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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. 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!

  2. justice

    Sexual Abuse Plaintiffs Fight Jesuit Efforts to Reveal Their Identities

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

    justice

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  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. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. vox pop

    Vox Pop: What Can THE CITY Do for You?

    Our reporters scoured the five boroughs — and got our marching orders from dozens of New Yorkers.

    vox pop

  46. 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

  47. amazon

    Interview with the Amazon Slayer: Queens Sen. Mike Gianaris

    The nomination of Queens State Sen. Mike Gianaris to a post with veto power doomed HQ2. His next target: New York’s vast corporate tax breaks.

    amazon