Haidee Chu

Haidee Chu covers Queens for THE CITY. Previously, she worked for NPR’s graphics team and was a stringer and interpreter for The New York Times. She is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, where she was a Stabile Fellow for Investigative Journalism and focused on data reporting. After moving from place to place for more than a decade, the Hong Kong native now calls the world’s borough her home.

City Hall has only publicly acknowledged three such centers operating now, but THE CITY has learned that six are open holding about 1,400 people.
Swissport employees allege they are exposed to health and safety dangers inside and outside planes.
The alleged instructions could have tainted as many as three dozen decisions, leaving at least one person charged at Rikers.
Tony Nunziato maintained that the embattled Congressman should be afforded due process — but calls his actions ‘despicable’ if true.
Incumbent Julie Won gets snubbed by a key union coalition after she said building workers cut a dubious deal.
Actions pre-approved by interns and residents who staff three Queens hospitals could see physicians walk off the job in New York City for the first time in a generation.
People shot in southern Queens are more likely to die than those anywhere else in New York City. Now the state is committing $150 million to build a new ER with a big boost in capacity.
Executives of the Brooklyn-founded seafood restaurant have been accused of a “Ponzi scheme,” an “undercapitalization scam” and “illegal deception.”
Animal shelter operators and other advocates say a surge in people abandoning their pets in the pandemic has made for a hairy situation. But pet shop representatives say their efforts to come up with solutions to the problem have fallen on deaf ears.
The baseball boss is lobbying hard for a Queens casino on the property.
Three neighborhood mosques received permits to play Adhan calls outside during Ramadan, with one more permit pending for the area’s oldest mosque.
Mayor Eric Adams pulls out of a de Blasio-era overhaul that sought to give immigrant street sellers a fighting chance to make a legit living without police involvement.
A group of law professors has filed new complaints to the state’s grievance committee based on findings by appeals judges that the prosecutors broke the law.
Street sellers say Sandra Ung has ignored them while taking a “stand next to only business owners.”
Sandra Ung calls for a crackdown, as business owners complain enforcement has lapsed since the NYPD got sidelined. But immigrant sellers say they have few other options for survival.
Residents are worried about de facto deregulation in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood — thanks to limited enforcement of the largely voluntary systems landlords use to register rent-stabilized apartments.
With two other pools due to close, it may soon be the only Parks-operated indoor swimming pool open in Queens.
A $29 million state loan was supposed to help fund the rehabilitation of two Mitchell-Lama rental buildings, but tenants say living conditions remain dire.
Queens residents are having their say now, but the state will have the final word on what goes up on 55 acres of a campus that’s been underused for decades.
The city’s live bird markets and slaughterhouses are, well, playing chicken with animal rights organizations pushing to permanently ban new operations here.