The True Story of Vito Lopez
Many think the former assemblyman and powerbroker is a creep. Some hail him as a hero. In Bushwick, his legacy—and the story of his downfall—are more complicated than either label suggests.
Push to Diversify City Contracting Falls Short of Goals
Eight years after the Bloomberg administration began an effort to get minority- and women-owned firms a bigger share of city contracts, targets have not been met. Part 1 of a three-part series.
Minority Contractors Face Hurdles, Flaws in Law
In the city's effort to diversify city contracting, the administration is limited by procurement rules, MWBE firms by their small size and the law itself by the fuzzy process behind the goals it's set. Part II in our series.
NYC's MWBE Push: Cracking Down, Looking Ahead
As local law enforcement follows the feds' lead in going after city contractors that fake working with minority- and women-owned firms, the future of the MWBE program is in a new mayor's hands. Part III of our series.
MWBE Programs Face Court Scrutiny
Cities and states that want to diversify their contractor pool have to prove that genuine disparities exist. Part of our series on New York's M/WBE initiative.
Young Men's Initiative Shows Promise—and Limits
Mayor Bloomberg gets credit for making young black men a government priority. But there are questions about YMI's scope, scale and future funding.
Bronx Voters Skip Ballot Questions in Big Numbers
One in three voters who cast a ballot in the mayoral race didn't weigh in on the ballot questions. In some cases, poll workers may have failed to remind voters to flip their ballots.
The Questions Brownsville Would Ask at Tonight's Debate
If they got the mic, people in and around the Van Dyke Houses would ask about guns, jobs and senior centers.
False Abuse Reports Trouble Child Welfare Advocates
Child protection experts say false, malicious reports of abuse are not uncommon. Efforts to address the problem face complex challenges.
EPA Approves Gowanus Cleanup Plan
The agency's decision—which backtracked on a proposal to store some contaminated material in Red Hook—clears the way for a $506 million cleanup to begin.
City Schools Ask State to Waive Librarian Requirements
Citing fiscal pressure, the schools want to use in-classroom libraries and parent volunteers instead of certified librarians. Critics say kids need more than that.
De Blasio Message Gets Mixed Reception in Mott Haven
In the Democrat's "two cities" narrative, the South Bronx neighborhood ranks among the have-nots. But many voters say they're still deciding whom to support in November.
Candidates Get Mott Haven's Votes, But Not Its Confidence
Around Camaguey restaurant on Primary Day, even people who went to the polls had little faith that the officials they voted for would make good on their campaign promises.
Last-Minute Choices on Primary Day in Brownsville
The latest installment in our Five Borough Ballot series visits a polling center in the Van Dyke Houses as residents—at least, some of them—cast their votes.
The 2013 Primary Candidates on Public Safety
Stop-and-frisk, the inspector general, Ray Kelly and Muslim surveillance: How do the hopefuls come down on the key issues of crime and policing in New York?
Voters Eyeing De Blasio, With Some Doubts
Interviews in Brownsville confirm what the polls say: Bill de Blasio is the candidate of the moment. But with delicate issues like race at play, voters wanted to know more before committing to him.
Push to Keep NY's Teens Out of Adult Court
New York is one of only two states that regularly tries 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. Efforts to reform the system have run into opposition.
Bed-Stuy Businesses Offer LGBTQ Safe Spaces
The havens from harassment and violence also serve other communities who aren't comfortable asking the police for help, organizers say.
Planning a Defense for Violence on the Basketball Court
Detecting a spate of shootings associated with basketball games—often involving pre-existing beefs—organizers in Brooklyn are teaching kids and coaches to "hold the ball" when violence threatens.
Bangladeshi Enclave Grows in City Line
As a large community has taken root, there have been conscious efforts to promote cross-cultural cooperation.
Cycle of Political Disengagement on One Bronx Corner
Interviews suggest it's unclear what came first: Voters in Mott Haven tuning out the politicians, or candidates writing the area off. But some voters are starting to pay attention to campaign 2013.
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