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Rachel is a senior reporter for THE CITY. She leads explanatory and service journalism in the newsroom and is part of THE CITY's climate and resiliency team. Formerly, Rachel covered Manhattan for THE CITY. She is proud to have previously worked for WNYC, DNAinfo and NY1 News and written for The New York Times, Curbed New York, Gotham Gazette and others. Email Rachel at rsmith@thecity.nyc or follow her on Twitter: @rachelholliday.

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How to Clean Up After Ida: A Guide for the Flooded

What you should know about safely putting your place back together, where to look for financial help and whether renters insurance covers flood damage. (Answer: Rarely.)

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Perkins Loses Harlem Council Primary Recount by 114 Votes to Democratic Socialist

Kristin Richardson Jordan prevailed over the longtime Central Harlem leader in a manual recount by the Board of Elections that took nearly a month to certify — and marks the official end of the city’s first ever ranked-choice-vote primary.

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Gowanus Could Become More Diverse After Rezoning, Racial Impact Study Finds

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World Trade Center’s First Residential Tower Sparks Affordable-Housing Fight 

The last re-building block of the World Trade Center could be a 900-foot residential skyscraper on the former home of the Deutsche Bank Building. A quarter of its 1,325 apartments are earmarked for "affordable housing" — but local 9/11 survivors want more.

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Uptick in COVID-19 Cases Hits NYC Areas with Low Vaccination Rates

New Yorkers 18 to 44 are lagging in getting the shots. So are residents of some Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island neighborhoods, our analysis shows. Health experts say there’s no reason to panic — but urge all to get vaccinated as the Delta variant spreads.

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Manual Recount Likely in Race for Bill Perkins’ Council Seat, BOE Says

Political newcomer Kristin Richardson Jordan leads by just 104 votes over the longtime Harlem leader, who many say has been absent from his post in recent years following serious health problems.

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Deadline for 9/11 Fund Renews Push to Register All, Not Just First Responders

July 29 is the last day to register with the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund for two key groups: those with pre-certified illnesses from the attack, and those filing on behalf of people who died before 2019.

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It’s Not Just Adams vs. Sliwa: Long-Shot Mayoral Candidates Line Up for November

There will be at least eight names on the ballot for mayor come Nov. 2, and the Working Families Party line is still up in the air. Odds are most don’t have much of a chance in this heavily Democratic town, but anything can happen in New York...

Richards Holds Tiny Lead in Queens BP Race While Trump Helps Fossella Win in S.I. Upset

The borough president race in Queens between incumbent Donovan Richards and former Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley is so close it may hit the threshold for an automatic hand recount. Meanwhile, races apparently wrapped in the other boroughs — including an upset in the Staten Island GOP contest.

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Rankled Choice: Voting Experts Say BOE Rushed Into Releasing Preliminary Results

The snafu that led to the city Board of Elections pulling the tally Tuesday could have been avoided, experts say. Now some worry that the disaster will sully the ranked choice voting system, which supporters say make for fairer elections.