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ARTICLES BY: Rachel Holliday Smith

Rachel covers Manhattan for THE CITY. She is proud to have previously worked for WNYC, DNAinfo and NY1 News. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Curbed New York, Gotham Gazette and others. She serves as the editorial adviser to New York University’s student newspaper.

  1. public housing

    NYCHA Scraps East Side Tower Plan in Face of Boro Prez Lawsuit

    The Housing Authority wants to add more market-rate apartments to a tower to be built on land at the Holmes Towers public housing complex.

    public housing

  2. shelter

    State Agency Stalls Billionaires’ Row Homeless Shelter

    Even though a court has ruled that a fully functional West 58th Street shelter has the right to open, a state agency is keeping the doors closed.

    shelter

  3. marketing deal

    Documentary Group Makes the Cut for Long-Empty ‘Mart 125’

    Plans to turn iconic Harlem marketplace into a cultural hub develop as city puts up $13.5 million for the revival of the 125th Street building.

    marketing deal

  4. new life

    Harlem’s African Burial Ground Enters New Phase, With a Promise of Funding

    The city plans to begin an initial search this fall for a nonprofit operator for the memorial site and cultural center honoring local history.

    new life

  5. hope floats

    ‘La Marina’ Owners Lose Hold Over Dyckman Street Docks

    The working marina will be under city control following a judge’s order. The restaurant’s future, however, remains murky as the summer season begins.

    hope floats

  6. 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

  7. shelter

    A Quiet Welcome for Homeless Women, Blocks from Billionaire’s Row Shelter Site

    The 120-bed shelter, to open next to a W. 52nd St. school, gets a “remarkably generous” greeting from local leaders, the facility’s operator says.

    shelter

  8. anchors away

    City Tries to Sink La Marina Reopening Plan

    The owners of the embattled Inwood hotspot hope to return by Memorial Day. But in bankruptcy court, city lawyers say they want them gone for good.

    anchors away

  9. matter of principal

    How Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer Nearly Lost Her Home

    The pol quietly fought a two-year foreclosure battle with her mortgage company over real estate tax payments. Now she’s sharing her cautionary tale.

    matter of principal

  10. shelter

    Homeless Families Win Beds on Upper West Side as Judge Tosses Shelter Suit

    Opponents of a plan to fully convert a prewar West 94th Street hotel into 110 apartments for the homeless saw their lawsuit dismissed on Monday.

    shelter

  11. deal of the art

    Philanthropist Offers City Free Building to Save Doomed Hudson Yards Arts Center

    The owner of Affirmation Arts hopes to dodge the wrecking ball and keep his cultural complex alive by giving it away as a present to New Yorkers.

    deal of the art

  12. ferries

    Developer Floats Ferry Link Between Upper East Side and Astoria

    The Durst Organization’s proposal would extend the Astoria NYC Ferry route to the 90th Street dock in Yorkville – at public expense.

    ferries

  13. shelter

    Judge Tosses Challenge to ‘Billionaires’ Row’ Homeless Shelter

    The W. 58th Street men’s facility has been stalled since neighbors sued in July. City Hall plans to build 90 new homeless shelters across the city.

    shelter

  14. vanishing act

    Lost in Translation: English Language School Honchos Disappear Amid Debts

    The closed school’s leaders ghosted students, teachers and even their credit card processing company – whom they owe $100,000, a lawsuit charges.

    vanishing act

  15. nycha

    More Market-Rate Apartments Eyed for Lower East Side Public Housing Site

    The city envisions a 35- to 45-story high-rise on the grounds of the La Guardia Houses – the latest bid to raise money for NYCHA fixes.

    nycha

  16. calls for change

    What’s the 311? Stranded in New York’s Service Hotline Deserts

    Pockets of the city aren’t fully integrated into the 311 system – even after 16 years. Hardest hit: NYCHA, Battery Park City and Roosevelt Island.

    calls for change

  17. building opposition

    New Snag in City’s Plan for Private Towers in Public Housing Complexes

    Manhattan BP Gale Brewer is suing to stall Yorkville project over skipped review. It marks more woes for the mayor’s “NextGeneration NYCHA” program.

    building opposition

  18. nycha

    Long-Delayed Development at NYCHA Site Pulled After 14 Years

    Talk of affordable housing construction on land at Harborview Terrace in Hell’s Kitchen began with the 2005 Hudson Yards deal.

    nycha

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. immigration

    Language School Ordered Evicted Weeks Before Stranding Students

    Staff and visa-dependent students at the English-language school ALCC had only four days’ notice before the Midtown institution shuttered.

    immigration

  22. mta

    ‘Imminent’ Domain: Uncertain Second Ave. Subway Plans Have Locals on Edge

    Many in East Harlem are just realizing that early MTA plans to build new Second Avenue stations require displacing hundreds of people.

    mta

  23. immigration

    Visa-Dependent Students Stranded by Closure of Manhattan English-Language School

    Midtown’s American Language Communications Center cancelled classes with no warning, putting hundreds at risk of losing their student visas.

    immigration

  24. 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

  25. nycha

    Manhattan BP Threatens Mayor With Lawsuit Over Public-Private Housing Plan

    Gale Brewer vows legal action against mayor if “NYCHA 2.0” project rammed through.

    nycha