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a sad anniversary Aug. 23, 2019

Yusuf Hawkins’ Murder Still Shocks in a Changed Brooklyn

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

    Gale Brewer Ups Legal Fight Against Private Tower at NYCHA Site

    The Manhattan borough president goes back to court to stop new version of Upper East Side luxury housing plan from proceeding without public review.
    public housing
  149. bad timing

    Bad Timing: Broken Bus Stop Countdown Clocks Tick Off Riders

    We visited 40 bus stops — and found that one of every five of the high-tech signs didn’t work. Commuters, meanwhile, are left waiting…
    bad timing
  150. public housing

    New NYCHA Chair’s Vow: No One Will Lose Their Apartment

    Gregory Russ says there’s nothing to fear from private overhaul of public housing. But tenant concerns permeated his previous gig in Minneapolis.
    public housing
  151. layleen polanco

    Ten Miles From Stonewall: Polanco Death Haunts a Prideful Celebration

    Layleen Polanco, a transgender 27-year-old woman, died in a jail cell just as a month of rainbow-hued events celebrating LGBTQIA progress kicked off.
    layleen polanco
  152. street fight

    Missing Crosswalks on Busy Bronx Avenue Spur Safety Concerns

    A legal dispute over Department of Transportation plan to reconfigure Morris Park Avenue has left the busy road more dangerous than before, local say.
    street fight
  153. public housing

    Two Elderly Women Slain, But Still No Security Cameras

    City Hall’s focus on safety improvements for just 15 public housing complexes picked five years ago leaves some residents living in fear.
    public housing
  154. cliff hanger

    Hike in Minimum Wage Is Net Loss for Those Whose Benefits Fall

    State lawmakers passed a bill requiring a study of the “benefits cliff” — when some families lose more in public benefits than they gain in income.
    cliff hanger
  155. puff puff pass

    After Legal Weed Push Fails, Albany Goes to Pot Plan B

    State legislative leaders agree on bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and expunges low-level convictions. Fines would start at $50.
    puff puff pass
  156. public housing

    Lawmaker Charges Mayor Snubbed $3 Billion Boost for Public Housing

    Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez says de Blasio killed his bill, which would have ended luxury apartment tax abatements and steered the money to NYCHA.
    public housing
  157. in the air

    Wind-Energy Hub Could Breathe New Life into Staten Island Homeport

    City officials seek ideas for turning Stapleton pier into a support center for offshore renewable energy — tapping into an expected boom.
    in the air
  158. schools

    City Overhauls How Police Operate in Public Schools

    Chalkbeat
    The agreement aims to limit the situations in which law enforcement officials can send students into the criminal justice system.
    schools
  159. layleen polanco

    Pols Call to End ‘Torture’ of Solitary Confinement in City Jails

    The death of Layleen Polanco at Rikers Island prompts a strong statement from City Council progressives who demand action amid a growing movement.
    layleen polanco
  160. public housing

    NYCHA’s New $400,000 Boss Faces Backlash Over Pay and Hours

    Gregory Russ won’t start until Aug. 12 and will regularly visit Minnesota — drawing criticism from public housing residents and public officials.
    public housing
  161. mobile support

    As the Heights Struggles With Opioid Use, Needle Exchange Program Goes Homeless

    The Washington Heights CORNER Project hopes to move into the renovated George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, but for now does its work from vans.
    mobile support
  162. blown away

    Legal Pot Push Goes Up in Smoke as Deadline Nears

    With full marijuana legalization talks at an end-of-session impasse, Albany hashes out a decriminalization fallback and eyes loosening medical uses.
    blown away
  163. layleen polanco

    Rikers Empties Women’s Solitary Unit After Polanco Death

    The 27-year-old transgender woman had been held there for nine days when she died following a hospital stay. The case is under investigation.
    layleen polanco
  164. caveat motor

    No Cars Allowed: Community Boards Get New Funding Boost, With Warning

    New city budget includes another $42,500 for all 59 community boards — this time with vehicle purchases banned after Brooklyn SUV fiasco.
    caveat motor
  165. transient

    Asbestos and Costs Hikes Snag Bronx Housing Court Move

    The Grand Concourse hall of justice for landlords and tenants was supposed to complete a move to a larger space this year. Then came the bill.
    transient
  166. city budget

    City Officials to Okay $92.8B Budget Already Poised to Grow

    There’s no money yet for three pricey items that Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson agreed to begin funding.
    city budget
  167. public housing

    New NYCHA Boss to Reap Record $400K Payday to Oversee Public Housing

    Gregory Russ, who ran public housing in Minneapolis and Cambridge, Mass., won’t tackle the nation’s largest public housing system until August.
    public housing
  168. rodent paradise

    City Building in Queens is a Notorious Trash Heap. Just Ask the Rats

    Garbage grows as patience shrinks in Long Island City, where residents share the sidewalk with rodents. Complaints, meanwhile, go largely unanswered.
    rodent paradise
  169. driving force

    Albany Approves Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented

    The bill passed the Senate Monday — and passed muster with the governor following an 11th-hour drama that threatened to upend the measure.
    driving force
  170. fare and square

    New Subway Station Emergency Doors Open Gates to Farebeaters

    After $1 billion in station overhauls, the easily breached exits will be redesigned as part of a $40 million crackdown on fare evaders.
    fare and square
  171. nycha

    Meet NYCHA’s New Boss: A Fan of Private Management of Public Housing

    Gregory Russ, who ran housing in Minnesota and Cambridge, has been tapped to head the nation’s biggest public housing system, THE CITY has learned.
    nycha
  172. special report

    Little and Late Help for the Youngest New Yorkers

    Measure of America
    Every child in need is entitled to free Early Intervention services to aid with development. Getting help in many parts of NYC is another story.
    special report
  173. steep route

    Taxpayers Step Up Funding for Private S.I. Bus Lines Losing Riders

    The SIM23 and SIM24 express bus routes serving Staten Island’s South Shore are suffering under MTA route redesigns, city sponsor says.
    steep route
  174. public housing

    NYCHA Scraps East Side Tower Plan in Face of Boro Prez Lawsuit

    The Housing Authority wants to add more market-rate apartments to a tower to be built on land at the Holmes Towers public housing complex.
    public housing
  175. housing

    What Does N.Y.’s New Rent Law Mean for Tenants?

    A guide to the transformative legislation approved Friday in Albany.
    housing
  176. layleen polanco

    Ballroom Family Mourns Layleen Polanco, Who Spent Week in Hospital While Jailed

    Layleen Polanco, the 27-year-old who died in solitary last week, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital for eight days just two weeks before her death.
    layleen polanco
  177. housing

    City Task Force to Take Fresh Look at Feared Foreclosure Program

    Housing agency forms advisory group to “modernize” controversial Third Party Transfer, as Council readies tough questions for officials.
    housing
  178. shelter

    State Agency Stalls Billionaires’ Row Homeless Shelter

    Even though a court has ruled that a fully functional West 58th Street shelter has the right to open, a state agency is keeping the doors closed.
    shelter
  179. party time

    Local HUD Head Lynne Patton Still Under Scrutiny for Politics on the Job

    Office that recommended removal of Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway also fielding Hatch Act complaints about social media maven housing administrator.
    party time
  180. tough cases

    Two High-Profile Prosecutions Hover Over Queens DA Race

    Heightened attention to Chanel Lewis and Central Park Five trials compels candidates to step up and say how they’d ensure conviction integrity.
    tough cases
  181. footing the bills

    Unfinished Business as Albany Session Clock Ticks Down

    There are six items high on the Legislature’s end-of-session to-do list. But even with control of both houses, Democrats may not get what they want.
    footing the bills
  182. rikers island

    Two Days After Death of Transgender Woman in Jail, Another Detainee Died

    Jose Rivera, 54, had been in city jail custody for 33 days on a parole violation when he died Sunday. He never saw a lawyer.
    rikers island
  183. nycha

    City Probers Looking at NYCHA’s New Lead Clean-up Mess

    Crews used expired dust wipes when determining whether apartments are lead-free — spurring examinations by the Department of Investigation and NYCHA.
    nycha
  184. behind bars

    Pregnant Pause: Jail Officials Seek Safe Path for Body Scanners

    Correction brass vow to protect pregnant women from body scanners after doctors raise concerns. But how will they know who’s pregnant?
    behind bars
  185. rikers island

    Questions Over Why Layleen Polanco Was Jailed Amid $500 Bail

    Lawmakers demand answers in case of the transgender woman, who died in solitary confinement on Rikers Island while held on misdemeanor charges.
    rikers island
  186. albany

    Major Rent-Law Revamp Nears Finish Line in Albany

    Pendulum swings toward tenants as Democrat-dominated Legislature declares it’s “reached an agreement.” But tricky details still need resolving.
    albany
  187. marketing deal

    Documentary Group Makes the Cut for Long-Empty ‘Mart 125’

    Plans to turn iconic Harlem marketplace into a cultural hub develop as city puts up $13.5 million for the revival of the 125th Street building.
    marketing deal
  188. safer skies

    Calls for Chopper Ban Over City After Deadly Midtown Crash

    Following a terrifying scene atop a Seventh Avenue skyscraper, New York politicians want to ground unnecessary helicopter flights.
    safer skies
  189. rikers island

    Woman Who Died at Rikers Island Was in Solitary

    Layleen Polanco, 27, was being punished in solitary confinement after being jailed on misdemeanor charges and held on $500 bail, sources said.
    rikers island
  190. boxed out

    Victims of the Storage Wars: Losing All to Auctions

    The self-storage industry offers hopes of saving cherished belongings in a space-starved city. But when fees rack up, customers can lose everything.
    boxed out
  191. park promises

    Staten Island Park’s Overhaul Is Purely Cosmetic, Residents Contend

    Last July, Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged to “return Tompkinsville Park to the people.” But locals say trouble still lurks after a renovation.
    park promises
  192. key actions

    Prisoners Locked Out of State Criminal Justice Overhaul

    Bills calling for granting older inmates parole hearings and reining in solitary confinement languish late into the state Legislature’s session.
    key actions
  193. education

    Lawsuit Blasts Interpretation Services for Special Education Families

    Chalkbeat
    A federal civil rights lawsuit filed this week charges the city Department of Education routinely withholds services from non-English speakers.
    education
  194. fast track

    New Technology Signals Hope for Faster Subways Down the Line

    The MTA is running a test train to see how a new wireless system could help speed up signal modernization and lead to quicker commutes.
    fast track
  195. lawn shot

    Long-Neglected, Fenced-Off Bronx Park to Get Greener on the Other Side

    Parks Department officials shared design plans for a “new” $4.6 million park at the site of the sad Corporal Irwin Fischer Park in Highbridge.
    lawn shot
  196. uproar

    Brooklyn Bistro Owner Says Far-Right Polish Pol Duped Her

    The manager was readying a table for 15. Then, Robert Winnicki showed up to make a speech at the Greenpoint restaurant — with 100 fans.
    uproar
  197. title bout

    Former Cuomo Official Slams Legislature Attempt to Gut Wine-and-Dine Ban

    Maria Vullo opposes bill, passed by the Assembly, to ease restrictions on title insurance agents notorious for wooing clients with strip club trips.
    title bout
  198. affordable housing

    Staten Island Revamp Advances Without $3,000 ‘Affordable’ Rents

    Bay Street rezoning, approved by a City Council committee Thursday, yields a pledge to rebuild collapsed rec center, add schools and fix sewer system.
    affordable housing
  199. uproar

    Far-Right Polish Politician Finds Brooklyn Perch After Church Ouster

    Nationalist leader Robert Winnicki draws an audience of about 100 to a Greenpoint restaurant after bishop canceled his church appearance amid outrage.
    uproar
  200. rent reform

    Cuomo and Lawmakers Signal Compromise on Rent Regulation Reforms

    With a June 15 deadline looming, it appears tenant advocates’ quest to eliminate charges for improvements to buildings and apartments is a no-go.
    rent reform
  201. nypd

    ‘The Whole World Saw’: Eric Garner’s Mom Slams Cop’s Defense

    Defense witnesses say Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s didn’t use a chokehold in videotaped death. Closing arguments are set for Thursday in his NYPD trial.
    nypd
  202. cleaning up

    Car Wash Workers on Track to Get Long-Awaited Pay Raise

    A bill guaranteeing the auto cleaners minimum wage passed state Senate Wednesday, igniting new hopes for employees forced to rely on tips.
    cleaning up
  203. new life

    Harlem’s African Burial Ground Enters New Phase, With a Promise of Funding

    The city plans to begin an initial search this fall for a nonprofit operator for the memorial site and cultural center honoring local history.
    new life
  204. underground movement

    City Board Okays Basement Space for New Target in Queens

    After two years of community pushback, the Board of Standards and Appeals approved plans for an Elmhurst store that intends to be a cellar dweller.
    underground movement
  205. watch out

    Nets Set for Plunge-Prone Elevated No. 7 Train Tracks

    In a reversal, the MTA will test a safety barrier to protect passersby following debris-drop incidents along Roosevelt Avenue elevated line in Queens.
    watch out
  206. undocumented

    State Assembly Poised to Greenlight Licenses for Immigrant Drivers

    Gov. Cuomo supports the measure as pressure mounts on holdouts in the newly Democratic Senate with the legislative session nearing its end.
    undocumented
  207. blocked

    Long-Awaited Revamp of State-Owned Brooklyn Building Collapses

    Why a prime Clinton Hill property remains derelict after 40 years amid failed efforts to turn the crumbling structure into affordable senior housing.
    blocked
  208. public housing

    NYCHA Bungles Lead Paint Clean-up as It Blows Deadline

    THE CITY finds the agency employed useless expired dust wipes to check apartments as officials admit they “failed” to follow protocols in massive job.
    public housing