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left turn Oct. 18, 2019

Queens Political Novices Step Up to Challenge Democrats

Oct. 18, 2019
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.
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.
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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
  50. 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
  51. 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
  52. 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
  53. 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
  54. 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
  55. 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.
  56. 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
  57. 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
  58. 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
  59. 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
  60. 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
  61. 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!
  62. 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!
  63. 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!
  64. 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!
  65. 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
  66. 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
  67. 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
  68. 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
  69. 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
  70. 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
  71. 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
  72. 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
  73. 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
  74. 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
  75. 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
  76. 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
  77. 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
  78. 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
  79. 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
  80. 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
  81. 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
  82. 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
  83. 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
  84. 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
  85. 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
  86. 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
  87. 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
  88. 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
  89. 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
  90. 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
  91. 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
  92. 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
  93. 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
  94. 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
  95. 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
  96. 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
  97. 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
  98. 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
  99. 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
  100. 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
  101. 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
  102. 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
  103. 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
  104. 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
  105. 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
  106. 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
  107. 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
  108. 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
  109. 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
  110. 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
  111. 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
  112. 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
  113. 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
  114. 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
  115. 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
  116. 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
  117. 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
  118. 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
  119. 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
  120. 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
  121. 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
  122. 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
  123. 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
  124. 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
  125. 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
  126. 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
  127. 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
  128. 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
  129. 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
  130. 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
  131. 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
  132. 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
  133. 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
  134. 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
  135. 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
  136. 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
  137. 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
  138. 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
  139. 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
  140. 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
  141. 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
  142. 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
  143. 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
  144. 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
  145. 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
  146. 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
  147. 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
  148. 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
  149. 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
  150. 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