    The slayings of four men underscored the fears of vulnerable New Yorkers who avoid city streets and shelters. But life underground is getting tougher.
    nowhere to go
  81. community organizing

    Bangladeshi New Yorkers Form Their First Tenant Union

    Seeking for strength in numbers, Queens tenants who trace their heritage to the south Asian nation band to challenge exploitative landlords.
    community organizing
  82. public housing

    Federal Housing Official Says Fraud Charges Building Over NYCHA No-Bid Contracts

    HUD’s Lynne Patton declared that “fraud charges are forthcoming” in the wake of THE CITY’s reporting on $250 million in spending on “micro purchases.”
    public housing
  83. special report

    NYCHA’s $250 Million No-Bid — and Sometimes No-Work — Repair Jobs

    One contractor has pocketed nearly $2 million — including for labor investigators say apparently was performed by Housing Authority employees.
    special report
  84. justice

    Deadlocked Parole Panels Leave Prisoners in Limbo

    Staffing shortages of commissioners lead to split decisions on hundreds of cases for early release, forcing costly and emotionally draining do-overs.
    justice
  85. new lease

    Lower Manhattan Tenants Sue for Refunds Over Landlord Tax Break Abuse

    Residents claim 10 Hanover Square owner overcharged them while reaping lucrative benefits. They’re among thousands who may be due years of back rent.
    new lease
  86. cold news

    Bronx Logs Most Heat and Hot Water Complaints of Any Borough

    With cold weather approaching, some tenants in the borough say they’re bracing for another chilly season of calls to 311.
    cold news
  87. prevention plan

    Safe Injection Ruling Boosts Hope State Will OK Drug Centers

    A Philadelphia federal judge finds law permits supervised drug use facilities aimed at preventing overdoses, removing a Cuomo administration concern.
    prevention plan
  88. deal of the art

    LIC Community Board Changes Colors on ‘5Pointz’ Towers After Library Added

    Community Board 2 had twice shot down the proposal to develop a 1,000+ luxury apartments on the famed former street art space in Queens.
    deal of the art
  89. schools

    Pre-K Head Start Teachers Make Deal For Gap-Closing Raises

    Chalkbeat
    The tentative pact marks the second recent labor agreement aiming to bring the teachers’ pay in line with their peers who work in public schools.
    schools
  90. tracking you

    Subway Surveillance Cameras Turned Toward the Homeless

    The NYPD is monitoring 100 live feeds from a dozen stations around the clock, drawing concerns from homeless and civil liberties advocates.
    tracking you
  91. housing

    Rockaway Developer Gets Tax Breaks Via Troubled Nonprofit Partner

    Peninsula Hospital affordable housing site under City Council review owned by Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corp. under fire from tenants.
    housing
  92. dun wrong

    Debt Collectors Put Translations on Hold, Foiling Immigrants

    City’s “Lost in Translation” report finds many firms break promises to conduct calls and send materials in languages other than English.
    dun wrong
  93. joining the party

    Rep. Max Rose, Lone NYC Holdout, Comes Out in Support of Impeachment Inquiry

    At a town hall in Staten Island on Wednesday night, freshman Congressman Max Rose opened the event with a speech on defending the Constitution.
    joining the party
  94. housing

    Bed-Stuy Tenants Bid to Evict Nonprofit Landlord Over Dire Conditions

    NEBHDCo, entrusted by the city with nearly 1,000 Brooklyn apartments, strikes a tentative deal to sell some buildings amid violations and bankruptcy.
    housing
  95. flight plan

    City Buildings Kill Thousands of Birds as Council Mulls ‘Friendly’ Facades

    Avian experts say up to 230,000 birds die annually in NYC collisions. Yet city and state lawmakers’ bills to end the carnage haven’t taken flight.
    flight plan
  96. wheels in motion

    An Odd Route Planned for New Staten Island Express Bus Service

    Over old railroad lines and through elevated viaducts will go the “Bus Rapid Transit” line — potentially transforming the commute of 12,000 riders
    wheels in motion
  97. politics

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Max Rose Split on Impeach-Trump Stumps

    The city’s newest Democratic reps face different re-election challenges next year. Their strategies will be on display in key visits home this week.
    politics
  98. track changes

    Study of Old Rockaway Rail Line’s Revival Back on Track

    Calls to bring back a dormant LIRR branch in southern Queens that hasn’t been used since the 1960s get a new look. Finding are expected by year’s end.
    track changes
  99. waiting game

    New Rent Law Deluges Backlogged Tenant Overcharge Claims

    Tenants already wait two years just to get a case assigned for investigation at the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal.
    waiting game
  100. health care

    In Hospital for Biopsy, Bronx Woman Left With Broken Jaw and $14K Medicare Bill

    Lorraine Evans has been fighting for four years over a procedure that went horribly wrong. She plans an appeal after a court dismissed her suit.
    health care
  101. schools

    Schools Chancellor Carranza’s Testing Plan Raises Concerns

    Chalkbeat
    The New York City Department of Education proposal to subject students to “formative assessments” draws questions from union officials and others.
    schools
  102. block power

    With a New Clinic on Way, Neighbors Decry ‘Overburdened’ Harlem

    Mount Sinai pledge of no addiction treatment fails to satisfy foes of a mental health facility on a block contending with homelessness and drug use.
    block power
  103. vote fraught

    City Board of Elections Lags in Submitting Early-Voting Security Plan

    Elections officials say the NYPD will monitor the 61 early voting sites 24/7, but a formal security plan remains to be seen.
    vote fraught
  104. bloom off

    Rep. Max Rose in Hot Seat as Holdout on Trump Impeachment Inquiry

    A Democrat representing a Trump-voting Staten Island and Brooklyn district treads carefully, to the dismay of many volunteers who helped elect him.
    bloom off
  105. toxic shock

    Health Inspectors Ignored Kids With Harmful Lead Levels, Comptroller Finds

    Some 12,000 children who had elevated blood-lead levels didn’t get the follow-up testing urged under federal guidelines, according to a new report.
    toxic shock
  106. jails

    Jailers Should Call Detainees by Name, Council Bill Demands

    Measure aims to bring reforms to the proposed post-Rikers Island borough lockups — but correction officers and some inmate advocates aren’t happy.
    jails
  107. mental health

    Public Advocate Leapfrogs Mayor With Mental Illness Emergency Response Proposal

    Citing THE CITY’s reporting, Jumaane Williams calls for a new three-digit hotline beyond 911, more services — and first responders who aren’t cops.
    mental health
  108. chilling effect

    New York Sues ICE to Stop Arrests of Immigrants at Courts

    Attorney General Letitita James and Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez contend ICE scares away witnesses and makes victims reluctant to report crimes.
    chilling effect
  109. vote fraught

    Board of Elections Hustles to Fix Late Start on Early Voting Rollout

    Early voting in New York debuts Oct. 26. But the city Board of Elections apparently blew a state deadline to let voters know where to cast ballots.
    vote fraught
  110. express concerns

    Staten Island’s Epic Wait for Alternative to Private Bus Service Just Got Longer

    Academy Bus Service to get $3.8 million from taxpayers for another year of express rides from South Shore to Midtown, while MTA ponders a takeover.
    express concerns
  111. taken for a ride

    Cap Uber and Lyft Drivers’ Lease Costs, Queens Lawmaker Says

    City Councilmember Francisco Moya’s bill aims to relieve app-hail and other for-hire vehicle operators of a cascading financial burden.
    taken for a ride
  112. schools

    Bed-Stuy School District Pushes to End Gifted Program it Fought to Create

    Chalkbeat
    The Community Education Council in Brooklyn’s District 16 urged Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza to try a more inclusive approach.
    schools
  113. park dept.

    Brooklyn Borough Hall Parking Lot on Park Space Gets New Review

    Borough President Eric Adams defends use of public plaza for parking as THE CITY discovers vehicles with unofficial placards and speeding violations.
    park dept.
  114. going down

    The Fault in Our Stairs: Subway Escalator Reliability Plunges

    The 232 escalators maintained by the MTA are functional only about 87% of the time, according to new figures — the worst they’ve been since 2010.
    going down
  115. mutual aid

    Community Board Cash Goes to Some Members’ Nonprofit Groups

    Board officials in The Bronx and Manhattan got more than $10K each for the organizations they run, potentially violating city ethics rules.
    mutual aid
  116. text block

    Text-to-911 Caught in Life-or-Death Battle Between NYPD and Tech Agency

    Delays in new emergency technology stem from bitter standoffs over system testing failures and how much human help computers need to catch all calls.
    text block
  117. juvenile justice

    Big Influx of 17-Year-Olds Poses Next ‘Raise the Age’ Test

    New York’s speedy shift to stop prosecuting kids under 18 as adults faces huge challenge as more teens enter a new system that’s shown growing pains.
    juvenile justice
  118. new approach

    Revamped NYPD Response to Mentally Ill On Its Way After Long Delay

    After cops fatally shot Saheed Vassell last year, Mayor de Blasio quickly promised to change how officers deal with emotionally disturbed persons.
    new approach
  119. welcome back bill!

    Mayor de Blasio’s Post-Presidential Campaign To-Do List

    From fixing the public housing mess to diversifying schools to property tax reform, the mayor is returning to a pile of pressing business.
    welcome back bill!
  120. welcome back bill!

    New Yorkers Give de Blasio His Marching Orders

    We spoke city residents with strong ideas on where the mayor should focus his energy, post-campaign. Here’s a sampling of responses.
    welcome back bill!
  121. welcome back bill!

    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.
    welcome back bill!
  122. 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!
  123. 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
  124. 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
  125. 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
  126. 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
  127. 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
  128. 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
  129. 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
  130. 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
  131. 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
  132. 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
  133. 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
  134. 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
  135. 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
  136. 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
  137. 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
  138. 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
  139. 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
  140. 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
  141. justice

    Sexual Abuse Plaintiffs Fight Jesuit Efforts to Reveal Their Identities

    Catholic order’s lawyers demand to make accusers’ names public in Child Victims Act lawsuits, in what advocates call a ploy to discourage claims.
    justice
  142. 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
  143. 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
  144. 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
  145. 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
  146. 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
  147. 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
  148. 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
  149. 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
  150. 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