THE MISSION
THE CITY is an independent, nonprofit news outlet dedicated to hard-hitting reporting that serves the people of New York.
Reporting For
New Yorkers
housing June 14, 2019

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

June 14, 2019
A guide to the transformative legislation approved Friday in Albany.
What Does N.Y.’s New Rent Law Mean for Tenants? A guide to the transformative legislation approved Friday in Albany.
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. uproar

    Brooklyn Churches Cancel Speeches by Right-Wing Polish Figures

    Events nixed after letter to Brooklyn’s bishop and THE CITY’s inquiries over planned appearances by accused anti-Semite author and nationalist pol.
    uproar
  34. ccrb

    Eric Garner’s Mother Struggles Through Cop’s NYPD Trial

    Gwen Carr doesn’t believe the administrative trial — which resumes Wednesday and could end with an officer’s firing — will bring justice for her son.
    ccrb
  35. healthcare

    Airport Workers Turn to Albany for Healthcare and Paid Leave Benefits

    Late-session legislation seeks to mandate employer-provided benefits for airport and transportation hub workers from private contracting outfits.
    healthcare
  36. schools

    Department of Education’s Anti-Bias Training for Educators Behind Schedule

    Chalkbeat
    The plan, announced last summer, called for training 125,000 people in two years. So far, only 15,000 have completed the controversial sessions.
    schools
  37. nycha

    NYCHA Monitor Accuses Agency of Failing to Get the Lead Out

    Federal monitor Bart Schwartz says housing chair Kathryn Garcia gave the City Council a “misleading impression” on flagging clean-up effort.
    nycha
  38. special report

    Woes at Wards Island Homeless Shelters Overseen By Gov. Cuomo’s Sister

    Sewage, mold, heat outages and code violations have plagued island shelters run by the nonprofit Andrew Cuomo started. Meanwhile, HELP expands.
    special report
  39. building a case

    Besieged Brooklyn Loft Tenants Have High Hopes But Few Options

    Williamsburg tenants who want Loft Law protection say they’re being pushed out — just as city officials begin to investigate building’s status.
    building a case
  40. driving up costs

    A Lot of Money: Prices Spike at City-Owned Parking Garages

    The tab will rise up to $200 a month, socking drivers already upset over congestion pricing. But some say they hope the hike will discourage driving.
    driving up costs
  41. albany

    What’s at Stake in New York’s Rent Wars

    How landlords raise rents on regulated apartments beyond annual Rent Guidelines Board hikes — but not if tenant advocates get their way in Albany.
    albany
  42. can you dig it?

    Historians Fight to Slow Development at Bronx Revolutionary War Site

    A developer is planning to build homes on the site of a fort linked to George Washington. Historians say important artifacts may lie below.
    can you dig it?
  43. money in politics

    Queens District Attorney Hopeful Melinda Katz Rakes in Developer Dollars

    The Queens Borough President raised about $158,000 from the real estate industry in the seven-candidate race’s latest fundraising cycle.
    money in politics
  44. hope floats

    ‘La Marina’ Owners Lose Hold Over Dyckman Street Docks

    The working marina will be under city control following a judge’s order. The restaurant’s future, however, remains murky as the summer season begins.
    hope floats
  45. driving up costs

    Brooklyn Board Manager Defends SUV Splurge: ‘I’m Not Going to Parties’

    Gerald Esposito of Williamsburg-Greenpoint Community Board 1 says the rules were followed in buying the $26,000 Toyota with public funds.
    driving up costs
  46. schools

    Brooklyn District May Redraw Elementary School Boundaries to Boost Diversity

    Chalkbeat
    Officials want to even out elementary school enrollment in District 15 – and tackle segregation. Zone changes could affect students in seven schools.
    schools
  47. going down

    Pol Blasts Company Responsible for Fixes on Subway’s Worst Escalator

    Councilmember Keith Powers wants the private company charged with maintaining the escalator at the Lexington-53rd Street station to step up.
    going down
  48. money in politics

    Queens DA Candidate Tiffany Cabán’s Most Zealous Donors: Her Staff

    Most of her campaign contributions are from outside Queens, finance filings show. Yet staffers’ small donations appear to bolster her grassroots cred.
    money in politics
  49. conflicts of interest

    Mayor de Blasio’s Nonprofit Got Developer’s Check After $12m Deal — and a Call

    Newly uncensored portions of a Department of Investigation report reveal that de Blasio phoned a developer who got land and financing from City Hall.
    conflicts of interest
  50. overwhelmed

    Surge of Complaints by Parents of Special Education Students Sparks ‘Crisis’

    A 51% hike in grievance filings has contributed to delays in getting some kids key services, a state-commissioned report obtained by THE CITY found.
    overwhelmed
  51. boxed out

    Unclaimed Self-Storage Funds Give Glimpse Into New Yorkers’ Disrupted Lives

    More than $1 million sits unclaimed from auctioned storage units. Have you lost stuff? Let us know — we want your storage stories.
    boxed out
  52. jails

    Local Boards Reject Rikers Replacement Jails, But Council Reps Hold the Key

    Local Council members wield the votes that count most. Some say they’re undecided, though behind-the-scenes signs point to an all-but done deal.
    jails
  53. unplugged

    City’s New Civic Engagement Commission Misses Its Closeup

    Democracy group, charged with encouraging greater civic involvement, flouts law requiring webcasting of government sessions in its first meeting.
    unplugged
  54. driving up costs

    Mayor de Blasio Calls for Probe of Community Board SUV Purchase

    He spoke out after THE CITY revealed a Brooklyn board’s $26,000 Toyota splurge. Meanwhile, the City Council will look at board spending citywide.
    driving up costs
  55. check out

    Popular Supermarket Could Get Shelved in New Staten Island Plans

    Western Beef is “likely” to be scrapped under City Hall’s Bay Street revamping proposal, leaving residents with few options for groceries.
    check out
  56. field notes

    Court OKs Farmworker Rights, Increasing Pressure on Albany to Act

    For two decades, a proposal to limit work hours and offer overtime to farmworkers has stalled. But a court decision could change that.
    field notes
  57. driving up costs

    Brooklyn Community Board Roils Over $26,000 SUV Splurge

    Williamsburg’s CB 1 used a City Council grant to buy a Toyota RAV4 – which THE CITY found parked Wednesday night near the board manager’s house.
    driving up costs
  58. health

    Anti-Vaccine Rabbi Sits on Prominent Ultra-Orthodox Panel as Measles Spread

    Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky, who calls vaccines a “hoax,” is on the policy-making council of the influential Agudath Israel of America.
    health
  59. watch out

    MTA Won’t Heed Call for Safety Netting Under Unlucky No. 7 Line

    Despite several dangerous pieces of debris falling from the elevated line this year, city’s subway chief says nets would probably just get in the way.
    watch out
  60. new direction

    City Public High School Directory Takes Virtual Turn

    Chalkbeat
    The guide is moving mostly online – raising questions about whether families without easy access to the Internet will be placed at a disadvantage.
    new direction
  61. the block

    Forward Thinking: Carmelo Anthony Eyes Bronx Site for New Athletic Facility

    Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. met with former Knick Carmelo Anthony to talk about development plans for Port Morris, THE CITY has learned.
    the block
  62. out of sight

    REDACTED: The Racial Data the de Blasio Administration Doesn’t Want You to See

    City Hall hopes to keep certain studies that use city data secret. The subject: Whether the affordable housing lottery fosters segregation.
    out of sight
  63. underfunded

    Struggling Nonprofits Urge Mayor de Blasio to Speed Up Late Payments

    As social service agencies struggle to pay bills, Robin Hood leads the charge on a call for an extra $106 million to cover key contracts.
    underfunded
  64. big letdowns

    Steep Descent For Subways’ Worst Escalator and Elevator

    Private property owners leave riders in the lurch with out-of-commission equipment, MTA stats show – check out the lifts most likely to let you down.
    big letdowns
  65. capitol bill

    Eyeing D.C. Job, de Blasio Avoids Albany as Rent Reform Fight Looms

    The mayor, who declared his presidential candidacy last week, already has spent far more days out of state this year than he has in the state capital.
    capitol bill
  66. juvenile justice

    City Unfairly Scrapped Kids’ ‘Parole,’ Court Ruling Finds

    Judge decides rules used by Administration for Children’s Services officials to send youths back to juvenile facilities “have no force of law.”
    juvenile justice
  67. change unfolding

    Push to Repeal Gravity Knife Ban Gains Momentum

    A court ruling, city prosecutors’ shifts and a new mood in Albany bolster effort to decriminalize blades commonly sold in stores and carried for work.
    change unfolding
  68. bronx cheer

    Bronx Dissident Democrats Want to Ditch Ruben Diaz Sr.

    Statements demand the ouster of the Council member from his seat – and the party – over some of his latest controversial comments.
    bronx cheer
  69. shelter

    A Quiet Welcome for Homeless Women, Blocks from Billionaire’s Row Shelter Site

    The 120-bed shelter, to open next to a W. 52nd St. school, gets a “remarkably generous” greeting from local leaders, the facility’s operator says.
    shelter
  70. schools

    Brooklyn Elementary School with Only 82 Students Saved

    Chalkbeat
    The city Department of Education backed off its bid to close Bedford-Stuyvesant’s P.S. 25 amid a lawsuit and improving test scores.
    schools
  71. bad medicine

    MTA Suit Contends Benefits Manager Missed RX Fraud by Workers and Retirees

    Express Scripts Inc. is accused of squandering tens of millions of dollars by failing to police “fraudulent, abusive or excessive” claims.
    bad medicine
  72. special report

    Mayor de Blasio Owes Unpaid Legal Bill to Firm Lobbying His Office

    The presidential hopeful has yet to pay more than $300K to the firm, whose clients include Disney, an examination by THE CITY found.
    special report
  73. labor

    Labor Unites to Slam MTA as Tempers Flare Amid Strike Threat

    The Central Labor Council accused transit officials of declaring “a war on working people” by sending police to monitor potential overtime abuses.
    labor
  74. big move

    Planned NYCHA HQ Move Leaves Some Tenants in Dark

    The agency is shifting eviction hearings from lower Manhattan to Brooklyn – but public housing residents and attorneys say there’s been little notice.
    big move
  75. criminal justice

    A Fine Change: Civil Penalties May Soon Be Based on Income

    City Council Speaker Corey Johnson plans to introduce a “day fines” pilot program aimed at protecting low-income offenders from financial ruin.
    criminal justice
  76. running bill

    Progressive Promises: Bill de Blasio’s New York City Record

    The mayor of America’s biggest city touts accomplishments from Pre-K to policing as he readies for the campaign trail. Here’s how he’s delivered.
    running bill
  77. running bill

    Bill de Blasio’s Unfinished Business

    As he wages an expected presidential run, the mayor leaves some projects that are behind schedule or have deadlines looming. Here are seven to watch.
    running bill
  78. running bill

    The de Blasio Files: Our Eye on the Mayor

    Check out some of the stories THE CITY has produced about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s fundraising and other issues that have drawn scrutiny.
    running bill
  79. schools

    High-Stakes Test Boycotts: A School-by-School Breakdown

    Chalkbeat
    Some 4.4 percent of city students refused to take at least one of the state tests in the 2017-18 school year. Find your school’s opt-out rate.
    schools
  80. rent reform

    Landlords’ New Gambit: Teaming with Tenant Advocates on Rent Subsidies Push

    The real estate lobby backs new housing aid for the poor — seeking a bargaining chip as a firmly Democratic legislature tackles rent-law reforms.
    rent reform
  81. trump admin

    HUD Rule Change Could Rip Apart Families in NYC Public Housing

    Secretary Ben Carson’s push to purge undocumented immigrants from federally subsidized public housing could hit home hard for New Yorkers.
    trump admin
  82. borrowed time

    Libraries Face Nearly $900 Million Shortfall to Fix Aging Buildings

    Problems at the city’s 220 branches range from leaky roofs to broken heaters. Library officials struggle on priorities as patrons feel the brunt.
    borrowed time
  83. aoc effect

    Insurgent Candidate Battles Queens Democratic Party in Primary for Judgeship

    AOC inspires another challenge to the party machine: A lawyer who just moved from the Bronx to Queens to seek a seat on Civil Court bench.
    aoc effect
  84. anchors away

    City Tries to Sink La Marina Reopening Plan

    The owners of the embattled Inwood hotspot hope to return by Memorial Day. But in bankruptcy court, city lawyers say they want them gone for good.
    anchors away
  85. nycha

    Meet NYCHA’s Overtime King: A $315,000 Plumber

    Vincenzo Giurbino logged 16-hour workdays in 2018 as the housing agency racked up nearly $100 million in OT. It’s on pace for a bigger tab this year.
    nycha
  86. civilian complaint review board

    Little Change and Little Hope on the Staten Island Street Where Eric Garner Died

    Daniel Pantaleo, who escaped criminal charges in the case, faces an administrative trial Monday. But Garner’s pals doubt the cop will be punished.
    civilian complaint review board
  87. matter of principal

    How Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer Nearly Lost Her Home

    The pol quietly fought a two-year foreclosure battle with her mortgage company over real estate tax payments. Now she’s sharing her cautionary tale.
    matter of principal
  88. rent

    No $3,000-a-Month ‘Affordable’ Rentals for Staten Island, Lawmaker Vows

    Councilmember Debi Rose pledges to veto high-rent housing Borough President Jimmy Oddo is pushing as part of the mayor’s planned Bay Street overhaul.
    rent
  89. labor

    Clock Ticking on MTA Overtime Glut as Union Sours on Governor

    Board schedules emergency meeting Friday to rein in labor costs. Union officials, meanwhile, say don’t blame the workers fixing the ailing system.
    labor
  90. disparity

    The Bronx Is Waiting: Police Dispatch Times Highest in the City

    IBO analysis of precinct dispatch times hit about 8 minutes in Highbridge and Wakefield — more than twice the citywide average, which is on the rise.
    disparity
  91. sold out

    Target Takes Aim at Queens and the Borough Fires Back

    The retailer’s plans for Elmhurst and Astoria stores are met by protests and litigation amid concerns about non-union labor and neighborhood upheaval.
    sold out
  92. conflicts of interest

    De Blasio-Style Fundraising Tactics Now Subject to Fines

    City officials now can be penalized for raising money for city-tied nonprofits from people with pending city business, under new conflict rules.
    conflicts of interest
  93. kawaski trawick

    Video Footage of Fatal Police Shooting Raises New Questions

    Why didn’t cops just close the door instead of shooting Kawaski Trawick in his Bronx apartment, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams asks.
    kawaski trawick
  94. employment

    Discrimination and Diversity Watchdog to Get New Chair After 4-Year Vacancy

    Word that Dianne Morales is expected to lead the Equal Employment Practices Commission comes amid a mayor moves ahead of a possible presidential run.
    employment
  95. worker safety

    One-Third of Construction Deaths Logged by Feds Go Uncounted by City

    The Buildings Dept. is charged with monitoring the city’s most lethal industry. But OSHA stats show stark differences in assessing deaths on the job.
    worker safety
  96. disorganized

    Councilmember and Community Clash Over South Bronx Future

    Activists claim local leaders pressured housing group Banana Kelly to punish protestors of plans to overhaul the Southern Boulevard area.
    disorganized
  97. going your way?

    MTA Spinning Wheels on Bus Schedule Calculations, Audit Finds

    The agency’s data is “full of holes,” says State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The MTA’s fighting back, even as some riders report uneven service.
    going your way?
  98. rocky road

    Public Defender’s Bumpy Insurgent Campaign to Become Queens’ Next DA

    After internal chaos, veteran advisors step in to reshape Tiffany Cabán’s bid to pull the seven-candidate Democratic primary race to the left.
    rocky road
  99. shelter

    Homeless Families Win Beds on Upper West Side as Judge Tosses Shelter Suit

    Opponents of a plan to fully convert a prewar West 94th Street hotel into 110 apartments for the homeless saw their lawsuit dismissed on Monday.
    shelter
  100. jails

    City Hall’s New Post-Rikers Island Jails Will Be Smaller

    The de Blasio administration aims to shrink its four planned new lockups, thanks to a bigger, faster reduction of the inmate population than expected.
    jails
  101. high hopes

    Albany Pols Firing Up Bill to Overhaul Medical Marijuana Program

    With hopes for recreational pot in New York in the weeds, the state legislature reignites a push for loosening medical marijuana regulations.
    high hopes
  102. special report

    Thousands of Tenants Evicted, Even in Areas with Free Lawyers

    Advocates’ analysis reveals the landlords racking up the most evictions in the 20 zip codes where city-paid attorneys represent low-income residents.
    special report
  103. commercial rent

    Landlords’ Ad Blitz Targets Tough Crowd: Tenants Rallying for Rent Law Reform

    As the newly Democratic-controlled state Legislature mobilizes to overhaul rent laws, the real estate industry is responding by spending big.
    commercial rent
  104. deal of the art

    Philanthropist Offers City Free Building to Save Doomed Hudson Yards Arts Center

    The owner of Affirmation Arts hopes to dodge the wrecking ball and keep his cultural complex alive by giving it away as a present to New Yorkers.
    deal of the art
  105. death on the job

    Construction Deaths Go Unreported as Building Owners Ignore Law

    Owners and contractors must inform the Buildings Department about worker fatalities. But only one death was recorded last year — out of at least 12.
    death on the job
  106. conflicts of interest

    City Ethics Watchdog Urged to Consider Penalties in Mayor’s Fundraising Flap

    Good government groups also asked the Conflicts of Interest Board to declare whether Mayor de Blasio violated rules in wake of THE CITY’s reporting.
    conflicts of interest
  107. silver linings

    Free Subway Transfers Prove One ‘L’ of an Idea in Brooklyn

    Brownsville riders hope the temporary link between Livonia Ave. and Junius St., stemming from the giant L line repair project, will become permanent.
    silver linings
  108. city council

    The City Council’s Sexual Harassment Fight – Against the City

    Even as lawmakers tackle allegations against two members, the Council avoids a city audit and exempts itself from the city’s reporting system.
    city council
  109. home front

    Brooklyn Foreclosures Must Stick, City Lawyers Argue

    City housing agency says Third Party Transfer property transfers were done by the book. But some advocates and pols say the program is flawed.
    home front
  110. ferries

    Developer Floats Ferry Link Between Upper East Side and Astoria

    The Durst Organization’s proposal would extend the Astoria NYC Ferry route to the 90th Street dock in Yorkville – at public expense.
    ferries
  111. nycha

    Public Housing Monitor Hires High-Profile Team, But Keeps Price Private

    NYCHA overseer Bart Schwartz and the city are set to hire a consultant. The cost – along with his and his growing team’s salaries – remains secret.
    nycha
  112. confidential

    Challenge to NYPD Use of Sealed Arrest Records Can Proceed, Judge Rules

    The NYPD has been using sealed arrest records in its investigations – flouting state law, a class-action lawsuit alleges.
    confidential
  113. borrowed time

    Library in Queens Tower Amazon Coveted Won’t Get Shelved Yet — Lease Extended

    The Citigroup Building’s owners won’t kick out the library this summer, giving the Long Island City branch until March to find permanent new digs.
    borrowed time
  114. prime location

    Amazon Starts to Deliver on its Other Queens Home

    Plans for a distribution center in Woodside move forward two months after the end of HQ2 – spurring vows of a renewed fight against the retail giant.
    prime location
  115. families

    National Anti-Poverty Study Will Pay New NYC Moms $4,000 a Year

    Some 125 mothers living on tight budgets will get $333 per month to spend without restrictions to gauge boosted income’s impact on child development.
    families
  116. path or fail

    Pol Prods DOT for Separate Walk/Bike Lanes on Queensboro Bridge

    Queens Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer wants the Department of Transportation to create another path amid repairs on the 59th Street Bridge.
    path or fail
  117. shelter

    Judge Tosses Challenge to ‘Billionaires’ Row’ Homeless Shelter

    The W. 58th Street men’s facility has been stalled since neighbors sued in July. City Hall plans to build 90 new homeless shelters across the city.
    shelter
  118. vanishing act

    Lost in Translation: English Language School Honchos Disappear Amid Debts

    The closed school’s leaders ghosted students, teachers and even their credit card processing company – whom they owe $100,000, a lawsuit charges.
    vanishing act
  119. pedalling change

    Food Delivery Workers Try to Shift E-Bike Fines to Bosses

    Lawsuit charges police are violating rules by hitting restaurant employees with $500 tickets instead of citing owners for the illegal two-wheelers.
    pedalling change
  120. driving up costs

    Schools Bus Drivers Threaten Strike — and Management is on Their Side

    They hope a strike vote and lobbying will nudge Albany to approve a benefits boost on taxpayers’ dime. At stake: rides for 12,000 special-needs kids.
    driving up costs
  121. drug war

    No Problem Here: Pols Shun Drug Center in Bronx Opioid OD Hotspot

    Officials try to block planned upscale facility in Kingsbridge, despite local overdose fatality rate. Meanwhile, the operators won’t accept Medicaid.
    drug war
  122. education

    FALLING BEHIND: City’s Largest Head Start Provider Freezes New Enrollments

    Chalkbeat
    The issue affects programs funded through the Administration for Children’s Services, the city’s largest Head Start grantee, serving 11,000 kids.
    education
  123. police shooting

    Pols Demand Answers After Details of Kawaski Trawick Killing Revealed

    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams called for “full transparency” from the NYPD as other officials said they were examining the shooting.
    police shooting
  124. special report

    PAC-Man de Blasio Gobbles Up Donations from People with City Business

    Mayor de Blasio’s Fairness PAC says it vets donors to eliminate anyone doing business with City Hall. But THE CITY found multiple potential conflicts.
    special report
  125. tipping point

    Fare’s Fair: $500K in Back Pay Demanded for App-Hail Drivers

    The TLC found that some 50,000 app-based chauffeurs have been getting stiffed since new minimum-rate law went into effect in February.
    tipping point
  126. your money

    New Spending Boosts Budget That Mayor Touts as Thrifty

    Mayor Bill de Blasio proposes $916 million in spending cuts over two years, while adding $1.47 billion in new spending since his February plan
    your money
  127. police shooting

    How a Bronx Man was Killed by Police After Dueling 911 Calls

    Kawaski Trawick called for help after getting locked out of his apartment. Others called the NYPD on him. His grief-stricken father wants answers.
    police shooting
  128. span plan

    Cyclists and Pedestrians Seek Their Own Paths on the Queensboro Bridge

    With bike use rising, vehicular traffic falling and congestion pricing coming, transportation advocates want to overhaul the 59th Street span.
    span plan
  129. nycha

    More Market-Rate Apartments Eyed for Lower East Side Public Housing Site

    The city envisions a 35- to 45-story high-rise on the grounds of the La Guardia Houses – the latest bid to raise money for NYCHA fixes.
    nycha
  130. education

    City Payments for Charter School Rent Set to Hit $80 Million

    Chalkbeat
    That’s up from $52 million — a 54 percent increase. The public funds will cover the leases of 90 charter schools that operate in private spaces.
    education
  131. calls for change

    What’s the 311? Stranded in New York’s Service Hotline Deserts

    Pockets of the city aren’t fully integrated into the 311 system – even after 16 years. Hardest hit: NYCHA, Battery Park City and Roosevelt Island.
    calls for change
  132. reading room

    With Amazon Gone, Queens Building’s Owners May Boot Local Library Branch

    After 30 years in Long Island City’s Citigroup Building, beloved Court Square library branch is reading into an uncertain future.
    reading room
  133. census 2020

    Making it Count: Immigration Advocates Seek Census Outreach Funding Boost

    A pending U.S. Supreme Court decision and budget woes could stymie local efforts to get an accurate tally in next year’s count, some fear.
    census 2020
  134. charter schools

    Success Academy ‘Dumped’ Elementary School Student at Precinct, Suit Charges

    Chalkbeat
    A Brooklyn branch of the charter school also repeatedly suspended the special-needs youth and called child services to push him out, lawsuit claims.
    charter schools
  135. new order

    VOTING CHANGE: City Elections Could Become a Ranking Game of Thrones

    A staff report from the City Charter Commission calls for studying “Ranked Choice Voting” – potentially bringing a wildly new electoral system to NYC.
    new order
  136. employment

    NYC’s Human Rights Commission Takes Years on Sexual Harassment Claims

    There are 14 open harassment cases against municipal workers. Eight were filed more than two years ago — including one that’s over four years old.
    employment
  137. walk it off

    Wrong Gear: Hudson Yards Escalators Go Down for Auto Show

    Six Hudson Yards subway station escalators — including two of the longest in the system — were down on Monday, just as MetroCard prices went up.
    walk it off
  138. escalating costs

    Going Up: Long Fight Over Subway Elevators Doubles Price Tag

    The tab for the access project at the 68th St.-Hunter College station has risen to more than $116 million over a decade of delay-inducing opposition.
    escalating costs
  139. flat rate

    ‘Affordable’ Apartments – at $3,000 a Month – Loom for Staten Island

    A key vote is set for Monday on a project that could count high-end housing toward the mayor’s goal of 300,000 affordable flats.
    flat rate
  140. schools

    ‘It’s Basically Jail’: Inside NYC’s School Suspension Centers

    Chalkbeat
    Overall suspension rates have dropped under Mayor de Blasio. Yet lengthier out-of-school suspensions, disproportionately impact students of color.
    schools
  141. building opposition

    New Snag in City’s Plan for Private Towers in Public Housing Complexes

    Manhattan BP Gale Brewer is suing to stall Yorkville project over skipped review. It marks more woes for the mayor’s “NextGeneration NYCHA” program.
    building opposition
  142. immigration

    ICE Courts a Fight Over State Bid to Limit Arrests

    Court officers say they’ll be handcuffed if federal agents defy a new policy requiring warrants to seize immigrants: “We will not interfere.”
    immigration
  143. conflicts of interest

    Mayor de Blasio’s Defunct Fundraising Group Faces Ongoing State Ethics Probe

    A day after THE CITY revealed a report finding the mayor violated conflict rules amid warnings, state officials said their investigation isn’t over.
    conflicts of interest
  144. behind bars

    ‘Unremitting’ Violence Against Inmates in City Jails Hits Three-Year High

    The use of force rate is 79% higher than in 2015, the federal monitor found. Oversight report also cites key “incremental” reforms underway.
    behind bars
  145. cone of silence

    Brooklyn Pedestrians Say Broken Traffic Signal Has Been Ignored for Months

    Since February, a cone has stood where a pedestrian signal once did. The intersection is just blocks from where Mayor de Blasio launched Vision Zero.
    cone of silence
  146. signature move

    Insurgent Queens DA Candidate Tries to Narrow Crowded Field

    Mina Malik, one of seven hopefuls, is targeting trio of a rivals with petition challenges as she aims to become only former prosecutor in the race.
    signature move
  147. special report

    Despite Warnings, Mayor Violated Ethics Rules in Seeking Donations, Probe Finds

    De Blasio solicited donations from individuals seeking tax breaks, deed transfers and other favors from his administration, according to a DOI report.
    special report
  148. release reform

    Brooklyn District Attorney Vows: I Won’t Fight Parole in Most Cases

    The Marshall Project
    The new policy – and related changes – represents a major shift for Eric Gonzalez, who lost his brother to gun violence two decades ago.
    release reform
  149. changing times

    Pleas for Relief: Urgent Need for Diaper Stations in Bronx County Building

    Despite its size and the scope of services it provides — and new laws at every level — the building does not have any public diaper-changing stations.
    changing times
  150. ferries

    Double Duty: How an Overseer of NYC Ferry Became an Investor

    Mark Patricof, a member of the Economic Development Corp.’s board, advised a buyout of NYC Ferry parent company Hornblower last year.
    ferries
  151. corrective measures

    Guarded Numbers: Probe Finds Vast Undercount of Violent Incidents at City Jails

    Correction Department stats on inmate brawls are “unreliable” — thanks to shoddy record-keeping and secret “coaching” of employees, a DOI probe found.
    corrective measures
  152. equality

    City Discrimination and Diversity Watchdog Goes Leaderless for Years

    Because of inaction by the mayor and City Council, the Equal Employment Practices Commission has lacked a chairperson since 2015.
    equality
  153. nycha

    Long-Delayed Development at NYCHA Site Pulled After 14 Years

    Talk of affordable housing construction on land at Harborview Terrace in Hell’s Kitchen began with the 2005 Hudson Yards deal.
    nycha
  154. subways

    Work Train Delays Could Add to Pain on the L

    With night-and-weekend work coming for the East River tunnel, riders gird for potential residual service snags. The MTA says there’s no need to worry.
    subways
  155. arrested

    Shift in State Law Could Spare Many Charged With Misdemeanors From Lockup

    Low-level offenses are likely to be given more leniency under provision tucked into Albany budget deal.
    arrested
  156. special report

    Dialing 911 Daily: How Mental Health Crisis Strains Neighborhoods

    Alarmed residents near psychiatric hospitals and shelters for the mentally ill help fuel surge in “emotionally disturbed persons” NYPD calls.
    special report
  157. albany

    Far-Reaching Rent Reforms Resist Albany Consensus

    The Assembly’s tenant-friendly gambit puts pressure on the newly Democratic Senate to up the ante. But sweeping change is far from a sure thing.
    albany
  158. money train

    Price of MTA Cost-Cutting Consultant Rises

    The deal has gone from $2.3 million to $3.75 million. Officials say the job is expanding, but one board member called the bill “troubling.”
    money train
  159. education

    Public Funding of Private-School Security Grows by Millions

    A three-year-old program using public money for security guards at private schools – including elite institutions – is on pace to run $22.3 million.
    education
  160. surveillance

    Bronx Prosecutors Want to Keep an Eye on You

    The Bronx DA is creating a database of private security camera locations to help ID suspected criminals. Civil liberties advocates are concerned.
    surveillance
  161. barred

    Locked Out: Jails Critics Say They’ve Been Nixed From Post-Rikers Talks

    The city set up advisory committees and vowed transparency. But opponents say there were kept out of invitation-only sessions on life after Rikers.
    barred
  162. immigration

    Language School Ordered Evicted Weeks Before Stranding Students

    Staff and visa-dependent students at the English-language school ALCC had only four days’ notice before the Midtown institution shuttered.
    immigration
  163. work

    Food Carts Back on Council’s Front Burner

    Street vendors’ hopes for more permits heat up, following a long chill. But it’s unclear whether a new bill will pass mayoral muster.
    work
  164. broken promises

    De Blasio Slammed for Leaving Senior Housing Funds Out of Budget

    A pledged $500 million for seniors never made it into the mayor’s budget proposal. City Hall is eyeing other options as housing advocates fume.
    broken promises
  165. education

    Wrong Envelope: Students Accepted to Coveted Lab School After Rejection Snafu

    Chalkbeat
    Some 144 students were erroneously informed that they didn’t get into the coveted New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies.
    education
  166. jails

    City Scrambles to Open Special Units for Mentally Ill Inmates

    Only three of nine new jail units promised in 2016 are operating. That’s raised concerns the city won’t complete the other six by its 2020 deadline.
    jails
  167. nycha

    Cuomo Ready to Deliver on Long-Delayed NYCHA Aid, Says Monitor

    Repairs on public housing boilers and elevators in dozens of New York City Housing Authority buildings await $450M in pledged funds
    nycha
  168. crackdown

    Staten Island Bus Riders Cry Foul on Fare-Evasion Crackdown

    In a borough where MetroCard machines are few and far between, commuters want transit enforcers to hop off their backs.
    crackdown
  169. ferries

    Stringer Fires Another Torpedo at EDC’s Embattled Ships

    NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer has sent back an $82 million plan to buy new boats, questioning the integrity of the EDC’s selection process.
    ferries
  170. not cool

    Mayor Flunking on Pledge to Put A/C in Every Classroom

    Two years after Mayor de Blasio’s air-conditioning vow, fuzzy math put the project behind schedule as costs rise faster than July temperatures.
    not cool
  171. special report

    Bad Vets Rarely Face Punishment, Records Show

    Even veterinarians found to have practiced with “gross negligence” are often back at work within a few months.
    special report
  172. nycha

    HUD Official Eyes Fines in NYCHA Attempted Sex Abuse Case

    Lynne Patton spoke out after THE CITY revealed a repairman allegedly assaulted a woman in a tenant’s apartment where he was supposed to be working.
    nycha
  173. education

    Suspensions Drop 14% in Public Schools After Spike Last Year

    Chalkbeat
    Meanwhile, city statistics also show that average suspension lengths fell 30 percent in the first half of the school year.
    education
  174. nycha

    Former Texas Mayor Emerges as Top Candidate in NYCHA Chief Search

    Saul Ramirez Jr., who has ties to Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo, would become the first housing boss under the federal oversight deal.
    nycha
  175. in the paint

    Subway Graffiti Costs and Delays Up as New Generation Makes Their Mark

    New York City Transit’s annual graffiti cleaning tab surged to $610,956 in 2018 — an increase of 364% from just two years earlier.
    in the paint
  176. nycha

    On-Duty NYCHA Repairman Charged With Sex Abuse in Tenant’s Manhattan Apartment

    On the year’s coldest day, an assistant electrician allegedly brought a woman to a flat where he was supposed to be making repairs and assaulted her.
    nycha
  177. sign of times

    Bye-Bye Bergen: Brooklyn School Sheds Slave-Owner Family Name

    Prospect Heights’ P.S. 9 will be renamed after Sarah Smith Garnet, the first African-American woman to become a New York public school principal.
    sign of times
  178. money in politics

    Developers Donate Big to Queens DA Candidate Who Vows Construction Crackdown

    Melinda Katz says she sees no conflict between promise to prosecute dangerous builders and $250k-plus in real estate campaign contributions.
    money in politics
  179. undocumented

    Yellow Light for Immigrant Driver’s Licenses as State Bill Revs Up

    If bills from two Bronx Democrats pass, New York would join a dozen other states that issue licenses to the undocumented.
    undocumented
  180. justice

    Man Charged in Detective’s Death Says He Wanted to Commit ‘Suicide by Cop’

    Christopher Ransom, who says he’s battled mental illness, faces murder charges in the friendly fire death of Queens Det. Brian Simonsen.
    justice
  181. mta

    ‘Imminent’ Domain: Uncertain Second Ave. Subway Plans Have Locals on Edge

    Many in East Harlem are just realizing that early MTA plans to build new Second Avenue stations require displacing hundreds of people.
    mta
  182. bummer rental

    Small Homeowners Pay Big Fines for Short-Term Airbnb-style Rentals

    Owners of one- and two-family homes are absorbing millions in penalties under city crackdown on ‘illegal hotels.’
    bummer rental
  183. city hall

    Mayor Says Stop Flushing Money Down Drain for Park Bathrooms

    De Blasio said he’s working to streamline government bureaucracy that’s led to a 175% increase in cost of park bathrooms since 2011.
    city hall
  184. immigration

    Visa-Dependent Students Stranded by Closure of Manhattan English-Language School

    Midtown’s American Language Communications Center cancelled classes with no warning, putting hundreds at risk of losing their student visas.
    immigration
  185. waste management

    No Relief as Pricey Park Bathrooms Put Pressure on Taxpayers

    The average cost for a NYC Parks Dept. bathroom has nearly tripled to $3.6 million since 2011, records show. Now, one is slated to run $6 million.
    waste management
  186. transit

    ‘Emergency’ Break: Why is MTA Locked in Crisis Mode?

    Two years after Gov. Cuomo declared a “state of emergency,” allowing contracts without board oversight, critics ask why it’s still in effect.
    transit
  187. mail boxed

    Stamp of Disapproval for Brooklyn Post Office in IG Audit

    Long lines, missed mail, understaffing and other headaches have Bushwick residents, politicians and union officials feeling boxed in.
    mail boxed
  188. ferries

    Comptroller: Put NYC Ferries in DOT Hands

    After THE CITY revealed the high cost of EDC’s decision to buy boats for a new system, Scott Stringer called for a Transportation Dept. takeover.
    ferries
  189. big spender

    High-Flying Cy: How Manhattan DA Vance Spent $250K on Travel and Food

    The prosecutor has tapped a little-scrutinized fund for pricey work trips to London, Paris and elsewhere over the past five years, records show.
    big spender
  190. lone runner

    GOP Is MIA: Staten Island’s Democratic DA Will Run Unchallenged

    Republican officials in the only borough that voted Trump couldn’t field anyone to face incumbent Michael McMahon, who is likely to coast to victory.
    lone runner
  191. death on the job

    The Price of a Laborer’s Life: $63,647 OSHA Fine for Shady Contractor

    OSHA investigators found that a cave-in warning was ignored shortly before immigrant construction worker Luis Sánchez Almonte died buried in rubble.
    death on the job
  192. ferries

    City Hall’s $369 Million Riverboat Gamble on Ferries

    Taxpayers are poised to pay for a bevy of ferry boats – a cost that might have been avoided had officials picked another bidder, documents show.
    ferries
  193. albany

    Congestion Digestion: What You Need to Know About the MTA Budget Boosters

    Albany’s deal will wring funds from motorists, pricey properties and online transactions — but it’s still not enough to save ailing subways and buses.
    albany
  194. post no bills

    Barging In: City Suit Seeks to Sink Sailing Signage

    A new lawsuit from the de Blasio administration aims to ground a Florida company that has been floating billboards in New York waters since last fall.
    post no bills
  195. transit

    No Fare: 1 in 5 Bus Riders Don’t Pay

    Nearly 370,000 passengers sneak on daily – marking a big jump since 2013 and helping drive $225 million in annual fare-evasion losses, MTA stats show.
    transit
  196. special report

    The NYPD’s Mental Illness Response Breakdown

    As 911 calls reporting emotionally disturbed people doubled in a decade, training lags and a key response team has been kept out of the loop.
    special report
  197. jails

    City Seeks to Move Mentally Ill Inmates to Hospitals

    A new possibility in plans to close Rikers Island jails: relocation of mentally ill and medically needy to secure hospital facilities
    jails
  198. work

    A Taste of Justice for Food Vendors Whose Carts Were Trashed by City

    Unlicensed street vendors are on the brink of a city legal settlement after seeing their carts and food hauled off by the NYPD and Health Department
    work
  199. transit

    As Hudson Yards Rises, Broken Subway Escalators Make for Steep Climbs

    The $2.4 billion 34th Street-Hudson Yards station is plagued by three of the 10 most failure-prone subway escalators in Manhattan, records show.
    transit
  200. jails

    Sprint to Eliminate Cash Bail Raises Tough Choice: Whom to Jail?

    Lawmakers finalizing a bill to ban bail resist demands from DAs to jail defendants deemed dangerous
    jails