State Sen. Michael Gianaris of Astoria. Photo courtesy of Michael Gianaris.

Gianaris Bill Mandates More Frequent Lead Testing at Schools and Parks

State Sen. Michael Gianaris introduced a bill on Sept. 4 that would mandate more frequent lead inspections of sinks and water fountains at schools and — for the first time — parks across the state.

The proposed legislation comes after NYCHA revealed that at least 1160 children have tested positive for lead poisoning after encountering lead-contaminated paint in their apartments. Lead paint chips have flaked off stanchions along the No. 7 line and cities throughout the country — most notably Flint, Michigan — have grappled with lead contamination in their water infrastructure.

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Tribute Park in Rockaway Park, hosts a 9/11 memorial event this morning. Photo by Richard Santaga, Friends of Tribute Park via

Memorials Around Queens Honor 9/11 Victims This Week

Today, memorials throughout the borough will unite Queens residents and seek to remember the friends, loved ones, neighbors and colleagues who died.

Here are a few events taking place this week:

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Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Catalina Cruz and advocates for more women in office rallied in Diversity Plaza Sunday. Photo courtesy of Amplify Her.

Jackson Heights Event ‘Amplifies’ Voices of Women Running For Office

With just a few left before Thursday’s primary election, women candidates from Queens joined more than 100 supporters at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Sunday to demonstrate their support for progressive women running for office.

The event was hosted by Amplify Her, an organization created to address women’s underrepresentation in the New York City’s elected offices.

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The DOB Active Major Construction map provides an automated daily update of all currently active New Building and Alteration Type 1 Enlargement permits. // Image courtesy of DOB

DOB Debuts Interactive Construction Map

Thanks to a new tool from the Department of Buildings, you can find out exactly what’s going on above the scaffolding that just went up on your block.  

At more than 6,300 other work sites, too.

The DOB launched an interactive Active Major Construction map that allows curious residents to view all active major construction sites, with buildings on the map categorized by square footage, estimated cost and the proposed number of units with larger points denoting higher values.

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Little Neck Bay viewed from the Long Island Rail Road. // Photo by Antony22

Exclusive Beachfront Enclave Contaminated By Feces

An exclusive beachfront community is dealing with some pretty crappy conditions.

A two block stretch of private beach in Douglaston Manor — where the homes can go for millions of dollars, according to Zillow — is also one of the most contaminated beaches in the city, Gothamist reported Monday.

About 17 percent of water samples collected by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene earlier this year reveal that the water lapping against the enclave’s luxurious shores contain an unsafe amount of human fecal matter.

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Three-time U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal participates at the Arthur Ashe Kids' Day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing on Saturday // Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Was a Smash Hit

A day before the start of the U.S. Open, the Flushing’s famed tennis grounds opened to kids wielding rackets for their own fun games.

Three-time U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal, the current No. 1-ranked player in the world, joined children from across Queens and other parts of the city for Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.

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