As a promise to help mom and pop shops stand their ground when a Pathmark opened in southwestern Queens a few years ago, the City Council passed a law establishing a small business assistance fund. Two years later, however, the fund remains empty, and local businesses are slowly shutting down.

The First

The Queens Democratic Party finally recognized its borough’s growing diversity, endorsing a South Asian candidate for public office for the first time.

Over the Edge

You’ll be hard-pressed to find Meadowmere on a map, or after a storm. Some residents want to jump ashore to Nassau County.