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ARTICLES BY: Clifford Michel

Clifford covers Staten Island and southern Brooklyn for THE CITY. He previously covered politics for the Staten Island Advance. His reporting has appeared in Gothamist, the Amsterdam News, Politico New York and Gotham Gazette.

  1. not so fast

    Staten Islanders Say Innovative Bus Route Crosses a Line

    Locals are OK with an express bus on old railroad lines and viaducts. But they’d rather see traffic on a pedestrian esplanade than Richmond Terrace.

    not so fast

  2. joining the party

    Rep. Max Rose, Lone NYC Holdout, Comes Out in Support of Impeachment Inquiry

    At a town hall in Staten Island on Wednesday night, freshman Congressman Max Rose opened the event with a speech on defending the Constitution.

    joining the party

  3. wheels in motion

    An Odd Route Planned for New Staten Island Express Bus Service

    Over old railroad lines and through elevated viaducts will go the “Bus Rapid Transit” line — potentially transforming the commute of 12,000 riders

    wheels in motion

  4. 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

  5. bloom off

    Rep. Max Rose in Hot Seat as Holdout on Trump Impeachment Inquiry

    A Democrat representing a Trump-voting Staten Island and Brooklyn district treads carefully, to the dismay of many volunteers who helped elect him.

    bloom off

  6. express concerns

    Staten Island’s Epic Wait for Alternative to Private Bus Service Just Got Longer

    Academy Bus Service to get $3.8 million from taxpayers for another year of express rides from South Shore to Midtown, while MTA ponders a takeover.

    express concerns

  7. 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!

  8. crossing lines

    City Hall’s Protected Bike Lane ‘Green Wave’ Pedals Past Local Foes

    A Brooklyn community board unanimously rejected City Hall’s plans for a new bike lane on Shore Parkway. But that didn’t stop transportation officials.

    crossing lines

  9. rising waters

    New Housing Eyed for Brooklyn Lots Ravaged by Sandy

    While Manhattan and Staten Island plan sea barriers, the city banks on one- and two-family homes in southern Brooklyn areas bound to see more floods.

    rising waters

  10. empty empire

    Three Months In, City’s First Outlet Mall Is Barely One-Third Full

    Staten Island’s Empire Outlets is full of empty storefronts as some wonder if it’ll escape the retail apocalypse.

    empty empire

  11. a sad anniversary

    Thirty Years Later, Yusuf Hawkins’ Murder Still Shocks in a Changed Brooklyn

    Bensonhurst divides among those who never heard of the Aug. 23, 1989, hate crime, those who can’t forget — and those who wish they could.

    a sad anniversary

  12. 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

  13. highs and lows

    Disparities in Staten Island Pot Arrests Draw Concern

     Cops made 35 marijuana busts this year through June in the precinct area where Eric Garner died in 2014 — far outpacing the rest of the borough.

    highs and lows

  14. bicycles

    Some Local Pols Want City to Slow Down on New Bike Lane Push

    Mayor de Blasio proposed an 80-mile “green wave” of protected bike lanes by 2021 amid a spike in deaths. But City Council members aren’t all on board.

    bicycles

  15. eric garner

    In Garner’s Staten Island, Locals Say ‘It’s About Time’ on Cop Verdict

    On Staten Island’s Bay Street, where Eric Garner died, an NYPD judge’s recommendation that Officer Daniel Pantaleo be fired was met with relief.

    eric garner

  16. long-distance dedication

    National GOP Eyes Nicole Malliotakis to Flip Staten Island House Seat

    Steve Scalise, Marco Rubio and other Republicans are lining up to support her challenge to Max Rose for the post, which also covers part of Brooklyn.

    long-distance dedication

  17. what's up dockless?

    Dockless Bike-Share Grows in Staten Island, Brakes Elsewhere

    The planned expansion of Citi Bike coincides with the end of the rival program everywhere except Staten Island, where it will expand borough-wide.

    what's up dockless?

  18. eric garner

    Eric Garner’s Mother Tells Mayor to ‘Stand Up’ After Feds Ditch Case

    De Blasio didn’t stick around City Hall for a rally with Garner’s family. But he changed how the NYPD will deal with police-involved deaths.

    eric garner

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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