Author Heather J. Chin

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Pre-kindergarten enrollment season is here again. Beginning yesterday and ending Friday, April 24, pre-k applications are being accepted for the 2015-2016 school year, from parents of any child born in 2011 and currently residing in New York City. The Department of Education (DOE) has a pre-k resources page and Parent Guide available on their website, which…

Arts & Culture I wonder if there's a policy about taking trees on the subway... (Source: NYRP/Flickr)
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Nothing says springtime like new green shoots sprouting from the ground and leaves on trees. That’s why you should register to pick up a free tree at one of 18 locations in Brooklyn this March through mid-May! Courtesy of the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and the city’s MillionTreesNYC program, the tree giveaway includes popular…

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New York City public school students will have two new official holidays as of the 2015-2016 school year: Eid al-Adha on September 24, and Eid al-Fitr during the summer. The new school holidays are in celebration of two of the major holidays celebrated by Muslims around the world — including the city’s growing Muslim-American population.…

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It’s been a year since a speed camera was placed at the Belt Parkway exit ramp on Shore Parkway, between West Avenue and Ocean Parkway, and the results confirm what residents have long suspected: it is the highest revenue-generating camera in the city. According to data culled and mapped out by WNYC, the camera at…

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As part of their bankruptcy proceedings, Radio Shack will close at least 1,784 stores by March 31 — including 14 in Brooklyn, among which are ones in Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, Bensonhurst and Midwood. Specifically, the Radio Shacks at 3764 Nostrand Avenue (at Avenue Y) and 6719 18th Avenue (at 68th Street) are slated to close…

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After a year of research, a team led by City University of New York (CUNY) associate professor of landscape architecture Catherine Seavitt Nordenson has completed a proposal for an “adaptable framework for a resilient Jamaica Bay.” If implemented in any way, these ideas could not only prevent major flooding, but manage the overall risk of damage…

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Dozens of residential buildings and residents in Bed-Stuy, Williamsburg, Bushwick, Borough Park and other neighborhoods across Brooklyn — Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Flatlands, Midwood, and Coney Island — are caught up in a bribery scandal that has led to the arrest of several officials with the Department of Buildings (11 arrests) and the Department of…

News & Features A map of local Community Board borders. (Source: nyc.gov)
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This is just a reminder to get in your applications for local Community Boards! Joining these organizations is your opportunity to play a role in local community government. And for the first time, teens 16 years old or older can also apply, as long as they live within a CB’s coverage area. The deadline for CB…

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Now you don’t have to wonder what exactly you’re touching — or avoiding — on the subway because there’s a comprehensive map of almost every type of species (of bacteria, food remnants and other organic material) there, and its conveniently organized by train station. Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College spent 18 months collecting, documenting…

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