Carrion, Liu Vy for Votes in Brownsville
The audience knew what the candidates wanted. But what did the people of Van Dyke want in return?
FreshDirect Job Vows: At Odds with Environmental Claims?
The grocery deliverer says it will create thousands of jobs in the South Bronx, but that expansion disappears when the firm analyzes its environmental impact.
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.
New Concerns About Tax Ripoffs for Low-Income Filers
In Bushwick and elsewhere, despite crackdowns and campaigns to increase public awareness, critics say some tax preparers charge high fees that cut into vital tax refunds.
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.
How Sweet Was It? Marty Markowitz's Boro Hall Legacy
The borough president famously erected signs declaring "How Sweet It Is!" to be in Brooklyn. Was there substance—and success—behind the shtick?
Upstate Cities See New Growth Amid Fiscal Crisis
Dented by population loss and industrial decline, cities like Rochester and Buffalo see a future in higher-ed and high-tech. But fiscal woes could hamstring those hopes.
40 Percent of Sheepshead Firms Still Shut Post-Sandy
And more might be closing as their owners struggle to pay back loans they had to take out to repair damage from the flood.
Politically Active Bronx Artists Protest Their Own Eviction
The dispute between a South Bronx landlord and a radical arts collective has become a rallying cry for supporters of the group, which combines youth development with political activism.
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.
How Will A Higher Minimum Wage Affect Brooklyn?
President Obama and Democrats in Albany want a higher minimum wage. Among Brooklyn's low-wage workers, who will it help and how much?
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.
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.
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.
Brooklyn's Income Inequality: Global Causes, Local Effects
Income inequality is rising around the globe, around the country and statewide. And despite its blue-collar rep, Brooklyn is one of the most polarized counties. Why is that? And why does it matter?
Hungry For Customers or Aid, Rockaways Businesses Struggle
By some estimates, two thirds of businesses on the peninsula are still closed after Hurricane Sandy. Some of those that are operating are suffering because their customer base has been displaced.
Protect Immigrant Work Rights—-By Making them Owners
Statistics show immigrant workers frequently suffer wage theft. One solution pioneered by a Brooklyn center is to launch cooperatives where the workers are also owners.
Disappointment with Obama, in Obama Country
The Bronx went solidly for the Democrat in 2008 and likely will back him by a large margin this year. But according to one Democratic pol, that doesn't mean people are satisfied with the president, especially when it comes to his "urban agenda."
Voting for Obama, but Playing Romney
At Bronx Community College, some students took on candidates' roles for a debate, and teachers are seeing a mixture of apathy and interest among other voters on campus.
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