Environment

After 20 Years, a Playground in Queens to Get $3 Million Makeover

After 20 Years, a Playground in Queens to Get $3 Million Makeover

Consider the Hart Playground in Woodside: The echo of children at play. The rhythmic creaking of swings going back and forth, and kids trying to time their jumps from the swings to the rhythm. The playground equipment, faded and well worn, from the years of endless use. The playground, at 37th Avenue and 65th Street, […]

As They Clean Corona

As They Clean Corona

Just before 11 am each Sunday, a group of young men and women gather at Corona Plaza under the peeling paint of the 7 train line. There, they take up trash bags, gloves and shovels and hit busy Roosevelt Avenue, decluttering tree beds and discarded plastic on the sidewalks. Calling themselves the Coalition to Defend […]

Parents Say Report of Lead Found in City’s School Is Overblown

Parents Say Report of Lead Found in City’s School Is Overblown

 By Allison Lau and Katryna Perera Nestled between Manhattan and Queens is a small island that has been receiving more attention than usual–Roosevelt Island. To be precise, the island’s school–P.S./I.S. 217. It’s been in the headlines with reports of water laced with lead at the levels seen in Flint, Mich. Specifically, the New York Department of Water […]