Struggle Amid Progress: To Be LGBTQ in Foster Care
New York City is working to build a foster-care system that welcomes gay and trans youth. New training has made gains against still-common cultural and religious hangups among caseworkers and foster parents.
Key Nutrition Program Hits Snags at Farmers' Markets
When the WIC program took steps to get more fresh produce into recipients' diets, the results were promising. But the initiative is being held back by administrative flaws and, yes, a political battle over white potatoes.
Lax Compliance With Post-Hevesi Scandal Reforms
After the 2010 controversy, 25 firms signed a code of conduct for dealing with the state's pension funds. Most appear not to have made the disclosures necessary to show they are playing by the rules.
Bushwick Rallies for Better Parks
Advocates are pressing City Councilmembers and the mayor for repairs to two green spaces. Parks funding is set to increase, but not enough to meet community needs, they say.
Complex Changes in Low-Level Arrests Under De Blasio
Elected on a platform of police reform, the de Blasio administration has cut arrests for some low-level drug crimes, but busted more people for the controversial charge of trespassing.
As Klein Solidifies Support, Koppell Backers Say They Can Win
Oliver Koppell faces long—but, supporters insist, not impossible—odds in his quest to unseat Sen. Jeff Klein and steer the State Senate back to Democratic control.
De Blasio Housing Plan Promises Inclusion, Density
The mayor's housing vision describes an array of programs the administration will pursue to build or preserve 200,000 units. But the key is the rezoning of several city neighborhoods.
Unlikely Key to NY's Mass Transit Hopes: The Automobile?
A new toll proposal reflects transit truths: Many drivers have few transit options, many subway lines couldn't handle large numbers of drivers who gave up their cars, and toll revenue is critical.
Success, Struggle as Library Branches Fill Gap in Services
The city's library branches offer a dizzying array of services, from job-search help to literacy lessons to fiction writers' circles. But limits on space and money could hamper the systems' ability to reach potential.
De Blasio's First 100 Days: Our Coverage
Relive the first three months of the mayor's term, as reported by our Nation-City Limits blog.
Report Details Woes for NYC's Electric-Cab Experiment
Documents obtained by City Limits outline a litany of obstacles that the city's pilot project has so far been unable to surmount.
Exclusive Interview: New Child-Welfare Chief Eyes Change
New ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrión talks about juvenile justice, foster care and how to improve her agency's reputation among the families it serves.
How de Blasio Can Fix FOIL
As public advocate, he saw shortcomings in the city's compliance with the public information law. A City Limits test of transparency in his young administration finds room for improvement remains.
Housing Court Goes on Trial
Advocates who fault the court's facilities and lack of right to counsel found it guilty on all counts in a hearing at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
Juvenile Justice Reform Falls Short of Goals
The Close to Home initiative was supposed to move detained kids to less restrictive settings and improve their ability to complete their education. That hasn't happened.
Confusion Over Special Elections in the Bronx
No one knows yet how Governor Cuomo (even the governor himself!) will fill 11 empty seats in the state legislature, including two in the borough.
Bronx Council Newcomer Gibson Gets Key Post
Bronx Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson joined almost every borough colleague opposing Mark-Viverito for Council, but nonetheless was awarded control of the public safety committee.
Brownsville Board Says Home Runs Threaten Motorists
The local community board wants a higher fence at the Brownsville Rec Center to prevent softballs from striking cars on Linden Boulevard. But the center has a long list of other needs.
Council Freshman Cohen Steers Clear of Progressive Caucus
While not ruling out joining the group, the new District 11 councilmember—and self-described progressive—says he plans to focus on bread-and-butter issues.
Council Newcomer Torres Wins Early Power
The youngest member of the city legislature was named chair of the public housing committee last week, just days after being arrested in an MLK-day act of civil disobedience.
Is the Bronx as Progressive as De Blasio Says?
The mayor lauds the borough's "progressive values," but the buzzword's application to Bronx politics is uneven at best—a fact that may complicate the mayor's ability to execute his agenda.
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