Founded in 1976 after New York City’s fiscal crisis, City Limits has published more than 6,000 pages of investigative journalism, illustrations, and perspectives on urban policy and critical issues. With a grant from the New York Community Trust, this extensive archive is now digital (and fully accessible for free) online.

The online collection includes writings by some of New York City’s most recognized leaders—including Geoffrey Canada and Ruth Messinger—leading journalists, like Tom Robbins, Errol Lewis, Alyssa Katz, Glenn Thrush and Michael Powell, and authors such as Tracie McMillan and Annia Ciezadlo.

“This is an unparalleled asset to not just the public policy community, but anyone seeking a historical front-seat view of America’s largest city and the challenges of urbanism,” said Mark Anthony Thomas, director of City Limits. “This is a lasting tribute to the people and institutions who've worked for decades to bring progress, and a curriculum for generations and advocates in the future.”

City Limits is a New York City-based non-profit that strengthens community engagement on civic, economic, and social justice issues. City Limits' coverage has garnered a number of recent awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists' award for publishing the top local investigative magazine story in the country in both 2010 and 2011. 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.”

City Limits anticipates annually that 100,000 people will visit its archive, but millions more will have access through syndication to library databases and information sources across the globe.

To search City Limits archives, visit: