EPA Wants Site on Brooklyn-Queens Border in Superfund
The Wolff-Alpert Chemical Company imported sand containing thorium from the Belgian Congo in the 1940s. Now the feds believe lingering radioactivity warrant making the former factory the third active New York City Superfund site.
Deadline Nears for Public Input on Rockaways Pipeline
Federal regulators will soon decide whether to permit a pipeline to run under the Rockaway Inlet, connecting the Brooklyn-Queens natural gas grid to a transcontinental pipe three miles offshore.
Bronxites Confused On Status of Childbirth Services
North Central Bronx hospital gave little notice when it closed its labor & delivery service in August. Now there are signs the service may return, but community members haven’t been given a due date.
Push on to Replace Stolen Statue in Changing Bed-Stuy
In 2000, a war memorial in Saratoga Park was stolen off its pedestal. Amid a complicated mix of changes in Bedford-Stuyvesant, there's an effort to restore it.
Bronx Green With Envy Over Park Officers
Concerns about unruly teenagers taking over Starlight Park reflect broader resentment about the borough's share of the Parks Enforcement Patrol force.
Brooklyn Hospitals Retool in Face of Cost Crisis
Quietly, three Brooklyn hospitals are revamping their operations to increase efficiency and reduce ER visits—hoping to avoid the fate that has befallen LICH and Interfaith.
Broken Park Path Points to Bigger Budget Problem
A walkway at Jerome Slope needs repair, but—under a system that park advocates hope to change—the Parks Department must find an elected official to fund the fix.
Rising Deaths from Hepatitis C Spur City Action
Deadlier than HIV, the disease can appear years after infection, and testing and treatment are complicated. The city's Action Plan draws praise, but advocates want more resources applied.
Homes, Firms and Psyches on Bk. Coast Show Sandy's Scars
In Gerritsen Beach and Sheepshead Bay, the storm's impact can still be seen in houses, apartments, storefronts and the people attempting to rebuild.
Red Hook Needs No Reminder of Sandy's Impact
At an event celebrating local businesses, there were signs of recovery and a reminders of fragility a year after the superstorm inundated the neighborhood, flooding stores and darkening public housing.
Many in Coney Island Still Feel Post-Storm Needs
The tourism attractions have come back strong, but some residents say they still have trouble getting basic needs met.
Report Will Present Sandy Lessons to Next Mayor
A year—almost to the minute—after a tropical storm named Sandy became a hurricane, Brooklyn officials and organizations launched an effort to take stock of where coastal recovery stands.
Exercise Push Amid Obesity Crisis in Bronx
With 65 percent of the borough's adults overweight, there are growing calls to increase physical education in schools and elsewhere.
EPA Approves Gowanus Cleanup Plan
The agency's decision—which backtracked on a proposal to store some contaminated material in Red Hook—clears the way for a $506 million cleanup to begin.
Fracking Accusation Angers Bronx State Pols
A Common Cause report says donations imply support, but lawmakers insist they're for moratorium.
The 2013 Primary Candidates on Public Safety
Stop-and-frisk, the inspector general, Ray Kelly and Muslim surveillance: How do the hopefuls come down on the key issues of crime and policing in New York?
Bushwick Sweating Out its Battle vs. Obesity
Six years after a health department report identified the neighborhood as a hotspot for obesity and diabetes, it's easier to get healthy food. But it's still not easy to get a good workout.
Hurricanes Shaped East River Waterfront Plan
There's no question that the Blueway Plan will provide that direct access to the water. What can't be known yet is whether it will also provide protection from it.
Free Meal Sites in Brooklyn Struggle to Draw Kids
Participation has always been a problem for the summer meals program. This year the city and allied nonprofits are pushing to get more mouths to the table.
Prisons Get Grayer, But Efforts to Release the Dying Lag
Over the past 20 years, New York State's compassionate release mechanism has seen nearly three times as many applicants die behind bars as won freedom through the program.
Diagnosing Brooklyn's Hospital Crisis
Brooklyn hospitals are collapsing in a dog-eat-dog maelstrom of plunging Medicaid reimbursements, failed action plans and exhausting rounds of recriminations.
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