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Caroline Spivack

  1. getting approved
    Overshareholders! Co-op Boards May Have to Disclose Why They’re Rejecting PeopleThey’re bracing for lawsuits.
  2. local color
    Mr. Cyclone Is Back in the Front CarAt 5:30 this morning, the roller coaster’s first rider of the season arrived for his 15th opening day.
  3. developing
    A Brooklyn Building Is Screeching. We Asked an Acoustician Why.Wind is creating an effect like “when you blow over the top of an empty soda bottle.”
  4. rikers
    Barbara Kavovit’s Plan for Rikers Sounds Uncomfortably Like an Internment CampA colony for the homeless, isolated on an island in the East River.
  5. streets
    Volunteers Are Funding Open Streets Programs. Why Isn’t the City?Locals and donors are doing the day-to-day work of making it happen.
  6. small-business stories
    The Bronx Bodega Founded by a Former Music Executive“You have to support the people who support you.”
  7. best of new york 2021
    The Best Playgrounds in New YorkGiant geodesic climbing nets, ravines full of sprinklers, and a variety of slides.
  8. the jab
    Mutual Aid Groups Are Now Booking Vaccine Appointments TooExpanding from grocery drop-offs to hitting refresh on TurboVax and getting people to shot clinics.
  9. anti-asian violence
    I Was Attacked for My Anti-Asian-Hate Sign — and Fought BackKatie Hou is one of five Asian Americans assaulted last weekend in New York.
  10. election 2021
    Here’s Everyone Running for New York City Mayor (So Far)Forty-plus and counting.
  11. the covid memorial project
    David Lang Turned Remote Learning Into a SongPart 11 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  12. the covid memorial project
    David Rockwell Wants Us to Never Forget Their FacesPart 10 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  13. section 8
    Everything We Know About the Sweeping New Housing Discrimination Lawsuit“Not a hope in hell”: Eighty-eight brokers and landlords are caught on tape rejecting housing vouchers.
  14. the covid memorial project
    Daniel Libeskind Cages Lady Liberty in Half a Million Steel BarsPart 4 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  15. green space
    ‘Plastic Park’ Is Dead — So What Should a Marsha P. Johnson Tribute Look Like?We asked locals, activists, and her family what they’d like to see in the space.
  16. street fights
    North Brooklyn Locals Do Not Like the Plastic Mural Proposed For Their ParkIt’s fake flowers versus new green space at Marsha P. Johnson State Park.
  17. back rent
    The Other Side of Rent Debt: Five Small-Time Landlords Who Are Stuck“The building will still be standing, but I won’t be.”
  18. brick and mortar
    Century 21 Is Returning, But You Can’t Get There on the SubwayBecause … it’s in Busan, South Korea.
  19. back to work
    The High-Tech Upgrades of the Pandemic Office Are Mostly for ShowThermal scanners, UV lights, and fewer grout lines won’t save us.
  20. seating arrangements
    The MTA Put Back the Benches at the 23rd Street StationThe tweet about removing them to deter homeless people was, apparently, “in error.”
  21. neighborhoods
    What Are Those Purple Pantries Popping Up Around Central Brooklyn?“There’s joy in fruit snacks. There’s joy in the little things.”
  22. developing
    Lawsuit Against Zoom Meetings Could Derail the Gowanus Rezoning (and Much More)The challenge, if successful, could create a legal opening to stall developments.
  23. black mayonnaise
    Barge Full of Gowanus Sludge Sinks Into Gowanus SludgeToxic material dredged up from the canal is now at the bottom of the nearby bay.
  24. streets
    What Does Polly Trottenberg’s NYC DOT Tell Us About What She’ll Do in D.C.?Trottenberg moved the needle forward on street safety, but some say she could have done more.
  25. neighborhoods
    Upper East Siders Embrace a Homeless Shelter, Unlike Their Crosstown Neighbors“No fanfare, no problem. The men can stay,” said one local official.
  26. evictions
    Thousands in Rent Debt, No End In Sight: Five New Yorkers’ Stories“I feel like if COVID doesn’t kill me, the stress will.”
  27. neighborhoods
    A Phoenix Is Coming to Coney IslandDeno’s Wonder Wheel Park plans to return post-COVID with a new roller coaster.
  28. developing
    Build a Tower, Save a Museum?That’s the gamble in the Seaport historic district.
  29. neighborhoods
    A Coney Island Baptism Spot Might Be Declared a Superfund SiteA survey of local waterways once declared it the top “fecal hotspot” in the city.
  30. evictions
    Most New York Evictions Have Been Deferred Until May — and It’s a ReliefThe legislation gives all tenants another 60 days, and hardship cases till the spring.
  31. testing tips
    Here’s Where to Get a COVID Test Without Waiting for HoursFrom some non-CityMD walk-in spots to the speediest Health + Hospitals locations.
  32. reasons to love new york
    Farewell to My Brick and Mortar ShopsThe now-shuttered stores that made an impression, from Staten Island to Hudson Yards.
  33. developing
    Queens Megaproject Passes With Barely Any Affordable HousingOut of 1,725 apartments, just 90 will be below-market-rate.
  34. streets
    From Prada Pumps to Sacks of Rice: It’s All Free at These New Brooklyn Stores“We had a shelf of cereal, and then four black leather BDSM harnesses.”
  35. evictions
    Here’s What Happens When You Fight the City’s ‘Worst Landlord’The tenants of a crumbling Crown Heights building went on a rent strike and now the owner’s trying to evict everyone.
  36. streets
    Should Parking Snitches Get Riches?A new bill would give New Yorkers a 25 percent cut of fines for tattling on illegally parked cars.
  37. developing
    Will You Someday Want to Live on Rikers Island?Once new jails rise elsewhere, the island could become a built-from-scratch neighborhood.
  38. the locals
    Why Did Rockaway’s Community Fridge Get Dragged out to Sea?A mutual-aid mystery.
  39. developing
    Flowers Win Over Towers (for Now) in Shade LawsuitA judge has paused plans for two 39-story buildings that would starve the Brooklyn Botanic Garden of sunlight.
  40. the rent is too damn high
    Only 15,000 People Met New York’s Criteria for Rent ReliefMore than 1.3 million New Yorkers statewide are at risk of eviction.
  41. streets
    Perking Up the Plywood: Artists Get Their Hands on the City’s StreeteriesFrom mirror mosaics to sprawling murals.
  42. developing
    Will Queens Activists Flush Yet Another Luxury Development?There’s a new fight over a swath of undeveloped waterfront land in Flushing.
  43. first tuesday in november
    South Brooklyn Is on the Verge of Electing a QAnon SupporterA follower of the feverish conspiracy theory QAnon is currently leading an Assembly race for a historically blue seat in South Brooklyn.
  44. neighborhood news
    Waiting for the Amtrak President, Covid on Staten Island, and Other NewsWeekly roundup of the important — and unimportant — NYC news you should know about from this week.
  45. evictions
    In the Midst of All This, Cuomo Put Out Another Eviction OrderWhat better time to drop an executive order affecting thousands of eviction cases than Election Night?
  46. first tuesday in november
    New York City’s New Congressional Class Really Believes in Affordable HousingExpect plenty of new bills aimed at making renting in the city less painful.
  47. neighborhood news
    Astor Hair Is Closing, Rat-Skeleton Rain, and Other NewsThe important — and unimportant — things that happened around town this week.
  48. neighborhood news
    Manhattan Rents Drop, Stray Pig Busts Into a Brooklyn Backyard, and Other NewsThe important — and unimportant — things that happened around town this week.
  49. streets
    Stoop-to-Stoop: A Week of Curbside Finds From a Stooping Pro“I was looking for a cup of coffee, but instead stumbled upon this really nice desk.”
  50. developing
    Where Could the City Squeeze New Housing Into Soho?The exclusive neighborhood could see thousands of new apartments — some of them “affordable” — if the city gets its way.
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