During the height of the pandemic, when city sidewalks seemed especially dirty, residents of Dutch Kills, a neighborhood in northwestern Queens, awoke one day to an unusual sight: Hanging on fences around fallow construction sites and on the sides of hotels that had seen better days were more than two dozen bright-yellow brooms. Some had signs urging, “Let’s come together to clean.”
Free to anyone who wanted to grab and use them, the brooms were an instant hit, said Noni Pratt, a 14-year Dutch Kills resident, who conceived and installed them in October 2021.Those brooms, channeling the scrappy spirit of Dutch Kills, may also be an apt symbol of change. As developers pressure longtime owners to sell their properties, the laid-back vibe of this low-slung neighborhood seems on the verge of being swept away.
congestion pricing on those driving into Midtown. The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, which crosses the East River at East 59th Street, is just shy of the East 60th Street boundary set under the plan, meaning that inbound bridge users would soon have to pay tolls. And Mr. Madrid, who drives to his second job as a manager of a veterinary practice on East 39th Street, could be one of them.
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