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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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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A ferry passes LIC. Photo Courtesy of NYC Ferry.

Ferry Passenger Plunges Into East River on Trip to Hunters Point

A ferry passenger plunged into the East River during a trip from DUMBO, Brooklyn to Hunters Point shortly before 5:30 p.m. Monday.

The man survived the sudden splash after crew members threw him a life saver and a ladder, but the chaotic moment put a damper on the trip home for dozens of stunned commuters.

“We’d cleared both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. I opened my eyes and the guy was already in the water,” said passenger John Welsh, 31.

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Law school graduates take the bar exam. Photo by Pixabay.

CUNY Law Class of 2021 Hits the Books

The CUNY School of Law Class of 2021 officially embarked on their journey toward a career in public interest law when classes began Wednesday. First-year students and a crop of talented new professors face a challenging and exciting mission.

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A plate of fish balls. // Photo by Joy Osity/Flickr

FDA Files Complaint Against Fishy Food Factory in LIC

The FDA found some fishy food handling practices at a Long Island City processing plant and now the Department of Justice is shutting them down. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requested that the DOJ file a formal complaint to stop the Foo Yuan Food Products Company of LIC from continuing to distribute its products, which include ready-to-eat fish balls, fried fish cakes and fried fish balls. The facility is located on Borden Avenue near the Newtown Creek.

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