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Voter Registration Surge Stands to Shape This Year’s NYC Primary Elections

Democrats running for Council and mayor seek to win over New Yorkers new to the political scene.

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NYC Restaurants Struggle to Stay Open with Loans — and Time — Running Out

Owners say outdoor dining isn’t making up for losses, and jobs are down 70% as city’s Phase Four begins. Some eateries are within months — or even weeks — of shuttering for good.

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NYC Developers Push to Jump-Start Public Review of Key Construction Projects

Many proposals, from Brooklyn rezoning to new plans for Queens Amazon site, are frozen. The city will decide who goes first based on help for pandemic recovery and racial inequality.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cold Water on Queens Firehouse Reopening Hopes After Amazon Breakup

Discussions for reviving a long-shuttered engine company stall, despite FDNY acknowledgment the booming area needs more emergency responders.

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Community Board Pans Bulked-Up Plans for 5Pointz Towers

The board nixed a last-minute add-on of 100 units and two stories to the former street art site after an unusual private meeting with the developer.

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Queens Community Board Holds Private Meeting With 5Pointz Developer

Artists blast restaurant get-together ahead of a deadline for input on the latest plan to build luxury apartment towers at the former graffiti mecca.

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Developers Hope to Draw Artists Back to Queens’ 5Pointz

After the whitewashing of the Long Island City graffiti mecca spurred a lawsuit, owners want artists at the planned luxury apartment complex.

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City Building in Queens is a Notorious Trash Heap. Just Ask the Rats

Garbage grows as patience shrinks in Long Island City, where residents share the sidewalk with rodents. Complaints, meanwhile, go largely unanswered.

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Library in Queens Tower Amazon Coveted Won’t Get Shelved Yet — Lease Extended

The Citigroup Building’s owners won’t kick out the library this summer, giving the Long Island City branch until March to find permanent new digs.

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With Amazon Gone, Queens Building’s Owners May Boot Local Library Branch

After 30 years in Long Island City’s Citigroup Building, beloved Court Square library branch is reading into an uncertain future.

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Interview With the Amazon Slayer

The nomination of Queens State Sen. Mike Gianaris to a post with veto power doomed HQ2. His next target: New York’s vast corporate tax breaks.