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ARTICLES BY: Gabriel Sandoval

  1. policing

    CCRB Probes Cops’ Detention of Brooklyn Kids on Halloween

    The Civilian Complaint Review Board is investigating incident in which three boys were grilled — allegedly without being allowed to see their parents.

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  2. public housing

    Cold Truth for NYCHA Tenants: No New State-Funded Boilers for Four Years or More

    Federal monitor OKs long-delayed release of $450 million for public housing upgrades — but new equipment remains many winters away from firing up.

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  3. policing

    Cops Swarmed, Detained Brooklyn Trick-or-Treaters Past Midnight

    Police released three boys after detaining them at the 76th Precinct while investigating a reported cellphone robbery in Carroll Park.

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  4. homelessness

    Wards Island Homeless Shelter Operator Gets Another 4.5 Years Despite Troubles

    HELP USA is set to run Clarke Thomas facility until mid-2024 under $45 million city pact amid open building code violations, records show.

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  5. development class

    CUNY Vies to Cash in on Its Prime West Side Real Estate

    A former John Jay College building on Manhattan’s Amsterdam Avenue could make way for a lucrative private tower with new school facilities and more.

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  6. nowhere to go

    Homeless Seek an Elusive Safe Refuge in the Subways

    The slayings of four men underscored the fears of vulnerable New Yorkers who avoid city streets and shelters. But life underground is getting tougher.

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  7. mutual aid

    Community Board Cash Goes to Some Members’ Nonprofit Groups

    Board officials in The Bronx and Manhattan got more than $10K each for the organizations they run, potentially violating city ethics rules.

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  8. driving up costs

    City Council Puts Brakes on Community Board Spending

    New rules require board votes on big purchases — and limit how funds can be spent following The CITY’s report on one board’s $26,000 SUV splurge.

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  9. losing track

    MTA Taking a Bigger Beating on Subway and Bus Fare Evasion

    A new MTA Inspector General report, obtained by THE CITY, finds that the transit agency’s tracking methods missed the mark, leading to an undercount.

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  10. street safety

    Out of Line: Missing Street Markings Defy Vision Zero Safety Crusade

    Nearly 2,000 road and bike lane-marking projects are classified as incomplete by the city Department of Transportation, some dating back to 2014.

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  11. epic

    Neverending Story: Brooklyn Library Revamp Drags On For 14 Years

    Patrons at the Rugby branch are relegated to a trailer and frustrations rise over the city’s longest ongoing library renovation project.

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  12. curb appeal

    Block Party: Cop Cars Still Jamming Bus Stops After Exposé

    THE CITY returned to eight NYPD buildings where police vehicles were obstructing area stops. Five remained clogged, breaking Police Department policy.

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  13. curb appeal

    BUS-TED: Police Vehicles Clog Bus Stops Near Precincts

    THE CITY’s spot-check of two-dozen stops around NYPD buildings found one-third blocked by marked police vehicles and cars with windshield placards.

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  14. public housing

    Gnawing Problem: NYCHA Far From Meeting Rat Fix Deadline

    The Housing Authority had promised the feds that it would quantify its vermin problem by the end of July and clean up 70,000 apartments in a month.

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  15. mental health

    Suicide Prevention Hotline to the Rescue on RFK Bridge

    Hours after THE CITY reported the absence of advertised emergency phones along the span’s pedestrian path, the MTA installed one.

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  16. mental health

    RFK Bridge’s Suicide Prevention Sign’s Phone Promise Doesn’t Ring True

    A sign on the former Triborough Bridge proclaims “phone ahead.” But no such lifeline exists on the pedestrian section of the span.

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  17. 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.

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  18. 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.

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  19. 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.

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  20. 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.

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  21. 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.

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