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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. love lost

    A Year After Amazon Rejection, Both Sides of Battle Applying Lessons Learned

    It was last Valentine’s Day when the online giant deleted its plans for LIC, but both activists and developers know there’s plenty of fish in the sea.

    love lost

  2. baby bump

    Planned Closure of Elmhurst Hospital Day Care Leaves Parents With Emergency

    Queens’ Little Elms Child Care Center — which operates rent-free at the city hospital — was relied upon by staffers and locals with few area options.

    baby bump

  3. below market

    De Blasio’s Tiny Houses Plan for Apartments in Basements, Garages and Backyards

    City Hall’s plan would offer $150 million in low-interest loans to boost affordable housing and ease homeowner burdens by legalizing the dwellings.

    below market

  4. race and class

    Last Teacher Standing Is Going It Alone in Federal Racism Suit Against DOE

    Lisa-Erika James is the only remaining faculty member in a years-old racial discrimination lawsuit against the city that goes to trial Wednesday.

    race and class

  5. doors shut

    Access-A-Ride Users Face Access Challenges at Access-A-Ride Centers

    Lack of automatic doors at the six centers where people with limited mobility must go to get the MTA’s paratransit service raises additional barrier.

    doors shut

  6. in the books

    LIC Library Reveals Looming Shut-Down Date, With No New Home

    Popular branch in Citigroup Tower once eyed by Amazon will close a year after the tech giant cancelled its Long Island City deal.

    in the books

  7. courts

    Key Bail Reform Support Program Is Still Months Away

    “Atlas” promises services to help freed defendants avoid trouble. But with new rules already in effect, no one has been selected to run the program.

    courts

  8. always be voting

    Five Trips to the Polls to Pick Queens Borough President

    Taxpayers will carry the tab for the marathon of sprints facing the six candidates vying to replace Melinda Katz. Experts predict voter confusion.

    always be voting

  9. race and class

    Case of Queens Principal Accused of Racism Pits Feds Against City DOE

    Seven years after alleged discrimination and retaliation, teachers who worked at an Elmhurst high school seek closure and justice in upcoming trial.

    race and class

  10. memoriam

    South Korea Asks Queens Cemetery for WWI Veteran’s Remains

    Gihwan Whang, a native Korean who fought for U.S. and was at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, has been interred at Mount Olivet cemetery since 1923.

    memoriam

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. community organizing

    Bangladeshi New Yorkers Form Their First Tenant Union

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

    community organizing

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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!

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. 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

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