Monday, Mar 4, 2013
Details Emerge About Plan for Private Buildings on NYCHA Land
While some agree that the plan has financial merit, others fear the social costs of mixing incomes in NYCHA neighborhoods. The authority's chairman sees it as a win-win.
Amid Court Fight, Formerly Homeless In Limbo
The end of the Advantage subsidy program leaves advocates battling to salvage a policy they criticized, the city bracing for more demand for scarce shelter beds and low-income families wondering what comes next.
Sales of HIV Meds Catch Lawmakers' Eyes
Prosecutors and legislators report an increase in illegal sales of HIV medication by people looking to feed their families or support drug habits. Will tougher criminal penalties slow the market?
Mixed Evidence of Methadone Crackdown
An advocacy group's survey says police harassment of methadone patients is common. Statistics suggest methadone-related arrests are rare.
Washington Heights Sees White-Collar Boom
Lured by low rents, corporations are seeking space in Northern Manhattan. The trend has complex implications for existing small businesses and nearby residents who are unemployed.
Earning Farm Subsidies … on the Upper East Side?
As a national debate over farm subsidies heats up, a look at the top New York City beneficiaries reveals the nuances of a controversial program.
Amid Wave of Watering Holes, Hell's Kitchen Keeps Tabs on Bars
Community leaders know they can't stop every new bar. But they can try to impose rules—on everything from hours of operation to soundproofing—for watering holes to live by.
At Zuccotti Park, a People's Library
The library holds over 1,200 books from an array of genres, including politics, poetry, religion, gender studies, foreign language, and science fiction.
Occupy Wall Street Struggles with … Accounting?
Improving the accounting will help increase transparency and accountability for donors, an issue that several potential donors have complained about on the movement's blog.
The Revolutionary Kitchen Feeds Downtown Protests
Despite an all-volunteer, non-hierarchical structure, a seemingly messy but strangely efficient infrastructure has developed. Nowhere is the system more evident than the bustling kitchen in the center of the park.
Occupy Wall Street's Medical Center Preps for Cold Weather
There have already been at least seven cases of hypothermia. The article of clothing now deemed most valuable are socks, since trench foot and athlete's foot are big problems.
Seven candidates representing four parties discussed wages, sick leave, stop-and-frisk and other issues—to cheers and jeers from the crowd, and occasional jabs from one another.
The city's public housing agency wants rules relaxed to allow creative budgeting. But advocates for residents want stronger assurances that financial flexibility won't come at the cost of tenant rights.
Schools the Bloomberg administration has targeted for closure have student populations demographically different from the average facility. And many had absorbed an increasing number of struggling students.
As the mayor unveils a scaled-back Select Bus System for 34th Street, a look at how bus experiments on 1st and 2nd Avenues have worked out. Plus, new city employment data and a look at City Councilmembers' human rights records.
Critics of Occupy Wall Street fault its lack of racial diversity on one hand, and the diversity of its political messages on the other. A march planned for Monday will challenge the first critique. A visit to Zuccotti questions the second.
A block by block assessment of the percentage of people living below the federal poverty line in New York City's Manhattan borough.
67 percent of U.S. households were in counties hit by extreme weather events that cost over $1 billion in 2011-2012
This video of a New Yorker at work during the AM commute will make you smile!
Open call for partners for our Making Policy Public program. Community organizations and advocacy groups that need help visually explaining a policy or planning issue are encouraged to apply by Friday, July 12, 2013 no later than 11 pm.
CUP is seeking new project proposals from NYC-based advocates who are working on a social justice issue that would benefit from a visual explanation, and who are interested in working collaboratively to produce a visual tool.
On Wednesday, May 22nd, the Wall Street Journal will present its first-ever New York City-based Tech Café at Think Coffee.
Fred Guterl, The Fate of the Species: Why the Human Race May Cause Its Own Extinction and How We Can Stop It In conversation with senior writer at Time magazine Jeffrey Kluger (Apollo 13)
Southern gardens conjure up images of live oak allées dripping with Spanish moss, formal boxwood parterres, colorful banks of azaleas, and signature plants such as camellias, dogwoods, and magnolias. Many of these elements prevalent in different regions of the South are actually based on landscape traditions in England, France, and Italy, popularized via a host of botanical and gardening books over the past several centuries, from colonial times to the modern era. Garden creators who looked to period literature for inspiration included two icons of the eighteenth century, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Jefferson coveted his copy of Batty Langley’s Pomona: or, the Fruit-Garden Illustrated . . . (1729) and used it when developing his orchard at Monticello. George Washington owned Langley’s New Principles of Gardening (1728), which influenced the design of the grounds at Mount Vernon. And both men also relied on Philip Miller’s seminal eighteenth-century work, The Gardeners Dictionary. In a few other examples, nineteenth-century nurseryman Jarvis Van Buren embraced the work of Andrew Jackson Downing (1815-1852) when he created his manor, Woodlands, in Clarkesville, Georgia in the late 1840s; and the influence of the writings of William Robinson (1838-1935) is still visible today at Reynolda in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, along the estate’s entrance drive. Cherokee Garden Library director Staci Catron (short bio) will be covering a variety of such books that influenced Southern landscape design. The lecture coincides with the concurrent exhibition, “Gardening by the Book: Celebrating 100 Years of The Garden Club of America,” on display in the lecture hall of the Grolier Club through July 27, 2013. The significant books mentioned above are just a few of the works that will be featured in the exhibition, selected from the Garden Club of America’s own collection of rare publications. 2013 marks the 100-year anniversary of the GCA. Scroll through a gallery of images from the exhibition.