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The Toll of NYCHA’s Lead Lies, Part II: A Mother Fights for Truth as Daughter Struggles

Mikhaila Bonaparte, who lives in a Brooklyn public housing complex long ago deemed free of lead paint, recorded an off-the-charts blood lead level shortly before her third birthday. NYCHA denies there’s any lead in the apartment — even after health officials detected the toxin.

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The Toll of NYCHA’s Lead Lies: A Brooklyn Girl Poisoned as Officials Covered Up Danger

More than 5,000 public housing apartments in buildings long ago deemed "lead free" contain lead paint, THE CITY has learned. And that number is likely to grow. Meet a resident of one of those complexes: Mikhaila Bonaparte, who was born in 2013, just days before NYCHA falsified its lead report to the feds.

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After Gowanus Overhaul and Blood Center Expansion Wins, de Blasio Turns to Reshaping SoHo

The City Council on Tuesday rezoned the Brooklyn neighborhood to create affordable housing, and OK’d plans for a life-sciences research hub on the Upper East Side. But a bigger battle over SoHo looms as the mayor’s term winds down.

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Armory Pool and Gym Prices Give Crown Heights Neighbors Sticker Shock

Parents and other neighbors express confusion over separate gym and pool memberships that exceed costs at other Brooklyn facilities — save for a limited number of long-promised hyperlocal discounts that may never grow beyond 250.

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Feds Launch a Second Civil Rights Investigation Into Brooklyn Gas Pipeline

Now the U.S. Department of Transportation is probing whether the state broke discrimination laws by approving National Grid’s North Brooklyn Pipeline. Meanwhile, the EPA is already examining allegations of environmental racism.

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Signal Distress: Cornerstone of MTA’s Fast-Track Plans Racking Up Delays and Dollars

As the MTA prepares to spend more than $7 billion for new signals on sections of six lines in a bid to speed up trains, snags and cost increases highlight the headaches and challenges in replacing the ancient system.

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Queens Families Displaced By Ida Told to Pack Up and Move to Brooklyn From JFK Hotel

Families are preparing to leave more than two months after record rainfall wrecked their homes and relocate a borough away as Thanksgiving nears, thanks to an order by the city.

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Democrat Justin Brannan Declares Brooklyn Council Seat Victory in Squeaker

In a count that went to absentee ballots, the contender for Council speaker says he’s won over a Republican who rallied voters around opposition to COVID vaccine mandates. A Queens Republican and another Brooklyn Democrat also claimed wins Tuesday.

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PHOTOS: Inside Brooklyn’s Infamous House of Detention Jail

As plans to close chaotic Rikers Island slowly turn, the Atlantic Avenue lockup is already empty and awaiting demolition. THE CITY toured the old jail and found eerie signs of the building’s 65-year history of holding countless detainees.

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It’s Swan Song Time for Embattled Brooklyn Democratic Party Boss, Politicians Say

Rep. Nydia Velazquez and other top borough elected officials called for Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn to quit her party post after the leader’s husband publicly recited a vulgar, sexist song lyric. They said the incident marked the latest sign of a "toxic" reign.

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Brooklyn Democratic Party Fight Reignites Over a Raunchy Song

An Assembly member called for the resignation of borough party boss Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn after her husband recited crude lyrics during a Zoom meeting. Reformers say the offensive tune exemplified efforts to belittle and silence party members.

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Chinese Voters Came Out in Force for the GOP in NYC, Shaking Up Politics

From Sunset Park in Brooklyn to Elmhurst and Flushing in Queens, frustrations over Democratic stances on schools and crime helped mobilize votes for Republican Curtis Sliwa for mayor and conservative Council candidates.

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Gowanus Housing Overhaul and Blood Center Expansion Headed for Approval After Council Strikes Deals

Meanwhile, negotiations to bring affordable housing to SoHo and NoHo appeared to be going down to the wire with the clock ticking on de Blasio’s term and his push to diversify city neighborhoods through rezoning.

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From SoHo to Gowanus to the Upper East Side, de Blasio Legacy Projects Hit Crossroads

Plans to rezone parts of Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn are headed to the City Council Tuesday. So is the NY Blood Center’s proposal to build a life science hub on East 67th Street — a project poised for approval despite the local lawmaker’s objection.

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NYC Politicians Parade in Puerto Rico, With Races From Governor to Council Speaker at Stake 

Eric Adams, Kathy Hochul, Letitia James and Bill de Blasio were among the pols making the scene at the annual Somos conference, where alliances are sealed. Meanwhile, a Council member fighting for his Brooklyn seat was jockeying for speaker.

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GOP Gains in City Council Powered by Heated Voter Turnout and Discontent

The minority party rises up to as many as seven seats and threatening rising-star Democratic Brooklyn Councilmember Justin Brannan.

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Fossella Thanks ‘President Trump’ in Staten Island Borough President Comeback Win

The Republican ex-rep’s win came in the only highly competitive boroughwide or citywide race as most New Yorkers elected their beeps, comptroller and public advocate with little drama. Meanwhile, Alvin Bragg made history to become Manhattan’s first Black district attorney.

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Cuomo Sandy-Recovery Program Strands Volunteers and Their Neighborhood Flood Protection Projects

With $750 million from the federal government, in 2013 Albany asked New Yorkers to decide how to protect their communities from future storms. Planning participants say their projects have stalled.

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Hochul Pulls Plug On Queens Gas-Fueled Electrical Power Plant Overhaul

The new governor’s Department of Environmental Conservation nixed plans for a fossil fuel-powered "peaker" plant in Astoria touted as a blackout backup. The move marked a blow to some energy companies while boosting the greenhouse gas fight.

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Feds Open Probe into Brooklyn Fossil Fuel Plans Amid Environmental Racism Accusations

The EPA will examine the state’s role in overlooking the under-construction North Brooklyn pipeline when considering potential environmental impacts of an upgraded liquefied natural gas hub in Greenpoint.