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Articles, Investigations and Blogs

This city in a city—the nation's oldest and largest public housing system—faces operating shortfalls and a huge list of capital needs. How can City Hall protect this resource?

The hopefuls offer different menus of zoning schemes, investment plans, tax breaks and more to try to build and preserve tens of thousands of units during the next decade.

At a weekend forum the Democrats running for mayor all disparaged a plan to build market-rate housing on NYCHA land.

Though federally funded, NYCHA is in part steered by choices at the municipal level. What public-housing policy choices will New York's next mayor have to make?

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.

A forum on public health drew only four of the 10 people now in the race for mayor. Those who did come put unique spins on similar ideas.

FEMA. Occupy. SBA. The Brooklyn Recovery Fund. Red Cross. Rapid Repairs. Here are some quick facts about ways to get help after Hurricane Sandy.

Some residents say they've gotten help from FEMA and the mayor's office. But others wonder why disaster food stamps and other aid haven't arrived.

Federal and city agencies are on the scene in the close-knit and severely damaged community. But residents say they're still frustrated with how long it's taking to get help.

Hurricane Sandy's impact is often understood through the lens of homeowners or renters. In places like Manhattan Beach, schools and religious institutions are also picking up the pieces.

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