Council Members Costa Constantinides called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to factor rising sea levels into Photo courtesy of Costa Constantinides

Constantinides Urges Corps of Engineers to Factor Rising Sea Levels

Council Member Costa Constantinides, chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection, called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider the existing proposals to protect New York City against confounding storm surges, which currently don’t account for sea levels rising at an alarming pace.

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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 nyc.gov

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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The flag that draped Captain William Harry Thompson’s body when he was taken from ground zero and his official shield and the jewelry that was recovered with him. Photo courtesy of Joseph Baccellieri

Court Officers Honor Colleagues Who Died on 9/11

Seventeen years ago, court officers working out of the Manhattan criminal courts complex or the Beaver Street training academy heard that two planes had collided with the World Trade Center towers and sprang into action.

More than twenty officers ran into the building to rescue victims of the attack on Sept. 11, 2011. Three didn’t make it out.

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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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Volunteer attorneys from the law firms of Arnold & Porter, Cleary Gottlieb, Fried Frank and Simpson Thacher, as well as volunteers from Goldman Sachs, assists immigrants with naturalization forms. // Photo Courtesy of NYLPI

LaGuardia Naturalization Clinic Served 65 Immigrant Clients

A July naturalization clinic at LaGuardia College served 65 immigrant New Yorkers and helped clients save $21,580 in filing fees, say New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. It was just the beginning of a long process for clients and a lasting commitment for the attorneys who assisted them.

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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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CUNY Law Professor Chaumtoli Huq delivers the keynote address at Princeton’s Racial Justice Symposium in 2017. // Photo courtesy of Chaumtoli Huq

CUNY Law Prof’s Project Uplifts Unheard Voices

When stories of abuse, trauma and exploitation are shared for general consumption, they are typically filtered through the voice of “experts” like administrators, attorneys and reporters.

More often, says CUNY School of Law Professor Chaumtoli Huq, those stories are never shared at all.

In order to amplify the perspectives on social change that are not covered in the mainstream media, Huq founded Law@theMargins in 2013.

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Preparing to start the race. From left: Mirjam Grunenfelder, Kevin Suhey, Michael White, Travis Shannon, Brittany Pavon, Frank Reig, Paul Suhey. Eagle photos by Andy Katz.

Revel Transit Stages Rush Hour Race for the Future of NYC Transportation

The day was a fairly typical late-August weekday—traffic snarled early on the BQE; heat advisories from Albany and City Hall warned residents to move about with caution, and a thin, smog-like pall covered Manhattan Island. Nevertheless, something unusual was taking place in front of a small, Bushwick storefront. Billed by sponsor Revel Transit as a “Rush Hour Race,” the idea was simple: seven people would travel from Revel’s Cypress Avenue headquarters to Long Island City’s Court Square Diner using Uber, Uber Pool, a Citi Bike, the MTA subway, a traditional taxi, buses and, of course, one of Revel Transit’s recently unveiled electric mopeds.

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