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Outdoor dining regulations sow confusion 

Outdoor dining has become a part of New York City’s landscape. It’s beloved by many —  including patrons who want to take extra Covid-19 precautions and those who want a taste of Europe’s famous outdoor cafe culture in the Big Apple. But not everyone is happy; some residents believe outdoor dining was an emergency measure that should not remain a permanent part of the city’s dining scene. Outdoor dining sheds have become a divisive issue.

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Composting comes to Queens: Here is what you need to know

Queens residents may have noticed brown compost bins popping up around their neighborhoods. Starting on Oct. 3, curbside composting will be available to all Queens residents. When organic material like food scraps, leaves and animal products decompose properly, it becomes compost that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Composting organic organic material also significantly reduces methane emissions — a much-needed win for the planet.

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Here’s what going on with the migrants in NYC

The flurry of attention over the unannounced arrival of dozens of recent asylum seekers to the small Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard — part of a broader bit of political theater engineered by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who himself has spent the past year putting into place bizarre and extreme border security stunts like sending the National Guard to the border — has reignited interest in the arrivals to New York City, and where they stand when they get off the buses in Port Authority.

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Bronx schools make the list

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced its 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools and only three NYC schools made the list and all are in the Bronx. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes outstanding public and non-public schools and has given out 10,000 awards over the last 38 years. Of 297 schools across the country, the three NYC schools to receive the honor are Icahn Charter School 2, New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math & Science II, and South Bronx Classical Charter III.

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Food insecurity can be challenging to overcome when you’re halal-observant

Epicenter-NYC is continuing to look at how food insecurity, exacerbated by the pandemic, has affected New Yorkers. While many have turned to food pantries for help, the pantries are struggling to keep up with demand, causing them to turn people away or significantly decrease the amount of food given. For those with dietary restrictions, it can be doubly challenging.

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Where will Little Amal be?

Little Amal, a 12-foot puppet representing a refugee girl, landed in New York on Sept. 14. Designed and built by Handspring Puppet Company, she is supposed to depict all refugee children fleeing war, violence and persecution. Little Amal has traveled to more than 12 countries since July 2021, urging people not to forget about refugee children across the globe. From now until Oct. 2, she’ll be making her way across the five boroughs. Here is a list of the places she will be.