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ARTICLES BY: Christine Chung

Christine covers Queens for THE CITY. She was previously a local government reporter at Newsday and a 2015 graduate of Columbia Journalism School.

  1. race and class

    Queens Parents Bristle at School District’s Path to Diversity Plan

    A contentious meeting in Jamaica highlights broad community opposition to education officials’ citywide effort to better integrate middle schools.

    race and class

  2. rail concern

    Anti-Amazon Pols Signal Concerns Over Sunnyside Yards Plans

    Fighting EDC again, a coalition that includes Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rails against another Queens “mega-project” a neighborhood over from LIC.

    rail concern

  3. building blocks

    LIC Luxury Tower Leaves Behind People with Disabilities, Lawsuit Alleges

    The federal discrimination suit against the Queens building marks the latest legal action stemming from the past decade’s development boom.

    building blocks

  4. booking ahead

    A Year After Amazon Picked LIC, Suspicions Cloud Future

    Developers say they’re looking for community input on the Queens neighborhood’s path while some local groups are calling for a moratorium on building.

    booking ahead

  5. unwelcome mat

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

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

    unwelcome mat

  6. justice

    Judge Upholds Right to Anonymity for Child Victims Act Accusers

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

    justice

  7. paper trail

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

    Organizers alarmed as Sanitation Dept. strong arms Google to unmask source of Amazon-LIC protest flyers last winter.

    paper trail

  8. queens da race

    Underdog Queens Republican DA Candidate Calls Himself the Anti-Progressive

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

    queens da race

  9. going national

    Tiffany Cabán Teams With Working Families Party in Transition

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

    going national

  10. special report

    Flirting With Disaster: Flood Zones Still Uninsured Years After Sandy

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

    special report

  11. emergency plea

    Queens Candidates’ Life or Death Call for More Trauma Care

    Borough president hopefuls speak out after our team report reveals gunshot victims are more likely to die the farther they are from a trauma hospital.

    emergency plea

  12. left turn

    Queens Political Novices Step Up to Challenge Democrats

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

    left turn

  13. round two

    Amazon Slayer Mike Gianaris Gets a Primary Amid Ongoing HQ2 Fallout

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

    round two

  14. off the books

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

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

    off the books

  15. community organizing

    Bangladeshi New Yorkers Form Their First Tenant Union

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

    community organizing

  16. cold news

    Bronx Logs Most Heat and Hot Water Complaints of Any Borough

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

    cold news

  17. deal of the art

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

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

    deal of the art

  18. politics

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

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

    politics

  19. taken for a ride

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

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

    taken for a ride

  20. welcome back bill!

    New Yorkers Give de Blasio His Marching Orders

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

    welcome back bill!

  21. justice

    Sexual Abuse Plaintiffs Fight Jesuit Efforts to Reveal Their Identities

    Catholic order’s lawyers demand to make accusers’ names public in Child Victims Act lawsuits, in what advocates call a ploy to discourage claims.

    justice

  22. vertigo

    Don’t Look Down: Short Fencing Makes RFK Bridge Path High Risk, Critics Say

    A low barrier, about four feet high, is all that prevents pedestrians and cyclists on the Triborough Bridge from taking an unwanted plunge.

    vertigo

  23. queens

    After Primary That Veered Left, Dem Stalwart Katz Lands in Progressive Camp

    Melinda Katz’ plans for reforming the Queens District Attorney’s office suggest she picked up ideas from her rival, progressive upstart Tiffany Cabán.

    queens

  24. burial plot

    Trump Clan Final Resting Place Is a Mismanaged Mess, State AG Alleges

    A lawsuit by Attorney General Letitia James charges the leaders of Queens’ Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery took ghastly liberties with funds.

    burial plot

  25. queens

    Tiffany Cabán Lost the Queens DA Race, But She’s Still Running

    The insurgent Democrat is talking to Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders as she mulls next steps, determined not to “waste any of what we built.”

    queens

  26. racket

    U.S. Open Tennis Faults on $311k in Queens Rent: Comptroller

    Ahead of lucrative U.S. Open tournament, Scott Stringer audit finds that the U.S. Tennis Association has shortchanged the people of New York.

    racket

  27. fire fight

    Cold Water on Queens Firehouse Reopening Hopes After Amazon Breakup

    Discussions for reviving a long-shuttered engine company stall, despite FDNY acknowledgment the booming area needs more emergency responders.

    fire fight

  28. switching gears

    Reversing Course, Dockless Bike Share to Roll on in the Rockaways

    After THE CITY revealed planned shutdown of cycle program along the Queens shore, Department of Transportation gives two-wheelers another whirl.

    switching gears

  29. un-conventional

    Queens Republican Convention Shuts Out Public on Judge Picks

    Borough Republicans plan to hold judicial vote behind closed doors, in an unusual move. Meanwhile, the GOP’s DA candidate seeks a shot at the bench.

    un-conventional

  30. beep

    Who’s After Katz? Race for Queens Borough President Is On

    A crowded field is already jockeying to succeed Melinda Katz, who just won the DA primary. Tiffany Cabán apparently isn’t among the current hopefuls.

    beep

  31. bitter end

    Katz Wins — Again — as Cabán Concedes in Queens DA Primary

    After Board of Elections wrangling on Tuesday still left Borough President Melinda Katz with dozens more votes, Cabán admits defeat in close race.

    bitter end

  32. raw deal

    Queens Residents Demand Payback for City Sewage Mess

    Astoria homeowners shelled out cash to fix problems caused by a city contractor’s work on their sewer lines. Now they’re fighting for compensation.

    raw deal

  33. art of the deal

    Community Board Pans Bulked-Up Plans for 5Pointz Towers

    The board nixed a last-minute add-on of 100 units and two stories to the former street art site after an unusual private meeting with the developer.

    art of the deal

  34. queens da race

    Katz Tops Cabán in Recount as Queens DA Fight Starts New Round

    Melinda Katz takes a 60-vote lead in Democratic primary for Queens district attorney, but insurgent Tiffany Cabán’s poised for a legal battle.

    queens da race

  35. art of the deal

    Queens Community Board Holds Private Meeting With 5Pointz Developer

    Artists blast restaurant get-together ahead of a deadline for input on the latest plan to build luxury apartment towers at the former graffiti mecca.

    art of the deal

  36. making it count

    Tiffany Cabán Beats Melinda Katz in Latest Fundraising and Legal Spending

    The two Queens district attorney hopefuls, locked in a tense recount battle, are looking to high-priced lawyers as they vie to generate donations.

    making it count

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. 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

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