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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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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Clinton Correction Facility in Dannemora, NY. // Wikimedia Commons

CUNY Defenders Go Where Most Lawyers Rarely Venture

The drive to Dannemora, the upstate hamlet that contains the Clinton Correctional Facility, can take seven hours. The ride to Attica can take eight.

But those distances don’t stop students in the CUNY Law Criminal Defense Clinic from gassing up their cars and heading to the Canadian border to meet with the clients they represent, says clinic director Steven Zeidman.

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A ferry passes LIC. Photo Courtesy of NYC Ferry.

L I Sea: Maiden Voyage of Gantry Plaza Ferry Could Signal Queens Expansion

When a ferry makes its maiden voyage from LIC to LES on Aug. 29, it could be the precursor for a new fleet of passenger boats carrying commuters along the Queens waterfront.

The new ferry route will depart from Gantry Plaza State Park and enable Western Queens commuters to travel to the Lower East Side in about a half hour.

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A sidewalk on 29th Street near 41st Avenue, near the site where Sandor Szabo was punched. Google Maps

Ride-Hail Mishap Kills Tourist in LIC

A Florida man who knocked on a car window because he thought it was his Uber ride has died after the driver got out and punched him in Long Island City.

Sandor Szabo, 35, was visiting Queens for a wedding. Szabo died Tuesday.

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The Mayor and NYPD officials often tout NYC as the "Safest Big City In America." // Photo by NYPD News

Queens Murder Dropped, Shooting Incidents Rose In ‘Safest July’ on Record

By Jack Ryan It was the safest July on record, but try telling that to Queens’ 17 shooting victims. Murder

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Map of the new ferry route between Long Island City and the Lower East Side. // Image by NYCEDC

Commuters Will Soon Set Sail Fom LIC to LES

Starting Aug. 29, a new ferry route comes to Long Island City, enabling Western Queens commuters to travel to the Lower East Side in about a half hour. The Lower East Side Route will run from Wall Street/Pier 11 to Long Island City, a 32-minute trip with stops in Corlears Hook, Stuyvesant Cove and East 34th Street.

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The iconic gantries of Gantry Plaza State Park // Eagle photo by Katie Finkowski

Queens Development Boom Outpaces City But Leaves Some Behind

Queens is New York City’s fastest growing borough with a flurry of new development that outpaced even Brooklyn or Manhattan in the first half of 2018. But not everyone gets to share in the success.

According to the real estate tracker New York YIMBY — short for or “Yes In My Backyard” — new residential unit filings increased by 243 percent in the first six months of the year compared to the same period in 2017. The number of filings increased from 1,867 in the first half of 2017 to 4,536 in the first half of 2018 — the most dramatic increase for any borough.

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