City Limits,

City Limits is a New York City-based nonprofit news agency that publishes investigative and in-depth reporting on urban life and policy. Through our sites,, and, we work to strengthen community engagement on civic, economic and social-justice issues.

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We are funded by grants from foundations, fees from advertisers and individual contributions from readers like you. City Limits is an independent project of the Community Service Society of New York, which is a 501(c)3 organization.


  • Mark Edmiston
  • Chairman
  • Nomad Editions

  • Bob Herbert
  • Distinguished Senior Fellow
  • Demos

  • David R. Jones
  • President
  • Community Service Society

  • Steven L. Krause
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Community Service Society

  • Elizabeth Cooke Levy
  • Non-Profit Manager
  • & Consultant

  • Mark E. Lieberman
  • Economist
  • Economics Analytics Research

  • Tom Allon
  • President
  • Manhattan Media

  • Eric Schrier
  • Independent Board Advisor

  • Frances Reilly
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • World Science Festival

  • Dan Rubin
  • Senior VP/Chief Financial Officer
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts


  • 31 East 32nd Street, 3rd floor
  • New York, NY 10016
  • 212-481-8484 extension 307







History of City Limits


City Limits magazine was founded in 1976 by advocacy organizations to improve the information flow among communities hit hardest by the city's fiscal crisis. Over the years we developed both a print and an electronic presence. In 1996, City Limits established the Center for an Urban Future, a leading and now separate think tank. In 2012, City Limits became an all-digital operation.

That same year, to expand its reach in New York City's underserved communities, City Limits launched the Brooklyn Bureau, with support from the Brooklyn Community Foundation and the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, and acquired the Bronx News Network (BxNN), founded in 2006 by the Mosholu Preservation Corporation, which we re-launched in 2013 as the Bronx Bureau.

Studies by the Federal Communications Commission and Pew Research Center have found that news agencies are devoting less time and fewer resources to the difficult but important job of investigative reporting. With the help of our supporters, City Limits is bucking that trend, publishing in-depth investigations on the causes and consequences of black male joblessness, flaws in the city's community planning system, lessons from 20 years of New York City firefighter fatalities, sexual abuse by guards in state prisons, the growing role of private consultants in shaping public policy and more.

Our work has preceded reporting on those and other subjects by other media and prominent public policy research groups, and our coverage has garnered a number of awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists' award for publishing the top local investigative magazine story in the country in both 2010 and 2011.

Reflecting a shared recognition of the importance and value of independent journalism to the city, the Community Service Society of New York has served as the fiscal parent for City Limits since 2009 and provides general support for its mission.

In 2011, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed a "City Limits Day" for the organization's work as a "model for New York and for the rest of the nation."