$7 Billion in Remediation and Broken Promises

Ninety degrees on a May afternoon, and New York’s streets wilted under unexpected heat. Pedestrians kept close to the shadow of buildings. Car chrome sparkled in the traffic.

It was different downtown, at the Tribeca campus of the Borough of Manhattan Community College, where the giddy spirit of students at a celebration of the school’s clubs felt more like a day at the beach. “Who was supposed to bring the water guns?” a flushed club leader, sweater draped over her head nomad-like, asked several people earnestly.

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