Christine covers Queens for THE CITY. She was previously a local government reporter at Newsday and a 2015 graduate of Columbia Journalism School.
For over a month, cab drivers have occupied a sidewalk outside City Hall, chanting, “Mayor lies, drivers die.” Now they’ve taken their campaign to a new level, by launching a hunger strike. Here are some of their stories.
Queens BP Donovan Richards pleads with de Blasio to “step up” as swamped homeowners deal with slow and small aid. He’s pushing for a version of the Sandy-inspired program to repair — and possibly elevate — flooded homes.
The $67 million Flushing Meadows Corona Aquatic Center closed for repairs after the roof started shedding concrete, just weeks before the pandemic erupted. Half of the Parks Department’s dozen indoor pools are shut for maintenance.
Legislation introduced by state Sen. Brad Hoylman would bar the double standard that allows out-of-town athletes and performers like the anti-mandate podcast comic to appear without proof of vaccination while local stars must get their shots.
Performers who live in the city and pro athletes who represent “home teams” are required to get their shots, per a City Hall mandate. But out-of-town entertainers — and their entourages — get a free pass. Rogan, a mandate foe, hits Madison Square Garden Saturday.
Many survivors of an eight-alarm fire are still barred from even retrieving their possessions. They’re in court now demanding swift action to make their apartments habitable again.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has so far doled out $10 million to New Yorkers impacted by the devastating remnants of Hurricane Ida earlier this month. But many undocumented immigrants are being left out of that pool.
With the de Blasio administration’s basement conversion pilot program stalled, tenants whose homes were just devastated by Hurricane Ida could be evicted just for seeking help.