Sometimes, Anna, standing far left, gets to take a break from writing and do things like judge a chicken eating contest with her news colleagues (and one politician) in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Sometimes, Anna, standing far left, gets to take a break from writing and do things like judge a chicken eating contest with her news colleagues (and one politician) in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Rapid Growth features

Reshaping gentrification: How community engagement can make development more equitable

A place to call home: How refugees are rebuilding lives in West Michigan

Embracing Michigan’s long history of refugee resettlement, Grand Rapids opens arms to newcomers

The search for affordable housing in Grand Rapids

Tackling sexism, racism and classism in Grand Rapids

With eyes on reform & empathy, GR educators call for change to standardized tests for ELL students

Escaping a world of fast food: Grand Rapids schools tackle hunger, food security with gardens

After shootings, Grand Rapids Police Department, community work to reform law enforcement

Sí, se puede! Grand Rapidians march to support immigrants, farm workers in West Michigan


Boro pols slam new district lines

Technicalities strangle man’s bid for 27th Assembly District

Proposed district lines enrage Queens leaders; many say plan is gerrymandered and would tear apart communities

In Queens, drawing lines has drawn ire; redistricting could mean sweeping changes to political landscape

In South Queens, new districts deliver fear

As Spitzer and Weiner land limelight, other candidates jump to be heard

After few challenges, Queens district attorney may face serious opponent in upcoming election

Councilman Ruben Wills arrested, charged with corruption

Ulrich launches bid against Addabbo, pitting Republican against Democrat in district redrawn to include more conservative communities


At city’s airports, fighting a life of poverty: Hundreds protest companies’ low wages, no benefits

Before fire, neighbors pleaded with landlord to fix electrical problems for years

After ceiling collapses, roaches,rodents & more, tenants raise their voices to say: we are fighting back

After flooding devastates Lindenwood, calls for city to address sewers in area residents say city has long ignored

Shuffling from a church parking lot to subways and buses, a Maspeth man learns what it is to be homeless

‘War zone’ in storm’s wake

Defeat of federal 9/11 health bill is ‘disgraceful’ move by pols who’ve turned backs on first responders: Queens paramedic

‘Justice for Bianca’ calls for investigation into fire that killed female construction worker who filed $20M sexual harassment suit against company

Queens assistant principal becomes city’s first swine flu fatality

Hurricane Sandy

From Build It Back center’s sea of gray, residents wonder when the hopelessness will wash away

As bank-owned homes rot after Sandy, neighbors say their health is rapidly deteriorating

Feds’ proposal to divert Sandy aid from city would spell disaster for thousands of homeowners, leaders say

‘We’re about to be homeless’: Hurricane victims describe the nightmare life has become post-Sandy

At Build It Back City Hall hearing, unleashing wave of anger and frustration

Seventeen months after Sandy, victims struggling to stay afloat say city lends no hand

Built It Back lambasted as deeply flawed; bureaucratic tape strangling families still unable to move home after Sandy

Hurricane victims, pols say fraudulent contractors are major blight on recovery efforts

After hurricane, fire reduce Breezy Point to rubble, a homecoming is on the horizon

From a rec room, Lindenwood leader brought food, clothes & hope; Ellen Buonpastore created haven for those who lost everything

An ‘avoidable travesty,’ — Breezy Point residents sue LIPA, National Grid over Hurricane Sandy fires


Hospital crisis: Queens reacts to St. Vincent’s shaky future

Autopsies differ on hospitals’ cause of death


In schools, a question of cops vs. students; calls for change in school safety after NYPD releases arrest data

With ‘dangerous’ and ‘decaying’ trailers looming, pleas to keep Richmond HS students in annex

Sickness plagues PS 140 pupils, teachers; many at school complain of nausea & fatigue after renovation work

August Martin HS principal resigns; parents say exit was forced to limit dissent on upcoming school closure vote

City turned back on Jamaica HS — students; say DOE left school with lack of needed classes, including honors

Citing years of ‘insufficient’ funding, calls to keep John Adams HS open

Amidst cries of educational foul, city votes to shutter seven schools

John Adams students say mayor failed them, slam Bloomberg’s plan to close school & reopen it with new staff


In South Queens, seeing ‘the face of hunger’ change

For thousands of undocumented students, dreams deferred

Along Jamaica Bay, lessons in cultural understanding

For murdered South Ozone Park teen who died in father’s arms, life was about family and friends

Where Gary Zammett died in Howard Beach, a plea for change; Memorial ride remembers bicyclists killed throughout city

From the depths of Richmond Hill Library, residents see chance to create a cultural hub

Fifty years later, seeing the world of tomorrow – today: Thousands flock to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for pavilion opening

After tournament honoring Woodhaven resident is forced to move, an outpouring of anger and disappointment

In exploration of Queens’ diversity, navigating social issues on a basketball court

After funding slashed, senior center that gives residents ‘reason to live’ forced to close doors

One year after woman dies in NYPD custody, family push for investigation

On Liberty Avenue, a struggle to survive; shop owners say city is unfairly doling out tickets


Seminerio gets 6-year sentence for corruption

Seminerio corruption hearing reveals links to LIRR, Plaza College

A daughter searches for her father’s killer

Family of man trampled to death on Black Friday sues Wal-Mart

Ozone Park holds vigil for pizzeria owner’s slain son

86-year-old grandmother recovering after attack; vows to help troubled youth

Attorney calls Sheehan’s sentence ‘horrifying;’ mother receives five years in prison

Hundreds attend vigil for woman accused of shooting & killing husband after decades of abuse

The Arts

The stunning Kings Theatre returns: Thousands attend historic venue’s sold-out Diana Ross show

With eyes on democratizing publishing, writers aim to help aspiring authors find homes for words

Words across borders: In Queens, a translation of everything

Howard Beach native stars in indie thriller: ‘Profile of a Killer’ set to make its New York debut

At JFK Airport, Beatles fans celebrate 50th anniversary of British invasion

Questions about angels: Queens College students choreograph dance, get glimpse of professional creative world


Goulash, schnitzels, pretzels, oh my! Viennese chef Thomas Ferlesch will open Austrian restaurant on Coney Island Ave

Ready for beef & beers: O’Neill’s prepares to open its Maspeth doors after fire

A place synonymous with community, O’Neill’s reopens to a jubilant crowd

Bridge & Tunnel Brewery is keeping the stories of Queens alive


Time for the city to prove it’s not worthless

Hurricane victims deserve to win lawsuit against National Grid, LIPA

After failing miserably, it’s time for the city to give us a reason not to give up

‘It could become a ghost town.’

Holding onto our history

Remembering what it is to be human

Keeping the memory of a friend alive