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  1. accessibility

    In Queens Courts, Unequal Access to Justice Starts at the Stairs

    A dispute over who’s supposed to operate a mechanized lift presents a barrier at one courthouse. We found more obstacles at other legal facilities.

    accessibility

  2. just the ticket

    Success of LIRR Brooklyn-Queens Tix Renews Call for Citywide $2.75 Rail Fare

    The discount Atlantic Ticket, connecting Brooklyn and Queens via the LIRR, has drawn 2.3 million riders and shortened commutes. Next stop, everywhere?

    just the ticket

  3. cottage industry

    Tiny House Was No Small Feat for Manhattan Man

    After building a $50,000, 300-square foot home in Queens, Tom Saat is among the crowd who says thinking small could help cure NYC’s housing crisis.

    cottage industry

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. seeing 'rad'

    Tenants in Privately Managed NYCHA Homes Kept in Dark on Building Repairs

    Once a complex enters the Rental Assistance Demonstration program, where private developers run public housing, online repair and outage reports stop.

    seeing 'rad'

  8. class action

    From Client to Staff, Queens Teen Pivots From Prison Path

    There was a time when young Fatu Kamara desperately needed the Queens Defenders help. Now she helps them help others.

    class action

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. where are they now?

    Catching Up With New Yorkers You Met in THE CITY

    Here’s the latest on some folks who lived tales of hope, adversity and change during an eventful 2019. They have more stories to tell.

    where are they now?

  13. a second look

    A Year in the Life of THE CITY — in Photos

    Check out our month-by-month collection of pictures capturing scenes of New York — a city where even the ordinary shines through the right lens.

    a second look

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. rabid transit

    Raccoons Rack Up a Growing Number of Subway Delays

    An L train struck a furry forager in Brooklyn Saturday night — the latest in a string of wild transit snags outdoors and underground.

    rabid transit

  19. education

    Bard High School Eyes Bronx, But Admissions Policy Might Not Fly

    The school, already in Manhattan and Queens, lets students earn an associate degree. But selective admissions process could sink its chances.

    education

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. storm watch

    Council Deluges City Hall with Criticism Over Sandy Response, Seven Years Later

    The 2012 storm’s anniversary spurred complaints about slow progress as lawmakers vowed a hearing on the flood insurance crisis revealed by THE CITY.

    storm watch

  26. special report

    NYCHA’s Post-Sandy Rebuild Mired in Delays and Dubious Contracts

    Red Hook and Riis houses residents live in construction mazes while most damaged complexes are still awaiting repairs seven years after the storm.

    special report

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. special report

    Gunshot Victims Have Highest Chance of Dying in Queens

    Data indicates distance to a trauma center plays a life-or-death role. There’s only one trauma center in southern Queens, and it’s struggling.

    special report

  31. 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

  32. jails

    What You Need to Know About the Rikers Replacement Vote

    The City Council is poised to OK four new borough-based jails Thursday. But the historic plan’s fate depends on a lot more than shuttering Rikers.

    jails

  33. justice

    New York’s Most Desperate Caught Up in ‘Crimes of Poverty’

    Thousands of people are arrested on petit larceny charges every year in New York City. Their fates can depend on who’s doing the prosecuting.

    justice

  34. 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

  35. juvenile justice

    Legal System Off to Slow Start on ‘Raise The Age’ Night-Court Fix

    An amended law intended to quickly move kids out of the adult criminal system and ease the burden of extra court dates is having growing pains.

    juvenile justice

  36. track changes

    Rockaway Branch Rail Reboot Study Finally Lands

    After THE CITY’s inquiries, the MTA put out a long-delayed report on reviving a long-dormant Queens railway stretch. The verdict: possible but pricey.

    track changes

  37. schools

    Queens School Pens New Chapter on Teaching Kids to Read

    Parents and educators are watching as Long Island City’s P.S. 111 puts paraprofessionals on the front lines of literacy, with an emphasis on phonics.

    schools

  38. 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

  39. special report

    NYCHA’s $250 Million No-Bid — and Sometimes No-Work — Repair Jobs

    One contractor has pocketed nearly $2 million — including for labor investigators say apparently was performed by Housing Authority employees.

    special report

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. housing

    Rockaway Developer Gets Tax Breaks Via Troubled Nonprofit Partner

    Peninsula Hospital affordable housing site under City Council review owned by Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corp. under fire from tenants.

    housing

  43. 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

  44. track changes

    Study of Old Rockaway Rail Line’s Revival Back on Track

    Calls to bring back a dormant LIRR branch in southern Queens that hasn’t been used since the 1960s get a new look. Finding are expected by year’s end.

    track changes

  45. going down

    The Fault in Our Stairs: Subway Escalator Reliability Plunges

    The 232 escalators maintained by the MTA are functional only about 87% of the time, according to new figures — the worst they’ve been since 2010.

    going down

  46. 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

  47. 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.

    street safety

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. equality

    Shelter Settlement Spawns New Policies to Support Transgender Homeless

    A Commission on Human Rights complaint prompted the Department of Homeless Services to rethink how it deals with transgender people.

    equality

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