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Cabán Beats Katz in Latest Fundraising and Legal Spending

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The two Queens district attorney hopefuls, locked in a tense recount battle, are looking to high-priced lawyers as they vie to generate donations.
Cabán Beats 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.
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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
  50. 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
  51. 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
  52. 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
  53. 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
  54. 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
  55. 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
  56. 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
  57. 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
  58. 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
  59. 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
  60. 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
  61. 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
  62. 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
  63. 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
  64. 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
  65. 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
  66. 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
  67. 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
  68. 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
  69. 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
  70. 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
  71. 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
  72. 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
  73. 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
  74. 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
  75. 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
  76. housing

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

    A guide to the transformative legislation approved Friday in Albany.
    housing
  77. 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
  78. 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
  79. 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
  80. 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
  81. 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
  82. 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
  83. 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
  84. 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
  85. 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
  86. 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
  87. 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
  88. 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
  89. 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
  90. 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
  91. 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
  92. 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
  93. 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
  94. 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
  95. 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
  96. 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
  97. 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
  98. 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
  99. 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
  100. 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
  101. 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
  102. 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
  103. 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
  104. 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
  105. 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
  106. 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
  107. 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
  108. 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
  109. 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
  110. 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
  111. 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
  112. 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
  113. 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
  114. 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
  115. 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
  116. 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
  117. 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
  118. 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
  119. 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?
  120. 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
  121. 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
  122. 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
  123. 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
  124. 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
  125. 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
  126. 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
  127. 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
  128. 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
  129. 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
  130. 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
  131. 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
  132. 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
  133. 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
  134. 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
  135. 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
  136. 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
  137. 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
  138. 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
  139. 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
  140. 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
  141. 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
  142. 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
  143. 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
  144. 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
  145. 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
  146. 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
  147. 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
  148. 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
  149. 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
  150. 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
  151. 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
  152. 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
  153. 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
  154. 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
  155. 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
  156. 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
  157. 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
  158. 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
  159. 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
  160. 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
  161. 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
  162. 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
  163. 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
  164. 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
  165. 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
  166. 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
  167. 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
  168. 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
  169. 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
  170. 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
  171. 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
  172. 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
  173. 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
  174. 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?
  175. 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
  176. 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
  177. 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
  178. 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
  179. 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
  180. 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
  181. 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
  182. 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
  183. 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
  184. 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
  185. 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
  186. 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
  187. 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
  188. 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
  189. 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
  190. 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
  191. 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
  192. 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
  193. 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
  194. 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
  195. 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
  196. 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
  197. 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
  198. 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
  199. 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
  200. 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
  201. 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
  202. 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
  203. 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
  204. 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
  205. 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
  206. 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
  207. 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
  208. 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