Library Vital to Immigrants Squeezed by City Budget
The small McKinley Park branch in Dyker Heights bustles with immigrants but struggles to meet demand after years of cuts to the library system.
Budget Dance Stomps Services in East New York
More than one social service agency is closing doors or shutting programs because of the financial uncertainty created by the city's annual ritual of proposed cuts and last-minute restorations.
Mott Haven Talks Schools: Little Love for Mayor or Critics
Patrons of Camaguey Restaurant hold nuanced views on mayoral control, charter schools and teacher evaluations—and feel the state of the schools is more important than who's mayor.
Crowded Guest-List for Bronx Mayoral Forum
Eleven candidates have signed up for the Q&A session in the city's only mainland borough.
Dozens of Candidates Seek Bronx Council Seats
A primer on the races and the candidates.
Brooklyn Council Races Blow Hot and Cold
Some 2013 races are shaping up to feature multiple candidates. Others look so far like one-choice affairs.
Carrion, Liu Vie for Votes in Brownsville
The audience knew what the candidates wanted. But what did the people of Van Dyke want in return?
How To Apply for Public Benefits
Our How To NYC series continues with a look at help available for everything from food to heat to medical care.
When Campaign Aides Are Lobbyists, Questions Mount
Some of the top firms advising candidates for state and local office also lobby those offices for clients like corporations and unions. Some believe the potential conflict demands reform.
The Numbers: Campaign Consultants Who Double As Lobbyists
Some data and details from our reporting on campaign consultants who help politicians get elected and also lobby those officials on behalf of companies, unions and other interests.
How to Join Your Community Emergency Response Team
One way that you can help in disasters and other civic emergencies is by joining your local Community Emergency Response Team.
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.
Report: New Mayor Should Stop Re-Housing the Homeless
Some mayoral candidates want to restore programs that place homeless families in regular housing. But one think-tank believes those programs drive shelter demand.
Decisions New York's Next Mayor Will Face on Public Housing
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?
What Brownsville Wants In A Mayor
So far, most residents haven't found what they're looking for—or even done much looking.
Comedy is King at Brooklyn BP Markowitz's Final Annual Speech
The lavish last hurrah featured an hour-long riff on the Tonight Show, news of a new Coney Island concert arena and a scatological shot at the press.
How to Dispose of Harmful Materials
Disposing of household products is not always as easy as putting them in your trashcan or recycling bin.
For Next Brooklyn Borough President, What’s the Agenda?
Observers stress sharing prosperity, strategic use of capital funds, better community boards, and more transparency.
Hope, Skepticism for FDNY's Blacks Amid Push to Diversify
A federal judge's order and record numbers of minority recruits hint that change is coming to the FDNY. But veteran black firefighters are taking a wait-and-see approach.
Former Gadfly Cop Nears Coronation as Brooklyn Borough President
State Sen. Eric Adams faces virtually no opposition in his bid for borough hall—the latest step in his evolution from controversial activist to political leader.
Community Groups Press for Details in NYC Mayoral Forums
East Brooklyn Congregations and allies typically work behind the scenes. But they've made headlines in 2013 by forcing candidates to provide detailed housing, school and policing proposals.
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