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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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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Hunters Point Park // Photo Courtesy of CB2

Hunters Point, Belle Harbor Enter Rarified Air of $1M Home Values

Western Queens might just be the new TriBeCa, at least according to one real estate website.

Hunters Point joined the ranks of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods this year by reaching the $1 million median property value for the first time, according to a report by PropertyShark.

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

Surging LIC is Still NYC’s Hottest Neighborhood

A new real estate reports confirms what anyone who has spent time in the Long Island City neighborhood-wide construction zone already surmised: LIC remains NYC’s fastest growing neighborhood.

Long Island City still leads New York City in new apartment construction, with 2,100 new units projected to hit the market in 2018, according to a report released yesterday by the real estate website RentCafe. The top three also includes Williamsburg with 1,932 new apartments and Downtown Brooklyn with 1,118.

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