Mott Haven Up For Grabs in Mayor's Race
If patrons of Camaguey restaurant are any indication, voters in Mott Haven are undecided about the mayor's race, but do know what they want in the next mayor: the good of Bloomberg without the bad.
What Brownsville Wants In A Mayor
So far, most residents haven't found what they're looking for—or even done much looking.
Pushing Cops to Consider Kids When Arresting Parents
While some New York police agencies already avoid having kids witness a parent's bust and take steps to ensure care after Mom or Dad are detained, advocates say want more done to limit the effect of arrests and incarceration on children
Campaigns Skip Mott Haven, Drug Centers and Shelters Don't
Mayoral frontrunners skipped a recent forum in the South Bronx neighborhood, where many residents are upset about the number of drug and mental health facilities in the area.
Top Issue in Brownsville: Fear of the Teens, Fear for the Teens
Ask people on Blake Avenue what's their No. 1 campaign concern, and they'll say "crime." But their worry seems to be less about violence and more about whether young people are on the wrong track.
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.
Violence Dominates Campaign Talk in Mott Haven
Guns trump other concerns among diners at the Camaguey restaurant. Some see more cops—and others more programs—as the answer.
Advocates Pan City's Record on Disabilities
They claim policies from special ed to employment assistance to the Taxi of Tomorrow failed to increase opportunities for the disabled. City Hall says its reforms made a difference.
Disabled Say Non-Mayoral Agencies Also Fail
While advocates for the disabled have harsh criticism for Mayor Bloomberg, they also fault other government agencies not controlled by City Hall—especially the transit system.
Undocumented Immigrants Still In Post-Storm Limbo
Plans for how the city will spend federal aid are taking shape. The governor is discussing a massive buyout program in coastal areas. But some victims of the storm are still stuck without basic help.
Mott Haven Looks to Activists, Not Pols, For Progress
We open an election-year series with a trip to a restaurant in the South Bronx, where gun violence and wage inequality are what people are talking about—and where there's little confidence that politicians are listening.
Brownsville: As '13 Race Looms, Split Opinion on Bloomberg
In the first installment of our election-year series, a visit with the Bingo players at a senior center in Brownsville, where opinions on the mayor are all over the game board.
Guns for Cash at Brooklyn Church
An operable handgun or assault rifle will net you $200 if you bring it—in a plastic bag—to a gun buyback event in Vinegar Hill this weekend.
Innocent of Crime, Tainted by Time: Exonorees Struggle
After years behind bars for crimes they did not commit, New York's exonerees are released into the free world—where a host of challenges confront them despite their innocence.
Growing Concern Over Broken Adoptions
For more than a decade national child welfare policy has encouraged timely adoptions as way to stabilize the lives of kids in foster care. But the system is challenged when a child's new home proves to be a bad fit.
Adoption Numbers in Question
Sixteen years ago the federal government put new pressure on states to facilitate adoptions. But it never bothered to track how many of those adoptions fail.
Adoption: From an Option to a Mandate
Adoption is a good outcome for many children in foster care. But not every adoptive parent-child combination is meant to be.
One Foster Child's Choice? Not To Be Adopted
S.D. held out hope that her parents would bring her home. That never happened. But avoiding adoption was her choice—and it was a wise one, her lawyer says.
Solutions to Broken Adoptions May Lie in Gray Areas
While there's disagreement among child welfare officials and advocates about all we can do to prevent broken adoptions, there is consensus on a few common-sense steps.
Behind Brooklyn's High Hate-Crime Numbers
A large population, demographic diversity and prosecutors' commitment to punishing bias are factors. Some believe too much crime—and others too little—falls into the category of “hate."
At the Corner Deli, a Yemeni Immigrant Saga
Every time you buy a beer or a lottery ticket at a bodega run by Mohamed Mohamed or one of his countrymen, you tap into a story of ethnic succession and a struggle to reconcile one culture with another.
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