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Skylines and Streetscapes: How New York City Physically Changed in de Blasio Era

Supertalls proliferated. Cars gave way to busways. Outdoor dining everywhere. Nine neighborhoods have been rezoned. Here’s how the physical city morphed in the last eight years.

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Checking Bill de Blasio’s Big Promises: THE CITY’s Scorecard on Eight Years of Ambitious Pledges

From affordable housing to waste reduction to high-paid jobs to commercial rent control, we look at where the results stand on some of the outgoing mayor’s major plans touted in annual State of the City and Earth Day addresses.

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Vaunted $67M Flushing Pool to Finally Reopen for a Quick Dip — Then Close Again

The Olympic-sized Queens public aquatic center that’s been closed since before the pandemic due to a crumbling roof is set to reopen next early year with protective netting. But swimmers will be ordered out again once redesign plans for the ceiling are finished.

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First NYC Tree Canopy Study Shows Growth as Storms and Budget Cuts Threaten Gains

The South Bronx boasts more tree cover than a decade ago. Canarsie has less. How do we know? The Nature Conservancy analyzed tree cover in New York using laser technology as the climate crisis changes the cityscape.

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Trump Firm Wins Injunction to Stop Bronx Golf Course Cancellation

Manhattan judge freezes de Blasio move to transfer Ferry Point Park links to a new operator as of Nov. 15 while Trump Organization makes its case to hold on to the 18-hole course. Trump is demanding a $30 million payout if ejected.

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Trump Vows to Stay Put After de Blasio’s Bronx Golf Course Eviction Deadline

Attorney for ex-president tells judge Trump’s firm has a right to keep running the Ferry Point Park golf course past Nov. 14 — even if it loses its suit against the city for canceling its contract following the Jan. 6 insurrection.

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What’s Killing Hawks, Owls, Ducks and Squirrels in New York City Parks?

Rat poison appears to be playing a role in the demise of creatures like Central Park’s beloved Barry the Owl, necropsy reports obtained THE CITY show. But causes of death aren’t always clear — including a duck that may have drowned in Queens.

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Bloomberg’s Olympic Swimming Pool Is Crumbling, Leaving Queens High and Dry

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.

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‘Rushed’ Trump Golf Course Succession Passes City Board With Dissents

Comptroller Scott Stringer and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. vote no on proposed new operator — while Trump’s lawyer claims golf legend Jack Nicklaus has the final say.

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De Blasio Tees Off Trump at Bronx Golf Course: Homeless Shelter Operator Set to Evict the Ex-President

De Blasio names a firm tied to CORE Services Group and Bobby Jones Links to run deluxe Ferry Point golf grounds. Trump lawyers say the mayor’s "political retaliation" is a losing game and that the ex-president is in for the long haul.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Tower Neighbor — and Its Shadows — Nixed By City Planning Board

Unusual, unanimous ‘no’ vote on Franklin Ave. development project spells end for a 34-story high rise plan. But the developer is suing to get an alternative approved — and says it can just build condos regardless.

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Barry The Owl Was Poisoned Before Central Park Truck Hit Her

The beloved barred owl who died last month in Central Park, had a potentially lethal level of rat poison that could have impaired her flying abilities before her crash, according to a state necropsy obtained by THE CITY.

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Mayor Serves Up Last-Minute Vaccine Requirement for U.S. Open

The U.S. Tennis Association adopts vaccination requirement after City Hall reversal on tennis tournament safety protocols.

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How Beach Erosion Played Part in Teen’s Drowning at Rockaway

The strip of the shore where Matthew Wiszowaty was swimming had been blocked off because beach erosion makes it impossible to place a lifeguard chair there adequately. Still, some locals say the city should boost patrols at the popular spot.

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Red Hook Thrown into Parks Space Race as More Fields Close for Environmental Overhaul

Work has dragged on for nearly a decade in a Brooklyn neighborhood still recovering from Superstorm Sandy. The city Parks Department recently shuttered a local track, basketball courts, soccer fields and more for 18 months.

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Make-or-Break Vote Looms for Brooklyn Botanic Garden Shadow-Casting Towers

City Planning Commission has power to kill a project projected to steal sunlight from part of the historic green space, or cut it down from a proposed 34 stories. The developer says affordable housing is at stake.

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Washington Square Park Neighbors Pleaded for Help, Records Show

In scores of reports to 311, locals complained about loud music, rowdy partying and fireworks at the iconic Greenwich Village park, the subject of a controversial curfew. "We’re desperate. Please help," one resident wrote.

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Playgrounds Off-Limits For Thousands of NYC Kids as City Emerges from Pandemic

More than one of 10 NYCHA playgrounds is closed, while others are in dire need of fixes. One national expert shown pictures of some battered structures by THE CITY said the equipment should be buried at sea.

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Making a Stink About Lack of Bathrooms at Brooklyn’s Betsy Head Park

The Parks Department says real bathrooms will be completed next year. But there are no signs pointing out to port-a-potties blocks away from playgrounds and fields. "Why would they do this to families in Brownsville?" one woman asked.

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NYC Park Lovers Say City Nature Trails Need More Green

Partnerships with the Parks Department have left the fate of New York’s hiking trails in the hands of private organizations. Some groups say more needs to be done — and funded — by the city. Meanwhile, a new city plan aims at making trails safer.